A shortage of allocations is preventing the municipal councils from carrying out their duties, including maintenance and development, says Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
The Dudong assemblyman said the matter should be raised with the respective ministries to be discussed in Cabinet in order to overcome their problems.
“Do not let the people feel like their well-being has been neglected.
“For example, the drainage system maintenance is supposed to be more frequent, but the municipal council has failed to do so due to insufficient allocation.
“They are only able to do it twice a year. In Bintulu, under the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA)’s contract, the maintenance needs to be carried out once a month; why is the case different in Sibu?” asked Tiong.
He made the remarks when debating on the State Budget 2023 on the fourth day of the 19th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) session on Thursday (Nov 24).
Thus, he hoped that all government departments would actively handle the issue of people’s livelihoods rather than simply passing paperwork around without taking any practical actions.
Otherwise, he added, people will feel that the government is just entertaining them or giving them lip service and not seriously helping them.
“Perhaps the public services in some places are indeed performing well, but we cannot deny that there is still much room for improvement.
“Therefore, we need to examine these public service delivery systems from time to time so that the people will not become more disappointed with us,” he said.