Monday, January 30

Giant Hypermarket set to become a shopping paradise in central region

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SIBU: Giant’s first hypermarket in Sarawak when completed will become a shopping paradise for people in the central region whilst opening up massive job and investment opportunities through its spin-off effects.

Pelawan assemblyman Vincent Goh said the good road infrastructure and connectivity made the place accessible to the masses including outstation folks.

Goh added that Ling Kai Cheng Road which is strategically linked to places such as Ulu Sungai Merah, Teku, Deshon, Pahlawan and nearby places made it convenient for residents to shop at the hypermarket.

The population at these places numbering more than 10,000 would help spur economic development as such.

“And main roads such as Lanang and Wong King Huo will draw people from as far as Bintangor, Julau, Kanowit, Sarikei and other parts of the central region to make a stopover at the largest hypermarket in Sarawak at Ling Kai Cheng Road here,” he told thesundaypost in an interview after the dinner reception at a local hotel here on Friday.

When that happens, it will help improve the standard and quality of life of people here, he said.

To a question, he reckoned that it may also entice tourists to come.

Earlier in his speech, Goh said vast progress and developments were taking shape in his constituency which saw Pelawan emerging into a prosperous township.

Backing up his claim with numbers, he cited that in Ding Lik Kwong and Igan areas, there are 880 existing commercial, residential and industrial units while 608 more are being proposed.

He added that in Jalan Ulu Sungai Merah, there are existing 4,000 residential units with another 450 units approved. Still on development, Goh pointed out that apart from the existing Tun Ahmad Zaidi Stadium, another multi-million ringgit indoor stadium is coming up.

In addition, Rantau Panjang Industrial Park and a low cost housing project there are also in the neighbourhood. The government, he said was widening the roads to accommodate the growth of Pelawan.

For that, he anticipated in the next five to 10 years, great events will continue to unfold here, adding that Pelawan is a self-sufficient centre linked to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

On flood mitigation efforts, the assemblyman stressed that the government had raised many sinking roads and “we have applied to the federal government to extend the flood bund construction project from Lanang Road to our area.”

He added that the application was submitted through the Department of Irrigation and Drainage last year for the proposed implementation under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

The Sibu BN Visionary Development Team headed by Minister of Environment and Public Health Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh were working very hard to bring progress and development to the people.

On his part, he assured that he would commit himself to upgrade the infrastructure with the government so that investors will have peace of mind on their investments.

“In such team spirit, I shall also go to the government to look for ways to improve or even open up more water ways and drainages in our area,” he said adding that he realised the current drainage system depending on Seduan River was insufficient.