James Chan

KUCHING: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Datuk James Chan told reporters yesterday that the council would be focusing on health issues after the Kuching Festival.

“Usually, the Kuching Festival is the main yearly event for the council. I remember the Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud advising me to focus on sports activities during the festival in order to strengthen unity among Sarawakians.

“Thus, the Kuching Festival is not just about food but also about sports,” he said.

On health issues in the city, Chan revealed that recently, there were complaints about smokers smoking at eateries or coffeeshops.

James Chan

“Although the educational enforcement period on smoking ban at eateries has been extended, maybe MBKS and the support of the Health Department will conduct routine checks on eateries to ensure that the public abide by the rules.

“Enforcing these matters as smoking is a health concern. When I was in Shanghai three years ago to attend a conference, this issue was also brought up.

“In other words, smoking in public spaces is a problem and endangers the health of smokers and non-smokers,” he said.

Chan added the council would also be monitoring cleanliness at its markets.

Asked about the expiry of his mayor’s term, Chan replied, “Let the State Cabinet decides on it. As for me, I leave it to the Cabinet and as what my Muslim friends say God Willing.”

Chan had earlier on received a courtesy call from a Sony Malaysia delegation at his office.