KUALA LUMPUR: Pasar Raja Bot in Chow Kit is set to get a RM200mil facelift, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the money would be used to modernise the market, which was set up in 1955, and transform it into an iconic landmark.
“The project will cover 48,000ha and the new market will be a catalyst for growth in the area,” he said when launching the project here yesterday.
Scheduled for completion in 2017, the new market featuring Malay architectural styles will house the existing 1,527 traders.
“The remaining lots will be offered to young entrepreneurs,” Muhyiddin said.
He added that the new multi-storey building would have 800 parking bays.
He also said a temporary area would be set up for the affected traders who would move into the new market in stages.
Cheng Sew Tong, 46, who runs a family bakery from a pre-war building nearby, welcomed the project.
“My grandfather started the business some 70 years ago.
“I am glad that I will be able to pass it on to my children,” he said.
Fruit seller Maimum Che Mat, 50, said she was happy that a project to modernise the market was finally under way.
Meanwhile, at a separate event, Muhyiddin said the Government would continue to support local writers.
He added that the Government's collaboration with the Malaysia National Institute of Translation (ITBM) and the National Association of Writers (Pena) would inspire writers, especially women, to produce more quality reading materials.
“Today, women writers are in some aspects even more dominant compared to their male counterparts,” he said at the launch of 10 books by female writers published by ITBM and Pena.