Tuesday, November 19

MCC to choose new date for its City Day do

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Yii (seated fifth left) and fellow councillors gesture during a photocall before the start of the inaugural meeting.

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) is searching for a new date to hold its city day celebration, after it has been postponed twice this year.

Its mayor Adam Yii said it was supposed to be held on May 20 but it happened to be in the midst of the Muslim fasting month.

“We thought the date was not suitable to have the celebration.

“Then, we decided on another date after we managed to get confirmation from the Chief Minister’s office. Unfortunately, the timing was also not right because by that time we were entering a period with no mayor and no councillors.

“Almost a month has passed and we have not found a suitable date yet. Now that the new councillor line-up has been announced, we will start choosing a new date for the celebration.

“We are back in business again so to speak. We will start choosing a suitable date to have our Miri City Day celebration,” he told the press after chairing the first council meeting for the new term (2019-2021) yesterday.

Meanwhile, there are eight new faces in the new line-up including one who has served the council as a councillor several years ago.

Yii also said several changes had been made to the council’s standing committees for the new term.

“Landscape Division is now placed under Tourism Development. The rational is that the beautification of Miri is part and parcel of development. We believe that a beautiful landscape will definitely assist in tourism development,” he said.

Local Agenda 21 and Community Development Standing Committee (LACD) has been renamed Green Community and Environment Development Committee.

“The idea here is, we are now moving beyond the Local Agenda 21. The Green Community concept embodies a lot more than LACD objectives.

“Our intention is to make sure that our parks and greens are well maintained.