-THUMBS UP FOR MCC & MAYOR LAWRENCE LAI ON THEIR FIRMNESS OF FREEZING THE REFLEXOLOGY LICENSES DESPITE GETTING A DEATH THREAT, BELIEVED FROM THE GANGSTERS WHO ARE OPERATING IMMORAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING PROSTITUTION BEHIND DUMMY REFLEXOLOGY CENTRES-
The Miri City Council (MCC) Mayor Lawrence Lai, who received a death threat on last Tuesday, reiterated that in his course of discharging his official duties, he cannot favour anyone just to please a few groups of people.
He said all decisions made by him, his councillors and staff of MCC are for the interest of the public so that the tax payers’ money are fully utilised.
“In discharging our duties, we take public interest into account and in doing so we like to be popular but there will be certain groups or affected parties who would not be happy.
“When we do the roadside enforcement, the hawkers will not be happy, but we have to take road and public safety into account,” he said referring to the death threat and the police report he made.
He said the death threat published on the front page of the Borneo Post on Friday, was an attempt to prevent him from discharging his public duties effectively. Besides, the council had revoked seven licences this year, in its effort to upgrade the council’s services.
Lai told the full council meeting yesterday that he made the police report for his safety and of his family, whom he said was very worried.
He also disclosed that apart from himself, several of the councillors following him for the site visits and also enforcement officers had received threatening calls from the affected groups.
“Thus if anybody or any party is not happy, our door is open and we have not prevented anyone from coming including opposing group because the council serves everybody here. When we were sworn in that was what we pledged to do,” he stressed.
Lai was very happy as despite of all these threats, the councillors and his staff had continued to discharge their duties effectively. He assured the people of Miri they are united and will carry their work without fear or favour.
“We as councillors are doing national service, we are only paid meeting allowance of RM50 per meeting and up to RM350 per month, and as all of them are successful professionals and businessmen and ladies, and they don’t just get RM50, but more from their work.”
Earlier, the deputy mayor Mohd Che Kadir, on behalf of the staff and councillors reaffirmed their full support to the city mayor in discharging their official duties.
“It is really sad to see the front page news this morning and I couldn’t believe it and be assured mayor, the 26 councillors are solidly behind you.
“If it is against the policy of the council we formulated and vetted then we have to be very firm about it and there is no wavering. Once we have made our decision, we stick to our decision and proceed on with it,” he stressed.
Mohd Che added the council’s policies are the decisions of the full council and thus they would not budge from it, adding the freeze on the issuance of licences for reflexology would remain.
Source: The Borneo Post