Penampang to see  some changes Oct
Published on: Friday, September 13, 2019
By: Oswald Supi
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PENAMPANG: Several changes are in store for this district, said Council Deputy Chairman Ignatius Matayun. These include implementing a one way traffic system at Donggongon Square from Oct 1 , which has the worst road system in town. 

The Public Works Department has also been requested to install solid road dividers at the location which is prone to accidents almost every week.

Proper traffic signs will be erected where parking is not allowed and will be enforced by the council itself. This includes fines to errant motorist who insist on parking and damaging pedestrian walkways. 

At the Tamu Ground, lorries and pickups belonging to vendors will not be allowed to park permanently for days but provided with loading and unloading zones only, he said. 

This follows the Provision of Public Parking By-Laws dated 17 May 2018 but only gazetted late last year inclusive of parking charges which is awaiting implementation.

All illegal extensions and renovations will be acted on including bringing the offenders to court, if necessary.

These decisions were reached after a full council meeting last Friday.

Matayun queried why the press was not allowed to cover council meetings when the Council Standing Orders, easily available at the printing office clearly stated in Section 21 that the public and the media are allowed to observe the full council and Division Committee meetings.

To make the town lively and attractive, Matayun said the council also decided to allow musicians and busker groups to perform soft music at open spaces for a permit costing a mere RM3 per session. Extra public toilets could also be built soon.

Matayun also discovered that some of the drain holes built during the previous government were not even functioning or connected to the drain. 

The council will have to fork out extra funds to repair all the drains where previous contractors simply dumped waste concrete into the drain and covered up. 

Some of these waste were removed from manholes during a recent cleanup.

Meanwhile chairperson of the Gotong Royong Committee, Mary June Kinsuat who also heads the Health Division of the council said the objective of the recent cleanup was to create awareness that residents are responsible for the cleanliness of the town and not expect the council staff to clean-up after them. 

Another councillor said a food vendor who was complaining of the stinking drain nearby was the very same person dumping excess rice and waste food into the drain.

To inculcate clean environment to the young, students from several schools came to participate. 

Other participants include staff of all departments and shopowners while the Police from local IPD sent 20 staff. 

Sabah Credit Corporation sponsored a new type of recycleable water bottles for every participant.


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