SIBU: The Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), which houses 13 government state and federal agencies, has been receiving good response from the public since it started operation on March 14.
The first oficial day saw 864 visitors who came either to pay utility bills or renew various types of licences.
The director of the State Implementation Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department, Bakrie Zaini, said currently there were 13 government agencies that had started operating.
“We are anticipating that another two – police and land transport department – to open by early next week,” he said during a site visit by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh yesterday.
The centre is opened daily from 8am to 9pm except public holidays.
“The Federal Government has approved our request to have a high-speed fibre optic line for this building with a cost of RM1.4mil. If implemented, the surrounding areas would also benefit from high-speed Unifi Internet connectivity,” he added.
Bakrie urged the people in the central region to make full use of the centre which provides various government services, including making and renewing identity cards, passports and driving licences besides paying utility bills.
According to Wong, the UTC was a “wonderful place which brings people closer to development”.
He said the centre would be more convenient now for the people to seek the services of the government.
“It is a very good project which shows that the BN government really cares for the people,” he added.
The agencies in the centre include the Sibu Municipal Council, State Treasury Department, Welfare Department, Resident and District Offices, Sibu Rural District Council, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Sibu Water Board, the National Registration Department, National Higher Education Loan, Immigration Department, 1Malaysia Clinic and Land Transport Department.