CONGESTION ......Putatan Tamu's proposed relocation to ease traffic congestion.
DEPUTY Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin said that the Tamu ground for Putatan would be relocated to a better place to ease congestion and improve traffic flow in the area.
According to Yahya, the famed Putatan Tamu market has grown rapidly in recent years but is becoming increasingly over crowded, resulting in severe traffic congestion especially in the town area.
"The thriving Tamu Putatan is well-known in the West Coast, and is a popular destination for traders and small businesses not only from Putatan and Penampang but also many from as far as Beaufort and Semporna who come here every week end to sell their wares.
"We are planning to move the market to a more suitable location where it will be less congested and more comfortable for both the traders and visitors to the weekly tamu fare.
Yahya, who is also Barisan Nasional(BN) candidate for Petagas said the proposed relocation plan is still at the planning stage and requires further discussion with the Putatan District Council authorities and all relevant parties.
"Undoubtedly, some people would defend the current location, mainly due to the Tamu's reputation as a unique attraction for Putatan town,"he said.
However, many traders operating in Putatan's thriving market lauded the relocation plan which would ease traffic congestion and improve their business.
27 year-old trader Fitriani Boy said he was in favour of moving the market to a more suitable location for the convenience of customers and businesses. (Insight Sabah)