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Saturday, December 8, 2012

CANOPY FOR JONKER WALK?

Friday December 7, 2012

Jonker Street needs a canopy

I RECENTLY visited the famous Jonker Street in historical Malacca. Situated near the mouth of the Malacca river, the street and its surrounding historical sites were filled with tourists.

One could not miss seeing pleasure boats cruising up and down the river or people queuing up for hours under the blazing sun just to savour the famous chicken rice balls, a sight not seen just a few years ago.

The state government has done a fantastic job and ought to be congratulated for transforming the area into a major tourist attraction.

However, one could also notice the effects of the blazing sun on the tourists walking along the narrow street or queuing up for food.

Using umbrellas to keep away the heat (or rain) on a crowded narrow street and walkway can be quite a challenge.

Would’nt it be nice and “cool” to have a canopy all along the Jonker Street?

It will keep the heat and rain away, thus encouraging more tourists to visit this unique historical site.

This will be good for the state and the business people.

The state government should consider the feasibility of a canopy.

ROBERT LIM

Alor Gajah, Malacca

1 comment:

Julian Yeo said...

HI Robert Lim,

I understand what you are getting at here. However if canopies were being implemented. The point of walking along jonker street would be pointless. The idea of walking along the heritage zone is to witness the architectural beauty of the past. If canopies are being used, it would diminish that beauty that we have preserved as these canopies are too 'modern'. We need more natural shades ie trees which blends with the environment.

There are way much more important issues that the state government should cover. such as solving the car parking issue.. and the unnecessary heavy traffic jams which ironically happens in a place like ours.

I could go on forever listing the problems we face but thats not the point of this comment.