By Wilfred Pilo
KUCHING, Sept 14: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has honoured and lauded the two former mayors, Datuk James Chan of MBKS and Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai of DBKU, for their leadership and tireless contributions for Kuching City.
He remarked that both of them have immensely contributed to the well-being of city folks as well as the overall development of Kuching City in the last decade or so.
“On behalf of the state government, I would like to say thank you for your services over the years,” he addressed the Farewell and Appreciation Dinner for Chan and Abdul Wahap at a hotel here on Friday (Sept 13).
He noted that Chan, who had served MBKS for 11 years, was once a successful corporate figure before being appointed as the mayor.
“At first, he was quite reluctant to take the offer given by the state government and former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud but finally made up the decision to take up the challenge,” he shared.
“For his 11 years of city council service, we have seen many changes, notably the Kuching Festival which has become an iconic and popular annual event of this city that can drew large number of local visitors and tourists,” he added.
He further commended Chan for bringing a personal touch in helping the citizens in the community, especially the hawkers, apart from putting emphasis on the overall cleanliness of markets as well as environment of the city.
Abang Johari also praised Abdul Wahap, who had served DBKU for eight years, for his dedication in transforming the North city, especially in working together with citizens to build the community.
“This is how we can create a better and more conducive environment for the people in North city to live in. He brought the community closer together by organising neighbourhood programmes and competitions,” he said.
“During his service, DBKU has opened up more recreational facilities, place to rest and eat as well as affordable housing for the people,” he added.
Abang Johari again expressed his appreciation for the excellent services of the two former mayors in building a clean, beautiful and safe Kuching city.
Chief Minister’s Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, State Secretary Datu Jaul Samoan, Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng and Kuching City North Hall (DBKU) Datuk Bandar Datu Junaidi Reduan were present.— DayakDaily