Assurance to merchants

MERCHANTS in the Kuching city centre and India Street are assured that their business interests will always be in consideration during the construction of Plaza Merdeka, a new shopping mall.

Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Steven Ng said his company would work closely with the Merchants Association of Kuching City Centre and India Street to ensure a win-win situation for the two parties.

The company has had several briefings with the association on the upcoming construction to hear their views and concerns, he said.

“From the briefing, we will do our best to address the concerns raised by the merchants and take precautionary and rectification measures for our mutual benefit,” he told StarMetro after another briefing in Kuching yesterday.

The briefing was on the construction of a storm drain behind India Street and Kai Joo Lane bordering the project site.

The association’s committee members were assured that the developer and contractor had agreed to their request to delay the construction of a tunnel through Jalan Courthouse to the Kuching Waterfront until the Raya festival in September was over.

Ng said the decision to delay the construction was made after considering the business interests of the merchants.

“The fasting month is a peak period for businesses because people, especially Muslims, do their Hari Raya shopping. The contractor has assured that the project will have minimal impact on the merchants’ businesses during the fasting month,” he said.

Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd is the main owner of the project while Bina Puri Construction Sdn Bhd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, is the main contractor.

The estimated date of completion for the mall is the first quarter of 2012.

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