Metrocity night market upgrading plan revealed

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A section of the N6 Youth Night Market. File photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Plans are in place to upgrade the bustling N6 Youth Night Market at Metrocity Matang, revealed Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.

A proposal has been drafted for the project to be implemented which also involves acquiring the land where the night market is at from the developer, he pointed out.

“Currently, the land belongs to the developer, so we are renting it and the price is quite steep. This is because my view is that Metrocity is a place where it is developing rapidly and we want the traders to benefit from it.

“To me, it is crucial that the traders are involved directly in the development as the place is an attraction to many visitors. It can also be said that the night market also contributes to the influx of people visiting the place,” he said when fielding questions from netizens during a Facebook livestream session on Saturday night.

The Tupong assemblyman said discussions are ongoing with the state government for them to acquire the land for it to be a permanent site for the night market.

“I have met with the owner; they agreed to sell and now we are in the midst of discussing it with the state government,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the possibility of a Ramadan Bazaar or an Aidilfitri Bazaar this year, Fazzrudin said it will depend on the situation of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I hope that we can reopen the bazaars as we didn’t have it last year as according to the traders, this is the time where the sales are high.

“So, we hope that the Covid-19 situation will improve so that the bazaar can be reopened,” he said.

At the same time, Fazzrudin also called on the traders to be registered with the local councils and obtain their licences for their businesses.

“This is so that they would not miss out on assistance by the government which would help their businesses during difficult times such as this,” he said.