Thursday, October 22

Mayor meets stakeholders at controversial centre

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Lai (left) holding a discussion with Dr Teo (second from left) and Fong (third from left) at Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre yesterday.

Lai (left) holding a discussion with Dr Teo (second from left) and Fong (third from left) at Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre yesterday.

MIRI: Mayor Lawrence Lai brought his engineers and several councillors to the controversial Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre yesterday to work out solutions to the traffic flow.

Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, Pujut assemblyman Fong Pau Teck and several affected owners joined them to offer suggestions.

Lai later told reporters that all proposals to ease the traffic flow and other issues in the area would be given due consideration.

“This is the first time where all relevant parties go to the ground and speak with an open mind,” said Lai.

He added that some of the solutions proposed would be executed soon, especially those under MCC’s jurisdiction.

“We still need to liaise with the Land and Survey Department and the developer concerned on several matters before we can finalise on the solutions to adopt.”

Among the issues discussed were the sharp curves and corners, road dividers and limited parking space.

“We will add about 30 extra parking spaces to reduce congestion and illegal parking issues.”

Meanwhile, Dr Teo thanked Lai for going to the ground to see the problems faced by the people firsthand.

“Congestions have forced some shops to close down because of bad business. Some people don’t want to come here as it is difficult to find parking space,” said Dr Teo.