SMC may stop service due to lack of public cooperation, irresponsible residents

Time to clean up: The traders at Sunday Market left behind a big mess for Sibu Municipal Council to clean up.

SIBU: There may not be anymore spring cleaning for major festivals here in the future due to lack of cooperation from the public.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the council had discovered that many had not followed the schedule of collection and had also caused unnecessary misunderstandings.

“While the council is glad to provide free service to the public, it is disheartened by many who have been very irresponsible. Rubbish not categorised as bulk refuse such as normal domestic waste was simply put together with the bulk refuse causing unnecessary delay of the collection service and also caused litters to scatter around,” he said in a statement recently.

Should this free service be stopped by the council, he said, the public could always get private contractors or council services to dispose of bulk refuse at a cost.

During the recent Chinese New Year spring cleaning, the council collected a total of 1,538 truckloads of bulk refuse, compared with 1,728 truckloads in 2014.

On Chinese Tomb Festival, which is just around the corner, he said the council would allow applications for temporary permits for selling of flowers and candles near the cemeteries 14 days before the day on April 4.

“The only areas allowed for such activities are roadside along Brooke Drive after the Kwong Ann Crescent and Deshon/Brooke Drive junction,” he added.

Touching on assessment bills for 2015 for properties with the jurisdiction of the council, he said they would reach the property owners by end-March.

As in previous years, the council would give incentives for those willing to settle their assessment bills for the whole year before May 31.

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