Sibu gets RM25m to upgrade roads

Tiong (right) presenting a gift and certificate to a retiring staff.

SIBU: A total of 46 roads in residential and commercial areas will be upgraded in the next three months at a cost of RM25mil.

Sibu Municipal Council deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong told a press conference yesterday that the money was a special allocation from the state government.

In 2014, the council spent RM15mil to upgrade 120 roads and RM25mil for 200 roads in 2015.

Wong said by the end of this year the council would have upgraded about 90% of the more than 500 roads in its jurisdiction.

Separately, council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King warned political parties not to use public places without permit for their activities.

He said a group was using the Taman Muhibbah food court on March 18 for their event without permission.

“Taman Muhibbah is for hawkers and not a place for political activities,” he said before the council meeting yesterday.

Tiong also urged shop owners, particularly those in the central business district, to prepare for Visit Sibu Year by cleaning up their place.

On traffic jams and slow movement of traffic along Jalan Channel, Jalan Maju and Jalan Khoo Peng Loong due to the operation of the Urban Transformation Centre, he wanted truck operators to load and unload their goods either early in the mornings or late afternoons.

“For the general public, they could visit the centre after office hours or during the weekend.

“With this kind of cooperation, I believed we could minimise the problem of traffic congestion in the area,” he said.

Tiong also presented gifts to retiring council staff.

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