Make Sabah market a Johor tourism product, urges association

A trader showing dried manangkai (giant clams) sold at Pasar Muafakat Sabah in Bandar Seri Alam.

THE United Sabah Suluk Association hopes the Johor government and Tourism Johor will promote Pasar Muafakat Sabah in Bandar Seri Alam as a domestic tourism product.

Its president Faisal Sisar said the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had forced a majority of traders at the market to close down their stalls as they could no longer cope with the significant drop in customers.

“One of our major plans for last year was to expand our reach not only to the nearby communities but throughout Johor.

“But our plans were cancelled as more and more Covid-19 cases were reported, leading to the movement control order, ” he said.

“We hope we can revive our market with the support of the Sabahan community living in Pasir Gudang, ” he said adding that there were more than 10,000 Sabahans living there.

Meanwhile, Pasar Muafakat Sabah chairperson Norshima Sisar hopes the market would be turned into a cultural centre and not be used as a political platform.

“This is a place where Sabahans from the B40 group are looking to earn an income, especially those who are not qualified to work in the nearby industries, ” she said.

She added that the market had a lot of potential to be one of the main tourism products in Pasir Gudang as it was unique and housed various types of Sabahan food and crafts.

“We have dried and frozen seafood flown in all the way from Semporna, Sabah, as well as Sabahan staples such as latok-latok (sea grapes) sianglag (fried cassava), piutu (boiled cassava) and tiyula itum (black soup). — By REMAR NORDIN

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