SIBU (September 24): The Sibu City Council (SMC) will reserve certain areas here where live music performances are permitted.
Chairman Clarence Ting said it was because live music performances, especially in pubs, were rapidly gaining traction among the younger generation.
He named these areas as the waterfront (Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Phase 2) and the old part of Sibu town.
He pointed out that currently none of the bistros here have licenses for live shows.
“What we would like to do is we would like to book (few places to allow live music performances). I’m thinking of the waterfront and the old part of Sibu town, which is very quiet now.
“I hope they (the investors) can set up bistros there. Then we will give the license.
“You see, we’re hoping to do this so that they (the performers) don’t go all over the place, which is very difficult to deal with and doesn’t get in trouble with the authorities,” Ting said, adding that he had received complaints. audience to loud music coming from certain premises located too close to residential areas.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the Borneo Ethnic Music Exchange Conference (Bemec) at the Kingwood Hotel yesterday. The Borneo Tribal Music Festival (BTMF) is also held on the Sibu Rejang plaza.
According to Ting, live shows are currently not allowed in bistros.
“But we would like to legalize this thing so that at least the (bistro) owners don’t have a problem with the law,” he added.
Ting also expressed his joy regarding the Borneo Tribal Music Festival, adding that Sibu needs more music to liven up the atmosphere more.
“I’m very happy with this tribal music because I think Sibu needs more music. The word people always associate with Sibu is ‘we’re very boring’.
“What Sibu needs is an injection of energy and music is the best energy I can say to make people more alive.
“And I hope all local musicians will take this as an impetus to make a name for themselves. In Sibu, we had a very hot musician on YouTube.
“Because it is one of the ways we can sell Sibu to other people and he is from Sibu and we can be proud of his achievements. That is why I am very happy to attend this ceremony” , did he declare.
On that note, Ting hopes this event is just the start and will be even better next year.
Meanwhile, the event’s organizing chairman, Wilfred Gan, said that apart from organizing the Bemec, they are also organizing the Borneo Tribal Music Festival 1.0 to promote more local and traditional music to the public.
Among those present were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Hii Chang Kee, the General Manager of Business Development and Marketing of Sarawak Trade Events Jason Tan and the Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Upsi) Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Fazli Taib Saearani.