MBKS to focus on achieving balanced budget, effective enforcement in 2023

Wee (seated centre) in a group photo together with councillors whose terms have been extended following the swearing-n ceremony today (Jan 3, 2023).

KUCHING, Jan 3: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) will focus on achieving its mission of “working towards a balanced budget” as well as ensuring effective and efficient enforcement through smart partnership in the new year.

Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng emphasised that therefore, the council will place emphasis on its cleanliness and beautification programmes while bearing in mind the benefits to the community and tourists coming to Kuching city.

“As city council, we will continue to provide infrastructure and services to the community. However, as policymakers guided by the council and in view of Sarawak’s vision through PCDS (Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy) 2030, we are responsible to make sound and effective policies that will have a positive impact on our community.

“The council will seek to provide economic opportunities through our facilities and we will continue with our green initiatives to maintain a sustainable environment for our citizens. We will propose new beautification and infrastructure provisions to promote social inclusivity,” he said in his speech during the swearing-in ceremony for himself and MBKS councillors at MBKS’s headquarters today.

The terms of service for Wee as MBKS Mayor and that of its existing councillors has been extended until March 2023.

Wee pointed out that the relevant standing committees are expected to explore and come up with implementable policies to ensure more sustainable and cohesive community living.

“What we put into these directions will reflect on ourselves and as we claim to be able to achieve the status of a fully developed nation by year 2030. I appeal to all councillors to contribute their time and efforts generously towards realising this vision.

“As we begin our new term with each one of us entrusted to represent our city, motivated with goodwill and hope, we shall strive to serve and make improvements for the greater benefit of our community,” he said.

Despite the short term extension, Wee reminded councillors to not be less motivated nor complacent, but recommit for more achievements and double their efforts to make an excellent impact and for the success of MBKS within the period.

“Before our term ends, I hope that we can resolve any outstanding issues, tackle the future with passion and commitment and to make further improvements to the council and the city during the tenure of our office,” he added.

Reflecting on MBKS’ highlights and achievements in 2022, Wee said that its financial probity and commitment to service during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the council well-equipped to support the city’s recovery to unrestricted everyday life.

“Therefore, I want all of us to pledge to work together. Our challenges can only be solved if we face them together. I have confidence in the continuing support of the council’s administration with the able leadership of the city secretary.

“I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to them for the excellent service they have rendered, while I appeal for their close rapport and loyalty to continue over our next term,” he said. — DayakDaily