Monday July 2, 2012
Reaching out to foster ties in the community
Story and photo by EDWARD R. HENRY
RESIDENTS in Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) are encouraged to participate in meet-the-people sessions as they present an opportunity to resolve various problems and seek advice.
The sessions would also allow them to get to know what is happening in their neighbourhoods or even find out about scholarships for their children, said Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) Wanita MCA deputy chief Wong Fong Leng.
She said the sessions involved small groups and were held at the convenience of the people to listen to their needs or problems.
“Other residents elsewhere have found the meet-the-people sessions in their respective neigbourhoods effective as various problems have been resolved.
“Our approach also aims to build closer ties with the grassroots,” she said.
Wong added that the sessions, held over the past three years, had allowed her to get feedback from the people and find remedies for their various problems.
“Sometimes the residents just need a letter to seek medical assistance, or they want to know where to get scholarships for their children.
“At other times, a surau committee may ask for an air-conditioner,” she said after presenting six air-conditioners to Surau Al-Hukmiah.
She said other complaints were on poor garbage collection services, dirty drains and faulty streetlights.
Surau Al-Hukmiah chairman Rohman Ahmad said Wong and PJS Umno division head Raja Hanippudin Raja Nong Chik were often seen out on their walkabouts and that this served as a vital link between the leaders and the residents in solving problems.
During the recent walkabout, Wong and Raja Hanippudin stopped to have breakfast with residents and later visited diabetic patient Pauzi Dolah, 47, whose left leg had been amputated due to gangrene.