What was once a small fisherman town, Miri is now blossoming into a smarter and more advanced city. Especially with the recent implementation of the Miri City Strategy Plan.
At the swearing-in ceremony for the re-appointments of the city’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors on July 23rd 2021, Mayor Adam Yii said that the plan is in alignment with the state government’s targets under the 12th Malaysia Plan from 2021 to 2025.
Earlier this year in April, the Smart City Concept which carried out several programmes and initiatives to improve the digital technologies in the city.
Smart city infrastructure solutions included safe city, digital signage, safe parks and smart drains.
“The ultimate aim is to bring about better living conditions, safe and healthy living environment and a vibrant economy for the benefit of the people in Miri,” he explained.
Yii said the global Covid-19 pandemic had also negatively affected the city and the Miri City Council.
“We have to live with it and make certain adjustments to the way we are doing things as well as carrying out programmes,” he added.
On the positive side, the city council, he added, was adapting to digital technology. Physical contacts had been considerably avoided and online transactions had become essential.
Mirians are eagerly awaiting the completion of the new RM57 million Miri City Council building which was initially scheduled to be completed in January 2021.
Construction of the new iconic nine-storey oil barrel shaped architecture began in June, 2019. Construction work has been delayed because of Covid-19. Hopefully, the new city hall will be completed later this year.
The landmark building, located at the city’s most prominent site, Marina Bay, covers an area of about 1.3 hectares in front of the Miri Central Park.
Yii is confident that Miri City will continue to thrive to become a vibrant resort city in future.
“Good infrastructure is the number one critical ingredient for cities to grow and develop,” he said.