KOTA BELUD: The Sabah Ministry of Local Government and Housing has set aside RM1mil for various projects under the Kota Belud District Council (MDKB) this year.
The amount covers the purchase of a refuse compactor (RM347,762) for the council, maintenance of suspension bridges in the district (RM300,000), improvement of drainage at the Taginambur Tamu (RM180,000), and fencing of the village burial ground at Pantai Emas (RM150,000).
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said this after attending a development briefing at the Kota Belud District Council on Wednesday.
Addressing the councillors and council staff, Hajiji advised them to be vigilant and work doubly hard as the people or public’s expectations were very high in this age of social media whereby a picture or complaint can be uploaded to the Internet instantly.
“Local councils play an important role in the functioning of the government. You are the ‘front-runner’ as you deal directly with the public who pay taxes like assesment rates. They expect their rubbish to be collected regularly and on time, the street lights to be functioning and so on.
“You are actually the government at the district level; sort of a ‘government within a government’. That is why the local councils are sometimes called the ‘3rd Govrnment’, with the Federal and State Governments being the first and second,” he pointed out.
Earlier in his briefing, MDKB executive officer Hamsad Abd Wahid informed the minister that apart from allocations from the State Government, the Council had also been given a sum of RM1.5mil this year for the implementation of various projects to be carried out.
They included the construction of community halls at DudarUlu and Tinampak Gontung at RM347,000 each; the upgrading/imporvement of the Siasai Tamu (RM449,000); the construction of a Resthouse at Bukit Perintah (RM309,000); and a study on traffic flow in the town (RM45,000).
Hamsad added that a few projects have also been proposed under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) programme. They include the construction of a town square and general landscaping/beautification; a new roundabout; a new bus terminal and a People’s Bazaar.