MIRI: A task force has been set up to look into the appointment of traffic wardens to manage congestion in Miri City following the administrative empowerment delegated by the federal goverment to the Sarawak state goverment.
Miri City Mayor Lawrence Lai Yew Son said at the moment the task force was working out the budget as well as identifying the traffic flow at schools that needed to be improved during peak hours with the availability of traffic wardens.
“We are still awaiting further directive from Kuching on it (traffic warden) and on our part, we have taken iniatives to set up a task force first following the announcement by the Chief Minister,” he said at a media conference here.
Lai said the members of the task force comprised engineers, representatives from Public Works Department (PWD) and police with him as the advisor of the task force.
The Miri City Council (MMC) is able to appoint the traffic warden under one of the 13 provisions of administrative empowerment delegated by the federal goverment to the state goverment as announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in January this year.
Adenan announced the provisions following a meeting he had with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya. The Kuching North City Hall and Kuching South City Council have their own traffic wardens to manage traffic flow during peak hours.
On another development, Lai also reminded political parties and candidates that had yet to remove their billboards, flags and banners at the roadside or public places to do so as soon as possible.
“They (political parties and candidates) have 14 days from the date of polling to do so failing which their RM3,000 deposit would be forfeited,” he said.
He said with 14 days given to political parties and candidates to remove their election campaign materials it should be no problem for them to adhere to the directive as ample time had been allocated to them. — Bernama