New op­er­at­ing hours of UTC ‘not peo­ple-cen­tric’

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MIRI: News of UTC’s short­ened op­er­at­ing hours start­ing Jan 22 has upset many who use the cen­tre’s ser­vices after of­fice hours.

A re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Min­istry of Fi­nance stated that short­en­ing the op­er­at­ing hours of UTCs na­tion­wide would save cost.

It also men­tioned that the op­er­at­ing hours would be re­vised from time to time to cater to the needs of the peo­ple and en­sure ef­fi­cient ex­pen­di­ture.

The op­er­at­ing hours in Kuch­ing, Miri and Sibu will be 8am to 5pm from Mon­days to Sun­days, with a break for Fri­day prayers from 11.45am to 2.15pm. UTCs will be closed on pub­lic hol­i­days.

“UTC is a suc­cess story which has ben­e­fited the pub­lic as it was peo­ple- cen­tric,” said coun­cil­lor Karam­bir Singh who crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion in a press re­lease yes­ter­day.

He added that many had told him that UTC made it con­ve­nient as they need not take time off their work or waste long hours as they could set­tle their bills or make en­quiries after work­ing hours.

“Short­en­ing the op­er­at­ing hours is not help­ing the peo­ple and the ex­cuse of sav­ing money is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

“The fed­eral gov­ern­ment should in­stead re­move all sub­si­dies given to high­way com­pa­nies and mo­torists in the penin­sula to keep UTC fa­cil­i­ties open after work­ing hours,” he said.

Karam­bir added that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should not re­move the suc­cess sto­ries of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment out of spite.

“It should be ‘take away the bad but keep the good’ be­cause that is the way for­ward for the coun­try and the peo­ple,” he said.

Karam­bir Singh

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