Council goes back to basics


1 The Shah Alam City Council has plans to extend its tree-planting programmes and community gardens. — filepic2 Ahmad Zaharin says MBSA will also look at infrastructure including building as well as upgrading of halls, sports complexes and wet markets.

THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) aims to start the new year by focusing on their delivery system for the well-being of their stakeholders.

Over the course of 2015, the council had been resolving various issues and would continue their focus on the people and their needs.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said MBSA aimed to improve the basic services, with a major portion of efforts dedicated to cleanliness.

“We want to go back to basics and look at things such as public cleansing, solid waste management, dengue and hygiene at food premises,” he elaborated.

While these ongoing issues take centre stage in the coming year, the council has not forgotten the issue that took the city by storm in 2015 – floods.

Ahmad Zaharin said MBSA would carry out its action plan and the upgrades for areas including Section 13 and Taman Mesra Section U1.

These two areas were among the worst-hit areas in Shah Alam last November, with floods affecting them two days in a row.

Involving RM10mil, the plan incorporates three main components that will be funded by MBSA.

The three components are placement of seven pumps in low-lying areas including Sections 13 and U1, upgrading the current water retention pond in Section 13 and the building of two new ponds in the Shah Alam Stadium carpark.

“We will also look at infrastructure including building as well as upgrading of halls, sports complexes and wet markets,” he added.

Ahmad Zaharin says MBSA will also look at infrastructure including building as well as upgrading of halls, sports complexes and wet markets.
Ahmad Zaharin says MBSA will also look at infrastructure including building as well as upgrading of halls, sports complexes and wet markets.

The 85%-complete Section 17 Bus Terminal project is expected to be ready in March.

Roads will also be resurfaced, using the Marris fund allocated to the council.

In 2015, MBSA had RM39.8mil to spend on road works under the fund and the amount is expected to increase next year with the advent of new townships and residential areas.

While the council has its eye on the brick and mortar aspects of development, it has assured the public that it will be spending equal amount of attention on the green landscape Shah Alam is famous for.

Known for their continued efforts in green initiatives with several awards to their credit, the council has plans to extend their tree-planting programmes and community gardens.

The council in the past teamed up with non-governmental organisations as well as companies to organise the Shah Alam Trees for Life campaign.

MBSA also organised the Zon Bersih Mini (MiniZeebee) 2015 competition to promote cleanliness and raise awareness on recycling and climate change, the winners of which is expected to be announced this month.

A total of 22 residents associations represented their respective Residents Representation Councils (MPP) under three categories – Residential Area, Multi-Storey Housing, and Traditional Village.

“The community,” said Ahmad Zaharin, “will also be at the forefront of our efforts this year with a number of activities and programmes to bring the council closer, through the MPP.

“I hope the people of Shah Alam will express their love for the city by caring for the environment and the public amenities,” he added.

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