Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Executive Councillor for Industry, Entrepreneur Development and Tourism, was on hand to usher in Chinese New Year at Station 18 in Pengkalan, organised by Keris Properties recently. Station 18, a one-time semi-rural suburb, is in for bigger things with the completion of the gigantic Jusco Hypermarket rivalling that of Mydin, Tesco and Giant in Meru and Bercham, respectively. The project, scheduled for completion in March of 2012, will provide the impetus to propel this once sleepy hollow to greater heights.
Hamidah, in her opening remarks, dispelled deep-rooted fear that the influx of supermarkets and hypermarkets would kill small businesses. “It’s to the contrary,” she told the crowd. “These giant departments will help stimulate economic activities and provide jobs for the masses, instead.”
She thanked Keris Properties for helping the state government in realising its aim of bringing developments to the state, especially to Ipoh. The property developer has been a major player on the state economic scene, building resident cum commercial centres for the business community.
In attendance was the Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim. They then handed over mandarin oranges and ang pows to 80 senior citizens who were guests of Keris Properties.
The event ended with a dazzling fireworks display that kept both spectators and buyers at the nearby pasar malam enthralled.