I WOULD like to draw attention to the ‘KBKu Ceria’ programme that takes place monthly in the peaceful town of Kuala Belait (KB).
Over the course of 2017, the event has brought together crowds and family-friendly activities on the last Sunday of each month.
Whilst this event provides what many perceive as a boost to the town’s ‘mundane’ atmosphere, I, for one, would like to offer an alternative view.
Firstly, large areas within the KB town centre are cordoned off and rendered inaccessible by vehicle during the event.
For residents who are used to heading to the Sunday ‘tamu’ or going for breakfast with their families over the years, we now need to navigate with moderate inconvenience to get to our destinations.
Subsequently, congestion and bottleneck in the inner roads have led to considerable amount of consternation and impatience in drivers’ behaviour, which in itself is worrying in a town known for good driving etiquette.
Secondly, there is considerable amount of waste generated from the event.
This is not an issue if properly disposed.
However, judging from the aftermath, heaps of rubbish are visible, creating an eyesore to an otherwise picturesque town.
Thirdly, from the inception of this event until most recently, attendance has gradually declined over the months.
This brings the question of whether the event is facing fatigue as the novelty wears off.
Due to the observations above, I would like to propose the authorities to consider the following:
1. Consider moving the event to a suitable area outside of KB town centre.
KB, for one, is uniquely different from Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).
Unlike BSB, there is only one core area where commercial activities take place in KB.
Restricting access any day of the week is likely to cause numerous inconveniences.
There is no shortage of suitable locations within the district to hold this event.
The Pandan 7 area, the Seria Billionth Barrel Monument, and the Anduki Park are several examples.
Let’s use this opportunity to showcase what else Belait can offer.
2. Reduce the frequency of the event.
As attendance has been declining, we can use this opportunity to cut down the occurrence of this event from once a month to, say, once every three months.
Reducing the frequency has the advantage of generating hype for the event as people generally are attracted to a limited showcase.
This also allows organisers the time to spawn fresh ideas for activities. A concept of “less is more”.
Lastly, to bring matters into perspective, as a born-and-bred KB resident, I am in favour of initiatives that attempt to enhance the atmosphere of the town.
Even so, we need to ensure every resident’s concerns are accounted for so that no one group is left out, in order to create a mutually beneficial, win-win solution for everyone.
This is the greatest tribute that one can pay to the renowned KB way of life.