Additional green spaces, markets on the cards for Sibu residents

Posted on 02 Jan 2023
Source of News: The Star (Andy Chua)

Ting (white shirt) and councillors checking the condition of Bukit Aup Jubli Park.Ting (white shirt) and councillors checking the condition of Bukit Aup Jubli Park.

MORE parks will be built this year in the east of Sarawak’s Sibu town, which covers Lanang and Lada, where such facilities are lacking.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said the council hoped for more funding from the National Landscape Department to implement the projects.

“Parks and markets are worthwhile projects because many people visit them,” he said at SMC Appreciation Night.

He said Bukit Aup Jubli Park would also be upgraded while Permai Lake Garden would have a new walking path and 3km cycling track.

Several markets and hawker centres in Sibu will start operating next year.

“SMC will open the Muhibbah Market in February and the Jaya Li Hua Hawker Centre early in the year.

“Pasar Sungai Merah will have a new building complete with a hawker centre by the end of the year while upgrading works will start at Pasar Taman Rejang,” he said.

On a separate matter, Ting said among the problems faced by the council were poorly maintained roads and drains that required upgrading, plus traffic congestion that called for construction of more roads.

“We will continue to seek funding to provide a solution,” he said.

Ting added that SMC also planned to demolish abandoned buildings for public safety reasons.

Touching on the council’s achievements in 2022, he said it won the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard 2022-24 award from Malaysia Tourism Ministry and Gold Award at the 10th Premier of Sarawak Environmental Awards 2021/22.