PADAWAN: Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) is confident it can bring about greater development to its administrative area with the government’s support as well as community leaders and the people.
Its chairman Lo Khere Chiang said MPP would continue to put emphasis on its Resident Councillorship System (RCS) to enhance the spirit of neighbourliness and caring communities through the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
He said this during an online press conference today (July 29) after the first council meeting following the recent reappointment of councillors.
“The council will continue to think of innovative ways to provide good and clean eateries and restaurants for tourists and investors to go.
“Similarly, the quality of living will be enhanced with increase in the number of parks and recreational facilities which are able to provide comfortable places within the municipality for people to go and rest.
“The council will also cooperate with the police towards a crime free and safe municipality.
“It is only with a conducive environment provided would investors feel comfortable and be willing to stay and invest here,” he explained.
Lo explained that all parks and open spaces within MPP areas were regularly maintained for cleanliness and beautification and its Landscape Master Plan implemented in phases to meet the council’s objective to be a green and beautifully landscaped municipality.
“The council will be duly informed of the cutting down of trees by developers and utility agencies in any development and maintenance works.
“Private developers are also required to submit landscape development plan for comments and approval of the council to ensure provision of sufficient open spaces and greens in the new development area,” he said.
Besides that, the council urges communities to cultivate new habits and to keep the town and ‘kampungs’clean.
“The habits of discarding and segregating waste properly are done through various joint recycling programmes conducted together with schools, NGOs, community leadersand Trienekens Sdn Bhd.
“In addition, through cooperation with the Health Department, grading of food outlets programmes and organising of food handlers’ course fpr food operators will continue to be implemented for sustainable health and environment.”
Touching on the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, Lo said that measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of the virus in the economic sectors.
He added the council has been continuously monitoring these practices to ensure businesses comply with standard operating procedures (SOP).
“The council is also playing its part to help in the recovery of the economy. The hawkers and petty traders are provided with places to trade.
“We also work together with private enterprises in managing these trading places as people are starting to frequent these trading places.
Lo urges the public to give feedbacks to help them to solve problems that they are facing in MPP areas as the people are the council’s priority.
“MPP adopts the People’s First Approach and wants to maintain its close relationship with the public to ensure the well-being of the people.
“Regular engagement with the local communities will result in a cordial bonding between the community and the council.
“Hence, the communities will assist the council in working towards a clean and safe municipality,” Lo added.