Traders oppose resiting of the Takada market
Published on: Saturday, January 12, 2019
By: Christy Chok

TAWAU: Business Merchants at the Sabindo area are opposing the relocation of the Takada Sunday Market from Takada Pertama Commercial Center to Habib Sheikh street, Sabindo. 

The group signed a petition and would submit it to the Ministry of Local Government & Housing, Tawau municipal council, Tawau Assemblywoman cum State Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew and Minister in the Chief Ministers Department Datuk Jimmy Wong.

Group spokesman Leong Kien Min, said the Sunday market would have 500 stalls and is assumed to use up about 500 parking lots. 

 “Currently, the existing parking lots are just good enough for the merchants and customers; yet there will be a shortage of parking lots and traffic congestion in Sabindo if the Sunday market is relocated here,” he said.

 “We are not opposing the Sunday market itself but it should be at an open space….for example, in front of Tawau Municipal Council. We are also tax payers, even pay a higher amount. We also need to be protected,” they said.

They feared relocation to Sabindo would create issues such as garbage on the five-foot and backstreets. “Eventually, the merchants may have to clean it up themselves or bear the cleaning cost.”

Touching on the door-to-door consultation session held by the Tawau Council, the 143 business merchants in Sabindo said they never received any visit or letter of consent from any local authority on this move. 

They hoped the local authorities would reconsider the decision.



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