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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Dec 29: Senadin assemblyman Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin has proposed to Miri City Council (MCC) to carry out an overall maintenance review on Taman Awam Miri (Miri Public Park) to improve the park’s facilities and better serve the needs of its visitors.
The park has been around since 1997. It was first proposed by Lee a year after he won the Senadin seat in 1996.
“This was first major park I had asked for when I was elected in 1996…and the first stage of construction had started in 1997,” he recalled.
In stating this earlier this morning after conducting a brief visit to the park, Lee, urged MCC to do a proper audit on Taman Awam Miri for all facilities here to ascertain which needs to be upgraded or repaired.
“…come up with a proper budget…do it once and for all and not on a piecemeal basis to upgrade the park’s facilities and to addresses safety issues,” he said.
“If we do it on a piecemeal basis it would not resolve the problems, thus we need to do a proper auditing on the park to addresses safety issues and to do proper maintenance,” Lee pointed out.
During the visit, he was accompanied by Miri Mayor Adam Yii who is also the Pujut assemblyman.
Lee was at the park to inspect cleaning and repairing work being carried out at a section of the park which was damaged following a minor landslide that had occurred in mid-Dec due to heavy downpours.
Meanwhile, on the landslide incident, Yii disclosed the authorities had been alerted on December 17 by visitors.
“The city council had received a complaint on the incident which happened in the middle of December, and it’s not like if you complain yesterday, it will be resolved today. It’s not how it works….it took time to get it done because the city council had to go through certain processes to obtain quotations,” he said.
Yii added, that members of the public are most welcome to give their feedback via proper channels to report all sort of issues so that MCC can help to resolve the matter.
“We have many proper channels for the public to lodge their complaints namely via Miri Cares, Resident Community (RC), and Ketua Kaum. The issues should not be politicised, so to speak,” Yii added. — DayakDaily