Plans for security fence at Central Market

Cones and tape are placed at the entrance to the market to keep people out.

SIBU: The four corners of the Central Market here will soon be fenced up to provide better security.

Market and Petty Traders committee chairman Albeet Tiang said Sibu Municipal Council was looking into the cost involved for the project.

“We discussed the matter two months ago.

“Once all is in order and funds are allocated, we start work to build the fence, ” he said.

He explained that the project was necessary to tighten security at the market and to prevent people from entering the premises using hidden and secret routes.

He said some traders had complained of missing items.

“Some leave their goods at the stalls when they close for business although they are not supposed to do this.

“For their own good, I hope the traders will be more responsible and remove them when closing shop.

“A trader selling crabs complained his stock was stolen and blamed the theft on lack of security measures at the market.

“He said he lost some eight baskets of crabs weighing over 50kg.

“The incident happened at night, after business hours, ” he added.

Tiang reminded that during this recovery movement control order, visitors to the market were required to register their personal details and have their body temperature taken when they arrived at any one of the five entrances.

“However, checks found that there are some hidden routes or what is locally known as jalan tikus that some use to gain entry into the market, especially at night, ” he said.

The council, he noted, had put up red tape and placed cones around the market but these had been vandalised either by the hawkers or the public.

He said that given the situation, putting up fencing was the best solution to resolve the problem.

Tiang said the council had opted for the fence as this could easily be installed and dismantled.

On closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, he said the council planned to instal more units at the central market next year.

“We need more for surveillance at the market. We want it in every corner for security reasons, ” he added.

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