SIBU: The Sibujaya Night Market had an encouraging start on its opening night despite the rain.
Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) chairman Sempurai Petrus said a large number of people visited the market and the council hoped it would become a new attraction in the Sibujaya township and Sibu town.
“The colourful lights and synchronised canopies can be something iconic in Sibujaya,” he said.
The opening of the night market was an achievement for the council, as it planned to transform Sibujaya into an economically vibrant and modern township.
“The council hopes the night market can improve the socio-economic growth of Sibujaya residents in line with their Local Key Result Areas (LKRAs),” he said.
SRS-DC deputy chairman Robert Lau Hui Yew, who was instrumental in the setting up of the market, said the market would only be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights initially.
“We can extend it to include weeknights as well,” he said.
Lau said he was currently discussing with the master developer of SibuJaya on how they could work together to promote the weekend market.
“We are thinking of having some activities like busking or performances by recording artistes at this site for now. We will also look into creating a collectors’ weekend bazaar where residents can put up items for sale,” he said.
All these efforts were to ensure the people had a platform to earn extra income, he explained.