Tamu Kianggeh relocation move still under discussion
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A DECISION is yet to be made over the plan to transfer Tamu Kianggeh vendors to Tamu Gadong, although the Ministry of Home Affairs previously said that the area should be cleared by this month.
When contacted, Chairperson of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board Pg Dato Paduka Hj Abd Rahman Pg Seri Indera Pg Hj Ismail said that the move was still under discussion and the outcome will be released once they come to a conclusion.
Despite that, vendors in Tamu Kianggeh said they would only be happy with the move if they are transferred out of Tamu Kianggeh to a location that is still be within the compounds of the capital.
One of the vendors, Hjh Rosnah Hj Latif, suggested the Sg Kedayan area as one of the potential locations for the new tamu.
She told The Brunei Times that they wanted the new tamu to still be in the capital because most of her and other vendors’ customers were residents of Kg Ayer.
These customers would come down to the capital to run their errands, and would usually stop by the tamu before going home.
If given the chance, she said she would rather not move as she had been selling her wares at Tamu Kianggeh since she was seven years old. She also noted that there have been improvements to the tamu since His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s visit last month.
The improvements, she said, includes the re-arrangement of booths, which would allow customers to walk about freely and comfortably while browsing their goods.
Fellow vendor, Hjh Zauyah Hj Morshidi, said it would be better to continue improving the tamu, as opposed to relocating it.
She proposed improvements such as introducing a sunblind made out of bamboos so that the government could achieve their beautification aims.
The cleanliness has also been improved since the booths were rearranged, she said.
The Brunei Times