KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia does not lack in job opportunities as there is work for everyone in various fields, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Statistically speaking, there is zero unemployment in the country,” he said when launching the Berjaya Times Square mega complex at Jalan Imbi, which opened its doors to the public yesterday.
Dr Mahathir said the Square, which houses a shopping-cum-leisure complex as well as hotel and service suites, would contribute to the economy and offers more employment opportunities.
“A lot of people will be employed, including suppliers, who will benefit from its shopping and entertainment centre,” he said.
The RM1.8bil Berjaya Times Square, said to be the largest project undertaken in a single phase anywhere in the world, has over 1,000 retail shops, including anchor tenant Debenhams, the well-known British department store, as well as 100 cafes, restaurants, bistros and fast food stations and the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia.
The total built-up area of the Square is 0.69 million square metres, with 12 levels of retail shops and 1,200 luxury service suites.
The idea to build the mega mall was conceived by Berjaya Times Square Sdn Bhd and Berjaya Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan and his brother Tan Sri Danny Tan.
The project started in 1995 but its completion was delayed from 1999 to June this year due to the 1997/98 financial crisis.
Dr Mahathir said he was happy the Square was finally completed after the four-year delay, adding that it would become another tourist attraction in the city.
This was important, he said, as tourism was a very big business and major foreign exchange earner for the country.
“This is another shopping complex for the people in Kuala Lumpur who have endless amounts of money to spend,” he joked.
He also noted that Malaysia’s first IMAX 3D Theatre, which would be opened early next year, was another attraction that would make the complex a crowd-puller.
To mark the opening, an array of entertainment fare, including musical and cultural performances, dance showcases and fashion will be held till Oct 5.
Culture, Arts and Tourism minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said his ministry hoped to work together with Berjaya Times Square to promote the complex, including through worldwide advertisements, as a major attraction in Kuala Lumpur.
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