Some heavy machines are seen clearing two hectares of land behind the abandoned building in the capital near Tamu Kianggeh yesterday. Picture: BT/Khai Zem Mat Sani
BY WAIL WARDI WASIL
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - VENDORS of Tamu Kianggeh have their wishes come true as they will be moved to a new location about a five-minute walk behind the decades-old market.
The new location behind the Wisma Ali Akbar residence build-ing in the capital is estimated to be around two hectares. In an interview, a sub-contractor from LSL Sdn Bhd who only wished to be known as Lee, said the construction of the new Tamu Kianggeh will be completed within two to three months.
He said the new market will have a a combination of eight one-storey and two-storey buildings.
Lee, who could not disclose the cost of the new tamu, added that the new market will also include facilities such as parking.
When The Brunei Times visited the site yesterday, workers were still in the process of clearing and levelling the land.
In December last year, authorities had ordered Tamu Kianggeh traders to cease operations and relocate to Tamu Gadong by the end of January 2016 despite their refusal.
Vivi Haryani Hj Hasri, a vegetable vendor at Tamu Kianggeh, said traders there already heard of the new location as they enquired from the construction workers.
“When we saw construction works in that area, we asked the workers what they were building and they told us that it was the new location that we (Tamu Kianggeh vendors) will be moved to,” said the 38-year-old.
Hjh Diana Hj Abdul Rahman, 50, who sells dried food and traditional herbs, said the new location is welcomed by all vendors and that the vendors will have no problems moving as the market will still be located in the capital.
She said because the new location is near the current market, vendors will not lose any of their loyal customers, whether they are from the water village or other parts of the country.
“On behalf of all the vendors here, we are very grateful to His Majesty for visiting us during the time when it was confirmed that we were going to get moved to the new Tamu Gadong.
“With His Majesty’s visit, we were able to express our grievances to him regarding the move to the new Tamu Gadong (and) now our wishes were heard and we get to stay and operate our business in the capital,” she added.
His Majesty had made a surprise visit to the open-air market in February this year, where the vendors had expressed their wish to remain at Tamu Kianggeh or move to a location near the market.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times