Mandatory to wrap live chickens with newspapers from May 1, hawkers at Sibu markets told

Wong (sixth from left) with others in front of the site for the new agricultural market.

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SIBU, April 2: Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) has made it mandatory that all live chickens sold at Sibu markets must be wrapped with newspapers, effective May 1.

The matter was decided during a meeting between the council and Selangau and Stapang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday.

A total of 8 traders from Selangau led by the Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Selangau and Stapang, Kapitan Ting Hua Chuan met with SRDC Deputy Chairman of SRDC, Wong Ching Yong, Chairman of the Public Health Committee OF SRDC Councillor Kong Chek King and council officials.

The meeting was to discuss the sale of live chickens in Selangau so that the issue can be handled more cleanly.

According to Wong, it has been unanimously agreed that the council will strictly implement the “paper-wrapped” chicken policy from May 1.

“The purpose of the new hygiene policy is to prevent chicken droppings on store floors. Effective May 1, non-compliance with this new policy will be penalised under the relevant health ordinances,” he warned.

Wong also called for the traders to emulate how those traders at the central market paper-wrapped their chicken.

“Sibu Municipal Council has successfully adopted this hygiene rule for the past 30 years and it is highly appreciated by the public,” he added.

He hoped to adopt this health policy smoothly and successfully in all markets under the jurisdiction of the SRDC.

“Unsold live chickens must also be confined in cages at the back of the shop or on the lorries of business owners to strictly comply with SRDC health regulations to ensure the cleanliness of the shop and lorries,” he said

Meanwhile he said the councils had identified a suitable site in Selangau to build a new agricultural market for the sale of all live chickens.

He said the project is expected to cost approximately RM1.58 mlm.

Wong Ching Yong informed the meeting that he had contacted Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira for funding and the latter had given positive feedback. — DayakDaily