Do not pay for road resurfacing work, public urged

RESIDENTS are urged not to pay money to council-appointed contractors for road resurfacing works.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain urged residents to lodge a complaint to the council if they encountered such an incident.

“Members of the public do not have to pay anything for such work,” he said.

Councillors had raised the issue of contractors demanding money from the public to resurface the patch between their gate and the road.

Councillor Derek Fernandez said his family was approached and was asked to pay RM200 if they wanted the road to be resurfaced up to their gates.

He had heard of another family who was approached with a similar offer.

“I am not sure how many families were approached and if anyone paid,” he said.

Fernandez requested the Petaling Jaya City Council to display all bills of quantities online.

“This will provide better access of information for the residents to refer to,” he explained.

A bill of quantities is a document used in the tendering process stating the materials, parts and labour costs of a project.

Councillors also requested the Audit Committee meeting to be held once a month instead of once every two months.

On a different matter, the mayor said there had been a decrease in reports of dengue cases in the country over the past seven weeks.

However, it is anticipated that the number of cases will increase again between May and July, which is forecast as the rainy season.

Mohd Azizi reminded the relevant departments to carry on efforts to keep the disease at bay.

Based on the records from Health Ministry, 1,854 cases of dengue were recorded nationwide between April 10 and 16.

“During the same period, MBPJ recorded 81 cases.

“There has been no new deaths recorded,” added Mohd Azizi.

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