At long last the site of the once well-known landmark of the city, Yau Tet Shin Bazaar, along Jalan Raja Ekram, is to be redeveloped. Tenders for the construction of a 17-storey complex, comprising of a Podium Block of 6 floors and two tower blocks, have been called.
One tower block will house 11 floors of service apartments and the other block of 10 floors will be for a budget hotel. The ground three floors will house a shopping centre for local produce, offices, an exhibition gallery and a cultural show centre and will have a capacity for 500 parking bays.
Talks of redeveloping the site have been going on since the bazaar, which was also popularly known as “Pasar Bulat” due to its circular shape, was demolished in 2001 by Ipoh City Council as it was deemed “unsafe”.
The Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI), which has been entrusted by the Perak State Government to develop the site, announced its development plan recently.
Its president Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong said the project is on a joint-venture basis with PCCCI. Interested parties are invited to submit their tenders for participation. Tenders close at 4.00 p.m. on July 15. The management Committee of PCCCI believes that development of the Complex should be private sector driven to expedite its development and be economically viable.
The complex is proposed to be the hub of the city’s cultural district, covering the southern parts of Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Jubilee, to include Chinese and Malay economic activities in Gerbang Malam along Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azhar and Chinese Association houses along Jalan Theatre.
At the Q&A session after the briefing, the majority of the questions raised were to give prominence to the Hakka design of the complex. The original Yau Tet Shin Bazaar featured a traditional Hakka circular design bazaar and was referred to as “Pasar Bulat” by the local residents.
Yau Tet Shin Bazaar was constructed in 1961 and named after a Kah Ying Hakka community leader, Yau Tet Shin. It was a popular rendezvous for tourists, where they could pick up souvenirs, pomeloes, Menglembu groundnuts and other local goodies from around Ipoh.