KUALA KANGSAR, June 1 — The Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council is proposing to construct a shopping area, the Grand Bazaar, on the site that faces the majestic Sungai Perak, dividing the town and Manong.
The council hopes to get federal funding for the project, which is estimated to cost about RM30 million. If the proposal gets off the ground, the council predicts the bazaar would be a shot in the arm for tourism and the local economy.
Council president Shahrom Abdul Malik said the bazaar would house an array of stores where visitors would be able to buy household items, clothes and handicraft.
“We plan to build the shopping areas on a 62,700sq km site near the Sungai Perak Indah Square,” he said.
“At present, we are getting many tourists and visitors who visit historical attractions. Tourists will stay longer and boost the economy if there is a shopping area.”
The council aims to attract shoppers from around Kuala Kangsar, including neighbouring districts like Hulu Perak.
Shahrom said the project was one of the ideas supported by the late Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak earlier this month.
“This idea was one of the late MP’s vision for the rebuilding of the riverfront. He saw the riverbank as a catalyst for the economy.
“He had provided a lot of input into the layout plans for the project since he had an architectural background.”
If the allocation was given, Shahrom said the project would take five to eight years to complete.
“We hope the federal government will provide the allocation because it would be a boon to the local community,” he said.