A stretch of road before and after the installation of LED lighting in Sibu.
ROADS in Sibu, Sarawak, are now brighter at night with lamp posts fitted with LED lights.
Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting said the move was to light up Sibu while saving energy at the same time.
“We are using energy-saving 100watt LED lights,” he said during the council’s full board meeting.
He added that the municipality would implement this at more places.
Other areas to be fitted with LED lights are Jalan Teng Chin Hua (formerly Old Airport Road), Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, Jalan Pahlawan, Jalan Ulu Sungai Merah and Jalan Wawasan.
Ting said the council would instal a total of 388 LED lights at these places at a cost of RM387,000.
“These areas are under the Rural Transformation Plan (RTP) of Pelawan state constituency.
“We will get its assemblyman Michael Tiang to provide the funds,” he added.
On another matter, Ting said he regretted that the number of eateries operating without licence was mushrooming in the town.
“The situation is getting worse.
“People are opening restaurants and cafes and expecting us to approve their operation,” he said.
He added that the council could not approve their licence as they had failed to obtain a permit from the Fire and Rescue Department because some had illegal extensions at their premises.
Ting said the errant operators would be issued with compounds and asked to dismantle the illegal extensions.
“We need to have a meeting with the fire department and the operators on this issue,” he said, adding that the public had been complaining that the local council had failed to take action against the operators.