New MPS chief vows to make Sandakan among the best
Published on: Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Sandakan: Newly appointed Sandakan Municipal Council President Datuk Peter Hii Chang Lik said priority will be given to several issues as part of continuous effort to improve the situation in the district. The issues include cleanliness in Sandakan town, garbage disposal centre at Mile 8, water pollution and expediting the expansion of the Sandakan Airport runway in tandem with making the district a preferred destination for overseas travellers.

This is in addition to developing industries such as seafood, oil palm and logging to boost economic activities in Sandakan, Sabah and the nation as a whole.

"I will also go down to construction sites to ensure that all works are done accordingly," he said.

He also vowed to deliver and carry out his duties in developing Sandakan.

Hii said this in his maiden speech at the handing over of duty ceremony at the Sandakan Municipal Council's Conference Hall, here, Tuesday.

Former president Datuk James Wong, who was represented by the Sandakan Municipal Council's Deputy President Mohd Hamsan Awang Supain, handed over duty to Hii.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Christina Liew, Minister of Health and People's Wellbeing cum Sandakan MP Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing cum Karamunting Assemblyman Hiew Vui Zin, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Arifin Asgali, Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Arunarsnsin Taib and Elopura Assemblyman Calvin Chong, among others.

Hii proposed that the RM1 per hour parking rate for red zones is reduced to 50 sen per hour while the 50 sen per hour parking rate for yellow zones will be reduced to 30 sen per hour.

Parking rate for green zones where banks are situated and have limited space will remain at RM2 per hour.

He said MPS will try to implement the new parking rates soon after bringing it to the government's attention.

"In addition, I also have an idea to improve the beauty of Sandakan town, by repainting every building in the area and will extend the idea to the government for consideration," he said.

Hii also urged everyone in the Council to carry out their duties in a positive and responsible manner for the good of the community.

"I need all the cooperation to work together with integrity, dedication and full focus," he said.

He said action is more important than words.

"A commander without soldiers will not function, the same goes for an organisation, there has to be cooperation from all parties to do the best for Sandakan and make Sandakan the best of the best," he said.

Meanwhile, when met by reporters, Hii said he targets six months to reach his Key Performance Indicator.

"We will strive to achieve this KPI within six months. However, not all can be resolved in that period but we will continue to work and at the same time, we need the support and cooperation of local leaders and the community to improve Sandakan," he said.

"Not in a short time, but we will continue to work…I will continue to work for Sandakan," he added.

Asked about the controversy behind his appointment, Hii said it was not a problem for him because he is a Malaysian residing in Sandakan for the past 51 years and have obtained his Permanent Resident in Sabah with the letter 'H' on his identity card and not 'K' for Sarawakians for the last 40 years.

He said he has invested a lot in Sandakan and have also contributed much to the government through tax payment of RM52 million over the past 13 years and that it is evidence that he also wants to help develop the nation.

"I love Sandakan. There is nothing wrong with me wanting to help develop Sandakan, give me a chance, Sandakan is very close to me," he said, urging the people to trust him to carry out the mandate given.

Meanwhile, Stephen said they are also prepared to work together with the new president in developing Sandakan, including holding briefings and discussions with the Council. - Mardinah Jikur


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