Chairman credits staff for SMC’s achievements

SIBU: The brilliant performance and excellent service delivery by its workforce have enabled Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) to win numerous recognitions over the past years, SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said.

He disclosed yesterday that the council had been given 5-Star rating under the Malaysia Government Portals and Websites Assessment (MGPWA) 2014 by Multimedia Development Corporation.

He said this was the second consecutive time that SMC had received this 5-Star rating.

“It is my hope with this recognition the council’s administration team would continue to beef up its effort in enhancing the service delivery system,” he said when chairing a full council monthly meeting.

Tiong said the MGPWA was not only an assessment on government agencies’ online presence but also a guide to improve their services to the public.

He also disclosed that the council had sent two teams to participate in the National Team Excellence Convention held during the annual Productivity and Innovation Conference Exposition (APIC) 2015 from Nov 2 to 4.

“Both teams did tremendously well, with one team, Kumpulan Majlis Perbandaran Sibu, winning three gold awards. The other team, MIA, won two gold awards.

“This annual event involved the best selected circles of teams from Regional Team Excellence Conventions held earlier this year.

“The award recognises the excellent abilities of human capital in applying their creativity and innovativeness in enhancing productivity and competitiveness across industries, be it public or private sector,” he said.

The National Team Excellence Convention gives recognition to all participating circles that have excelled in generating value and cost savings for their respective organisations.

Meanwhile, Tiong revealed that SMC will receive a 4-Star rating in the Financial Management Accountability Index 2015 from the National Audit Department on Nov 30 in recognition of the council’s excellent financial management control.

“Financial management compliance is a fundamental requirement which has to be adhered to by government ministries, departments and agencies at the federal and state levels to ensure financial accountability of public monies,” explained Tiong.

On the Borneo Talent Awards 2015 on Nov 27 and 28 at Sibu Town Square Phase I, Tiong said this community development programme was initiated by the council in conjunction with its 30th anniversary.

“This is the 5th edition of Borneo Talent Awards 2015 through which the council aims to discover talents from throughout Sarawak and Sabah.

“Last year, the council took the initiative to organise various auditions at different cities and towns other than Sibu.

“This year, we have received a total of 480 participants, comprising Kuching audition (91 persons), Bintulu audition (27) Miri audition (53), Sibu audition (236) and Kota Kinabalu (72).

“A total of 206 persons will be shortlisted for the semi-final.”