KUCHING, April 27 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to the Matang Farmers’ Market here tomorrow appears to be eagerly looked forward to by smalltime entrepreneurs.
“I hope I can meet him,” vegetable seller Rosmah Abdullah told Bernama here today when she heard of the PM’s visit.
Having plied her trade for more than 20 years at the market, the 47-year-old hawker hoped she could express to the prime minister the problems they faced at the market.
According to her, the farmers’ market was in need of basic facilities such as public toilets for the convenience of traders and customers.
“We have been doing business with our own capital, which is actually not much. We do wish we willl not remain as smalltime entrepreneurs all our lives,” she said, apparently expecting some good news from Najib.
Her son, Mohd Firdaus Ahmad, 21, who has been helping her with the business since he was six, felt proud that the PM had chosen to visit the premises.
“This is the second good news for me. My wife will be giving birth to our first child soon.”
Mohd Firdaus observed that Najib as a visionary prime minister with lots of programmes to help the people.
The visit is part of the prime minister’s ‘grassroots’ itinerary in Sarawak.
Sundry goods peddler Othman Saili, 48, hopes Najib will notice the uniqueness of the Matang farmers’ market.
He said the hawkers had to contend with growing competition with new markets opening in the area.
“We have regular customers who are mostly residents of housing estates around. We hope more housing estates will be built so we will have more customers,” he said.
Meanwhile, fish and chicken seller Mazlan Minan, 42, said the visit would allow Najib to see the endeavour among Bumiputera traders to succeed in their business.
“We hope he will help establish a permanent farmers’ market here,” he said.
Source : Bernama