KUCHING: Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor James Chan lauded his team for bagging the State Secretary Trophy during the State Civil Service Assembly recently.
Chan who took the helm in 2008 thanked the state government and the people for the recognition.
“Sticking to the principles of transparency, integrity and efficiency in serving the community, MBKS will continue to strive to meet the people’s needs,” Chan said at his office yesterday.
Chan said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had advised him to take care of the Chinese majority community residing under the MBKS area.
“We at MBKS reflect the government’s efforts and implement what they have in mind,” Chan pointed out.
With over 900 staff in the council, each and everyone of them must be guided and given a clear direction on where the council and state government were heading, he added.
He believed that once a strong team headed in the same direction, working hand in hand with the state government and other agencies became a walk in the park as efficiency fell into place.
Chan said MBKS was focused on cost control and worked within their financial allocations annually. But an extra budget would benefit the staff.
Also winning the Tourist City Award from World Cities Scientific Development Alliance, Sister Cities International and United Nation for Disaster Risk Reduction, MBKS received a certificate of appreciation for green initiatives through composting during World Town Planning Day.
The council won the silver for the National Toilet Award from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
According to Chan, the award-winning council had for the
first time drawn up a plan that was in the final stages of completion.
“Never before has the council come up with a five-year plan which will be carried out to serve the people better,” Chan said.