Nanta: Success Of Eateries Reflects State of Economy

KAPIT: Coffee shops and other eateries here have an important role to play as they reflect how the economy is faring, said Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Nanta said it was good to see that eateries here are always full, demonstrating that consumers have spending power.

If the coffee shops are empty and the owners start complaining, then it gets a bit worrying. Today, I experienced the worst of traffic jams all over the place in town. Everywhere was jammed. Penghulu Sia Shui Poh told me every week new cars are on the road. I observed in Kapit, there are very few old cars.

That tells me how buoyant our economy is. People buy cars or houses because they can afford them, he said during the Kapit Coffee Shop and Restaurant Owners’ Association (KCROA) 41st anniversary and Chinese New Year celebration on Tuesday.

Nanta said when he entered politics he had a vision and mission to accomplish.

What is important, we must make use of politics to do the best for the people. The past six or seven years, especially since 2009 when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak became the Prime Minister, we’ve gotten a lot of infrastructure and amenity projects focused in Kapit, he said.

On Jalan Kapit-Song-Kanowit, Nanta pointed out that the so-called ‘missing link’ of Jalan Temalat-Nyungun would be completed.

On Feb 20, the contractor who has been appointed will enter the site at Tamalat to start the 9.6km road. Also on the same day, to finalise the contractor to construct the 5.6km road at Nyungun bypass, he said.

Nanta also announced RM20,000 for KCROA’s activities.

Among those present at the event were Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat, and Malaysia-Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors General Merchants Association president Ho Su Mong.

Source: The Borneo Post