Thursday, October 29, 2009

BDA to consider request for permanent, more comfortable ‘Tamu Tatau’ site

BINTULU: Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) assured it will consider the request of hawkers in ‘Tamu Tatau’ for a permanent and more comfortable site.

General manager Datu Mohidin Ishak said BDA will monitor and do some study to get a clearer view of the project to ensure it would not become a ‘white elephant’.

“This needs more time to be implemented – it does involve many factors but BDA will look into the matter.

“We need to ensure active business activity in the Tamu we build, thus BDA will monitor its daily activity closely,” he said in his response to a question raised by one of the longhouse leaders at a meet-the-people-session at Tatau Sports Hall recently.

The programme officiated by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Human Resource and Training) and Assistant Minister for Agriculture (Home Economic and Training) Datin Fatimah Abdullah was attended by hundreds of people.

Chaired by Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah, various issues and problems were raised by the people in Tatau in the hope they can be solved as soon as possible.

Mohidin said the request of the hawkers to have a roof for their stalls would also be considered by BDA after an evaluation.

“Not only the Tamu but BDA is also willing to build a night market in Tatau,” he said, adding that it must be based on local demand and population.

Another representative of the longhouses asked the government to monitor the maintenance of Tatau Road and hopes it can be given more attention due to several recent accidents caused by damaged roads and bad conditions.

He said it was an old isse that had not been completely ironed out. The people will not keep silent but continue reminding the government and the department concerned, he said.

On the request for financial institutions like banks to be set up in Tatau Mohidin said all the infrastructures come with development as it depends on the population growth in the area.

Dr Adi, who was the moderator at the dialogue session, suggested a special meeting to be held again between the local authority and community leaders in Tatau since there were too many businesses yet to be settled.

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