Monday, May 14, 2007

Kuching's Plaza Merdeka, An integrated Shopping Mall and Boutique Hotel

Integrated: Taib launching Plaza Merdeka in Kuching recently while Ng (right) and State Secratary Datuk Wilson Baya Dandot look on.
An abandoned multi-million ringgit commercial and recreational project in the heart of the city will be revived with the development of the proposed RM270mil Plaza Merdeka.

Plaza Merdeka is an integrated shopping mall and a 290-room boutique business and tourist hotel development on a 1.55ha site.

Standing on the project site now are an uncompleted commercial complex called The Chambers, a row of unoccupied shophouses and the former state Treasury Building.

The proposed Plaza Merdeka project is a joint venture between Rakyat Elite Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Incorporated Sdn Bhd, the state government investment arm.

When completed in three years, Plaza Merdeka will be a landmark next to the Sarawak Tourism Complex and Padang Merdeka where last year’s National Day parade was held.

It will be linked by an underground tunnel to Jalan Gambier where the proposed extension of the waterfront esplanade will be carried out.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud launched the project, part of a revitalisation programme for the city’s old historic district, at Sarawak Tourism Complex recently.

He commended the developer for its efforts in planning the project that blended well with the old city district rich in historical heritage.

Taib was also impressed by the incorporation of various environment-friendly features and facilities that will add beauty to Plaza Merdeka.

He said, with a higher living standard, the people, particularly young professionals, wished to live in a beautiful environment.

Rakyat Elite’s managing director Steve Ng said the discerning feature of the shopping mall would be its huge 9,000 sq ft four-storey garden podium for promotions and exhibitions.

Source : STAR
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