Monday, July 1, 2013


Last  Sunday, some 100 traders from the affected Jongker Street night market held a walkabout protest along Jonker Street to voice their unhappiness at the state’s decision to close the street to ease traffic congestion.. These are traders selling souvenir items which has no tourism value for Melaka as they are made in China or Hongkong.

 The Tourism Ministry has meanwhile urged the Malacca state government to reconsider its decision to close the Jonker Street night market, in light of its significance to the tourism industry.

“I would certainly want to see Jonker Street remain,” said its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The Minister went on to say“What is Malacca without tourism?”

Nazri should also comment on the dumping of China and Hongkong goods along Jongker street. Is this good for our tourism industry.

The recent announcement by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Wira Idris Haron on the closing of the Jonker Street night market has its merit if it is to scale down the sale of stupid tourism souvenir items from China and Hongkong.

The night market, which operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, comprises some 300 traders and has become an international tourist attraction since its opening 13 years ago.

That the decision to open the street on weekends was due to the numerous complains over traffic congestion in the area.

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