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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

(The Star) RM3mil facelift for business centre in Tampoi

PASIR GUDANG: The poorly utilised Pekan Rabu in Tampoi will undergo a major facelift costing RM3mil to rejuvenate the business centre and encourage more entrepreneurial activities in the state.

Johor Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) executive director Hahasrin Hashim said the upgrading work is expected to begin soon.

“We are currently in discussions with the state government to appoint a suitable contractor to carry out the work.

“We also want to ensure this youth hub cum business centre will meet the current needs of young entrepreneurs,” he said.

Hahasrin said this after Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin launched Muafakat Johor Entrepreneur Workshop and Pusat Niaga Era key handing-over ceremony here.

He added that similar business centres had been developed and that more would be developed, including in Pekan Rabu in Kluang, which had been revamped to Kluang Junction, and that there were plans for an upcoming fashion street at Mutiara Rini in Johor Baru.

“The one in Kluang has started operations with a total of 142 outlets and the Pusat Niaga Era here has 36 outlets for various businesses.

“We aim to open 70 outlets, including facilities such as a multi-purpose hall to make it a youth hub at Pekan Rabu Tampoi,” he said, adding that the project in Mutiara Rini was also expected to begin soon.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled said the development of business centres around the state was in line with the state government’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among locals.

“We are aware economic growth does not only rely on mega projects but also on each and every entrepreneur here.

“Likewise, the participation of local entrepreneurs from all backgrounds is the best way for the community to benefit from Johor’s economic growth,” he said.

He also said that each centre, managed by EDC, would have individual themes in line with what the entrepreneurs have to offer.

Mohamed Khaled said that entrepreneurs at Pusat Niaga Era here would start paying rent only in October and that half of the monthly rental would be subsidised by the local council.