GIANT LITTER BIN: Garbage of all types strewn everywhere and causing a stench
ALOR STAR: THE wet market in Kampung Berjaya here has to be the dirtiest wet market in Kedah. Located in bustling Jalan Putra, the market is literally strewn with rubbish, ranging from discarded chicken and fish innards to broken cartons and wooden crates.
Used food wrappers and plastic drink packets also litter the area.
Many of the discarded materials would find their way into the drains before they choked up the nearby monsoon drains.
Flash floods are common in the area because of this.
Visitor to the market, which was built in the 1970s, must also hold their noses because of the stench from rotting wastes.
Despite filth, the market draws some 5,000 people, mostly residents from nearby housing estates, each morning, and the number is even higher on weekends.
How and why the condition of the market was allowed to deteriorate over the years, is anyone's guess.
However, things are about to change for the market because the Alor Star City Council would soon embark on a long-term programme to give the market a facelift.
Council secretary Mohd Fisol Md Noh said the council has asked representatives of the 100-odd market traders to meet the mayor next week to discuss the matter.
"We have plans but we want the traders to take part too," he said during a visit to the market recently.
"It is important that the traders participate in efforts to give the market a new image, expected to be completed by December."
Fishmonger Zaharudin Zainul Abidin, 50, said the traders welcomed the council's efforts to clean up the market.
"We are looking forward to December and will give our commitment to clean up and maintain the market," he said.