Work on market carpark may start soon


By YU JI

Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak smelling terung Dayak during a walkabout at Mudan Niaga Satok in Kuching on Saturday. Looking on Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (middle), deputy chief minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu (left) and Minister in Prime Minister Office Nancy Shukri (right). ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: If all goes to plan, the multi-storey carpark at the popular but highly congested Medan Niaga Satok here should commence work by May, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah told reporters on Saturday after a walkabout with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that he hoped Najib would consider a number of other proposed additions to the Medan, which is a popular weekend market.

What had been built so far, which already was one of the largest markets in Malaysia, was only phase one, Fadillah said.

Aside from the carpark, other proposed components include the extension of roofs over the jungle produce section, sleeping quarters for weekend traders and related amenities.

“The Medan was jointly developed between the federal and state governments. We brought the PM here to see for himself how the place is like and what else is needed. Hopefully things like the carpark can start by May,” said Fadillah, who is Petrajaya MP.

The weekend market is the new venue for the Satok Sunday Market, which has been around for 30 over years. Some 2,500 traders do business at the market between Friday and Sunday.

On a related matter, Fadillah said he had written to Selangor Mentri Besar seeking solutions on how to address traffic woes in the state.

“I have sent a letter to the MB to ask what direction the state government will take in relation to other public infrastructure development like expressways and highways,” Fadillah said, when asked for comment on Selangor’s recent cancellation of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project.

“These are things the Federal Government had planned to help reduce congestion. We want to know what is their (Selangor government’s) plan?”

Fadillah said it was fine for the public to protest against projects, saying feedback was important to authorities. However, he added, there were also complaints about increasing traffic jams.

“We want to see what other ways we can (carry out projects) to reduce congestion, which is itself a public complaint.”

The binning of the proposed 14.9km elevated highway valued at RM2.42bil was first announced on Feb 17.

Aside from a Say No to Kidex group, there is also a group against a proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (Dash) highway project.

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