Ensuring environmentally friendly city

Mayor of Kuching South City Council Datuk Wee Hong Seng delivering his welcoming speech at the launching of the 32nd Kuching City Day. On the right is Kuching North City Hall Datuk Junaidi Reduan.

KUCHING: As Kuching city heads towards becoming a smart city, both Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) are also looking at making the city environmentally friendly.

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said the city council was actively seeking to forge strategic partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community associations, community leaders and residents through various channels and platforms, to brainstorm ideas and plans in making the city a better place.

“Adopting the idea of ‘Urban Renewal of Greater Kuching’, we are now heading towards becoming a smart and healthy city.

“Kuching is known as a ‘City of Unity’ – your city, my city, our city. Greater Kuching is among the various catalyst project to connect both old and new Kuching,” he said during Kuching City’s 32nd anniversary celebration at MBKS Square on Saturday.

He said ‘Greater Kuching’ was one of the reversible development strategies in anticipation of potential future changes.

“With this idea of ‘Greater Kuching’, it will re-brand the city with a new image of a better city for the people,” he said.

Wee said for instance, MBKS had created pedestrian and cycling networks to connect iconic places within the city.

“During the past 11 months, MBKS and DBKU have demonstrated our ability to address the needs of Kuching’s multicultural and diverse communities.

“Both MBKS and DBKU are moving in tandem with the people’s interest and have since become an efficient intermediary and implemented policies enacted by the government of the day,” he said, adding that the councils would carry out duties based on the concept of integrity, accountability and transparency.

In line with Sarawak government’s digital economy initiatives, MBKS had introduced the i-People application, a digital platform that allowed interaction and communication between Kuchingites and the city council, where feedbacks, alerts, suggestions and notices could be conveyed to the council efficiently.

“Also, we have implemented the digital Smart Traffic System to smoothen traffic flows during congestion. We have also executed the digitalisation of building plans to make business process more efficient,” he said.

Moreover, he said MBKS have integrated augmented reality (AR) at MBKS Pictorial Gallery where visitors could experience the beautiful history of Kuching city through a different perspective.

“In addition, we have developed the Qmunity App under our corporate social responsibility (CSR) exercise in collaboration with JT Utama Sdn Bhd and ARx Media Sdn Bhd to track Covid-19 outbreak in Sarawak,” he said.

Currently, the Qmunity App has about 372,220 users with a check-in record on more than 4 million.