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CNY WALKABOUT WITH A PURPOSE

Oleh Sitti Nor Azizah Talata

Liew (third from left) wishing a hawker Gong Xi Fa Cai during her visit at the Gaya Street Fair. – SNT PIX / Credit Tourism Ministry

KOTA KINABALU: The Chinese New Year (CNY) walkabout at the Gaya Street Fair by Api-Api Assemblywoman Datuk Christina Liew and her PKR team was more than just extending Gong Xi Fa Cai greeting cards to shopkeepers, stall operators, hawkers, visitors to the Sunday Fair, party supporters and members of the public.

Liew, who is also Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, took advantage of the occasion to mingle with the people and listen to their grouses.

Gaya Street Fair stall operators hoped that the previous requirement to renew their licence once a year would be reinstated, instead of the recent change to every three months, which causes great inconvenience, especially to older hawkers.

Liew (left) extending a festive greeting card to a family. – SNT PIX / Credit Tourism Ministry

Another complaint was that remnants of burnt charcoal and ashes were left behind on the street by operators of the Api-Api Night Food Market, causing environmental problems to the Sunday Fair operators. 

Meanwhile, KK residents want the relevant authorities to allow more stalls to be set up at the Fair to add to the variety of goods and local products offered for sale.

“I will raise your concerns with the Mayor,” Liew assured them. – SabahNewsToday