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Authorities should clear air on Donggongon 'Central Market': MP

Published on: Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Penampang MP Darell Leiking said he has sought confirmation from the Public Works Department/Penampang District Council on whether the rebuilt and new Donggongon Township 'Central Market' is ready for business or otherwise.

He said reliable sources said new Donggongon 'Central Market' Building was issued with a Certificate of Practical Completion sometime in or about September 2013.

Following that, the said 'Central Market' Building and site has been duly handed over to the Public Works Department/Penampang District Council.

"Despite that fact, the new Central Market Building site remains as if it is still under construction especially since the gate-like scaffoldings are still in place and no activity or announcement of commencement of business has been made to activate the once popular Donggongon Township Central Market which was burnt sometime in May 2010.

"I have been asked several times by Penampang residents as to why there has been a delay with the new Donggongon Central Market Building which was to have been designated to be operational since last year.

"With some information obtained today, it has now come to light that in fact the new Central Market Building had already been issued with the requisite Certificate of Practical Completion (in September 2013) and the site had been duly handed over the Public Works Department and/or the Penampang District Council."

Leiking said the authorities concerned should clear the air on this matter so that all doubts over this will be answered and the township will finally have its long overdue Central Market Building and furthermore the original stall owners can continue their business there, if at all this is the plan of the Penampang District Council.

Meanwhile, the MP is also inquiring what plans the Penampang District Council has on the new Donggongon Central Market, its parking areas, the cleanliness of the surrounding areas and whether the reported original 80 stall owners (who had moved to other sites since the former burnt central market building was declared unsafe) will get back their right to operate in the new Central Market building.

"I would also suggest that designated parking, its parking lines, proper signages and beautification of the surrounding areas of the Central Market be done immediately especially since this is the chance for the Penampang District Council to redeem itself over this long delayed obligation to hand over to the people their Donggongon Central Market and which was once amongst the thriving business activities in Donggongon Township.

"Any further delay would indeed be a shame," he said.