Thursday, July 24, 2014

Miri aims to be ‘the most liveable resort city’

MIRI City Council (MCC) recently launched its new five-year corporate vision (2014-2019) to make ‘Miri the most liveable resort city’.

Its mayor Lawrence Lai said the new vision was launched by Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem during the Miri City Day dinner recently.

Lai said the first corporate vision for MCC was to make Miri vibrant and green when he took over as mayor in 2009, adding that both visions were formulated as part of the council’s effort to build a soul and identity for Miri.

“We would like to create our own identity. If Kuching is a garden city, Bintulu is more known as industrial city, Miri has been designated as a resort city.

“As for the Miri community, we can also do something to make Miri different and we would like to make it liveable,” he said recently.

Lai explained that the new vision had three strategic thrusts – clean and green, vibrant and safe as
well as community and culture.

“MCC started with the green initiatives with its campaign ‘Say no to Plastic Bag’ on every Sunday, with the days then increased to every Friday, Saturday besides Sunday. Since 2010, the campaign is implemented every day.”

Apart from the ‘Say no to Plastic Bag’ campaign, Lai said the council had also implemented other campaigns such as ‘Say no to Styrofoam’ by encouraging the community to use paper boxes, containers and cut down the use of anything that is made of plastic.

“We also hold green expo every year whereby we invite NGOs, government bodies and schools to promote green products.”

As a resort city, Lai said it is only natural for Miri to be safe as well as to have a lot of vibrancy and events, adding that Miri was among the first cities to hold street party in Sarawak.