BM Wet Market's Tale of Earnestness and Kindness

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗕𝘂𝗸𝗶𝘁 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗷𝗮𝗺 𝘄𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗹𝗱?

𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘶𝘬𝘪𝘵 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘫𝘢𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯, 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦. 𝘈 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥, 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘉𝘶𝘬𝘪𝘵 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘫𝘢𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳.

In the early 20th century, a trishaw man named Mr Teh Cheok Sah picked up a western businessman. The man left his bag in Mr. Teh's' trishaw. So Mr. Teh went to the hotel where he last dropped the businessman. Mr. Teh was denied entrance because of his attire.

They both met the next day. The western businessman was shocked to learn that Mr.Teh had waited the whole night outside the hotel in hopes of catching a glimpse of the businessman and returning his bag.

The businessman offered Mr.Teh money as a reward, but Mr.Teh politely declined. Touched by Mr.Teh's earnestness and kindness, the businessman introduced Mr. Teh to his circle of influential and well-connected friends. Mr. Teh's fortune took a favorable turn when he managed to obtain permits to operate a wet market and a theater near the Victorian Overhead Bridge area.

This private wet market and theatre had made him a fortune. Later, he ventured into the hardware and construction business.

𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗸𝗶𝘁 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗷𝗮𝗺 𝗪𝗲𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁

The original location of the wet market was close to the Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. The current wet market was build in the 1960s.

It was originally a two-storey building but sadly a fire accident destroyed the upper level in 2014. It is still under restoration by the city council to this day.

The ground floor is occupied by the Wet Market until today.

The Store operated the upper floor (back then, it was known as BM Supermarket, the first supermarket in Penang.

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