SIBU: The central market here, said to be the largest in the country with more than 1,200 hawkers, now offers a more roomy and comfortable experience to shoppers.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong said the council had taken several measures to clean-up the market.
Hawkers had been told to stop occupying the space outside their own stalls and dismantle any illegal extension by the end of this month.
The council had drawn yellow lines around every stall to ensure the hawkers keep to their own areas.
“Previously with all the illegal practices, there was only two feet left in the passageway for people to walk on.
“But now, the passageway is at least double the size,” he said.
The measures were taken following complaints from the public and other hawkers.
“The hawkers complained that some of their counterparts occupied large spaces to display their goods,” he said.
On the first floor, the council had also recently installed 16 air-cooler units and 296 new tables.
Wong hoped all these changes would attract more people to the market, especially with Chinese New Year approaching.
“We want people to know that the central market is still the best place to shop,” he added.
Wong said the council also wanted to promote the place to tourists as next year is Visit Sibu Year 2016.