MIRI: The Miri City Council will restructure and improve two important elements of the council’s delivery system – the way tenders are awarded for contracts and subcontracts and the method of enforcement against illegal traders.
Mayor Adam Yii said the new team of councillors has found that the ways of doing certain things in the council must be improved.
The new councillors had only been appointed about a month ago.
“There will be a new tendering system, which will stipulate that those who are keen to take up our contracts must submit their financial statements, plus a list of their past clients and contract works they had undertaken before,” he said yesterday.
“In other words, they must show us their track record.
“We want to vet their actual capabilities and qualifications before awarding them any projects,” he added.
In addition, he said the city will be divided into 14 zones and two councillors will be in charge of monitoring each zone.
“The two councillors will lead the residents committees in these zones to monitor all the contracts done by the council contractors in terms of maintaining the environment and drainage, rubbish collection and grass cutting,” he added.
“As for enforcement against illegal traders (including wildlife traders who operate at night), we will be installing new CCTVs in the market places to detect such activities.
“We are getting new CCTVs which costs about RM10,000 per set,” he said, adding that the council wanted to extend its enforcement coverage.
Yii said with these new approaches, the council hoped to be more effective in its delivery and enforcement.
He acknowledged that there had been complaints about illegal native traders selling protected wildlife at night and stressed that with the installation of additional CCTVs, the council may be able to deal with them effectively.
“We want to give a grace period to illegal traders to stop their illicit activities and apply for the proper licences and permits.
“If that fails and they continue with their illegal activities, then we will have to use the law against them,” he said.
Before the full council meeting yesterday, Yii showed the five-star award that the council had received recently from the National Audit Department for having excelled in its financial management.
The council also presented cash incentives to more than two dozen employees for their outstanding contributions in their respective departments.