Proper place for local cobblers soon

A building for cobblers is being built at the site of the old bus station.

MUKAH: A proper place for cobblers is now taking shape and will be ready soon.

Thanks to the plan by a local representative to upgrade the former bus station area for such purpose, the local old town cobblers’ dream for such place here has eventually materialised.

New Sarawak Tribune today discovered that the building has taken shape since the plan was implemented about two weeks ago.

The building, measuring 3x6x3 metres, is made mostly of steel materials, except for the floor, which is made of concrete. It has three rooms.

On June 24, 2020, Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo went on a walkabout at the former bus station in the old town here to see the possibility of upgrading the area as well as setting up a proper place for cobblers to conduct their business.

A file photo of Wahab (left) and his assistant at work.

He said the upgrading project, implemented by Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM), would commence soon and financed by the minor rural project (MRP) fund.

Currently, the former bus station is used as a taxi and car park and also occasionally used as a site for selling durians and other jungle produce.

It is located less than 100 metres from the location of the two cobblers who are currently operating at the narrow walkway of the MDDM-owned dry market.

One of the cobblers, Wahab Razak, when interviewed on June 30, 2020, looked forward to the plan, which included a proper place for them to conduct their businesses.

The 55-year-old father said he certainly welcome the plan if the new location is claimed to be more comfortable.