MIRI: Newly-appointed head of the Miri City Council Adam Yii will make solving social issues in Miri city his top priority.
Nagging problems such as chronic traffic congestion, indiscriminate parking, environmental pollution, security and safety concerns, increase in animal cruelty cases and the persistent squatter issues plaguing this city of 350,000 must be dealt with in a holistic manner, he said.
In his message to the people of Miri in conjunction with the swearing in of the new team of councillors here yesterday, Yii said the rise in these social woes must be tackled.
“These major issues of concern must be addressed with the cooperation of all the stakeholders from both the public and private sectors as well as the society at large.
“I will do my best to reduce the red tape in the council delivery service system.
“There is a need to harmonise the way we do things with the rising demands of a population,” he said.
Yii pledged to be people-oriented and that his city council will be focused on improving the quality of life in this resort city.
The 60-year-old former entrepreneur is also the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) information chief.
Yii thanked the SUPP for nominating him as mayor and thanked the state cabinet and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for endorsing and approving the nomination.
“I accept this post with humility and honour and I pledge to do my best for the people and for the future of this resort city.
“I will work with all quarters to improve the facilities and amenities and living condition in the city to make Miri a resort city of choice.
“I will do my best to improve the council service delivery system and to help uplift the economy of the city especially in the tourism aspects,” he said.
He added that in the coming months, he would be getting feedback from all the stakeholders in Miri – from both the public and private sectors, community bodies and non-governmental organisations – to determine the urgent issues that should be addressed first.
Yii said that he welcomed constructive ideas and criticisms that can help the council to improve the quality of its services to the rakyat.
With the coordination of the state government and the cooperation of the people, he is confident that the new group of council members will be able to make Miri a better place for all.