MCC to revive ‘pasar malam’ at city centre, says mayor
by Anthony Joseph email@example.com. Posted on July 18, 2012, Wednesday
MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) should collaborate with the three chambers of commerce here to revive the ‘pasar malam’ or night market in the city centre.
The proposal was made by mayor Lawrence Lai during a dialogue with representatives from Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Miri Sarawak Bumiputera Traders Association (PBMS).
“There have been many requests from both the public and business community here for us to look into the possibility of reviving ‘pasar malam’. They observed that it is very dead and quiet in the city centre especially at night,” said Lai.
Due to some reasons, the night market ceased operation in early 2007.
“The market will inject some life to the city centre at night and hopefully make the old central business district area more lively and vibrant,” said Lai, while suggesting that the market be set up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening along Brooke Road in between Central and Unity markets.
He said apart from providing an avenue for traders to earn some extra income, the market will also be a good place for family outings and to meet friends, besides becoming an attraction for tourists and visitors.
However, traders will not be allowed to sell fish or meat at the market as it is meant for sale of food and drinks besides clothing.
The night market is expected to start on August 2 with around 100 stalls and invitations have been extended to members of the three chambers.
The space will be free of charge during the three months of trial period.
Meanwhile, the three chambers welcomed the proposal.