Traffic set to disappear from Jonker Walk

MALACCA - The iconic Jonker Walk will probably revert to its glorious past when the plan to close the street in the area to traffic is implemented.

Documents pertaining to the face­lift of the popular tourist attraction, the licensing aspect and recommendation to revert to the system in which traders are required to renew their business licences annually and not three months are being finalised and will soon be submitted to the Chief Minister's office.

State transport and project rehabilitation committee chairman Lim Ban Hong said the arrangement to ensure smooth operation of Jonker Walk was ongoing and could be concluded in the next few months to enable traders to operate during the year-end peak period without any inconvenience.

"I have brought officials from various agencies to Jonker Walk to speed up the street closure to traffic during weekends and holidays," he said yesterday at Ru­­mah Awam Pulau Gadong here where he was attending to complaints on risks posed by heavy vehicles.

Lim, who has been tasked by the Chief Minister with looking into the traders' needs, said he was happy with their co-operation.

"Some were eager that we declare the closure to traffic at once but I have assured them that I am doing my best and Jonker Walk is here to stay," he said.

He said state government officials had started gathering feedback from the traders following the pledge by the chief minister to transform the heritage street into being one of the country's top tourist destinations.

Last year, there was an outcry over the system which allowed traffic into Jonker Walk and the protest by the traders lasted for about 400 days.

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