NGOs work to improve residents’ living condition


AS PPR Kota Damansara (PPRKD) gets a physical makeover, non-governmental organisations are trying hard to initiate a paradigm shift among the residents.

Led by Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD), several NGOs have stepped up social service and corporate social responsibility efforts in an attempt to change the lifestyle of the lower-income group in PPRKD.

FOKD chairman Jeffrey Phang said they were now focused on people structure to change some of the habitual problems that existed there.

He stressed there was a need to educate the public to curb vandalism, and ensure they lived in a clean and safe environment.

Phang said they wanted to move in line with Local Agenda 21, a concept adopted by all local councils for a safe, liveable environment.

Among the bodies that have joined hands for this effort are ThinkCity and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) and they will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for this purpose soon.

“One of the initiatives is a vegetable garden for the residents’ consumption.

“Several companies have indicated their interest to provide the seeds and fertiliser as well,” he added.

Another important project that can be a catalyst for other low-cost housing schemes is building management software.

This technology will allow residents to lodge complaints and receive receipts for their complaints as proof.

“We are coming up with a standard operating procedure for the building management as well,” he added.

The NGOs are also setting up a Rukun Tetangga and believe it will be a success.

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