Plans under way to put Kedai Kampung on tourists’ agenda
The Temburong District Office said it plans to include the ‘Kedai Kampung’ or village shop on tourists’ travel itinerary in the hope of boosting its presence.
It said the move would involve collaboration with tour guides and travel agencies.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, an officer at the Temburong District Office who wished to be anonymous said in line with the plan, there would be a greater number and diversity of products being sold at the shop.
She said the shop prioritises the sale of products made by village consultative councils in Temburong, which range from crackers to handicrafts.
The shop, open daily from 8am to 4pm, is one of the district office’s efforts in introducing and promoting Temburong’s local products.
The shop was previously known as the Temburong Village Consultative Council Products Centre when it was launched in 2009. It was renamed ‘Kedai Kampung’ last year upon the initiative of the District Officer and community leaders in a bid to make it more recognisable and unique.
The councils are able to sell their products at the shop free of charge.
The amount of sales generated by the shop weren’t disclosed, but Temburong Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad said last year that sales were low.
Some of the village consultative councils that sell their products at the shop are Kg Belais and Buda-Buda; Kg Selangan, Parit and Biang Menengah; Kg Senukoh; Kg Lepong Baru; Kg Menengah; Kg Batu Apoi and Kg Rataie.
She said for now, promotion for the shop is limited to its Facebook page ‘Kedai Kampung’. To boost the shop’s presence, the district office will also be promoting the shop at strategic places in Bangar Town, including the passenger jetty.
Kedai Kampung is managed by the Kg Selangan, Parit and Biang Menengah Village Consultative Council and monitored by the Mukim and Village Institution under the Temburong District Office. The shop employs one worker - a youth from Kg Selangan.
The Brunei Times