Thursday September 13, 2012
MBPJ urged to include residents in budget planning
By EDWARD R. HENRY
FRIENDS of Kota Damansara (FOKD) has urged the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to engage the Section 8 Kota Damansara Council Home (PPR) residents and involve them in the decision-making process, especially for the 2013 budget.
“Kota Damansara PPR residents want the council to take into account their views at the upcoming discussions for the city council budget 2013. Most of them can give good feedback and MBPJ must engage them to gather their opinions,” said FOKD co-chairman Jeffery Phang.
He suggested that MBPJ form a working committee that consists of senior staff, residents and councillors to discuss what could be done to improve the living conditions in the Section 8 neighbourhood.
Phang added that the council must come up with programmes for community transformation.
“Investment in infrastructure is important but it must be attached with programmes that build caring communities. Past budgets looked at infrastructure aspects but it must now invest in the development of knowledge and create small scale business opportunities,” he said.
Phang added that MBPJ’s community development department must outline programmes with the additional budget for 2013 that goes in line with the Local Agenda 21 to create a more impactful transformation for the people.
“We need to empower people in all aspects so that they will love their neighbourhood and protect it from outsiders, like those who steal metal brackets from water tanks or cause a nuisance,” he said.
In August, StarMetro highlighted the issue of thieves who ripped out steel brackets used to fasten tanks atop several 18-storey flats in Section 8, Kota Damansara. There is a need for the council to foster a closer relationship with residents to curb problems of this nature.
Following the report, MBPJ had engaged a security firm to patrol the flats with plans to install close circuit television cameras.