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Malacca Government to shut down Jonker Walk

jonker-walkThe opposition party is labelling this a “political retaliation against Chinese voters” who backed the opposition in the May 5 general election as the Malacca government has decided to shut down the historic city’s popular weekend night market, Jonker Walk.

Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron that the decision was made after MCA’s abysmal showing in GE13.

According to Kwong Wah Daily, Idris yesterday argued that the decision passed by the Malacca executive council on June 12 to close the night market – which has been attracting tourists for 13 years – “follows the intention of the people”.

“Now, we see most of the Malacca residents fully supporting DAP over MCA candidates, who have been serving them. Hence, we decided to cancel the night market and we hope they will be happy,” the daily quotes Idris as saying.

The closure prompted some 100 hawkers to stage a protest rally at Jonker Street last night.

Armed with posters and shouting slogans against the closure, the angry hawkers marched a short distance through the street.

UPDATE**: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz response.

Source: Malaysiakini

Image credit: backpackies

Comments 29

  1. ~ Is this true?
    Is the BN Chief Minister deliberately trying to provoke another spat of racial unrest? … Surely, he cannot be that daft, or is there another hidden agenda from the opposing camps within UMNO?

  2. Why not shut down all state capitals and urban centers every night. The opposition is in power in all except Kangar and Johore Baru.( discounting Putrajaya and Labuan as they are stolen property )

    Let everyone go to either one of these centers for night life .
    That should teach the 51 % some ethics.

  3. He forgot Malaysian of all walks works in the Tourism Industry and it is our 2nd money earner after Manufacturing. This is the problem of having half bake at the helm.

  4. Childish government.
    Cant they see they are losing their face in front of the whole world?
    Seriously, I cant imagine how ‘smart’ they are.

  5. I was born in Malacca and grew up in Australia. I regularly come back to my hometown to visit family, and Jonker Street is one of the things I look forward to the most. It saddens me to think that this amazing showcase of Malaysian culture and food will be cancelled as an act of retaliation. Not only will the tourism of Malacca suffer, but also the morale of the Malacca community. I am so disappointed and ashamed of the Malacca government for its decision. Grow up.

  6. The Malaccan government, by its actions, are telling its voters to vote them out in the next election. This is crazy and stupid of the government. This is the proverbial killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

  7. This is the most stupid news I have ever read.

    They closed the Jonker street purely out of jealousy? What are the age group of the people who were running it? 3 or 10? These people are just hopeless, they will be losing all the tourists, money that have been helping to boost the Malaysia economy greatly.

    I am a Malaysia who have been living in Singapore for years. Malacca is the one where I have been highly recommended for anyone who are looking for a weekend trip. They are tons of Singaporeans and foreigners who either live or travel in Singapore paid decent fare to visit Malacca and enjoy the famous street.

    With this news, sorry Malaysia. You better kiss your economy goodbye. They have better place to go now. Good luck! Lol

  8. Sure, close it. But loose tourists coming. Then in the end every race will loose. Do it for the state if you want.

  9. Jonker must close. What they sell? antiques? handicrafts? more like rubbish to the eyes of public. let DAP open DAP Walk. later they know how hardship the Malacca Gov did for the people, and all the people know to give back is full of shit. Its like a mother raise u up, and all u give back is killing her. stupid malacca people.

  10. I am one of the regular Americans who visited Malacca and I am saddened to see the closure of Jonker Walk. But if I were to think deeper than just being frustrated, this is all caused by irresponsible Malacca people who blindly vote for their interests and never for others. If not because of these stupidity of Malacca voters, maybe Jonker Walk will survive for another century. I am frustrated with Malaysians particularly to these Malacca people, who destroyed their own culture and tourism.

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