| James Kon |
MINISTER of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong visited Pasarneka and Tamu Tutong Complex in Tutong District yesterday morning to check on the welfare of the market’s stall operators.
Thursday morning is normally the busiest time for the market, during which many visitors – including those from other districts – gather to buy local fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, food, as well as fish and poultry.
The minister, accompanied by a delegation of officials from his ministry and officers from the Tutong District Office, toured the market and spoke to several stall operators.
“The aim of our visit is to take a closer look at the situation in the tamu,” the minister said in an interview. “This market is open every Thursday and sometimes on Sunday. This is an opportunity to personally see how the stall operators conduct their businesses and uncover any issues they might be facing.
“Members of the Legislative Council raised a few issues on Pasarneka and Tamu Tutong Complex during a dialogue with the Ministry of Home Affairs,” the minister added.
“We want to look into these and (find out about) the comfort of the stall operators themselves. As we have seen today, most of the stall operators like to place their wares for sale on the floor.
“According to the operators themselves, they can display more items when they place them on the floor instead of on tables. We will look into this further with regard to the health aspect.”
The minister also pointed out that the stall operators have raised the issue of limited parking space at the market.
“We will look into this matter. I hope that from today’s visit the members of the Municipal Board will also conduct follow-up visits (to the market) to ensure that the well-being and comfort of the stall operators are maintained,” he said.