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Nga’s “Central Market” Suggestion Slammed, Netizens Say Stick To Pasar Payang

Nga’s “Central Market” Suggestion Slammed, Netizens Say Stick To Pasar Payang

The Housing and Local Government Minister said he is open with the Terengganu state government’s decision in retaining the name.

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The English versus Bahasa Melayu debate raged on as a federal minister recently made a suggestion that did not sit well with many.

The famous 50-year-old “Pasar Kedai Payang” market in Terengganu had undergone a facelift recently after a redevelopment that cost over RM70 million.

At the project handover ceremony on 28 February, Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming expressed hope that the new complex could be rebranded as Central Market at Pasar Payang, Terengganu to serve as a hub for arts, craft, culture and tourism in the state.

This did not sit well with many once it made headlines.
Reacting to the suggestion, Menteri Besar of Terengganu, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said that the state government had no plans to rename the market, as reported by Sinar Harian.

Netizens too were not happy.

A Twitter user said while preserving heritage is essential, renaming it may erase historical identities.

Others slammed the minister with one pointing out that certain matters should be left up to the state.

“That’s Federalism YBM. Federal Government responsibility. Do your work. Let the state do theirs,” the netizen commented.

While many were shooting bullets at the minister over his suggestion, another netizen stated that he understood the purpose behind the proposal, but that it should have been done in states like Sabah and Sarawak.

“But make proposals like that in Sabah, Sarawak and PHBN states only. Others leave the status quo,” the netizen said.

Nga responded to the criticism today saying he was open about the state government’s stand on maintaining the name.

While still highlighting that it was a federal government project, Nga said he had no problems accepting the state’s stand.

“I have no problem accepting this decision even though it is a Federal project costing RM70 million. I am fine with that, don’t try to insult me, this is not the culture of Madani Malaysia,” he said in his tweet.

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