KUCHING: Local councils in the state must find their own niches to build on for sustainable growth.
Ministry of Local Government permanent secretary Bakrie Zaini said councils must go beyond merely collecting rates and providing local services.
“Councils must look into their niche and build upon it with government development funding.
“With the Pan Borneo (highway), all districts have great potential to grow and we must plan ahead to create economic vibrancy for local businesses and communities to benefit,” he said when chairing the quarterly meeting with 23 council secretaries here yesterday.
He suggested that Lundu could promote its natural beauty, while Bau could capitalise on its rich history.
“Avoid creating something that you don’t have. We must tap into something that will bring in sustainable growth,” he said.
He pointed out that being small can also be beautiful as smaller councils would find it is easier to carry out their plans.
Meanwhile, Bakrie also disclosed the 32 key performances indicators (KPIs) the ministry has put in place for 2017 to 2018 to drive efficiency in administration, including preparing councils for counter-less receipts.