Clarence Ting

KUCHING: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting chides Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing for allegedly politicising local authorities.

Ting urged the Bintulu MP not to politicise the local authorities (PBT) appointments as members were appointed to serve the people regardless of race, creed, religious belief or political affiliation.

“I am surprised a party president who has his members in the Market and Petty Traders (MPT) committee saying these things in public, singling out one councillor for stating that security services at Sibu central market is looking after SMC properties only,” he said.

He said this in response to Tiong who had earlier ticked off SMC for its action in dealing with a recent theft at the Sibu central market.

Tiong had described SMC’s decision to bar hawkers from leaving their goods at the market ground following the occurrence of theft as the council shirking from its responsibilities to ensure security at the market.

The SMC chairman said while it was unfortunate for traders to have been dealt with loss of goods due to theft, they understood that goods left at central market was at their own risk.

“SMC is still investigating the theft. On the CCTV, the perpetrator was seen coming straight to the stall to take away seven crates (of goods), while leaving neighboring stalls untouched.

“A police report has been lodged, we are leaving it to the police to investigate this matter, that’s why I have refrained from commenting. SMC is also conducting our own internal investigation,” he said.

Ting pointed out that as the theft victim had blamed SMC for lax security, the committee decided to advise traders not to leave valuable goods at the central market.