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Ministry of Local Government,
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21 Oct 2016Dr Sim: CERT to be set up in Batu Kawah

KUCHING: A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be set up in Batu Kawah to handle flood situations, Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian disclosed.

He said it would be set up by the State Security Unit in collaboration with Petronas.

“Petronas has agreed to set up a CERT here in Batu Kawa which also includes facilities and logistics, which will be participated by local community volunteers, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) and Civil Defence Force (APM).

“I hope that we would never get a flood, but on the other hand I have no control over the weather. This is part of the early preparation to face the rainy season,” he told reporters after presenting the second phase of flood relief aid to 688 heads of households within the Batu Kawah and Batu Kitang constituency at Stapok Community Hall here yesterday.

Being a flood-prone area, he said Batu Kawah, especially its low-lying areas, was always flooded every year.

On the flood relief aid, the Batu Kawah assemblyman was dismayed that it took the authorities in Putra Jaya so long to disburse it.

“I wish the money is parked in the State Treasury, then we will be giving out rather than bringing this matter up in Parliament and undergo procedures in Putra Jaya, only then the money will come down.

“All this time it is the federal government agencies which are slowing us down and it is unfair to the people in Sarawak. Ultimately, the best way is to park the money with the State Treasury, then everything would be very fast.”

He assured that he would continue to follow up with Putra Jaya and in Parliament to fight for this matter.

He hoped that the aid could ease the burden of the flood victims though he noted the amount was only RM500.

“This compensation money will never ever compensate fully all the losses that the people suffer because it is only RM500.”

Present were Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, Kuching district officer Ibrahim Kipli and political secretary to the chief minister Tan Kai.

Dr Sim (third left) and Ibrahim (second left) pose with the flood relief aid recipients. — Photo by Chimon Upon

Dr Sim (third left) and Ibrahim (second left) pose with the flood relief aid recipients. — Photo by Chimon Upon

10 Oct 2016Dr Sim goes to ground to solve people’s problems

KUCHING: Minister for Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian yesterday led representatives from eight government agencies in visiting three places in Batu Kawa to resolve long-existing problems in those areas.

He was with personnel from Royal Malaysia Police, Civil Defence Department, Public Works Department (JKR), Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), Land and Survey Department, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP), Sarawak Energy Berhad, and Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

They went to RPR Batu Kawa, Desa Wira and Sungai Moyan to solve the problems that had been frustrating the people....

06 Oct 2016Bario truly a ‘green and full of soul’ place

BARIO: The Bario Highland, with its perfect weather suitable for organic farming, is the place that is truly ‘green and full of soul’.

When launching ‘Ngeribed Ngebata Bario’ (Beautifying and Greening Bario programme) at Lepo Rurum in the highland yesterday,  Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said, “Sustainability is the pathway to improve quality of life of the people and Bario as a whole. Bario is lucky for having natural beauty of unspoiled environment that is green and fresh. It is the envy of many places that have gone far by creating concrete jungles.”...

02 Oct 2016Actively partake in useful community events, people told

SIBU: The state government is encouraging community members to actively participate in programmes that can develop the capacity and quality of life for people and communities.

Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was evidenced through grants and an annual allotment of RM2.7 million distributed to 23 local authorities in the state so far.

“However, I believe NGOs and organisations that excel are those who are independent from the financial aspect, which is not solely dependent on government funds but seeking to generate their own income to ensure the continuity of their activities....

01 Oct 2016SS : Convention relevant platform to achieve vision

S IBU: Sarawak Local Authorities (PBT) Innovative and Creative Group (KIK) Convention is a relevant platform for the ministry and Local Authorities to cope with transformation of the State Public Service to achieving the vision of ‘A World Class Civil Service’. “The organisation of the convention is a very positive matter, creative approach and innovative in improving the delivery system of local authorities....

29 Sep 2016Focus on high-impact projects, councils told

SIBU: Local authorities should always go to Innovative and Creative Group (KIK) Conventions armed with high-impact projects that could benefit the society.

Permanent secretary of the Local Government Ministry Bakrie Zaini said, for instance, he observed that since 2010, most public complaints were on drainage problems in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.

In other places, the focus was on damaged roads....

29 Sep 2016‘Miri in dire need of second hospital’
MIRI: The construction of the second public hospital here needs to be expedited to meet the increasing population in northern Sarawak....

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