Sempurai points at the trolleys that block the parking spaces at a supermarket during the spot check on Sibu Jaya Commercial Centre. Seen on the front row, at second right, is Wong.

SIBU: The business operators in Sibu Jaya Commercial Centre have been told to remove immediately their goods stacked on the parking spaces.

Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai gave this reminder during the council’s spot check on the five-footways and parking areas at the township’s commercial centre yesterday.

“During the spot check, we could clearly observe that some of the supermarkets stacked their ice boxes (to pack frozen chicken and fish products) on the parking spaces – some even used trolleys to block them (parking areas).

“It’s very inconvenient (for members of the public), with the ice boxes occupying at least five parking spaces.

“We advise them (supermarket operators) to remove these items as soon as possible,” he said when met after the spot check, where he was accompanied by his deputy Wong Ching Yong and acting SRDC secretary Hiu Kee Sing.

Sempurai (standing front, fifth left) joins other Sekuau ‘gotong-royong’ volunteers in a group photo.

On the inspection over coffee-shops at the commercial centre, Sempurai observed that some operators had placed tables at the parking spaces.

“I have advised Mr Hiu Kee Sing to fix a date for a dialogue with the coffee-shop owners concerned.

“I call upon all coffee-shop owners to abide by the council’s by-laws by not putting their tables at the parking spaces outside their premises.”

Yesterday’s spot check also covered the ‘tamu’ (farmers and jungle produce market) in Stapang.

“We want to look at the site where the canopy would be set up, to accommodate the growing number of weekend tamu traders from outside Stapang.

“The SRDC plans to put up two canopies as a temporary measure,” said Sempurai.

Earlier in Sekuau, the SRDC team helped carried out a ‘gotong-royong’ (work party) with all the longhouse chieftains and the village security and development committees (JKKKs) there.

On this, Sempurai commended SRDC Sekuau Zone Councillor Henry Kanyan, Penghulu Andrewson Ngalai and all those involved for their support for and contributions to the programme.