SIBU: The iconic Sibu Central Market will undergo several improvement works this year as part of safety and hygiene enhancement measures.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Market & Petty Traders Standing Committee chairman councillor Albert Tiang said the works are expected to start during second half of the year.
“First on the list is the replacement of all the 20 over years old electrical wires and firefighting system.
“Next is introducing glass chiller to all the pork stalls and (both) are likely (to take place) second half of the year,” he told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.
Tiang pointed out that the glass chiller is to improve pork freshness and the stalls’ hygiene and the idea was mooted by council chairman Clarence Ting during his second month in office last year.
Other proposed improvement areas currently under study include the wet market loading and unloading zone as well as infrastructure, ventilation at the back portion (merchandise area) and putting up hawker’s photo at individual stalls, he said.
Elaborating on the study on the Central Market’s wet market loading and unloading zone, he said this will include study on the traffic flow at the back lane of Khoo Peng Loong Road.
As for ventilation, he said the council is awaiting the Green Building Index (GBI) report from the state government-appointed consultant.
“Currently, Sibu Central Market houses over 1,300 stalls,” Tiang said.
Turning to the Young Entrepreneur Street (YES), where 30 stalls will be allotted for young entrepreneurs to ply their trade along Blacksmith Road, he said application has just started.
“The process will take some time – application, interview, preparation and commencement.
“This month we will interview the first batch of the applicants,” Tiang said.