Lutong Sunday Market to reopen

Ting (second left) flanked by the City Secretary Morshidi Fredrick (left) and Yii talking to the hawkers.

MIRI: Lutong Sunday Market will be reopened this Sunday (August 1) in effort to prevent some 100 illegal hawkers from trading at a non-designated area.

This was said by Miri mayor Adam Yii after conducting a visit to Lutong Sunday Market on Monday (Jul 26).

“They only have to pay RM1 per day to trade at the Lutong Sunday Market,” he said.

On space allocation, he said it will be done on a ‘first come, first serves’ basis.

Yii was accompanied by Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting.

During a 30-minutes dialogue session with some 30 hawkers on Monday (Jul 26), the hawkers have put up requests to the Miri City Council (MCC), such as allowing traders to conduct their businesses at the Lutong Sunday Market.

Yii added that the council will further discuss the matter.

Last Sunday (July 25), the enforcement team seized the illegal hawkers’ goods as they were trading at the parking lot, which is a non-designated area.

The incident has sparked outrage and some blamed MCC for the ‘inhumane’ act.

On another note, Yii has also reminded the Opposition to stop dwelling on the issue as it will only make it worse.

He instead urged them to instead offer workable solutions.

Ting, who is also Piasau assemblyman, said that they need to guide the people during this difficult time.

“They are hardly making ends meet, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

According to Lutong Sunday Market head of committee Jalil Ngembol, there are some 100 hawkers who trade on Sundays.

“They come from Permyjaya, Tudan, Desa Indah 3, Lutong, Kampung Pasir and Senadin,” he said.