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SMC, SRDC urged to work together to make Sibu great
Tarikh : 07 Sep 2019  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online
 


From left – Ting, Dr Sim and Bakrie after the swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

From left – Ting, Dr Sim and Bakrie after the swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

SIBU: Councillors of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) should serve the people under their jurisdiction well.

Newly-minted SMC chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horth gave this reminder during the swearing of the new councillors at a hotel here yesterday.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and permanent secretary to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Bakrie Zaini were present to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

Ting also reminded that the town is home to diverse communities unlike before when it was predominantly a Chinese and Malay area due to rural-urban migration.

“SMC needs to address this changing diversity and be mindful of being too set in our old ways,” he said.

He noted that many viewed Sibu as an old and uninteresting town that had seen better days as it was not growing like Miri or Bintulu.

But he begged to differ as the two most common grouses among many Sibu residents lately were traffic jams and parking problems.

Sibu residents, he said, face constant threat of getting police summons when they come to town due to inadequate parking spaces around hotels and restaurants or at shopping lots, he said, adding the issue of more multi-storey car parks should be addressed urgently by the council.

On traffic jams, he said parents are grumbling about getting up earlier in the mornings and going back later in the evenings due to heavy traffic during rush hours.

As chairman, he said he needs assistance from the state government to improve the road infrastructure and from the federal government to improve federal roads like Jalan Tunku Rahman to airport, which is in a poor condition, giving a poor impression to any visitor to Sibu.

“But I was surprised when the council secretary handed me the latest population figure in Sibu municipality, that we have 280,000 people living here. I was always told Sibu’s population is around 200,000 only.”

On when Sibu would become a city, he said given the population figure and SMC’s revenue of RM63 million according to the latest report, the town was far from meeting the criteria to attain city status which requires that a town has a population of 500,000 and the council’s income is RM100 million.

Thus he pointed out instead of fighting to get city status, the council should concentrate on making the town clean and tidy.

The councillors in a photocall with Dr Sim (seated seventh left), flanked by Ting (sixth left) and Bakrie, and other dignitaries.

The councillors in a photocall with Dr Sim (seated seventh left), flanked by Ting (sixth left) and Bakrie, and other dignitaries.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) and Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) are urged to work together to make Sibu a great place in terms of development.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said both councils should plan for the future instead of looking back at Sibu’s past achievements.
Ting takes his oath of office before Dr Sim (second right) and Bakrie.
Ting takes his oath of office before Dr Sim (second right) and Bakrie.

“There must be a plan in place to make Sibu great, and it must involve both SMC and the SRDC.

“Take into consideration that the demographic has changed and so too is the needs of the people in this modern times,” he said at the swearing-in ceremony of SMC new chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horh here yesterday.

Dr Sim said both councils should come up with people-centric policies that could solve their problems, and not policies that penalise them.

Citing an example, he said the use of smart traffic light or the employment of traffic wardens could help to get more people home early from work.


“If the traffic flows smoothly and the people can get home say 30 minutes earlier, it can make a huge difference for them and their families, he said.

He said traffic congestion was not only happening here but all over Sarawak, including Kapit.

He thus said that all councils should start with traffic warden to help the police in reducing traffic jam.

On councillors, he said they played an important role in policy-making for the local residents.

Dr Sim also thanked the former chairman of SMC Datuk Tiong Thai King for his huge contribution over the years.

Permanent secretary to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Bakrie Zaini, Temengong Dato Vincent Lau, and Datuk Tiong Thai King who is also Dudong assemblyman, and other councillors were also present at the swearing-in ceremony.