Plan to move pasar malam to spacious waterfront

The pasar malam at the current Jalan Cross site.

SIBU Municipal Council (SMC) is mulling plans on relocating the town’s pasar malam to the waterfront in Jalan Khoo Peng Loong.

Councillor Augustine Merikan, who is SMC market and petty traders committee chairman, said there was ample space at the riverfront to accommodate 192 traders.

“The existing site in Jalan Cross is too congested so I proposed the new site,” he said at the full board meeting.

“The Sibu-Kapit Expressboat Terminal is rarely used now due to the decreasing number of express boat services hence the waterfront area is rather quiet at night.

“The pasar malam will help revive the area,” said Merican.

He added that the pasar malam did not have public toilets whereas the Khoo Peng Loong Food Court had toilets.

“We have not discussed (relocation) with the traders yet but will do so in June.”

Merikan is hoping SMC and traders consider the proposal.

His committee, he said, would carry out a study and take into account stakeholders’ views as well as factors concerning the relocating exercise. – By ANDY CHUA

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