Miri City Council to find ways to keep maintenance works on protocol roads

The Miri City Council (MCC) would have to take alternative measures, should there be no federal funding for the Public Works Department (JKR) to carry out maintenance works on the protocol roads across this city next year.

Mayor Adam Yii stated this in response to the concern voiced out by councillors regarding the overgrowth along the protocol roads, particular at the junctions, which created ‘ blind spots’ that endangered motorists.

“We have been informed that there’s no budget for the months of November and December from the federal government, which means no budget for JKR to carry out maintenance works on these roads.

“Thus, there is a need for us to find out with JKR on its plans for such services next year. If there’s still no budget for next year, then the council would have to come forward to provide grass cutting at the ‘blind spots’ along the protocol roads,” he said when met after chairing a full council meeting yesterday.

In this matter, Yii had asked MCC Road Safety Sub-Committee – chaired by Councillor Karambir Singh – to set up a dialogue with JKR.

The mayor agreed with Councillor Abdullah Jaini, who had said that the unavailability of federal fund for JKR to carry out maintenance works on the protocol roads here had put MCC ‘in a difficult situation’.

“The overgrown grasses along the protocol roads are really an eyesore for our ‘ Resort City’,” said Yii, adding that it was ‘very frustrating’ to always have the council blamed for this, despite the maintenance and upkeep of the protocol roads being under the jurisdiction of JKR.

MACC urged to probe Chong’s allegations

In a related news published at The Borneo Post on 29th December 2018, a concern citizen has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Sarawak to look into a recent allegations made by the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen. Below is the news extract.

Source: The Borneo Post

Author: Shame on Baru Bian who is the Works Minister for failing to look into this matter and to continue allocating federal fund to maintain the federal roads in Sarawak.

Slow down, traffic lights ahead

Installing traffic lights is not cheap, what more to say a smart one like this one in Miri and Kuching. The reason why the GPS government upgrade our traffic light system is to smoothen the traffic flow. 

With this smart system, we do not need to wait for too long for the light to change to green. That is shorter traveling time, indeed.

In Miri, however, this traffic lights have been victims of road accident. I just wonder how long this one at Airport Road will last before someone knock it down. Are our road users roadworthy? 

So, dear Mirian, please drive carefully and observe the traffic lights. It is better to slow down and be safe than to be hurt in an accident!

3 mins to renew your driving licence

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Having heard a lot of unfavourable experience at our local JPJ office during the renewal of their driving licence, today, it was my turn to renew mine.

JPJ has made it easier for us to remember when to renew our driving licence by making it to coincide with our birth day – so, you need to spend extra on your birthday :p

With all the bad postings over the social media, I equipped myself with a full stomach, just in case it may take up to 4 hours (as claimed by some Mirians at their facebook timeline).

Arrived at the JPJ Office at 9.20am and gotten my queue no. 8072, clocked at 0924 hrs.

By 1015 hrs my turn to be serviced by the officer at the counter (no. 7 for my case). With a photo in hand (taken a day earlier), my old driving licence, and MyKad, as I told her I want to have my latest home address printed on my new licence.

It was fast! 3 mins is all she needs to scan my photo and get it printed on my new licence.

While waiting for it to print, she even attend to the next person in line.

I should give JPJ the thumbs up for a fast service. Well, we can’t comment much on the waiting time, as everyone is in a hurry to get it done, and the officers are also in a hurry to attend to as much clients as possible.

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