Borneo cultural festival could make a comeback this year, says SMC chairman


Clarence ting

SIBU (January 1): The iconic and eye-catching Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) that had been postponed since 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19 will make a comeback if the pandemic situation allows, said Clarence, chairman of the city council of Sibu. Ting.

He hoped that this year the pandemic would finally be under control even if the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly around the world.

“As for activities, if the pandemic permits, the BCF will make a comeback and many other annual activities organized by the MSC will return,” Ting said in a Facebook post last night.

Further, he noted that while many people were financially affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO), the payment of rates and assessments continued to be encouraging at 91%.

“We estimate it to be around 93% at the close,” he added.

On the road works, he said the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) fund was around RM33 million, where the council plans to use a higher proportion of the fund for reconstruction. drains, while road upgrades will continue.

He also mentioned that the council plans to upgrade Rejang Park Market, upgrade Jaya Li Hua Market, start Sungai Merah Market redevelopment works, and upgrade Central Market while Tiong Temporary Market Hua would be open soon.

To that end, Ting recalled that the whole of the past year had been a difficult year for the board.

“For SMC, the whole of 2021 can be summed up in one word: pandemic. We have been through the most difficult time of the year, people from all walks of life, regardless of race, creed or religion. On January 9, the announcement of 33 positive cases set the tone for much of the calendar year.

“For three months Sibu had the highest number of infections in the state,” said MCO, “many businesses were closed for three months, some continued to be closed until today. The advice was no different except for the cleaning services, the rest of the services like mowing the grass, clearing drains and sweeping the streets could not work for three months. Small road works did not start until after June.

Fortunately, the SDMC (Sarawak Disaster Management Committee) fought hard to get the vaccines to arrive and Sibu took priority given the dire scenario. Limited vaccines were available at the end of February and most of the vaccination started in April. I would like to thank (Nangka assembly member) YB Dr Annuar Rapa’ee, YB (Senator) Robert Lau, (new Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government II (Local Government)) YB Michael Tiang and Pemanca Datuk Jason Tai, resident Wong Hee Sieng, also (Health Officer of Sibu Division), Dr Teh (Jo Hun) and KKM (Ministry of Health) staff and volunteers for working without relax during the vaccination phase to make sure everyone gets vaccinated, ”he said.

He further recalled that the work of SMC began in earnest after July, the notable ones being the expansion of Jalan Igan, the expansion of Jalan Wong King Huo at Aman roundabout, the expansion of Lorong Aman 7, the resurfacing of Jalan Pahlawan, while towards the redevelopment of The Muhibbah Hawker Center, Tiong Hua’s temporary wet market, has started its work.

“I like to take this moment to remember those who passed away from Covid-19 in 2021, my thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones, stay strong and look forward to a better future.

“For those of us who are in good health, continue to practice your SOP (standard operating procedure) diligently and protect your family from harm over the next year or so,” Ting said.

He assured to continue working for the improvement of Sibu, and will work as a team with advisors and staff.

“I look forward to receiving your valuable feedback and working together for a better Sibu.

“Here, I wish you a Happy New Year, I wish you good health and peace on earth throughout,” Ting said.


Darcy J. Skinner