Parking woes at mall

By SIMON KHOO – The Star

KUANTAN: Food operators at the new Medan Sukma are happy with a 30% increase in business but have complained that customers are parking their vehicles haphazardly in the area.

Teruntum assemblyman Chang Hong Seong said that he would write to the local council to find a solution to the problem.

“I hope the public will co-operate by not leaving their vehicles parked inconsiderately,” he said, adding that the attitude created traffic congestion.

Chang was speaking to reporters after meeting several operators and former Kuantan assemblyman Datuk Ti Lian Ker.

On Medan Sukma, Chang said that RM20,000 had been allocated to erect an awning as requested by the operators.

He said the awning would shelter customers from rain and the sun.

“The move will benefit16 operators as it will bring in more customers.

“An additional RM15,000 has been set aside to upgrade a surau for the benefit of Malay customers,” he said, adding that work would start soon and be completed in two weeks.

Chang earlier said that both allocations were pledged to the people during a dialogue with former Kuantan MP Datuk Fu Ah Kiow before the general election.

He said a firm had also been appointed to maintain the public toilet for hygienic purposes.

“Previously, the toilets were very dirty. To upkeep the facility, the company will charge 20 sen for usage.”

Chang said he had written to the Kuantan Municipal Council to resurface potholed roads in the area.

On a separate matter, Chang said that 237 senior citizens aged 80 and above had registered for a one-off gratuity payment of RM500 from the state.

He said another 388 people comprising single mothers, the poor and handicapped would receive RM400 each.

“I hope to finalise the list before disbursing the money by the middle of this month,” he said.

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