Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pasar Utama to be fenced up

BINTULU: Traders operating in Pasar Utama Bintulu (PUB) can now heave a huge sigh of relief as the proposed new fencing has been approved by the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and is now under construction.

BDA general manager Mohidin Ishak said the RM238,588 project is expected to be fully completed in three months.

The fencing covers a total of length of 316 metres and the project contractor had started works since Jan 2.

Theft and other negative activities at PUB had triggered uncertainties among the traders and they raised the issue to the BDA’s attention a few months ago.

Fencing up the PUB could minimize theft problem at the market, said Mohidin after signing of contract agreement between BDA and the project contractor, Wahon Glass & Aluminium Sdn Bhd at Wisma Bintulu.

Representing the contractor were its managing director Ngu Koh Kee and general manager Dorothy Pau while Mohidin signed on behalf of BDA.

Also present were representatives from political parties (SPDP and SUPP) and the Bintulu traders association.

Conceding that PUB, as a public place, is not too suitable to be fenced, Mohidin explained they had no other choice.

He said BDA had already employed a guard to take care of PUB and since their funds are undersized, spending for more than one guard would be costly.

“Actually, we are thinking of engaging security services for the area but the cost is too high and beyond our allocation,” Mohidin said at the media conference.

He assured that BDA and the contractor would come up with a user-friendly fencing design.

“We don’t want businesses to be affected by the fencing,” he said.

On the opening hours for the market, Mohidin said the traders needed to liaise with the guard on duty.

A systematic way needs to be worked out to avoid vandalism or uninvited guests sleeping at the market, he said.

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