Half of 30 MBKS councillors to be replaced, says mayor

Wee sharing his views on changes to MBKS councillors during his ShallWeeTalk live session on March 25. 2023.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, March 25: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is anticipating that half of its 30 councillors will be replaced when the term of existing councillors expires at the end of this month.

MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, in revealing this, said there is no need to make a fuss about it as the new appointments will be announced on April 1.

“There are certain protocols we must adhere to, and we should respect the government’s decisions on this matter, including who to be appointed as mayor, deputy mayor, and councillors.

“There is no need to create speculations or rumours, we just follow the protocols, and it will be made known in due time. It is as simple as that,” he shared his views during his ShallWeeTalk live session with the community today.

In January this year, the terms of all the heads of councils and councillors in Sarawak under the Public Health, Housing and Local Government Ministry were extended to March 31, 2023.

On March 16, DayakDaily also reported that mayors, council chairmen and walikota, as well as their deputies who have served for more than nine years, would automatically be replaced by new faces.

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said the Cabinet had approved the new list of council chairmen and mayors in its last meeting in February.

Wee is expected to stay put as he has served as MBKS Mayor for less than nine years.

However, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang who had served for 11 years, is among those who are likely to be stepping down. — DayakDaily