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Tuesday April 2, 2013

Taman Puchong Perdana selected for MPSJ’s 2013 Clean Zone campaign

Group effort: Residents working together to paint railings, cut grass, clean drains, trim trees and collect garbage during the gotong royong session. Group effort: Residents working together to paint railings, cut grass, clean drains, trim trees and collect garbage during the gotong royong session.

THE Clean Zone 2013 programme for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has kicked off, with Taman Puchong Perdana in Puchong the designated zone and “green neighourbood” the concept for this year.

MPSJ launched the programme with the first of a series of Puchong Perdana Clean Zone Carnival, comprising a gotong-royong clean-up session followed by various community activities.

“Taman Puchong Perdana and its surrounding areas, which covers 3sq km (300 ha), was selected out of the nine proposed zones this year as it meets the programme’s requirements with its diverse sub-zoning,” said MPSJ councillor and Zone 13 Residents Committee chairman Sapiyan Mohd Din.

“These include residential, commercial, industrial and school areas, as well as spaces for community or recreational activities such as community halls and parks.”

The neighourbood is best known for the Taman Puchong Indah Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung) and Puchong Perdana Lake, with the latter a popular place among anglers and residents who want to enjoy some recreational activities like fishing, exercise and picnics.

“The Zone 13 JKP has created an organisational structure to better manage the Clean Zone 2013 programme in Taman Puchong Perdana,” said Sapiyan.

“The zone has been divided into 10 blocks, each with their own officers in charge.

“These officers will have regular meetings to discuss issues and organise activities for their respective blocks, including a monthly gotong-royong clean-up that will be held at each block.

“Residents who have cleanliness and related complaints can direct them to these officers.”

The Clean Zone programme is a state-wide initiative that aims to promote a clean environment, ensure that infrastructure and public facilities are properly maintained, beautify the surroundings and encourage community participation.

Sapiyan said RM300,000 had been allocated for the Clean Zone 2013 programme, of which RM200,000 came from MPSJ while RM100,000 was from the state government.

In line with the “green neighbourhood” concept, Sapiyan said some of the green activities planned for Taman Puchong Perdana included:

·Establishing a bicycle path and bicycle parking, to make it safer for children commuting to the four schools in the area

·Creating community gardens and orchards using several plots in flat and terrace housing neighbourhoods, for residents to grow and enjoy their own herbs, vegetables and other produce

·Providing bins at strategic spots for recycling campaigns and community composting

Other activities that have been identified for the Clean Zone 2013 programme include a 10-minute campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, beautifying Puchong Perdana Lake while also creating a man-made island in the middle to attract birds and insects, giving a fresh coat of paint to four identified low-cost flats neighbourhoods, and adding street lighting and fencing for parks and roads.

The Puchong Perdana Clean Zone Carnival One held in the Jalan Indah 1 vicnity last weekend began with a gotong-royong session with residents gathering to clean up the park and space surrounding Puchong Indah Flats.

Children and adults then participated in competitions for colouring, circle takraw (sepak raga bulatan) and indoor sports like carrom, congkak and checkers.

However, public apathy and lack of civic consciousness among residents remains a challenge for MPSJ, as garbage like plastic cups, food wrappers and water bottles were left strewn everywhere despite the availability of garbage bags at the carnival site.

“While the residents are receptive and want to clean up their neighbourhood, one major task that MPSJ has to face is to inculcate a culture of shared responsibility and caring for their neighbourhood,” said Sapiyan.

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