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Street markets will be placed along three streets in Chinatown from the second quarter of 2003. Two of these streets - Pagoda Street and part of Trengganu Street - have been pedestrianised and are closed to vehicular traffic from 11am to 12 midnight daily.

Works to pedestrianise Sago Street and the remaining portion of Trengganu Street will begin on 10th February 2003 and is expected to take four months. During these four months, there may be occasions when Sago Street will be closed to vehicular traffic to facilitate the construction works.

When the pedestrianisation is completed, Sago Street and the short portion of Trengganu Street that joins Smith Street to Sago Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during specific periods to facilitate the operation of the street markets.

To improve the traffic flow when the streets are closed for the operation of the street markets and food stalls, the stretch of Smith Street between New Bridge Road and the entrance of the Chinatown Complex carpark was converted to a two-way street from 9th January 2003. The rest of Smith Street shall remain a one-way road heading towards South Bridge Road.

There will be more than 100 street stalls on all three streets. Stalls on Pagoda and Trengganu Streets are expected to start operating business in April - to coincide with the opening of the new Chinatown Mass Rapid Transit station. In June, the stalls on Sago Street will open.

The street stalls will open daily, selling items such as antiques, souvenirs, dried foods, toys, arts and crafts.

Mr Edmund Chua, Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) Deputy Director for Thematic Development, said: "We approach every project in Chinatown with sensitivity because of its significance to the people living in the district and many other local residents who frequent this place. We work with researchers, historians, and former residents to bring about an authentic way to bring life back to Chinatown. The Street Market project is an example of our close collaboration with stakeholders in Chinatown."

STB has appointed the Chinatown Business Association (CBA) to operate the Street Market. CBA will develop the product mix to appeal to the locals and overseas visitors.

The CBA's Chairman, Mr Wong Chi Keong, commented: "We plan to organise regular street performances at the Street Market. The selection of entertainment programmes will reflect Chinatown's diverse cultural heritage and will include performances in Cantonese and those of other dialects to reach out to a wide audience."

The Street Market is part of the Chinatown Experience Guide Plan, to revitalise Chinatown by introducing a more exciting and vibrant experience for local residents and tourists while preserving the area's unique heritage and character.

It is a multi-agency effort spearheaded by the STB and supported by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee and CBA, a non-profit organisation made up of stakeholders of Chinatown which has been actively involved in the conceptualisation of Street Market.

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6 February 2003

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SPH MediaWorks is looking for an additional 12 employees to boost its current headcount of 300. Currently, it produces 350 hours' worth of local productions on a yearly basis, or an estimated 25 to 30 per cent of its total output. The balance is filled by acquired programmes. (L12)

London-based Medical Protection Society (MPS), which insures almost all of the 6,000 doctors here, has slapped hefty premium hikes of 45 to almost 100 per cent on everyone, from the most junior housemen to specialists, from last Saturday. In 1999, insurance payouts totalled less than S$1 million. In 2000, the figure tripled. In 2001, it soared to more than S$7 million. (1)

A man who used an Internet chatroom to find young girls to rape was yesterday sentenced to 23 years' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane. Raymond POK, 26, posed as a teenager and lured three girls, two aged 14, and one aged 13, into his trap. (4)

The Colbar restaurant and two adjoining shops in Portsdown Road estate will be torn down to make way for a new road linking Queensway to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Aside from the three shops, the Gloucester Archery Range and Field, and the Temasek Club's driving range will also have to go. (H1)

Printing assistant QUAK Yik Yin, 48 was yesterday sentenced to six years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to three counts of molesting and wrongfully restraining his 21-year-old Indonesian maid at his flat in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3.

A youth-oriented L2 "concept floor" will open next month inside the Cathay Cineleisure retail and entertainment complex. The upgraded second-level retail floor will have 25 shop-units carved out of 15,000 sq ft of space vacated by former tenants, which included Chinois Chinois Bar and Viva Music Hub. L2's space is bigger than that of Parco Bugis Junction's Edge (10,000 sq ft) but smaller than the spaces of The Heeren's Annex (20,000 sq ft) and Far East Plaza's Level One (45,000 sq ft). The complex's two-storey mock gorilla has been removed to accommodate L2's gold and blue logo. (A14)

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