KUCHING: Kuching City South Council (MBKS) has been told to step up efforts in dealing with the problems faced by residents under its jurisdiction.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) has urged it to take a serious view of security guards under its employment.
“One case brought to our attention was that of Madam Wong and Madam Yeo who were doing their morning exercise at the Malaysia-China Friendship Park, Jalan Song here, who found their car broken into after their morning exercise,” state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here yesterday.
Chong added: “When they went to the security centre at the park, there were two security guards there, and when they informed them what had happened, the response by the guards was rude.”
He added that the two ladies had asked to view the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, but they were told that the CCTV was broken, thus leaving no record of what had happened.
“Too often when we need to view CCTV recordings, it’s a coincidence that the CCTV has broken down, and if that’s the case, what’s the purpose of having a CCTV? I also wish to urge MBKS to take a serious view of the security guards under their employment – they should be more vigilant.
“In this case, the car window had been cracked for more than half an hour, and yet the security guards were not even aware,” Chong commented.
He also urged the police to take a serious stand on such matters, as the two irate ladies had been told that it was “under MBKS jurisdiction” when they lodged a police report.
“Even if it is under MBKS jurisdiction, wherever a crime occurs, the police have the duty and responsibility to carry out investigations. They cannot just brush aside the matter and say that it is under MBKS jurisdiction,” Chong said.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong also urged MBKS to come up with an explanation of the drainage system in Sungai Apong here.
“There are a few lanes, namely Lorong 7, Lorong 7A, Lorong 8C, Lorong 8D, Lorong 8E, Lorong 8F and Lorong 8G, which are still earth drains and have yet to be upgraded to concrete drains, which cause many problems for residents in Sungai Apong especially during the rainy season, and this has been the case for decades – I can safely say for 25 years and above.
“I have raised this issue many times in the State Legislative Assembly, and the answer I have been given is that there have been applications made for federal funding since the 9th Malaysia Plan.”
Recently, I asked Chong’s assistance to put up this question in Parliament to the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, and we received a written answer that the ministry had not received such application for funding,” Yong told reporters at the press conference.
She further stated that this begged the question of which side of the story was true – MBKS or the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government.
“Is MBKS just sitting on the job and making excuses all these years that they had been bidding for funding, when in actual fact no such application has been made as evident by the ministry’s response?
“I believe that MBKS, or mayor Dato James Chan, owes an explanation to residents in Sungai Apong regarding this matter,” Yong concluded.