Sibu council to speed up completion of projects

Ting (left) and his deputy Bujang Abdul Majid with councillors at the swearing-in ceremony.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has been unable to complete, or in some cases, start some projects because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Its chairman Clarence Ting said with only four months left to November, the council would need to work hard to catch up.

He said this to reporters after a swearing-in ceremony of councillors for a new term on Friday.

The ceremony, which was held via Zoom, involved 758 councillors from 24 councils in the state and was attended by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The new term is from July 1 to June 30 next year.

Ting added that SMC was unable to start three hawker centre projects, which had been scheduled to be completed early this year.

“We could not start rebuilding hawker centres because of the implementation of the movement control order,” he said.

The projects are Tiong Hua Road Market, Taman Muhibbah Food Court and Sungai Merah market.

For roads under its jurisdiction, he said the council had completed 60% of road repairs but they had not been tarred yet.

“I have asked SMC staff to make sure all the projects we have budgeted for this year are completed,” he added.

However, he reckoned that it would be an uphill task for the council to finish them all in four months’ time.

“But we still intend to clean up drains.

“SMC is not too much behind schedule in this regard,” he noted.

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