Mini Film Festival For Sibu

Mini Film Festival

SMC has decided that Sibu Cultural Festival to be held in July 2012 after one year break.

However, I would like to see something different this time, may be a mini film festival? Inviting Taiwan, HK, China and even Europe film directors (less well known directors or producers) to show-case their production with some cash price for the winners? May be a category for Malaysians making use of Sibu scenery to producing a short film for competition too.

We have to bring in foreigners to our activities instead of earning each other pocket money, right?

Film shows at Sibu Town Square in the evening for 2-3 weeks will definitely attract more people to Sibu, Sarawak. May be a permanent Grand theater should be built on top of river in Sibu Town Square Phase II for present and future activities in Sibu Town Square.
In my opinion, fanfare type of activities is boring and less attractive. It is time to bring in foreigners to Sibu instead of having activities just for the locals.

New Sibu In The making?

Sibu development

Sibu is having more shophouses and shopping malls
Is that good when the population remain the same or reducing?
I wonder how come people still got the resources to build and buy such properties?

Friends said it could be one form of ‘money laundry’ but I could not agree with that as most development are done by reputed companies.

Some said the rental so low and cost of properties so high and monthly repayment to bank so high, return from rental not enough to pay bank installment.

One thing for sure, it gives the ‘feeling’ that Sibu is developing and progressing despite the security problems (killing and murdering cases).

One thing most people would like to see is ‘sufficient parking space’ accompanying the development. Many hope that SMC will not compromise the requirement of sufficient parking space allocation in the development plan with monetary penalty on the developers as it will bring more parking blue to Sibu people.

Drainage system is definitely an eye sore in Sibu. The Unggus Housing Garden next to Star Mega Mall is unacceptable by whatever standard with no drainage outlet and all discharge is to the vacant land next to the housing garden. Despite residents paying quit land and assessment fee to the authority most drainage in the region is in appalling state.

Metal Collection in the region is another eye-sore that needs relocation to prevent any untoward accident from happening owing to its location at the road junction.

Competition Act Creates Chaos?

Free For All?

Kopitiam Outlet

During a morning kopi-o drink with my friends in a kopitiam, some of my friends said the argument of Competition Act creating chaos could not hold any water. They reasoned even before Competition Act comes into law, Sibu Coffeeshop and Restaurant Owners Association has no control over its members charging public higher prices than recommended by Sibu Coffeeshop and Restaurant Owners Association during or after Chinese New Year.

Any kopitiams or outlets deciding to charge more will risk losing its customers as once ‘cheated’ by sudden increase in price public will move to other outlets. The only thing council or ministry of domestic trade & co-operative and consumerism should enforce is to make sure all prices of drinks and food listed on each table so that public will know prices before ordering. If too expensive public can decide to stay or move to other outlets.

Will the authority proceed to declare food and drinks sold in kopitiams and food outlet as “controlled item” if prices of food and drinks ‘out of control’ as claimed in the news? One friend jokingly suggested the authority should set the profit margin of all food and drinks prepared and sold in kopitiams and food outlets to 10-20% maximum. That will create a win-win situation perhaps?