SMC warned traders not to set up physical stalls this Ramadan

Ting (right) wants roadside stalls like this to be demolished.

SIBU, April 25: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has warned traders not to set up stalls in front of their house or by the roadside to sell food and beverages during this fasting month when Movement Control Order (MCO) is still being enforced.

The council together with the police had conducted surprise checks at Kampong Dato and Jalan Masjid after scores of people had crowded the roadside stalls along Jalam Kampung Dato on Friday (April 24).

SMC chairman Clarence Ting in urging the traders to stop activities at the physical stalls, instead advised them to sell their food using BROSS (Bazaar Ramadan Online Sarawakku Sayang) platform on Facebook.

“The government and the police are working very hard to contain the spread of Covid-19. As such, everyone including Ramadan sellers should also play their part,” he said.

Ting was told that most of the traders had set up stalls to sell food and beverages during this Ramadan as they were unaware that they were not permitted to do so.

If physical stalls were allowed, he added that it would certainly result in overcrowding as people would jam and gather in the area to buy food.

“Likewise, I also want to tell the public not to go to traders’ houses to buy food or beverages but order them through BROSS,” he advised.

With Ting at the surprise raid were Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit and political secretary to the Chief Minister Michael Tiang.

SMC enforcement officers together with the police would continue to make inspection in the next few days to ensure that traders abide to the MCO.

On Sibu being declared a green zone two days ago, Ting hopes the status would remain status quo.

“I hope there will not be lots of social interaction as there is the fear that Sibu may become yellow, orange or even red zone. I believe everyone in Sibu do not want to hear that,” he said.

Meanwhile, ACP Stanley also urged traders to refrain from setting up roadside stalls.— DayakDaily