A FOOD court for all races is better than one that is just for a single ethnic group, says Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting (pic) at a council full board meeting.
Ting was responding to Sarawak Dayak National Union Sibu chairman Chambai Lindong who wanted to turn the Permai Lake Garden pavilion, the site of the Sibu Gawai Bazaar, into a Dayak food court.
Chambai had said this would give the Dayak community a permanent place to do business.
“A food court just for the Dayak community is not a good idea as Permai is a multicultural place,” said Ting.
He said a multiracial food court would reflect the multiracial composition of the area and draw a bigger crowd, adding that this would lead to better business for traders.
Ting also called for the Sibu Gawai Bazaar to be an annual event due to the good response to the latest edition.
“Other places such as Kuching don’t have this bazaar,” he said, adding that it had helped bring everyone together.