DALAT: The existing Bazaarnita here housing female hawkers will be rebuilt at a cost of RM750,000 and is expected to be completed within six months.

A symbolic handing over of the project site by the Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM) to contractor Bumi Lanau Construction was held at the site yesterday.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said there was a slight delay in implementing the project because there was a need to move underground electric cables at the site by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).

Fatimah (right) presents a document the contractor as others look on.

According to her, the project would be a symbol of women entrepreneurship spirit in Dalat and Sarawak in general.

“This will be depicted in a panel describing among other things, the Melanau social status as seen on the terendak’s texture, which will be incorporated into the building,” she said when officiating at the handing over ceremony of the project site.

Fatimah who is also Dalat assemblywoman added that 183 terendak (traditional Melanau big hat) would be used to adorn the interior of the building, and SEB has agreed to sponsor the cost.

Bazaarnita would sell Dalat Best products such as traditional biscuits jala, tebaloi, sago pearls among others.