Officers from local councils to double up as traffic wardens at heavily congested areas

Michael Tiang

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SIBU, June 18: Local council enforcement officers who have been trained as traffic wardens will start work soon to control traffic in heavily congested areas, including schools.

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, Michael Tiang said today that enforcement officers from five local councils had completed their training yesterday, which was conducted by the police.

They include officers from Kuching South City Council (MBKS), Padawan City Council (MPP), Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), Miri City Council (MCC) and Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS).

“The traffic warden training was delayed due to the pandemic. Yesterday they had completed their training in Kuching. This is a pilot project as in future we might train more of them,” he told reporters after officiating at the opening of the Sarawak Teachers Union, Sibu branch seminar.

The Pelawan assemblyman said these wardens would also be assigned to school to assist with controlling traffic.

Taking the example of Sibu, he said two wardens each would be tasked to control traffic in the bottleneck area of SMK Sacred Heart, SMK St Elizabeth and in Ulu Sungai Merah area where a secondary and a primary school are located.

“They can be assigned to a very demanding area to ensure smoother flow of traffic, especially in school areas rather than letting teachers do it as it is dangerous since they are not trained for it,” he explained.

With these wardens, he was optimistic that traffic flow in congested areas would be solved while it would also be safer for school students.

Tiang also highlighted that the Education Ministry in its recent statement does not ban politicians such as assemblymen from visiting schools.

He thus hoped schools would work with assemblymen in taking care of not only students and their school’s development and welfare, but also the welfare of their teachers. — DayakDaily