SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King believes that the town can be upgraded to five stars from four stars in the safety aspect.
Speaking at a Sibu Hin Hua Poh Sen Association Chinese New Year gathering he said the council was vigorously promoting safety of the town as it wanted its people to live more peacefully.
He said there were now five places in the country which had been given the five-star status while Sibu town was accorded with four stars.
“The government is working closely with us to enhance security in the town through different channels. In this regard, the many associations and societies can also work with us to achieve the target as it is not just the work of the council or the police,” he added.
Everyone in the town, he said, sought to live in a peace environment, had success in their work and career development.
“Although sometimes crime cases do occur which created fear among the people, as long as we have a community which does not hurt others, cares for each other, we can create a harmonious and peaceful society,” he added.
Association president councillor So Teck Kee said Hin Hua clansmen had always supported the government and worked together with other races for mutual benefit and national development.
He said his association would continue to look forward and work harder towards a brighter future.
The Hin Hua community here has a population of 36,000 people.
“The majority of them live in the suburb areas of Sg Teku and Sg Merah where vast land was available. I encourage them to take part in land development towards economic progress,” he added.
The association, he said, had set up an education foundation last year with a starting fund of RM200,000 which was donated by the past honorary president, Lau Hong King, and his spouse.
This education foundation is for Hin Hua children to pursue tertiary education.