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Amanat Bulanan Pengerusi 27.3.2019Amanat Bulanan Pengerusi 27.3.2019

[Mesyuarat Penuh Majlis]

Council’s Chairman, YB Datuk Tiong Thai King highlighted the following issues :

1. Sibu Central Market

Sibu Central Market is the biggest Market in Sarawak, which housed a total of 1572 hawkers and traders from Sibu Central Market and Pasar Tamu.

YB Datuk Chairman announced that during YAB Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg first official visit to the Sibu Central Market last year, a funding of RM3 million was approved for the upgrading of facilities at the Market, inclusive of Pasar Tamu section.

The fund was used to replace the piping for treated water supply, replace rain gutter, build hanging ceiling at the first floor of the food court and merchandise section and to repaint the whole premises.

The renovation work at Sibu Central Market had kicked-off and the hawkers and traders were relocated to the open mall of Pasar Tamu on batches from March to November 2019 as follows :

Section

Phase

Date of
Moving Out

Tentative Date of
Moving Back

Pork Stall

20.3.2019

31.7.2019

Stallholders at
Ground floor of
Sibu Central
Market

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

11.3.2019

13.5.2019

15.7.2019

17.9.2019

20.5.2019

23.7.2019

23.9.2019

25.11.2019

Food & Drinks
Stallholders at
1st Floor of
Sibu Central
Market

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

20.3.2019

13.5.2019

15.7.2019

17.9.2019

20.5.2019

23.7.2019

23.9.2019

25.11.2019


He further seeks the co-operation from hawkers/traders and members of public on the smooth renovation work.

2. Harmoni Uptown Market

The Harmoni Uptown Market located next to Taman Selera Harmoni Food Court at Awang Ramli Amit has 11 vacant stalls out of 52 :
  • Fruits & vegetables : 6
  • Bumi stall : 3
  • Non-bumi : 2
The existing trading days are from Friday to Sunday until mid-night for the convenience of public visiting the food court. Harmoni Uptown Market is similar to that of the usual “Pasar Malam” but better organized. The objective of Harmoni Uptown Market was to complement the existing Taman Selera Harmoni Food Court.  Cooking activity at Harmoni Uptown Market is strictly prohibited and traders can only sell dried food, home-made cakes, biscuits, merchandize and electrical and household appliances.

Council proposed as followings :
  • To jointly organize Ramadhan sales there 10 days before Hari Raya this year.
  • Traders at Sunday Market were encouraged to submit application to trade at Harmoni Uptown Market.
  • Proposed operating hours: 5.00am to 1.00pm (Saturday & Sunday).
3. “No Smoking” Campaign

YB Datuk Chairman stressed that the Health Ministry announced to implement the smoking ban from 1.2.2019. Those caught smoking in prohibited areas shall be fined up to RM10,000 or be jailed 2 years. Eateries found not enforcing the ban is going to face a maximum fine of RM2,500.00

The smoking ban on all eateries in Sarawak took effect on 1.3.2019. The Health Ministry has given a six-month grace period to focus on educating smokers on the new regulation, i.e. “Educational Enforcement” rather than fine them. During the grace period, warning notices were issued to smokers for committing offences under Regulation 11(1)(d) of the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2018. The response from customers was also encouraging as they are satisfied with the cleaner air at the eatery outlets.

The Health Department urged all the proprietors to take action by displaying proper “No Smoking” signage.

4. Abandoned Houses & Illegal Fencing Encroaching Onto State Land

YB Datuk Chairman pointed out that abandoned houses are the main cause of high dengue fever outbreak and the biggest contributors to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes in Sibu. Council has encountered problem to deal with the matter within the confines of the present law, jurisdiction and constraints. This Council is facing the difficulty of tracing the owners as many had moved away or left the state.

The other problem that the Council confronted with was not all the houses in the row of terrace units were unfit for habitation. Of course demolishing the abandoned ones is not feasible as this could affect the structure of those still fit for human occupation.

Illegal fencing encroaching onto State Land is another unsolved problem in Sibu.  I wish to advise the owners of property not to extend the fencing beyond the boundary and encroaching onto any open space or road reserve (State Land). Council has to follow the normal procedure to serve Stop Work Notice and Demolition Notice on the owners to demolish the illegal fencing encroaching onto State Land by themselves, failing which the Council will move in to demolish the illegal fencing. All expenses incurred for the demolition work shall be borne by the owners. A few house owners who had extended the fencing encroaching onto State Land were demolished by Council this year.  All property owners were advised to adhere to the law.

5. Ching Ming Festival

Ching Ming Festival, is a Chinese custom also found in other Asian cultures and practiced around the world.  Similar to the past years, Council shall allow the selling of flowers and candles 14 days before the actual day.  The areas allowed for such sales are by the roadside along Brooke Drive after Kwong Ann Crescent, Sg Merah town area and Deshon/Brooke Drive junction.  All application of such selling shall be submitted to the Council Public Health & Services Section at Level 20, Wisma Sanyan.

All sellers are reminded to observe the cleanliness strictly.  All odds and ends should be put in boxes or plastic bags and to be taken away from the trading site and disposed off properly at the end of trading day.  Therefore, Council will not hesitate to take compounding action against defaulters.  No sales of flowers and related items are allowed anywhere in the town centre except 5-footways  in front of existing floral shop, but subject to application and payment of service charge.

6. SMC Open Day 2019

With the theme SMC Open Day 2019, “Make Go Green Ours Lifestyle”, Council will initiate a series of activities during SMC Open Day 2019 to be held on Saturday, 27.4.2019 at the Lobby (Concourse Area) of Wisma Sanyan.  Fourteen (14) booths will be set-up by displaying adequate information of Council various sections in order to disseminate clearer information about Council Roles and Responsibilities.  The one-day event shall begin from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Besides that, “Meet The People Session” shall be arranged incorporated with the event, whereby public may approach respective Councillors and Sections Heads to discuss about issues of Municipal Services.  

Public Speaking Competition session that related to “Go Green” would be another highlight of the day, whereby we could gather perspectives of students about their creativity to preserve our environment.

7. Borneo Cultural Festival 2019 and Sibu Street Art Festival 2019        

Council is glad to announce that Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) and Sibu Street Art Festival (SSAF) 2019 will be organized simultaneously from 18 to 27 July 2019 at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I & II.

Similar to the past years, Borneo Cultural Festival is consisting of Malay/Melanau Community Pavilion, Dayak Community Pavilion, Chinese Community Pavilion, BCF Tradex, Arts & Cultural Belt Exhibition, Bonsai Exhibition and Sibu Street Art Festival.
The venue of Sibu Street Art Festival is between Ring Tower 1 to Ring Tower 3 at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa 1 for Mural Gallery and Street Busking will take place at parking bays adjacent to Parking Ticketing Booth, next to Ring Tower 1.

Members of general public are encouraged to promote this event widely through social media, as both events are significant to Sarawak Tourism and plenty of overwhelming responses, received from the visitors. We should be proud that both events are making Sibu, Sarawak being well-known globally.

  Thank you.