KUCHING: The state government has agreed to build a new council building for Padawan Municipal Council at Batu 12, Semenggok Jalan Kuching-Serian here, said Deputy Premier Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said the building, which costs RM60 million with an area of 20 acres was approved by the government as appreciation for the hard work of the council staff.
“This new building also a motivation for the MPP to serve the people better and provide better working environment for everyone in future,” he said in his speech during the MPP 26th Anniversary celebration at Imperial Hotel here last night.
He also said that given the size of the areas it has to serve that covers both urban and semi-urban areas, as well as meeting the demands of an ageing population, urbanisation, demographic change and population growth, MPP has a very challenging task to perform better job for the people.
“MPP had accomplished a lot, and yet there is still a much to do be an efficient and sustainable Padawan Municipality,” he added.
Sim also thanked MPP for its tremendous and extraordinary effort in two years of combating COVID-19.
“It’s a once in 100 years pandemic but because of your efforts and spirit of unity, we will be able to meet tonight and celebrating the anniversary face to face.
“Last year, more than 3000 people die due to COVID-19. We are grateful and we are alive today as the council has act in enforcing the standard operating procedure (SOPs) strictly and this is how I feel the nation building in terms of crisis for Sarawak for the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, MPP Chariman Cr Lo Khere Chiang said he admit there are a lot of challenges and work constraints from various communities under MPP jurisdiction especially on the part of good quality services from time to time.
“I must admit that some of this experience is interesting and some are very challenging that have been going through.
“Therefore, I would like to take this golden opportunity to thanked my minister, Dr Sim for his commitment and advice to make the key decision for my council to bring benefit to the people of this area.
“It is always my dream and aspiration together with the workforce of MPP to improve the council’s service delivery on its core activities, interacting with people through partnership like NGOs, community association, community leaders and resident themselves on the improvement aspect on how to make MPP’s area of jurisdiction clean, green and a better place to live,” he told.
Lo also thanked the MPP’S staff, as it not an easy task during COVID-19 as every staff have to put thier personal interest behind them and lay theirr hand to serve the community during this difficult time.