By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Dec 10: It is up to the Sarawak Cabinet to decide whether a mayor should continue to serve under a local council, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.
He said, unlike civil servants, mayors have to be appointed by the Sarawak government — including his own mayorship.
However, he noted there had been discussions to allow a three-month extension of services of all the councillors until the end of March 2023.
“It depends on the Cabinet’s decision and the Sarawak government whether to extend or terminate a mayor’s service,” he said.
He also said there is a need for new ideas from new people, especially in urban development.
“We need to train and give a chance to new talents willing to serve the people,” said Wee in his 144th ShallWeeTalk Facebook live session today.
He was responding to inquiries from netizens asking whether he would continue to be MBKS mayor next year.
Wee was first sworn in as MBKS mayor on Sept 3, 2019, succeeding Datuk James Chan, who assumed office from June 2008 to Aug 2019.
On Sept 1, 2021, Wee took his oath to continue his service for the second term. On July 16, 2022, his term was further extended for another six months until Jan 2023. — DayakDaily