The first city in Malaysia to have LED street lightings

Our mayor, En. Lawrence Lai announce today that Miri city will be the first city in Malaysia to have all its street lighting powered by LED bulbs. LED bulbs are proven to save our electricity bills by 60%. FYI, Miri’s street lightings electricity bill run up to RM7million per year.

He said that during his ‘Thank You’ speech after being installed as the Datuk Bandar for Miri City for the second term.

No plastic
It will be a No-Plastic day everyday in major supermarkets in Miri with effect from 1st May 2010. Miri first started its green campaign with no-plastic day on Sundays. It then followed by no-plastic on Saturdays and Sundays. Currently, shoppers in Miri are having no-plastic day for three consecutive days from Fridays till Sundays.

What does that mean? Well, when you shop in Miri on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, please bring your own bag. The major supermarkets will not provide any plastic to wrap your shopping items. And, beginning 1st May 2010, please bring your own bag every time you go shopping!

Residential Committee
Miri is also the first local council in Sarawak to have a Residential Committee (RC). The RC ranked fourth in the country’s administrative tier. First is the Federal office, State offices, the Councillors and then the Residential Committees.

What do this Residential Committee do?
The RC acts as a communication mechanism between the Councillors, the City Council and the people. With the members residing in every corner of Miri city, it is and will be much easier for the people to communicate their problems to the City Council. And, it will be much faster for the Council to respond to the people’s request. So, if you are reading this and if you are residing in Miri, and if you do not know how to get in touch with the Council and the Mayor, let me know.. I will be very happy to assist you and to help find a suitable and viable solution to your problem.

How big is the problem?
Aiyaaa.. be practical la! If you are talking about major road construction, major traffic congestion, then that’ll be a State matter. But, if you are talking about blocked drainage, rubbish not collected, or small potholes in front of your house, ahhh.. that one, we can help.

Our Ikrar Jawatankuasa Penduduk (Residential Committee)

Bahawa kami
Warga Bandaraya Miri dengan ini melafazkan
komitmen dan dedikasi untuk bersama-sama memberikan
sumbangan sukarela ke arah
kemajuan holistik Bandaraya Miri sebagai sebuah Bandaraya
Peranginan yang mampan

Kami berikrar
Sentiasa memperbaiki perkhidmatan sukarela
yang berkualiti dengan kerjasama berpasukan
yag tinggi bagi mencapai objektif dan fungsi Jawatankuasa Penduduk
dengan jayanya

Note: More photos to follow.

Maybank2U mobile banking

Maybank introduces its latest feature to the Internet banking facilities today with the launch of their Maybank2U Mobile Banking. Although it is still in its beta stage, but it is good enough for me to do simple transactions like checking my account balance, fund transfer and make payment on the go!

Kudos to Maybank!

Bloggers are not the enemy, government told

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogs can serve as a good platform for feedback from the people and should not be perceived as the “enemy” of the government, said blogger Syed Imran Al-Sagoff.

Although blogs on political issues were prone to contain lies and deceit as a method of character assassination, the same could not be said about political blogs written by former journalists.

“When I blog, I feel free to say anything without being restricted by the organisation that I work for,” said the former Bernama journalist who blogs at (visit site).

He was speaking at a dialogue in a hotel here yesterday organised by the Information Department.

The dialogue, entitled “Between Blogging and News Writing: A Lie or Reality?” was attended by 100 public relations officers from various government departments and ministries.

He added that bloggers should also be expo-sed to ethics and law to avoid writing lies.

“Almost all political parties have their own blogs. Those politicians who used to condemn bloggers have also started blogging because they have realised that it is a medium to reach out to the people especially during elections,” he said.

Another panel member, Information, Communications and Culture Ministry’s broadcasting department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya said bloggers should reveal their true identities for integrity sake.

Source: The Star Online