Enthusiastic: Abdul Hamid ( third from left) with the new first- time MPAJ councillor s (from left) Yogayswari, Syarifah Hasliz ah, Lai, Azlan and Ramli.
THE enthusiasm to start work among new councillors at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is high.
A total of 15 councillors, including two that make up the non-governmental organisation (NGO) quota, were sworn in yesterday. There are nine positions still vacant.
One of the new faces is Syarifah Haslizah Syed Ariffin, 36, who has lived in the area for 13 years. She was previously a committee member in the Zone 12 Residents Committee.
“I hope to be able to help the people by organising more programmes to increase their quality of life,” said the Science and Mathematics teacher.
Retiree and former residents committee member Azlan Maddin, 58, said in general, he hoped to improve local government services.
New councillor Ramli Md Said, 61, a retiree who runs a business, said he wanted residents to be
more responsible for public cleanliness.
“Many people tend to turn a blind eye even if the rubbish is right in front of them,” he said.
Local university lecturer Lai Fatt Sian, 57, also cites general cleanliness as a major issue.
“I hope to address long-standing issues such as the lack of rubbish bins in commercial areas,” he said.
Yogayswari Ramalu, 57, who is Selangor PKR Wanita vice-president. agreed that cleanliness was a major issue in Ampang.
MPAJ deputy president Abdul Hamid Hussain said they would have to discuss in next month’s committee meeting how best to divide the areas among the available councillors.
“This is a temporary solution while we wait for the state government to appoint new councillors,” he said.