PENANG:The local authorities will aggressively embark on landscape beautification programme next year to restore the shine of the Pearl of the Orient.
Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Zainal Rahim Se man said the island should appear beautiful and attractive to tourists, adding that the clean-liness programme mooted several years ago would continue next year.
“We will start off with impro-ving the landscape in the vicinity of the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.
“At the moment tourists who disembark from the plane are greeted by unattractive surroundings and improperly trimmed grass.
“It is not the vision they should have of Penang,” he said when asked about his plans for the New Year.
Zainal simultaneously opened the MPPP Enforcement Day and the new RM3.3mil enforcement unit building at Jalan Kampung Jawa Baru here yesterday.
Zainal said it was vital to meet the public and the tourists’ expectations because they wanted to see a much better Penang.
He said enforcement would also be stepped up against motorists who parked haphazardly in areas, especially at Gurney Drive and Pulau Tikus.
The council’s internal mana-gement would also be improved through proper monitoring of the punch card system, among others.
“Instead of the normal yellow card used in punch card system, we will be introducing green and red cards to differentiate non-tardy and tardy staff.
“This is being practised in all government offices and agencies,” he said.
Zainal also said domestic in-quiries had been held against seven clerical and administrative personnel for ‘missing from work’.
“The offenders risk a seven-day pay cut,” he added.