DBKU to launch five-year digital plan

Junaidi delivers his speech at the 33rd Kuching City Day celebration.

KUCHING: The Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) will soon launch its e-DBKU — a five-year initiative to transform its services in line with the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy.

Its mayor Datuk Junaidi Reduan said the e-DBKU plan is expected to be completed by 2025.

He said the plan would consist of three main components namely innovative digital solutions, service delivery and smart city.

“DBKU, as an administrator, maintainer and regulator of the city has to deliver efficient and effective services to meet the aspirations and needs of our people — the citizens of Kuching.

“As such, we believe that service excellence can be achieved through the use of digital technology,” he said during the Kuching City Day 33rd anniversary celebration at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex on Sunday (Aug 1).

With guidance from the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, he said he was confident that Kuching would become a smart city in the near future and it was not impossible to be the best in the region.

On another note, he said the progress and development achieved by the council thus far would not have been possible without the involvement of Kuching community.

“The involvement and close cooperation between the community in the initiatives organised by DBKU and Kuching City South Council (MBKS) has contributed a lot to the physical, social and economic development of Kuching,” he said.

He added the DBKU’s ‘Kejiranan Mesra’ (Friendly Neighbourhood) platform was one of the ways to promote an inclusive community.

“We are confident that the Friendly Neighbourhood platform can bring a positive impact towards community development.

“Our objective is to turn friendly neighbourhood into the ‘go-to community focal point’ for all parties — the government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private sector,” said Junaidi.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with this year’s Kuching City Day celebration, DBKU has organised various programmes starting last month and will run until September.

A new initiative has also been introduced, namely Kuching City Hygiene Month in July, with various events and activities related to hygiene organised to cultivate the importance of hygiene.

Other programmes organised include the friendly neighbourhood landscape competition, e-games, innovation challenge, among others.

In line with this year’s Kuching City Day theme ‘Digital Transformation Towards a Smart City’, all programmes organised will contain digital elements.

For those who are interested in participating, they can register online on DBKU’s website at https://dbku.events/.