Lutong hawkers’ issue resolved; opposition urged to stop pointing fingers at MCC

Ting (left, facing the camera) with Yii (clad in white shirt) talking and meeting up with the traders.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, July 26: Miri Mayor Adam Yii has urged the opposition to stop harping on the Lutong hawkers’ issue, which has been resolved.

When met by reporters after visiting the Pasar Minggu Lutong building today, Yii said, instead of finding faults and blaming the Miri City Council (MCC), they should instead come together to solve the problem.

“The issue has been resolved. There’s no need to manipulate the matter, it is a very straightforward problem. Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting and I will do whatever possible to ensure these traders will be taken care of,” he opined.

On Sunday morning, a team of MCC enforcement personnel had confisticated goods from illegal hawkers trading at the non-designated area which is at the parking lots next to Pasar Lutong  Market. The action had sparked outrage among the illegal hawkers

He disclosed that the issue had basically been resolved, adding that during a 30-minute dialogue session with some 30 hawkers at the area today, they (the hawkers) had put up some requests to the MCC. Yii was accompanied by Ting.

Yii said MCC would discuss further the traders’ requests, including to allow them to trade daily at the Lutong Sunday Market.

“At the moment, we allowed them to do the trading on every Sunday,” he said.

Yii also disclosed that starting Aug 1 (this coming Sunday), Lutong Sunday Market will be reopened with each hawker trading there to be charged at only RM1 per day.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lutong Sunday Market has been temporary closed since February this year.  — DayakDaily