Dedicated women’s market in Dalat soon

Fatimah shows a 'Terendak Melanau' which inspired the interior design of the market.

KUCHING: A new market for women entrepreneurs will soon be built in Dalat, Mukah Division.

Fatimah shows a ‘Terendak Melanau’ which inspired the interior design of the market.

The new market called ‘Bazaarnita’ was revealed by Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah after a meeting with implementing agencies and strategic partners of the project in her office at Baitul Makmur Complex here, yesterday.

According to Fatimah, the project was under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) for the year 2018.

“The project was inspired by Siti Khadijah Market in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. It is an effort to empower women through entrepreneurship,” she said.

Fatimah pointed out that the spirit of entrepreneurship in Dalat women had already existed for a long time. This, she said, was apparent when many women had to work to support their families while their husbands worked at logging camps for long periods of times.

The market is set to cost RM750,000 and will be built next to the existing Dalat market.

Construction will commence within the next two weeks and will be fully completed by the end of this coming June.

“The market will not just house women entrepreneurs under one roof, but will also serve as a tourist attraction because of its culture-inspired design,” she said.

The design of the market is derived from certain aspects of Melanau culture. Its interior design revolves around decorations in the form of ‘Terendak Melanau’.

It was also made known that Sarawak Electricity Berhad (SEB) had agreed to become a strategic partner in the project, while Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM) will be the implementing agency.