QUICK to respond to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s call on municipal councillors to be on their toes, newly-appointed Seberang Prai municipal councillor Lim Eng Nam says the council should be thankful when it receives complaints from the public.
Eng Nam, 42, who is Batu Kawan PKR division committee member, said council employees as well as councillors should appreciate public feedback on issues relating to local authorities.
“The people are the eyes and ears of the council. When they forward complaints to us, we must not ignore them or get angry with the complainants,” he said yesterday.
He said since council officers might overlook certain areas, especially when carrying out cleanliness activities, the public can help by alerting them about it.
Businessman Mohamed Zanudin Othman, 47, who is Nibong Tebal PKR division committee member, said he hoped to expedite public complaints to the council.
“While serving the people in Nibong Tebal, I have often conveyed their grouses to the council.
“Now, I can ensure their complaints are looked into promptly and given the due attention,” he said.
Another new councillor Zulkiefly Saad, 52, a businessman, who is representing Abim, said he hoped to help the council especially in Islamic affairs and activities as well as those pertaining to mosques.
“It is important for the council to seek advice from NGOs that have knowledge and expertise in handling religious issues,” he said.
Lim Tau Hoong, 30, a company operations director, representing the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped to bridge the gap between the business community and the council, especially in the application for licences and policy implementation.
Lim, who once headed the Penang Software Consortium, said he also hoped to help the state plan its proposed free Wi-Fi services in Seberang Prai, noting that priority should be given to public places such as bus terminals, taxi stands and railway stations.
Abdul Latif Abdullah, 44, who is Bertam constituency Pakatan Rakyat coordinator, said he hoped to look into the cleanliness and beautification of parks within housing schemes.
“Many parks are in a state of neglect and need some plants and lighting to brighten up the area,” he said.