Category Archives: Community

Firefighting volunteers association set up in Kampung Kemunting

BINTULU: The establishment of Kampung Kemunting Bomba Volunteers Association will work closely with the Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in emergency cases of fire in the village and nearby areas, said its president Hii Doh Chong.

He said the registration of the association was  approved by the Registrar of  Societies (ROS) on Nov 23, and it has started operating with 30 volunteers.

The number, he said, is expected to increase steadily, depending on the response from the local community.

“The association will enable us to directly assist the Bomba during emergency cases in our village and probably in other nearby areas as well,” he said.

The 30 people who applied to join the association would be given intensive training by the Fire and Rescue Department on water pumps, fire extinguishers, and the proper fire fighting procedure, he added.

Hii said the association was under the  supervision of Bintulu member of parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing while the advisor is Mohamad Hamdani Madon from Bintulu Fire and Rescue Services Department.

He pointed out that although the association is still new it has received encouraging response from the local community, particularly among the young people.

“At least, through this association, the members will get to know the basic knowledge and methods in controlling fire; the skills they will have learned will be vital in order to minimise the damage,” he said.

Currently, he said, all members will be given three sessions of intensive training with 10 members per session.

The association does not only emphasise on skills among its members but also provide guidance for the public on emergency and fire fighting skills.


AKPK to offer free services at Maybank Bintulu next year

BINTULU: The Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) will offer its free services to the people here at Maybank premises located in the town centre starting January next year.

Clients need not attend any special course unlike at other centres nationwide to apply for the agency’s programmes, the agency’s Kuching credit counsellor Yeo Wee Kiak said.

“They will go directly for the available programmes and meet our financial counsellors.

“For those who need our financial advice, please do make an appointment through our officers in Kuching at 082-414910,” he said when met during the agency’s awareness talk at the Federation of Registered Chinese Association (Forca) Bintulu premises here yesterday.

Among those present were Forca chairman Dr Wong Aik Loung and Senator Datuk Pau Chiong Ung.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Financial Education Department manager Desmond Chong said the talk was part of their nationwide tour to promote the services which are available for free.

“AKPK is an agency set up by Bank Negara Malaysia to provide money management, credit counselling, financial education and debt restructuring services for individuals,” he said.

For this nationwide awareness talk, he said they are targeting those aged 18 and above.

Since 2006, he said AKPK has received about 200,000 clients nationwide and about 90,000 clients go for the debt management programme.

He said among the services provided by AKPK are financial education programmes on basic money management skills as well as tips on how to use credit responsibly while personal counselling and advice focuses on managing finances wisely, from budgeting and money management to credit related issues.

Debt management programme is one of the popular services and AKPK counsellors will develop a personalised debt repayment plan in consultation with their client’s financial service providers but AKPK does not provide loans or financing.

For the debt management programme, he said there are few criteria that must be met.

Among the criteria are clients must have a positive source of income after meeting their expenses and their personal debts must be with financial service providers regulated by Bank Negara Malaysia. In addition, their total debt must not exceed RM2 million and they must not be under an advanced litigation process and not a bankrupt.

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Bintulu to introduce new parking coupons next year

BINTULU: Effective Jan 1, 2013, Bintulu Division will be introducing scratch parking coupons to replace the current tab coupons in an effort to provide motorists with better services.

The general manager of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Datu Mohidin Ishak said the new coupons would be sold at 50sen per hour.

He said the current tab coupons (20sen, 50sen and 80sen) at per half an hour rate have been used since 1997.

“We announced this in advance so that motorists would know about it, however, those who still have the tab coupons can continue to use them until the end of the year,” he said.

Mohidin said this to media after officiating at the launch of Motorcycle Wheel Lock bays, which is under the Safe City Programme, in front of the KWSP premises here recently.

He added the new coupon is easy to use and at a cheaper rate.

“There are about 3,700 parking spaces that require the coupons in Bintulu and we plan to gazette some more parking spaces in the near future as there are still many yet to be gazetted,” he said.

He said it is important to gazette the parking space to prevent some car owners from taking up these spaces the whole day, as these parking bays are supposed to give convenience to all motorists.

At the same time it would also better facilitate the traffic police to regulate the parking situation in the town, he added.

“Last year some 20 cases were brought to court involving the failure of car owners to pay the parking compound and other parking offences will also be taken into account,” said Mohidin.

Nevertheless, he said BDA board had agreed to offer 20 per cent discount on parking compounds that were paid within three working days.

Besides, he said seasonal parking coupons (monthly) are still in use, similar to the approach being implemented by big cities like Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

Daily coupon priced at RM6.35 is also introduced by BDA.

Also present at the event were BDA Local Authority secretary cum senior manager for Environment Section, Wan Ibrahim Wan Ali; BDA Properties manager Sairi Naim; Bintulu police chief Superintendent Madang Usat; Bintulu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Sia Hiong Ngie and Bintulu Safe City secretary cum planning unit manager Weslley Mancha.