MIRI: A factory to convert used cooking oil into organic pesticides has been proposed to be set up here to alleviate concerns over the sale of recycled oil to the public.
This was following the case of two companies in charge of collecting used cooking not able to provide proper documentations on how it managed the used oil, said mayor Adam Yii.
There have been allegations from the public that the used oil is being recycled.
“Since the companies have not been able to supply proper documentation to support their claims, the council will not endorse them,” Yii said at a press conference after Miri City Council (MCC) full-board meeting here.
The two companies have collected more than 160,000 litres of used cooking oil since January and claimed that the oil was delivered to a company in peninsular Malaysia to be converted into biodiesel and sold to Europe.
“Our main concern is that used cooking oil may be recycled into the food chain.
“The council will look into this matter to ensure that recycled oil is managed properly,” said Yii.
Yii also highlighted the case of an establishment serving fried chicken containing maggots.
“The council may in the future consider publicising the name of the establishment for such cases.
“This is to ensure that people pay attention to hygiene and cleanliness.
“The operator of the establishment has been alerted on precautions and a follow-up inspection has been conducted on the premises,” said Yii.
City councillor Abdullah Jaini, who is in charge of city infrastructure, said that JKR had proposed a RM15mil project on the road from GK Pujut Roundabout to Piasau Bridge to overcome congestion in the area.
The proposed project will include road widening works, the addition of street lights, signals, traffic light and possibly an additional lane and will take two years to be completed.
On flash flood mitigation, Abdullah said that survey work for nine projects had been completed. The council was moving into design stage of the plan.
The Miri parking system website and MCC website will be uploading 50 names of individuals who have outstanding fines.
“This is a reminder for people to check and settle their fines.
The tourism development standing committee will be holding a short video competition from July 1 to Aug 31.
Members of the public are welcomed to submit a three-minute video with the theme ‘Miri Uniquely Borneo.’ MCC will select the best video for its promotional programmes next year.