IT was a poignant moment during the City Day celebration of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), which paid tribute to eight Orange Heroes (Wira Oren) who died of Covid-19.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said three of them had yet to be vaccinated, four had taken their first dose while another one had completed both doses. They were aged between 28 and 57.
“We lost eight comrades who had always persevered through the years in serving the people.
“Let us pray for 33 more frontline heroes of MBSP who are still battling the virus.
“Let’s pray for their speedy recovery. Hope they can find strength in dealing with the challenges,” he said in his speech during the MBSP City Day celebration at the council’s headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, on Friday.
The event was launched by state local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.
Also present was MBSP’s Puspanita chairman Datin Che Limah Ujang.
Rozali said to date, a total of 3,930 or 98.60% of MBSP workers had been fully vaccinated.
“You (MBSP citizens) must be healthy and continue with your good work because you are the ‘fortress’ of Seberang Prai at this time,” he said.
At the event, Rozali said the council would introduce the ‘Program Sejahtera Peniaga’, which is an integrated application system that combined several other applications at one go.
Through this system, applicants can apply for a business licence, obtain a Temporary Building Permit and seek help for a few other services.
The programme, introduced for the first time, will end at the end of the year.
It is expected to benefit about 1,000 small traders such as food operators, sundry shop owners, and small business operators such as barbers outside the development areas or villages.
The programme was launched by Jagdeep.