to transform the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’ into a vibrant leisure and entertainment hub” 

Leisure and Entertainment hub = a place for night clubs + massage parlours ?

The only option to transform the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’?

Red-light district ???

Traders in the dark over demolition plan
August 15, 2013

NIGHT MARKET: Petanak Market comes alive with lights, sound and smell after sunset.

MIDNIGHT MARKETING: Grocery stores at Petanak Market open their doors in the wee hours of the morning.

KUCHING: Many traders at Petanak Central Market here claimed that they have not been informed about the plan to demolish the 25-year-old business site nor on the relocation.

A couple trading fish at the market, who wished not to be named, told The Borneo Post yesterday that they have not received any official notification.

“In fact, we didn’t know anything about it until the news was out in the paper.

“Also we have not heard anything about the relocation plan. Since we are clueless ourselves, we can’t really comment at this moment,” he said.

His wife said: “Many of our customers asked us where we will move to, which we ourselves don’t even know.”

She was one of those who had opposed the plan to demolish the market and relocate the traders, most of them there since 1988 when the market opened.

“I think there is a need to have a market in every area to cater to nearby and surrounding residents and businesses. We will feel the impact from the shift,” she said.

She thought the market’s present location was strategic and convenient.

“We could lose regular customers if relocated out of the city,” she pointed out.

The couple has been trading at the market for the past 25 years.

A grocery wholesaler felt it was not for them to suggest otherwise.

“If this place is to be demolished, we have no choice but to relocate,” said the 60-year-old man who moved his business here from the old Padungan market.

On whether Kota Samarahan was a good alternative, he said: “We need time to adapt to the change. Kota Samarahan could be a good alternative as the population has increased and traffic is good.”

“Our traditional grocery business is facing fierce competition from supermarkets. Businesses are too spread out,” he said.

His business is more focused on wholesale as shoppers prefer to do their marketing in supermarkets that offer more choice than the traditional grocery store.

“We normally supply to sellers, small retailers and mobile traders,” he said.

The daily operational hours at the wet market start at 2 or 3 in the morning until late morning.

There is no place quite like it because the Petanak Central Market goes to sleep during the day and only comes alive after the sun has set.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg disclosed Tuesday that the State Planning Authority (SPA) had approved the proposed project to transform the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’ into a vibrant leisure and entertainment hub.

The place will be replaced with a modern market akin to E-Mart and Choice Food Mart.

Abang Jo also revealed there will be a relocation plan and they will consult affected traders to meet their needs.

Meanwhile the Kuching waterfront extension project will involve massive land reclamation along Sarawak River from Grand Margherita Hotel to Jalan Chan Chin Ann.

The project undertaken by Ibraco Bhd is expected to take five years to complete.

The waterfront extension project will feature several key zones including Landscape Garden Plaza, Riverfront Pedestrian Mall, Festive Tourist and Entertainment Hub, an office park and an exclusive waterfront residential development with a private jetty.

It includes the improvement of public access and traffic lineage to the waterfront area such as provisions for new river taxi points, construction of a 600m-long dual carriage esplanade road and new car parks as well as landscaping of several roads. –Source