Kompleks Pekan Rabu in Tampoi, Johor Bahru was developed and privatised between the Johor State Government, Perbadanan Setiausaha Kerajaan Johor and Swissharta Sdn. Bhd as a platform to create space and opportunities for the Malay entrepreneurs. It also housed the Immigration Office, which was convenient for the public to apply or renew their passports there.
However, this place was poorly utilised with many traders unable to make profits and in order to curb this problem, the government has allocated RM3 million to rejuvenate the business centre and encourage more entrepreneurial activities in the state.
Johor Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC), Executive Director Hahasrin Hashim said the upgrading works is expected to begin soon.
Hahasrin also added that they would like to ensure this business centre cum youth hub will meet the current needs of young entrepreneurs and that similar centres had been developed with more to come including a fashion street in Mutiara Rini, Johor Bahru.
After the facelift, Pekan Rabu is expected to house 70 outlets, including a multi-purpose hall. This is in line with Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin’s views that the development of business centres in the state is in tandem with the state government’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among the locals.