SEREMBAN – The Negeri Sembilan state government will merge Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) and Nilai Municipal Council (MPN) to become Seremban City Council (MBS).
The declaration will be made on April 21.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Seremban would be elevated to city status in January next year, in conjunction with the 71st birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.
“After the administrative declaration, we give them (MBS) eight months from April, to sort out the Backroom Operations, issues, staffing and so on.
“Eight months is good enough for them to coordinate and most importantly it is for them to amalgamate these two councils into one (entity),” he told Bernama here.
Mohamad said although Seremban was granted approval for city status in 2013, he had to defer the declaration as many issues related to the problems and needs of the people had yet to be resolved.
“What’s the use of rushing to declare Seremban as a city if the drains are still clogged. We have to make sure that basic amenities are in good order.
“Only when we feel that we have seen to all the needs and resolved the people’s problems should we do so,” he said.
MBS is expected to operate from a building in Rahang that was formerly a hypermarket.
Mohamad said the Finance, Information Technology and management units would operate under one roof, while the engineering and enforcement units would be separated for more effective operation in the zoned areas.
MBS will also have regional offices for its service units such as in Nilai, Mantin and Rantau to facilitate operations. – BERNAMA