Mayor thanks community as MBKS retains Asean Clean Tourist City Standard for consecutive term

Wee showing the official letter on the award by MOTAC during his ShallWeeTalk online session on Dec 2, 2023.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 2: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) proudly maintains its esteemed status as the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard from 2024 to 2026, marking its second consecutive recognition.

MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said that a national-level accolade by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Art, and Culture (MOTAC) is given to acknowledge the commendable services extended to tourists by the local authorities.

He highlighted various key indicators, such as environmental sustainability, effective management, cleanliness, waste management, green spaces, environmental protection, urban safety and security, and tourism infrastructure and facilities, contributing to the South City’s success in meeting the stringent criteria.

“I wish to share this honour with our residents, and I hope the community will continue to conserve and protect our environment to ensure the continued cleanliness of our city,” he shared during his ShallWeeTalk online session today.

MBKS received the official letter confirming the consecutive award recently. The Council achieved this in the 2022-2024 period.

In expressing joy and gratitude for the recognition, Wee thanked the residents, MBKS staff, and all sectors of society for their collaborative efforts in environmental conservation.

Looking ahead, he outlined areas for improvement over the next two years, emphasising addressing public toilet issues through comprehensive awareness campaigns.

“For the next two years, many things still need to be reviewed and improved.

“So we hope the public will continue to collaborate with us and give their support to ensure its success as Kuching is our city,” he called on.

The award, Wee emphasised, serves not only to enhance the city’s tourism quality and marketing competitiveness but also as a tool for improving the well-being of residents and livelihoods, contributing to poverty alleviation.

“Everyone plays an important role in ensuring the city is clean and safe for tourists. Whatever we do now is for the benefit of the wider community.

“MBKS remains committed in our role to advance Sarawak’s ambition to be a leading destination for eco-tourism and business events in the Asean region,” he added. — DayakDaily