PETALING Jaya residents and community leaders want new mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain to be people oriented and do his groundwork instead of relying solely on his department directors.
They want Mohd Azizi to follow the footsteps of former mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman who was transferred as the Deputy Selangor State Secretary (Development) in October 2012.
Secretary of Friends of Kelana Jaya Park, a non-governmental organisation, Esham Salam said the mayor should not be appointed for “ceremonial” purpose but should “walk the talk” and truly understand residents’ problems.
“I urge the new mayor to walk and cycle on Petaling Jaya roads.
“I hope he will personally experience crossing roads in the city as a pedestrian without being accompanied by his officers.
“He needs to listen to the Residents Representative Councils. There is only 22 of us representing the various zones in Petaling Jaya.
“I am sure he can meet each and every representative.
“Please get honest and direct feedback from us instead of just relying on the department directors or the MBPJ staff,” said Esham.
He also hoped the new mayor would visit the council markets, parks and food courts in the next few months.
Section 5 Residents Association president Mohamed Rafiq Fazaldin said the mayor must give resident leaders space to communicate with him.
“Please work with us.
“Invite us for brainstorming sessions and we will be glad to meet the mayor.
“We, the resident leaders, are an extended arm for the council to convey messages to the community we live in,” he said.
Rafiq also hoped the new mayor would live at the official Petalin Jaya mayor’s residence at Jalan Tinggi, 6/12, which was unoccupied despite having been rebuilt at a cost of over RM2mil.
“If Mohd Azizi does not want to live in the official residence, he should open it for resident association events and meetings.
“Let the public use the place instead,” he said.
Petaling Jaya Utara MCA division chairman Tan Gim Tuan said the mayor did not have exclusive powers to decide on most council related matters.
Instead he would need the support from the councillors.
“The councillors in Petaling Jaya have the habit of blaming the mayor when things go wrong.
“The new mayor has to take note of this,” he said.
Tan wanted the councillors to fulfil their pledges made by their respective political parties during the past two general elections.
“It is not just the mayor who can make a difference in the council but also the councillors. I hope the under performing councillors will step up,” he said.
Friends of Kota Damansara chairman Jeffery Phang hoped Mohd Azizi would institutionalise public engagement in development plans, focus on building up communities instead of infrastructure.
“I hope the participatory budgeting and monitoring system endorsed by Roslan will be implemented,” said Phang.
Petaling Jaya Selatan Rukun Tetangga chairman and coordinator Shamsuddin Hassan said he was glad the city would have a mayor again and hoped the many pending issues would be taken care of by Mohd Azizi.