7th Mile Market traders want roof gap issue resolved

Michael Kong Feng Nian

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KUCHING, Jan 9: A gap between two roof extensions at the 7th Mile wet market is allowing rain to wet a particular section of the premises, much to the traders’ dismay.

Special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong Feng Nian said the roof extensions had been installed by Padawan Municipal Council (MPP).

“Although (the extensions are) welcomed, there is a portion where the two roof extensions do not overlap.

“Now there is a gap between the two roof extensions and this means that the rain is still affecting this particular section of the market,” he said in a statement today.

Kong said whenever it rains, the common walkway would get wet and this affects at least two traders because their food produce would also get wet.

“With their food produce being dry perishables, they are no longer of merchantable quality when wet and this means they end up in the rubbish bin.

“This is a financial loss that these small traders have to bear as a result of works that were not well thought of,” he added.

Following this, Kong urged MPP to attend to the issue which is faced by the traders.

He also disclosed that while certain Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) politicians may see this as the opposition being busybodies, he begged to differ.

“We as politicians are a mouthpiece for the people and should always speak up for them.

“We shall not stop working or push aside issues just because we are the opposition and/or not elected into office.

“We will do what our conscience tells us to do so long as the people will benefit from our initiatives,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily