Murals can improve the existence of the town as far as tourism promotion and marketing are concerned, especially through the social media. Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) believed that this could be utilized effectively, as social media users hash tagged and shared their photos online. Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) initiated a street art project in May 2015, and it would be undertaken by the council’s Sibu Street Art Gallery Committee in preparation for ‘Visit Sibu Year 2017’.
The project comprises artistic wall paintings done by local artists at selected locations across the town. The artworks will include one that depicts a dock coolie carrying a gunny sack in Khoo Peng Loong Road, reflecting the town in the 1950s; another at a back lane in Market Road that demonstrates local delicacies such as ‘dian bian hu’, ‘kampua’, ‘kompia’, ‘pulut panggang’, ‘kuih jala’ and ‘penyaram’; a painting of live duck and chicken wrapped in newspapers, and also one at Sibu Central Market that showcase the young siblings.
It is also said that the murals, which portrayed structures peculiar to particular places, were up for interpretation by the viewers. The programme is also seen to give opportunity to the locals, especially the youths; in expressing their hidden creativity; rather than having them commits vandalisms. They also proposed for such paintings to be custom-built at strategic locations like Sibu Central Market and the famous Tua Pek Kong Temple.
However, it is also advised that there shouldn’t be too many of these murals everywhere; too many might spoil the sight.