SIBU: Sungai Merah will be made a safer place under the Safe City Project.
Announcing this at a mass cleaning campaign on Saturday, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the Federal Ministry of Internal Security and Department of Local Govenment had approved a sum of RM750,000 for the project.
“The project will include more street lighting, footpaths, railing, motorcycle anti-theft bars, safety mirrors and signage,” he disclosed.
Tiong said the project, which would be completed by the first half of next year, came about due to the close working relationship between SMC and the Sungai Merah Neighbourhood Committee.
On the cleaning campaign, he said, the council had always been proactive in ensuring a clean, healthy and beautiful environment for the people.
Cleaning campaigns, which involved the participation of the general public, had become one of the “must-do” routines for the council, he said, adding that the council welcomed any organisations to come forward and organise cleaning campaign jointly with it where it provided the necessary tools and equipments while the organisation mobilises the volunteers.
With the threat of dengue outbreak, he called upon the people of the town to observe the highest standard of hygiene.
“Particular attention should be paid to ensure a clean environment. The council will step up our enforcement pertaining to control of poultry rearing, stray dogs, scrap metal yards and illegal dumping. Houseowners should be on the lookout for potential aedes-breeding grounds and destroy them,” he advised.
The cleaning campaign was the 10th for this year. It was jointly organised by the Unity Department, Lions Club of Sungai Merah and Sungai Merah Neighbourhood Committee.