More native traders at weekend market

Ting (right) getting feedback from traders of Pasar Tamu Taman Indah. The council has now set up a special area to accommodate more native traders. — Filepic

SIBU: Taman Indah Pasar Tamu will soon boast a better mix of vendors once 30 more native traders start operating.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said the council had just completed paving over a section of the lawn at the market.

“The native traders will trade at this place. We have 35 applications for trading lots and 30 of them will be given to native traders. I want this market to be for all races, ” he said.

Currently, there are 120 traders at this weekend market, of whom 108 are Chinese. The market, which opened on Aug 1, was previously located in Jalan Mahsuri.

Among items sold at the market included vegetables, local and jungle products, fruits, fish, flowers, and food and beverages.

“Before the opening of this market, there were only five bumiputra traders who applied to trade there. The rest were not confident that business will be good. But with business booming now, they want to come in so we need to create a space for them, ” Ting explained.

He noted that on Saturday, an average of 2,000 visitors was recorded while on Sunday, visitors numbered around 1,500.

To accommodate the increase in vehicular traffic in the area, the council has started to widen Jalan Teku from Taman Indah to the Jalan Kampung Bahagia roundabout.

“This road upgrading will only be completed at the end of December, ” he said.

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