Get council’s green light before erecting telco towers, says mayor

MIRI: Telecommunication towers cannot be built without a plan being submitted to the Miri City Council (MCC) first, warns mayor Adam Yii.

“This is to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities,” said Yii during the Miri City Council full board meeting

He said a telecommunication tower in Lutong had to be relocated due to its proximity to a oil drum storage area

He also announced a 50% discount for parking compounds from April.

Yii said that the discount was meant to encourage people to settle their fines within 14 days.

With regard to the large number of lodging houses and hotels operating without licenses in commercial buildings, Yii said that the council will issue provisional licenses to those who make an application.

“Our main concern is to ensure the safety and security aspects,” he said.

Local Agenda Community Development committee chairman Aries Leong revealed that the Engineering Department has identified eight locations to set up rubbish traps along the river.

“A total of 7.9 tonnes of rubbish has been collected from 15 locations so far,” said Leong.

Tourism development committee chairman Ernest Goh also said there are plans to promote Miri City in Singapore in conjunction with Visit Miri City 2018.

Goh said upcoming events include the Miri City Day celebration on May 20 while the Borneo Jazz Fest will be held from May 11 to 13 at Coco Cabana Miri.

Registration for the night market on Brooke Street had also begun for interested hawkers and vendors.

Yii expressed his appreciation to retail outlets including supermarkets as well as the public for giving their support to the council’s No Plastic Bag every Sunday campaign.

“I would also like to urge the public to bring their own food containers when packing food to reduce the use of polystyrene,” he said.

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