Wire­less Walk en­vis­aged as hub for Bu­mipu­tra traders

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Mo­hamad Ab­dul­lah re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

MIRI: The Bu­mi­put­era busi­ness com­mu­nity here hopes that Wire­less Walk will be an­other land­mark for small Bu­mi­put­era traders to op­er­ate.

Miri Bu­mi­put­era En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Sarawak (PBMS) pres­i­dent Ab­dul Hadi Ar­bie said this is be­cause Wire­less Walk is in a strate­gic lo­ca­tion sur­rounded by ho­tels and shop­ping malls in the heart of Miri City.

He urged small traders who had been al­lo­cated lots there to take the op­por­tu­nity to grow and man­age their busi­ness well, point­ing out that vis­i­tors and tourists look for good and af­ford­able food of many choices.

“Our Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg wants the place to be vi­brant with speedy Wifi and hope­fully the traders can get good re­turns,” he added.

Shar­ing the same view, Sarawak Bu­mi­put­era En­trepreneurs Cham­ber ( DUBS) Miri chair­man Ab­dul Sa­mat Ali hopes to see Wire­less Walk be­come a place where small en­trepreneurs suc­ceed in their busi­ness.

“We hope that the Wire­less Walk project will be suc­cess­ful in open­ing up busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bu­mi­put­eras in the heart of Miri City,” Ab­dul Sa­mat com­mented.

Ac­cord­ing to Ab­dul Sa­mat, the Wire­less Walk project is a brain­child of the Chief Min­is­ter in line with the lat­ter’s vi­sion to cre­ate more busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for small en­trepreneurs in Miri which he has been push­ing for since he was the Tourism Min­is­ter.

He said Abang Jo­hari had stressed that Wire­less Walk must be served by a fast and reli­able in­ter­net ser­vice through the con­tainer con­cept, whereby

Our Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg wants the place to be vi­brant with speedy Wifi and hope­fully the traders can get good re­turns. Ab­dul Hadi Ar­bie , Miri Bu­mi­put­era En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Sarawak (PBMS) pres­i­dent

kiosks would be pro­vided with high speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion and other nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties just like in mod­ern cities in de­vel­oped coun­tries such as Europe.

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that Bu­mi­put­era en­trepreneurs given a place to trade in Wire­less Walk will suc­ceed and prove that Bu­mi­put­eras can also do busi­ness.

“We must be aware that non-Bu­mi­put­era traders will al­ways look for the weak­nesses of the small traders even though the Wire­less Walk project is a spe­cial project for Bu­mi­put­eras,” he said.

At the same time, he dis­closed that DUBS Miri will work to­gether with PBMS to come up with pro­posal to Miri Res­i­dent for PBMS and DUBS Miri to be the man­age­ment for the Wire­less Walk op­er­a­tors.

Abang Jo­hari vis­ited Wire­less Walk on Sun­day to check on the progress of the project and the speed of the Wifi there to en­sure it is fast.

A sec­tion of the Wire­less Walk con­tain­ers which are over 90 per cent com­pleted and ready to op­er­ate in a few months.

Ab­dul Sa­mat Ali

Ab­dul Hadi Ar­bie

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