Pasar tamu relocation ‘right move’

Shoppers coming in droves to the recently relocated pasar tamu in Jalan Teku in Taman Indah.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) feels that the decision to relocate the pasar tamu from Jalan Mahsuri to Jalan Teku in Taman Indah is the right move.

The market at the new site, which opened on Aug 1, has been attracting a large crowd of shoppers.

Council chairman Clarence Ting said when the idea of relocating the market was first mooted, traders there had many reservations.

Despite this, the SMC Market and Petty Traders committee went ahead with the move.

“It has been two-and-a-half months and the market has been accepted by the public,” he said.

He added that councillor Jiram Ak Marden reported a good turnout at the market on Sunday.

“People seemed to have accepted this Sunday Market.

“More importantly, the traders are doing good business, I am happy as they have suffered closure for almost five months with no income during the movement control order period,” he said after the council meeting.

Ting was also happy that the traders had kept the place clean, which helped the SMC staff.

He added that this must continue, as cleanliness of the market was important for the public.

Meanwhile, he said the council would make improvements to Jalan Teku because it was in poor condition.

SMC has approved a sum of RM400,000 for the purpose and the work will start end of this month or next month.

“I would like to inform the residents in the area that the poor condition is a result of heavy vehicles — many of them overloaded — using this road,” he added.

Ting said he had asked the relevant authority to take action against these heavy vehicles so that further damage to the road could be avoided.

He added that more funding

was required as the council’s Works and Traffic committee had to improve the road from University College of Technology Sarawak roundabout to Jalan Rantau Panjang.

“Those in the meeting agreed to this and improvements will take place within this year,” he said.

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