SIBU: Business was so good at the reopening of a night market here last Saturday that it took food stall traders less than two hours to sell off their products.
The market was closed for three months due to movement control order (MCO). When it reopened on June 20, it attracted a big crowd.
A total of 1,953 customers visited the night market and the overwhelming response from the public caught Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting and SMC market and petty traders committee chairman Albert Tiang by surprise.
Tiang said the food stall traders sold out their food quickly. The market opens from 5pm to 10pm daily during the current recovery MCO.
“People were very enthusiastic to visit the market considering it was the first night of trading. “This caused a long queue at the registration desk at the three entrances, ” he said.
The three entrances which doubled as exit points at the market are at Cross Road, Island Road and Market Road.
Tiang said the council was contemplating doing away with the registration but would keep the temperature scanning.
“When the registration of customers was implemented at five entry points at the wet market last month, it caused a massive build-up of people. “We stopped doing that since then. A similar thing is happening at the night market, so we will also discard this process, ” he said.
The council, he added, would need the approval of the Resident Office before discontinuing the registration process.
Tiang said the traders were divided into two groups with 82 traders each.
He said only 45 stalls from Group B were open last Saturday as the elderly traders still felt hesitant to operate.
Two of three security guards stationed at the entry/exit points are engaged by the Night Market Hawkers Association while the third guard is hired by the council.The association is collecting RM1 from every stall to pay the security guards, said Tiang.
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