RM7 million set aside for the first phase of upgrading 38 Tamu Desa in Sabah

KUALA PENYU: An allocation of RM7 million has been set aside for the initial phase of enhancing 38 Tamu Desa (village community market) sites in Sabah, as announced by Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Datuk Ewon Benedick.


He said that the allocated funds will be utilized for the commencement of the Tamu Desa Project in the state. The District Office will oversee the project’s implementation to ensure compliance with the specified scope of work.

Ewon said that the District Office will furnish regular updates on the project’s progress to the Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives, Hawkers and Small Traders Council (MPUKPPD), which will be overseen by the District Officer.

These statements were made by Ewon during the official opening of the Tekun Madani Carnival and Showcase One District One Industry (SDSI) at the Datuk Shahbandar Makang Community Hall in Kuala Penyu today.

Also in attendance were the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Dato’ Sri Suriani Dato’ Ahmad, Beaufort Member of Parliament Datuk Hajah Siti Aminah Aching, and Kuala Penyu State Assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury.

Ewon elaborated on the significance of community tamu markets or weekly markets as places where individuals from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds in Sabah converge.

“These markets possess their own distinctiveness by offering a wide array of local products sold by traders. Consequently, the ministry will launch the Tamu Desa Premises Development Program, which aims to enhance commercial spaces and market centers in rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak,” he explained.

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