SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) plans to spice things up this year with its new motto – SPICE which stands for Smart, Precise, Impact, Cost and Effective.
Its president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, who came up with the motto, said the council had to make smart moves.
“Precise means that we have to be focused when addressing an issue, we have to make an impact and take into consideration the cost and effectiveness,” he said when speaking to the press in his office last week.
“When I was young, my dream was to be an army man. I would like to use strategies to tackle problems, hence S.P.I.C.E,” he added.
Among the main issues that the council planned to focus on are infrastructure and utilities.
“With ageing drains, we are also looking into upgrading the drainage.
“We will also do an inventory on playgrounds and upgrade the ones that need it,” he said, adding that there were 81 cleaning contractors in MPSJ.
He will meet them, together with officers from various departments in the council and find the solution for potholes, drains and other amenities.
Other issues to be tackled are the dengue menace, the MPSJ Green City 2030 action plan, and the transit-oriented development (TOD).
For the fight against dengue, MPSJ plans to expand its Toxorhynchites mosquito (toxo) programme this year. It was initiated in 2011, said Nor Hisham.
Toxo, also known as “elephant mosquitoes,” consume other mosquito larvae, including the Aedes, at the larval stage.
MPSJ will also meet its green city goals including embarking on the urban forest project. USJ 3a and Putra Heights have been identified as locations for the project.
On the TOD, Nor Hisham said MPSJ was waiting for the state’s approval for the projects.
“Approval is not automatic, there are several factors to take into consideration, like the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA),” he said.
Nor Hisham also admitted shortcomings on the part of the council.
“I am not pleased with the pothole problems in the municipality. As a five-star council, we should not have these problems.
“I admit we lack enforcement. We should not mull on a problem, we must have a ‘just do it’ attitude and tackle a problem,” he said.
Known for being hands-on, he personally went around to see the pothole problem.
“I drove around Subang Jaya, Kinrara and Puchong on weekends and noticed at least 342 potholes.
During the recent full board meeting a councillor mentioned that the potholes in USJ 1 should be called “disaster holes” instead.
“We immediately went to inspect it after the meeting and true enough, it was bad. However, we later discovered that it was due to a burst pipe that caused a sinkhole.”
Nor Hisham hoped other government agencies and organisations could cooperate with the council.
“The public complains to us about ah long stickers and illegal advertisements not knowing that sometimes the advertisements were posted on lamp posts under the JKR’s (Public Works Department) purview or Prasarana pillars.
“Hence we hope the relevant parties can work with us,” he said.
As his term as council president ends in 2016, he is also working on succession plans, making sure everything is in place.
“We will send officers to attend not just basic courses but expose them to more things.
“The problem is some people don’t read, we need to read more to catch up with the times.”
He wished for Subang Jaya to be a serene and peaceful place.
“I want people to feel relaxed when they come here instead of having a headache
“But I understand this takes time. Our vision is to make Subang Jaya a place to call home,” he said.