MPKS sets sights on modern infrastructure, healthy living, services provision

Dr Sim talking about MPKS's future plans during MPKS' 5th Anniversary celebration today (Nov 11, 2021).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 11: Development of modern infrastructure, promotion of healthy living, and provision of services will be the three main aims of Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) in the coming year.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said despite the ongoing fallout from Covid-19 on Sarawak, MPKS will continue to serve the people under its jurisdiction with its purpose revolving around these three core aims.


“Looking ahead, MPKS will refocus on three main things.

“The first being to continue the (development of) modern infrastructure to solve traffic congestion such as the ART (autonomous rail transit), and to ensure that water, electricity and high-speed Internet are readily available in MPKS areas.

“The other thing is MPKS will continue to develop (MPKS) areas as healthy places to live in. In that aspect, I’m very certain there will be more parks and related facilities to facilitate a healthy living environment for (people from) all walks of life including the elderly and children,” he said.

The third focal point, he added, is services, especially to go beyond the 3Rs for waste management.

Other than ensuring landfills are not overflowing with waste, Dr Sim said innovation will one of the key elements to be considered whereby ‘waste can be turned into gold’.

However, he pointed out that MPKS’ plans and projects can only be successful with public cooperation and collaboration.

“All these can only be successful if each and every member of the council and the public come together and do their parts,” he said during the virtual celebration of MPKS 5th Anniversary themed ‘Kebersamaan Menelusuri Kesohoran’ here today.

Among those also present for the celebration were MPKS vice-chairman Zol Nono, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Datu Antonio Kahti Galis, and Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Datu Penguang Manggil. — DayakDaily