DBKK cleans up Inanam night market mess
Published on: Thursday, April 18, 2019
By: Oliver Voon

KOTA KINABALU: The night market in Inanam was spruced up by City Hall after patrons complain of stagnant drains clogged with rubbish and producing smelly odour.

Hall took proactive measure to desilt and remove rubbish from drains in the compound of the night market, recently. 

Its Cleanliness and Environmental Health Department spokesman said some 57 hawker stalls were affected and the respective operators told not to conduct their businesses at the site from April 11 to April 17. 

“The 7-day closure of the night market ground was necessary because the drains there were clogged with rubbish and smelly,” he said 

He said the desilting work was to ensure run-off water flows out into the main drain without stagnating at several parts of its perimeter structure. 

 “The stagnant water in the drain was the reason for the foul smell emanating in that area which inconvenienced market patrons,” he added. 

Aggravating the situation was the fact that many of the hawkers discarded their food left-overs into the drain. 

“What they did is wrong and can be penalised under our Anti-Litter By-Laws,” he said, adding that many of the hawkers were given a final warning, while some were compounded for treating the structure as their regular dumpsite. 

He said its personnel would be deployed to the night market to check the condition of the ground including the drainage from time to time. 

“We will issue compound on the spot and the case will be brought to court if the notice is left unpaid within a stipulated period,” he added. 

Apart from the hawkers, he said it would also be monitoring  patrons who litter that area. 

“We will not accept any excuses for dirtying the public area because we have provided several communal bins there which we emptied on a daily basis,” he added. 

He also reminded the hawkers and members of the public not to throw unwanted beverages into the drain. 

“Doing so will make the drain smelly that can attract rodents,” he said. 

A Daily Express reader from Kampung Kiansom in Inanam, said he lauded the City Hall’s action to clean up the drain and the compound of the night market recently. 

“I’m fed up with the lackadaisical attitude of the hawkers who simply throw their unwanted things into the drain,” he added. 

He hoped the authority’s enforcement personnel would take stricter action against anyone who litter in that area. 

“I’m one of the many who frequent the night market to buy groceries and from what I saw, the place was in a mess with rubbish scattered on the walkways,” he added.   


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