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Landmark building to be torn down
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What is wrong the this mayor???? Can't he appreciate heritage buildings???

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KUCHING: The former Gambier Street wet market, one of the city's old colonial-era buildings, will be torn down as it is purportedly unsafe, officials said.

The market, which comprised a poultry, fish and former pork market, would be demolished, said Kuching City North mayor Abang Mohamad Atei Medaan.

Abang Mohamad Atei said the market was closed on June 15 but the 73-year-old building could not be saved and preserved as a historical site.

He said the state Public Works Department, which carried out the assessment on the market's structure, had found it unsafe and recommended to city hall not to preserve the building.

The date for the demolition has not been set.

The Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) had earlier urged authorities to preserve the market for its "outstanding" heritage value.

SHS president Mike Boon argued that if the market was preserved, it could have been incorporated into the design of the esplanade that would be built on the site of the market's location.

This is because the esplanade would stretch from Jalan Gambier to the Ban Hock Wharf, and possibly link up with the popular Kuching waterfront.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud's vision of the esplanade is a scenic recreational place that has "lots of trees".

The market has appeared in most tourist brochures as a must-visit site and is one of the city's landmarks.

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the structure has already been there even before he was even born!and until now then find out that its unsafe?!what a reason!

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Always making use of the reason of being "unsafe".

unsafe for the mice now maybe.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 12:22
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See how Singapore reserved Lau Pa Sat (or 老巴刹 /old market) into a food hub today in the heart of Raffles Place.

Torn Down? Second Thought.....
"sayang" is the word to describe...
The officials understand what's artificial heritage or not?


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the most unsafe thing is their mind and pockets..bottomless pit!

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This is bull. No proper reason is given to justify the demolition. It's unsafe? Make it safe then, do some restoration work. Put your funds to good use for once, instead of using it to line your own bloody pockets.

"Could not be saved". COULD NOT? Meaning it's not possible to save it? Why ever not? OH! I know it's why! It's because the money is better off being put into the "Tabung Membeli Mercedes Baru Untuk Menteri".

As is the case with so many other things, this probably has something to do with Lord White Hair. The Gambier Street Market probably interferes with his plan for WORLD DOMINATION! Sorry, I mean his plans for the esplanade. So what does he do, he asks DBKU to demolish the building on grounds on being unsafe.

I mean, it's ok if you don't want to rebuild the Satok Bridge, as it was accidentally destroyed. But now you want to deliberately destroy our heritage? Congratulations, you've taken your first baby steps to achieve your goals.

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Let us start a online petition. Since they haven't stated a date when the demolition starts, there is still time to gather signatures

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Luckily I went and took as many pictures I can already.

Sigh, speaking of preservation, they even paint the bishop gate with stupid colors...

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just put it simple..the authorities dont give a rats @$$ about what the people thinks.they can do what they want when they want.all they need is just some 3yr old kid type of excuse.whatever they do is for the best of the "rakyat".look up the dictionary does "rakyat" means "pockets"..?

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The building has stood for more than 3/4 of a century; with some more care, it can last for even longer than that, with the right initiative, effort and support. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is by right unsafe for obvious reasons, and the old British Straits Settlement Governor's residence in Penang was also deemed unsafe, but they were saved.

It's quite obvious with the words 'deemed unsafe' and 'vision of trees' that the building has to say farewell so that trees can be placed in it's stead.

It is a real sad moment when a distinct part of our Brooke heritage is torn down. It has immense aesthetic values, it is elegant in its own way and without history, who are we to know our past? The past serves as a reminder, to tell us where we came from, so that we can see how far we have come. To destroy history is akin to sacrilege.

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