Friday June 22, 2012
Your input is welcome
THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be organising the second International Liveable Cities Conference in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) next month.
According to Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, it will be an opportunity for residents, developers and building professionals to give their input on what makes PJ a liveable city.
The seminar, themed City of Your Choice, will be held on July 18 and 19 at the Royale Bintang Damansara.
“One of the main speakers is Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi. Of all the top liveable cities in the world, Perth is closest in several indicators to ours, up even to the same time zone.
“We look forward to Scaffidi sharing Perth’s experience in development and specifically, sustainable development for us to learn from,” said Roslan.
To formalise the collaboration, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed and exchanged between Roslan, his deputy Puasa Md Taib, MIP president Datuk Dr Alias Abdullah and MIP council member Zahiruddin Zainal.
Explaining that the seminar was more than a learning process, Dr Alias said the most important thing was to make Petaling Jaya a liveable city.
“This is where everybody differs. The good thing is that the city involves the public in the planning stage.
“While some disputes with the city or disagreements end up in court, at least there is a process.
“If there is no dispute, then it will not be a truly liveable city without the local authority getting constant feedback and opinions from residents,” he said.
Additionally, a pre-seminar workshop on May 30 at the Sri KDU school in Kota Damansara produced a report that would be discussed at the seminar proper on the future image of Petaling Jaya.
“The suggestions include having a well-connected public transport system and parks and gardens for the young.
“Using public transport as an example, a good system is a key indicator of a liveable city. We are talking about 10 minutes from a residential area to the workplace compared with the 30 to 60 minutes we take now,” said Dr Alias.
Roslan said even though it might take a while before Petaling Jaya achieved a truly liveable status, it was important to have vision.
Meanwhile, Roslan hoped Petaling Jaya would be selected as a finalist at the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management’s International Innovation Awards in New Delhi, India.
The award recognises efforts in improving local authorities’ governance and services throughout the international organisation.