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Chairman’s Communication 31.10.2018Chairman’s Communication 31.10.2018

[Full Council Meeting]

YB Datuk Chairman highlighted the following issues :

 

1.

Harmoni Uptown Market Vacant Stalls for Public

Harmoni Uptown Market is located at the most popular food court at “Taman Selera Harmoni” along Jalan Awang Ramli Amit. It boasts of 52 stalls and managed by SMC. This market does not allow cooking and traders can only sell dried food like clothing, home-bake cakes, biscuits, merchandize items, promotional IT goods, handicrafts, electrical appliances, home utensils, souvenirs and  more which are to be approved by SMC. They are allowed to trade for three (3) nights weekly from Friday till Sunday and from 5:00pm till 10:00pm or until midnight for the convenience of the public visiting Taman Harmoni Food Court. Harmoni Uptown Market is similar to that of the usual “Pasar Malam”. However, the set-up is better and well-organized.

The objectives of setting up Harmoni Uptown Market is to spruce up the ambience at Taman Selera Harmoni Food Court. This is to complement the existing hawkers at the food court by luring more visitors and customers.  In that way, when people check out the uptown, they will also grab something to eat at the food court on a win-win situation.

Category stalls are as follows :

 

Occupied

Keep In View (KIV)

Vacant

Bumi

29

5

0

Non-Bumi

7

0

7

Handicraft

1

0

3

Total 37

5

10

The vacant stalls are still open to public and those interested could obtain the application form at UTC counter upon payment of RM1.00. Duly completed form shall be submitted to Level 20, Public Health & Services Section at Wisma Sanyan, at No. 1, Jalan Sanyan, Sibu.

 

2.

Legislative Requirements for Illegal Building

For our information, Section 8 (1) & (2) of the Sarawak Building Ordinance 1994 states that, “No person shall erect any building without the prior written permission of the Local Authority.  Any person who intends to erect any building shall submit to the Local Authority, such plans and specifications as may be required by any By-Laws made under this Ordinance; and to any relevant authority, such plans and specifications in respect of fire safety measures, the sewerage system and septic tank for the building as may be required by any other written law.”

Therefore, fine for such breaches can range from RM1000 to RM2000 and in case of continuing offence, penalties from RM200 to RM250 per day is imposed and imprisonment of one (1) year aside from five (5) to twenty (20) times enhancement fees for plans submission in case where proceeding has not been instituted.

Council wish to inform that a building approval cannot be issued retrospectively for the works already carried out. Therefore, to those whose illegal building works have occurred Council can issue a Building Notice giving them the opportunity to show cause, in writing, as to why the works were carried out without first obtaining a building approval. Then, they have 30 days from the date of the Notice to respond.

Council will issue a Building Order giving them directions as to what works need to be done to reinstate the building/land to its original condition. No work can be carried out until they have received this Building Order.

Once they have decided to retain the structure and they have responded to the Building Notice advising Council of their intention, they will need to engage the services of a Qualified Person to prepare a report to the Acting Municipal Secretary advising on the adequacy of the illegal building works. This will require the practitioner to inspect the works and he/she may then request additional information to support the retention of the works. In order to do so, they may be required to engage other consultants: registered professional Architect and Engineer to prepare the architectural, structural plans, fire engineering reports, and/or others to justify/verify the illegal works. At this point, no works can be carried out and all costs associated with the above will be their responsibility.

The report returned to the Council (Acting Municipal Secretary) will need to include relevant plans showing the location and construction of the works which is similar to plans required to be submitted with a Building Plan Application. It will need to detail compliance with the Building Ordinance, BOMBA and Part X Sarawak Land Code. The Registered Professional Architect and Engineer will also need to provide a signed Certificate of Compliance, confirming inspection dates and compliance with the relevant regulations and Malaysian Standard(s). Should rectification works be required or recommended, a list of works will also need to be submitted for review by the Acting Municipal Secretary.

Upon receiving of the above report prepared by the Registered Professional Architect or Engineer, the Acting Municipal Secretary will review the information and decide as to whether the illegal building works can be retained. If it is considered that the works are satisfactory then the Building Notice will be cancelled. If the illegal building works require rectification or are deemed unsuitable, the Acting Municipal Secretary will issue a Building Order to carry out a program of works. Any cost incurred to carry out the building works nominated on the Building Order will be your responsibility.

 

3.

Sibu Municipal Council Proposed Calendar of Events for Year 2019

Council is delighted to inform that we have proposed and continued our many exciting, entertaining and informative activities to be held in Sibu for next year.  Our events would take place first on the 10th of March 2019 which is the Sibu Tower Run at Wisma Sanyan and ends with the 2020 Countdown at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I on the 31st of December 2019. Therefore, Council welcomes the public to see and experience what SMC has to offer for next year. The calendar of events for year 2019 is as follows:

Proposed Calendar of Events for Year 2019


No.

Events

Venue

Date

1

Sibu Tower Run

Wisma Sanyan

10th March 2019


2

Borneo Cultural Festival

Sibu Street Art Festival

Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I & II

18th to 27th July 2019

3

Sibu International Dance Festival

Civic Centre Sibu

13th to 17th August 2019

4
Borneo Talent Awards Civic Centre Sibu

22nd to 23rd November 2019

5

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest

Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I

December 2019

6

Sibu Bike Week

Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa II

6th to 8th December 2019

7

Countdown 2020

Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I

31st December 2019

 

4.

Borneo Talent Awards (BTA) 2018

Council is aiming to develop and enhance talent discovery by exploring talent throughout Sarawak and Sabah. Therefore, Borneo Talent Awards was initiated and it is an open contest to showcase talent by local or foreigners of any age.  Each person can participate in an individual and, or a team performance subject to not more than 2 participation.  The awards are based on any special talent meant for artistic entertainment either by an individual or team that can be performed on stage.  Talent can be in the form of singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, performing magic shows, mimic shows, pantomime, acrobatics and so on.  We are evaluating elements of creativity, artistic skills, presentation, choreography and uniqueness in our judging criteria. For our information, this year is the 8th edition of Borneo Talent Awards.

Council has initiated to organize auditions at different cities and town other than Sibu itself. The total number of participants, entries and selected are as follows :


 

Participants

Item

Place

No

Entry

Selected

1

Kuching

52

24

8

2

Miri

80

36

10

3

Bintulu

36

19

7

4

Kota Kinabalu

76

27

8

5

Sibu

167

57

15

  Total

411

163

48

The Semi-Final  and Grand Finale for BTA will be held on 23rd November 2018 at 5:00 pm and 24th November 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  Both Semi-Final and Grand-Finale for BTA will be held at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Fasa I.

 

5.

Number of Stray Dogs Caught In Residential Areas

The number of stray dogs caught in residential areas from 1st October 2018 to 30th October  2018 is 198. The owners of these stray dogs were advised to keep their dogs at their own compound.

The recently approved Local Authorities (Dog Licensing and Control) By Laws, 2018 will come to effect soon and each household can only be allowed three (3) dogs depending on the house.  As for apartment only one (1) dog of small breed.

The total number of stray dogs caught from 1st January 2018 to 30th October 2018 is 1306 dogs.

Thank you