Traders cry foul over presence of illegal operators

Ting (right) getting feedback from traders at Pasar Tamu Taman Indah.

SIBU: Traders at Pasar Tamu Taman Indah here are upset because unlicensed traders are taking away their business.

The market, which was relocated from Jalan Mahsuri on Aug 1, is popular among the locals and it has drawn others to set up stalls there illegally.

Sibu Municipal Council (MPS) chairman Clarence Ting said he was aware of the problem at the market.

“The presence of illegal traders has affected the livelihood of licensed traders,” he said during a site visit.

He revealed that some 20 people were operating stalls illegally at the market.

He said that besides unfair competition from the illegal stall operators, the licensed traders’ business could be affected because of the reduced operating hours.

He said a high number of the illegal traders opened their stalls before the permitted business hour at 6am.

“They start at 3am. Many people like visiting the market very early,” said Ting.

SMC market and petty traders standing committee chairman Albert Tiang said the local council plans to create more space at the Sunday market to accommodate the 20 traders after they were legalised. The market presently has 180 licensed traders.

Meanwhile, Ting reminded traders to ensure cleanliness at the site and to adhere to the standard operating procedures to prevent Covid-19 infections.

“I have reminded MPS staff to ensure cleanliness at Pasar Tamu Taman Indah.

“I am happy to find that traders are cooperating with the council by sweeping and cleaning their own areas,” he added.

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