Coun­cil­lors told to be proac­tive at all times

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Siti Aisyah Ramli re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: Coun­cil­lors of all lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties through­out the state are re­minded to be proac­tive at all times in or­der to pro­vide ef­fi­cient ser­vices to the peo­ple.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said coun­cil­lors must be team play­ers when dis­charg­ing their du­ties and also be re­spon­si­ble for any de­ci­sion made by their coun­cils.

As front lin­ers of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, coun­cil­lors must know their roles and func­tions well apart from hav­ing in­tegrity, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

“If they ( coun­cil­lors) are not well- pre­pared, they are not qual­i­fied to take up the job. It is that sim­ple. Un­der­stand your roles and func­tions. Your job is not just to seal pot­holes on the roads, clean the drains, cut grasses and so on but also to ful­fil the needs of the peo­ple un­der your charges,” he sad when open­ing a sem­i­nar for coun­cil­lors here yes­ter­day.

If they (coun­cil­lors) are not well-pre­pared, they are not qual­i­fied to take up the job. It is that sim­ple. Un­der­stand your roles and func­tions. Your job is not just to seal pot­holes on the roads, clean the drains, cut grasses and so on but also to ful­fil the needs of the peo­ple un­der your charges.

Dr Sim added that coun­cil­lors must also go to the ground of­ten to meet and talk with the peo­ple and get feed­back and also to un­der­stand their needs.

He said the peo­ple might be the ears and eyes of the gov­ern­ment but they too de­pended on the coun­cil­lors for as­sis­tance.

In this era of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy that al­lowed peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate us­ing SMSes, emails and what­sApp ap­pli­ca­tions, the peo­ple must try their very best to com­mu­ni­cate per­son­ally.

A to­tal of 391 peo­ple com­pris­ing mainly newly ap­pointed coun­cil­lors at­tended the sem­i­nar, aimed at cre­at­ing greater aware­ness on their roles, func­tions and ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties.

Dr Sim also launched the third edi­tion of a guide­line book for coun­cil­lors at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment, Kuching North City Com­mis­sion, Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment, Raya Khas Mar­ket­ing, Weida ( M) Bhd, Trienekens ( Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and LONGi ( KCH) Sdn Bhd were among those which set up booths at a mini ex­hi­bi­tion as side events of the sem­i­nar.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil, MBKS mayor Datuk James Chan, Padawan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil chair­man Lo Khere Chiang and Samarahan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil chair­man Datuk Peter Mi­nos were also present.

Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter

Dr Sim (fourth left) shakes hands with Chan while show­ing the guide­line book as oth­ers look on.

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