THE city of Petaling Jaya and Bandung City of West Java Province, Indonesia are now sister cities, an arrangement that is expected to boost trade, business and educational ties and help exchange of expertise.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the letter of intent was inked with a memorandum of understanding on sister city cooperation in four areas — economic Development and trade, tourism, culture and education — after a delegation from Bandung City visited Petaling Jaya recently.
“We have a mutual interest in developing a sister city arrangement, which will provide a whole range of opportunities for investment, export, education and cultural collaboration. We believe there is vast range of opportunities through such an arrangement between our cities,” he said.
Roslan briefed the Bandung City deputy mayor Timbul Butar Butar on the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) innovative planning and administrative approaches.
“We are committed to learn from the collaboration with Bandung City, to understand their structures to develop efficient and sustainable growth. As much as they would like to learn about our One-Stop Centre to overcome bottlenecks that occur in council planning approval process, we want to see how we can reinforce our city as an educational hub,” he said.
Timbul said he was keen to see more Malaysian students enrol at Gadjah Mada University and Bandung Institute of Technology to pursue medicine and other fields of studies.
“We want to promote our educational facilities to Malaysians,” he said after being feted to a sumptuous dinner at the Royale Bintang Hotel at Mutiara Damansara.
Both cities showed off their cultural dances and music using traditional musical instruments.
MBPJ plans to send a delegation Bandung City in the near future on a learning mission.