Taiping’s Siang Malam to be conserved, not demolished

Taiping’s century-old wet market, popularly known as Siang Malam, will be conserved and not demolished.

The confirmation was made by the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) as it said the nation’s oldest wet market was considered “high risk”. Works to refurbish and strengthen it must be carried out quickly.

A spokesperson from the local council also confirmed traders have been temporarily relocated to Dhoby Lines, 800m away.

Stalls from Taiping market have been relocated to Dhoby Lines.

The market, in the heart of the peaceful town, is made up of two buildings – the wet market (built in 1884) and the dry market (1885).

The market has also evolved into a dining area that is alive with activities day and night – hence its Siang Malam moniker.

“We will carry out conservation works as the structure is considered high risk. It is being supported by additional beams,” said MPT corporate, public affairs and tourism unit chief Hanim Ramly.

“We are not tearing the building down and have no intention to do so as it is a valuable asset. We also can’t simply renovate such buildings without the Heritage Department’s approval.”

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin last year revealed RM9 million would be allocated to “upgrade and modernise” the building. She gave an assurance the traditional design and wooden structure would remain to preserve its historical value.

Zuraida had said work would begin this year and would take two to three years to complete.

MPT’s engineering department would oversee the timeline of the conservation and refurbishing work.

Taiping is a heritage town housing 33 of the nation’s ‘firsts’. These include the railway station, town resthouse, clocktower and lake garden.

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