More redevelopment efforts of the sultanate’s capital are in the works including the relocation of the popular hawker centre at the heart of the Bandar Seri Begawan, Tamu Selera, revealed the Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA).
This was said during the fifth day of the Legislative Council meeting when a budget of $130.35 million was proposed for MoHA during the 2021/2022 Financial Year in a speech by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Awang Abu Bakar Apong.
The minister then outlined three main priorities for the ministry in the 2021/2022 Financial Year, one of which is increasing the country’s productivity that includes the further revitalisation of Bandar Seri Begawan.
“There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a great impact towards national productivity and the socio-economy of the world. Nevertheless, the ministry will continue to support and help (foster) the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.
Part and parcel of this, the minister added is the refurbishment of three government-owned buildings located in the capital namely; the Bumiputera Trade and Commercial Centre, the multi-storey car park building and the Local Employment and Manpower Development Agency (APTK) located on Jalan Cator.
The refurbishments of the three buildings according to YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar, will be implemented in phases and is actively being discussed with other government agencies as well as local company P Cube and Darussalam Assets.
“Another project under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the relocation of vendors from Tamu Selera on Jalan Dato Taib to a larger location which is the former nursery site near the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park in Jalan Kumbang Pasang,” he continued.
“The Expression of Interest was released on 8 January 2020 and has received positive responses from developers who have provided concepts on establishing a food court and other mixed developments,” he added.
The minister expressed hopes that the new and upgraded infrastructure will attract domestic and foreign investors to develop government-owned assets as well as create more employment opportunities for locals.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN