MBKS mayor unveils plans for cleaner, safer, more sustainable Kuching City in 2024

Wee wishes all a happy and prosperous New Year 2024.

KUCHING, Dec 31: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng has shared the council’s plans for 2024, which include initiatives and activities aimed at making the community cleaner, safer, more vibrant, and sustainable.

Wee disclosed that, in preparation for the festive season, MBKS has launched a spring cleaning campaign that will run from Dec 1, 2023, to Feb 9, 2024.

“In collaboration with Trienekens, we are providing Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) bins at strategic locations for residents to responsibly dispose of their bulky household items. Please do not fill these with tree branches or construction waste.

“This facility is intended to assist residents in clearing their homes during this busy period, thereby avoiding unsightly and illegal dumping practices.

“Details of the cleaning schedule have been published in local newspapers and are also available on our website at (http://www.mbks.gov.my),” he said in his 2024 New Year Greeting.

The mayor further stated that the council is transitioning towards using e-billing for assessment rates.

“Starting from 2025, we will discontinue the printing of hard copy bills. Please opt for e-billing by downloading the necessary form from (http://mbks.sarawak.gov.my) under Downloadable-form > Application Form for e-bill for assessment rates bills.

“E-billing forms can also be obtained at the MBKS One-Stop Service Counter and UTC Kuching/Sibu/Miri. For more information, please contact the Rating and Valuation Division at 082-354200 ext 6246/6247/6249.”

Meanwhile, Wee highlighted that the council is promoting eco-friendly practices by transitioning most of its standard lighting fixtures to LED.

“This initiative aims not only to improve environmental sustainability, but also to brighten our spaces with additional decorative lighting,” he added.

Furthermore, MBKS is implementing an extensive CCTV network to enhance security in the area.

“We hope everyone will continue to enjoy our important markets and hawker centres in the year ahead, as well as our farmers’ markets and many special bazaars.

“At MBKS, we will be supporting these key sites of community with pop-ups and events and with better information across our digital platforms.

“We will complete the KSH Hawker Centre, which will offer a variety of local food options. We will also be opening the tender for the construction of our gastronomy centre, poised to become a hub of culinary and cultural excellence in Kuching.”

Additionally, the mayor highlighted that MBKS is committed to maintaining and upgrading all city infrastructure.

“We are working on Hui Sing Garden, ensuring it continues to be a vibrant and welcoming space for all. We are constantly resurfacing our roads and repairing our drains. Our city has been strengthened by decades of investment and we must ensure it lasts into the next generation.”

Wee continued: “As we look forward to the opportunities that the New Year brings, let us also reflect on the lessons learned in the past. Together, let’s continue our collaboration to forge a brighter future for our city. Our united efforts can create a significant impact, nurturing a stronger and more vibrant community for all.”

The mayor further extended his gratitude to his staff, councillors, and the various ministries for their valuable contributions.

“But most of all, I want to thank you, the people of Kuching South, and extend my best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!” he said. — DayakDaily