PENANG’S very own Pekan Rabu, which is named after the Prime Minister’s late mother, Datuk Kailan Hassan, is now open for business.
The four-storey RM4mil building, Kompleks Pekan Rabu Datuk Kailan, is located in Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s hometown in Kepala Batas.
Traders at the complex, which was built based on the Pekan Rabu concept in Alor Star, started operating on Thursday.
It was developed by JKP Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Penang Bumiputra Steering Committee, and has 95 stalls of which eight have opened for business.
The stalls that are already operating include those selling clothes, books and traditional snacks.
JKP chief executive officer Datuk Adzmi Ariffin said the complex would spur economic activities among the Malays.
He said a budget hotel, similar to Hotel Seri Malaysia, would also be built near the complex.
“The 11-storey 100-room hotel, costing RM10mil, will add to the many new landmarks in Kepala Batas and turn the former sleepy hollow into a vibrant place,” Adzmi said this at the opening of JKP Sdn Bhd headquarters in Jalan Sungai Pinang by Penang Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah.
Abdul Rashid also witnessed a joint venture signing agreement between JKP Sdn Bhd and state Islamic Religious Council for the development of medium-cost apartments costing RM2mil in Jalan Perak.