SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is to place more emphasis on making Sibu a safe town for all to live, work and play in, chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said yesterday.
He said that in line with the Government’s National Key Result Area (NKRA) on crime prevention, the SMC has set up a Safe City Committee.
“We have and will work closely with the police, the Federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Ministry of Home Affairs and others.
“To date, we have brought in more street lighting, safety mirrors, a pedestrian-friendly central business district and installed 54 CCTVs which are closely monitored by the police,” he said in his Chinese New Year message.
On other matters, Tiong said the council had allocated between RM2mil and RM3mil this year to upgrade some roads in major residential areas.
“Priority will be given to the roads in flood-prone areas,” he said.
On the perennial flood woes, Tiong said the first phase of the RM83.3mil Sibu flood mitigation project has shown significant results in sparing the town during the recent Landas (wet) season.
“The Department of Drainage and Irrigation is now implementing Phase Two, which costs RM52mil.
“If we can have the subsequent phase after this, Sibu will be completely shielded from the annual flood threat,” he said.
On tourism, Tiong said the annual and very popular Borneo Cultural Festival would make a comeback this year, in July. — Bernama