Sibu lunar new year market signals better days ahead

Tiang (second from right) visiting a stall at the Chinese New Year Market 2022 at Sibu Gateway.

THE lighting up of 2,000 lanterns at Sibu Gateway in Sibu, Sarawak, has enlivened the mood for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration.

The encouraging drop in daily cases of Covid-19 in the past two weeks has locals in an upbeat mood.

To welcome the lunar new year, Sibu Municipal Council and Startup Entrepreneur Association Sarawak along with Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s (SCCC) youth committee and PluxEntrepreneurs Incubation Hub have organised an 11-day Chinese New Year Market 2022 until Jan 30 at the Gateway. It is open from 9am to 10pm daily.

The market has 70 stalls for entrepreneurs and young people to promote and sell lunar new year goodies.

Various creative arts programmes will also be held to liven up the market.

Pelawan assemblyman Michael Tiang, who performed the lantern- lighting ceremony, said the encouraging crowd turnout at the Gateway showed that people were eager for such events after two years of movement control order.

“I thought after the lockdown, where people stayed at home on most days, we would no longer have the passion for this sort of activity. But the crowd tonight proved that I was wrong.

“This means the people want to have a bazaar like this not only for Chinese New Year but also for Hari Raya and Gawai,” he said.

Tiang, who is also Sarawak Public Health, Housing and Local Government assistant minister, said SCCC was tasked to organise similar bazaars for Hari Raya and Gawai to help the public return to normalcy while dealing with the ongoing pandemic.

He also praised the organising committee on the event’s success.

“The team had organised this event with passion and with their love for Sibu.

“And they have injected so much creativity,” he said.

At the same time, Tiang advised people not to let their guard down when visiting the fair.

“People should always mask up, observe physical distancing and follow the standard operating procedure,” he reminded.

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