SIBU: Sibu Central Market Hawkers Association is calling for a referendum on the implementation of the 25 working days for traders at the central market.
Its chairman, Yiing Chung Ming, said that the Sibu Municipal Council should not just implement the ruling without getting the views of the traders.
“At this moment, we have no choice but to follow the rule strictly because if we fail to do so, we would be fined up to RM100 a day for no trading,” he told a press conference yesterday.
He said sometimes it was not logical to comply with the ruling especially when business was bad.
“If there is no business on a particular day, why do we have to open our stall? Moreover we are human and need to have rest some time,” he said.
Yiing said the referendum was needed as not all traders there agreed with the ruling.
The three associations – the Sibu Hawkers Welfare Association, Sibu Petty Traders Association and Sibu-Meradong Hawkers Association – which had voiced out their support for the ruling, was only expressing their own views as they were not representing all the 1,200 traders there, he said.
On the upgrading of the central market, he said it was the responsibility of the council.
“Why do we have to be grateful to the council when it is their responsbility as caretaker of the market as we are also paying the annual licence fee of RM180 and another RM100 for the maintenance of the market?
“Our job is only to work and cooperate with them to make the market a conducive place for business and for people to do their marketing,” he added.
On a statement by the association that the central market is its permanent trading place, he said: “It must back up with solid proof.”
Yiing cited the demolition of the old wet market at Jalan Market and Lembangan Market, including the markets in Stutong and Padungan in Kuching where the traders had to move out to other places, as the main cause of worry for the traders here.
He also called on the council to make the three toilets in the central market free for users.
“Bridges in the state are now toll-free, why can’t these toilets be the same? All traders here are paying the licence fee and other maintenance fee but we like the public members still have to pay 20 sen per entry,” he said.