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STB urged to attract crowd to Gambier Street
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STB urged to attract crowd to Gambier Street
By Jong Yee Ling

KUCHING: Business operators in Gambier Street are turning to Sarawak Tourism Board for help to return the once thriving enclave to its former glory after the closure of the almost century-old market there.

The operators claim dwindling crowds after the market was relocated to Stutong Market in Tabuan Laru.

The dwindling crowd was one of issues discussed during the annual general meeting of the Kuching Old Market Community Association yesterday.

Its chairman Datuk Sim Swee Yong said after the relocation of Gambier Street Market traders to Stutong, less people and tourists patronised this older part of the city compared to the past.

“When the market was still there, many people would come to town to buy their daily necessities. Now, it is no longer so.

“Many shops in the vicinity record a noticeable drop in their business volume, and they are feeling the pinch. We hope the authorities would do something to the area fast to get the people to come back,” he said at the AGM held at It Hng Restaurant here.

He believed that the STB, besides promoting Kuching to the rest of the world, could organise activities in the old part of the city to draw the crowd to patronise the businesses there.

Gambier Street Market, which was built in 1935, consists of a vegetable market, fish market, Long Jetty Hawker Centre, and Fixed Stall Hawker Centre. It used to come under the purview of the Kuching City North Commission (DBKU). Now that the traders have moved to Stutong, the job of managing and controlling the traders falls under Kuching City South Council.

The new (Stutong) market became operational on June 15. It is divided into two blocks, and 550 stalls are housed on the ground floor and 106 stalls on the first floor. Former traders from Gambier Street Market form the majority of the occupants at 398 while 113 others are former traders at Tabuan Jaya Market.

A parking space for 488 vehicles is also incorporated into the market complex.

During the AGM Sim also appealed to members to cut down on cost and save whatever excess they had in order to sail through hard time.

“Face the challenges with a positive mindset and work with the authorities for the betterment of all and the community at large,” he added.

Pemanca Ko Wai Neng also spoke at the meeting, which was also attended by the association’s secretary Sim Thong Poh, advisors Chua Khin Hui and Ko Au Yong Wai Oi.

At the meeting, incentive awards were given to students who excelled in their studies.


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I do wonder what is to be see or whats the tourist attraction in Gambier Street now.

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Urge more crowd to Gambier, well, what can be seen there....a quiet Gambier Street, and I think the street goes dead after 6 pm..

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Here is the updated images on Gambier Street.
the place where the fruits and watermelon hawkers used to stand.

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seems like crocodile tears. anyway, what has been done, is done. nobody is going to that place anymore for the same purpose. maybe to look some ah kua?

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City area (outside the so-called Golden Triangle) is sooooo dead during weekend afternoons.

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Oh dear look at the picture, it looks like the scene AFTER SHOCK! Hopefully they gonna do something as soon as possible...everything seems moving slow and shaky!

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They still need to clear the place up for the Waterfront extension/Sanctuary Place/whatever is being proposed. It takes time, nothing can happen overnight.

I admit, Kuching's 'city core' can be extremely quiet whereas the other centres of Tabuan, Hui Sing, Satok and Third Mile are far more busier. What is there along Gambier Street to attract the crowds? It's well known that the city core/CBD becomes quiet after the sun sets, and not only in Kuching but cities like New York and Sydney, the financial precinct becomes almost desolate.

I'd give it a while for life to return. When the current Kuching Waterfront was built, the old Main Bazaar was pretty quiet, but now it lives with life. Besides, do you as a traveller, want to see a construction site and ramshackle houses? I'm sure after the waterfront extension/Sanctuary Place/whatever is completed, the urban regeneration might be like that of the Main Bazaar after the Waterfront was completed.

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I do HOPE they preserve the heritage building there. No matter what they are going to propose, pls, this heritage building will be soon become some tourist or some happening area if they can utilies them.
If the gov going to distroy these building, pls, cat city members, lets go to protest againts them. We love our city right??

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rome wasnt build in a day.i believe after the waterfront extension is completed im sure it will be better then before..with more tourist.before this its just a poultry market and fruit stalls.tourist does go there out of curiosity but is there really much to catch their attention?if the slaughtering of live chickens does entertain them then maybe.its the historical site not the daily activities that happens there.its sad ofcos but in order to move forward changes has to be made.btw..is there a shopping mall there?heard rumors there is.

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