Speech by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
Official Opening of Bandar Sri Pinang Hawker Centre and Market
9 October 2015
First and foremost, I would like to thank IJM for inviting me to officiate the opening of Bandar Sri Pinang Hawker Centre and Market.
The State Government welcomes this from the developer, which is part of their obligation to provide a Hawker Centre and Market to serve the nearby community as well as Penangites.
I understand that the concept of the market is slightly different than other wet markets. The dry and wet areas are in different sections, live fishes and prawns are displayed in aquariums and purchases will be check-out at the cashier. This provides customers the convenience of purchasing livestock and commodities in a hypermarket-like environment.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are very pleased that IJM has transformed this quiet, sleepy town which used to be a fisherman’s village into a vibrant and exciting area. With the addition of Bandar Sri Pinang Hawker Centre and Market with Development Cost of RM8.5 million and 15-years lease period, the Penang State Government is proud to say that this is another good example of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) whereby the local council owns this area, while the private sector runs it.
Moreover, the nicely constructed pedestrian walkway and bicycle track along Karpal Singh Drive has attracted many people who frequent the area for leisure walks, cycling and family gatherings. This complements the lively Maritime, a F&B and entertainment hub which completes the whole Jelutong Waterfront.
Last but not least, I would like to again congratulate IJM and MBPP for the Official Opening of Bandar Sri Pinang Hawker Centre and Market.