February 3, 2012 The Borneo Post by Philip Wong
Sibu, Borneo Malaysia
The proposal to relocate the night market here to Butterfly Garden has drawn mixed feelings among the public.
A random survey here revealed that most people favour the relocation while some think the municipal council should ensure that the relocation would reap the intended benefits and not be a waste of public funds.
Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King mentioned at the council’s monthly meeting last Tuesday that the council would improve Butterfly Garden before the proposed relocation in May.
He said a survey revealed that Butterfly Garden, which was just a stone’s throw away from the existing night market was big enough to cater to the current 176 stalls if every stall followed strictly the approved size of 10 feet by 10 feet.
He also mentioned the decision was made to lessen congestion along Market Street.
Chairman of Sibu Night Market Hawkers Association Sia Buong Sin, however, described the move as a step backward, arguing that none of the night market traders agreed with the relocation.
Sia also foresaw logistic problems and poor business at the Butterfly Garden.
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