Tawau fishing sector wants 20-yr lease
Published on: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
By: Christy Chok
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TAWAU: The Tawau Fisheries Association has sought the permission of the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) to obtain a 20-year lease of the District Fish Market pier management in order to indemnify their members. 

Koh Teck Kiang, who raised this on behalf of the association, said it is important for the association to have management rights to the market.

He was part of a delegation from the association, led by its Chairman Koh Teck Kiang, who paid a courtesy call on TMC Deputy President Koh Kian Leong, recently to seek solutions on several problems faced by fishermen and fishing vessel operators in the district.

During the meeting, the association also sought help from the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry to upgrade the facilities at the fish market pier, including roof installation.

Teck Kiang said there are still many shortcomings in the market that need to be fixed immediately such as the dim lights, clogged drainage and leaking roofs, apart from the water pipes which also need to be installed at each stall. 

It also proposed that a small room in the market to be converted into police beat post.

Kian Leong urged the association to write an official letter about its application for the 20-year lease of the fish market pier management rights, and send a copy of it each to Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister cum Sri Tanjong Assemblyman Datuk Jimmy Wong and Deputy Chief Minister cum Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong.

On the upgrading for the market, Kian Leong requested the association to write an official letter toTMC President, Datuk Amirullah Kamal, and send a copy each to him and Datuk Jimmy Wong too.

The association is also urged to pay a courtesy call to the District Police Chief, ACP Peter Umbuas, to discuss on the police beat post inside the market. 


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