Saturday, May 25

MBKS launches ‘IPeople App’ for public to submit feedback


Dr Sim (third right) symbolically launches the IPeople App while Chan (fourth left) and BN candidate for Bandar Kuching Kho Teck Wan (right) and others look on.

KUCHING: Members of the public are now able to submit feedbacks on issues they are facing directly to the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) via the ‘IPeople App’.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said this would enable the people to become the eyes and ears of the council to make the city a better place to live.

“The public just have to take a photo and send feedbacks directly via the application to MBKS,” Dr Sim said at the launch of the App at the Stutong Community Market yesterday.

He said the application is in line with the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s call to adopt digital and technology-based services.

Dr Sim added that the ‘IPeople App’ would be improved and be rolled out in other major towns throughout the state.

On another note, Dr Sim, who is also BN Stampin candidate in this election, told the people to elect representatives who have the brains and the heart to work for the people.

He said both the oppostion candidates in Stampin and Bandar Kuching did not have a clear election manifesto in the two seats.

“They do not need any manifesto, because if they are elected they will go missing. That is why they do not need a manifesto.”

He, therefore, called on the people to vote wisely on May 9 and elect candidates who are able to really do something for Sarawak and its people.

MBKS mayor Dato James Chan Khay Syn also spoke.

He said the application is now ready for download at Google Play Store, and would be released at Apple App Store in the next two weeks.

The IPeople App is about real time communication between the people and the council to bring about better control of the city’s infrastructure, environment, cutting of wasteful downtime and resources to ensure the city is better managed to make it a sustainable and smart city.

Some of the important features of the application is the photo attachment and geo tagging.

“The map-based ‘pin-drop’ location function will enable MBKS to resolve issues quicker and holistically by identifying the exact location that the feedback refers to,” he added.

The council would continue to work with the application’s developer, Techninier Sdn Bhd, in order to fine tune the function of the application such as the online payment features for the public to make payment for council’s fees or assesment directly.

“To me, technology is nothing if not versatile and we must adopt digital technology to serve the people of MBKS better,” Chan added.

With the launch, MBKS is now one of local authorities in Malaysia to use digital technology to deal with its responsibilities in a more focused and efficient manner to serve the people based on the Sarawak Civil Service pledge of ‘An Honour to Serve’.