Sibu Municipal Council to remove coconut and papaya trees that obstruct view of motorists

A tall coconut tree at Jalan Au Yong.

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SIBU, Jan 14: All roadside coconut trees, including papaya trees, that obstruct the view of motorists will be removed soon.

According to Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting, these trees, planted by residents in front of their house, are also an eyesore, as they have not been maintained.

Ting raised this at a media appreciation dinner last night, hosted by Pelawan assemblyman Michael Tiang, following his victory in the 12th Sarawak Election last month.

The council, he said, will start clearing these trees at Jalan Au Yong before moving to other areas.

“We will start with Au Yong. Then, we will use it as a model for other places to emulate,” he said.

On another matter, he said the council wanted the Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) to organise a bazaar for Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and Gawai.

The move, he reasoned, was to enhance better understanding and racial harmony among the people.

“SCCCI will organise the Chinese New Year bazaar this time at Sibu Gateway starting January 20. We also want to organise a Ramadan bazaar and later the Gawai bazaar.

“The purpose of this is because we were all affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. So, to promote unity, a better understanding of each other’s culture, and racial integration, we want SCCCI to hold it for Hari Raya and Gawai also,” he said.

The last Chinese New Year bazaar was two years ago and was organised by the council at Jalan Tukang Besi. The bazaar will also last for 10 days with a stall rental fee of RM1,500 each.

Meanwhile, he said that from January 20, the Taman Harmoni Food Court would be turned into a certified halal eatery.

“Previously, all food and drinks were served by Muslim operators, but they did not have the halal certificate. By turning it into a certified halal food court, we can also promote the tourism industry here,” he said.

Ting reckoned that the food court would even be the largest one in the State to be fully halal certified. ― DayakDaily