City council recognised for innovative efforts

The Ipoh City Council team celebrating their win at the Perak State-Level Innovation Competition 2020.

THE Ipoh City Council (MBI) is among the top six best government agencies with new innovations in Perak.

This was declared during a state-level competition among 30 entries submitted by government agencies.

The city council was the only local authority in the state to be given the recognition during the Perak State-Level Innovation Competition 2020.

Its innovation called MyNorisk@MBI was listed as a potential innovation award winner.

The system is a non-risky online licence application.

Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin applauded the team, comprising employees from several departments within the city council, for innovating the system.

He said the system would allow parties interested in conducting business in the city council’s jurisdiction to apply for licence online without having to personally hand in their applications at the counter.

“Interested applicants can also make payments and print their receipts when using this online application.

“I hope that the recognition gained by the city council will inject enthusiasm and appreciation, and that similar commitment is seen in every innovation project produced, ” he said in a statement during the full board meeting.

On second-term assessment tax settlements, Rumaizi said 60,649 defaulters had been issued notices.

He said those having problems settling their arrears should come to the city council office to find the best way to pay up.

“I also hope that Ipoh residents are more serious in carrying out their responsibilities as ratepayers, ” he added.

Rumaizi said since the setting up of the One-Stop Centre (OSC) in 2007, a total of 32,501 development applications had been received.

This is an average about 200 applications per month.

“According to the data recorded in the OSC portal, MBI is the second highest to receive applications after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for eight consecutive years until 2018.

“Last year, we fell to third place with 30,945 applications after DBKL and the Sepang Municipal Council.

“I am certain Ipoh’s skyline will change once all the commercial development projects are completed in the next two to three years, ” he said.

However, Rumaizi added, elements of heritage and nature would be continued to be preserved in line with the desire to make Ipoh a low carbon city and a city within a park by 2030.

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