By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Dec 27: It is time to rejuvenate the decades old Third Mile Bazaar to further boost the Third Mile area to attract more crowd.
Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang said this was one of the proposed urban renewal initiatives under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) with a cost of about RM13 million.
Noting the importance of a marketplace in a township in boosting the economy, he said it is now time to refurbish and improve the Third Mile Bazaar to attract more people into the area.
“When a town is being developed, the market is a very important place. It is just like a supermarket and it brings in people.
“Third Mile Bazaar has been around for so many years, from a small market into a market like this. Now is the time to refurbish and improve the market, and in doing so we are going to attract more crowd,” he remarked.
Lo, who is also Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, added a detailed plan on the upgrade of the bazaar will come in later.
“Expansion of the market place to cater more stalls will be considered depending on the capacity.
“The detailed plan will come in later. If we can expand, we will, depending on the availability of space of course. So, if we can put in more (stores), we will.
“We are also looking into the (Kota Sentosa bazaar) Mile 7 and (Kota Padawan bazaar) Mile 10,” he told reporters after the Ru Yi Pek Kong worship ceremony at Third Mile temple here today.
Also present at the function were Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Third Mile people representative Valentine Leslie Udi and Kuching Sah Kong Martial Arts Organisation representative Sim Kim Kui. — DayakDaily