Disused transport buses repurposed as part of CSR project to support aspiring food operators in Sibu Jaya

Multihued lighting create a retro ambience reminiscent of the 70's and 80's.

By William Isau

SIBU, May 16: Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) led a corporate social responsibility programme aimed at providing a platform for aspiring food operators in Sibu Jaya Township.

Its chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai said he was inspired by the effort of a group of people who sought his help with a creative plan.

“They had the idea, but they did not have enough capital to bring their plans to fruition, he said.

He was also concerned that the absence of a viable plan may see aspiring food operators setting up businesses in unsuitable localities, causing traffic jams and facing challenges with maintaining food hygiene.

That was when the chairman, with his deputy Councillor Wong Ching Yong reached out to Sibu Jaya’s master developer Amcorp SibuJaya Sdn Bhd to assist in the matter.

“As usual, the developer reacted positively and with their contractors and volunteers, they brought to life a new spot in Sibu Jaya called the Buzz Station,” he said.

Colourful oil drums which have been repurposed as dining tables dot the Buzz Station, alongside colourful lights and small ponds.

Located in front of Amcorp Sibu Jaya’s main office, the Buzz Station is essentially a food and beverage point.

“We wanted something fun and vibrant, and the developer did not disappoint,” Sempurai said.

Two disused buses and a lot of hard work turned the empty space into a retro looking zone, with funky coloured tube lights and light balls adding to the atmosphere.

Scheduled to be opened by the SRDC chairman on May 20 with a performance from popular Iban singer Lucy M, the Buzz Station@Sibu Jaya is also a springboard for other things to happen.

Other than its potential as a festival ground, camping ground or just a cool place to hang out, it can also serve as a platform for local Sibu Jaya youths to hone their creative talents in busking, cooking or managing F&B outlets. — DayakDaily