My Petaling Jaya (MyPJ), a grouping of 18 non-governmental organisations and residents representatives from Petaling Jaya wants greater accountability and transparency in all financial transactions done by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The group submitted their “Our Money, Our Rights” list to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) for its Budget 2017.
MyPJ said that with nearly RM0.5bil in its coffers, MBPJ should be more accountable and responsible for the ratepayers' money held by the council.
MyPJ spokesman Jeffrey Phang, who is also Friends of Kota Damansara chairman, said they would like to see Budget 2017 and future budgets being more people-centric rather than infrastructure-centric.
“Stop thinking about infrastructure, a budget should be for the benefit of the people,” said Phang at a press conference.
MyPJ also said that the proposed budget should be given to the MBPJ councillors at least a week before the budget meeting.
“We want the budget discussion format to be changed. The draft of the budget should be given to MBPJ councillors at least a week in advance,” said Phang, adding that MBPJ had ceased putting the annual budget report online since 2011.
Phang said residents should be given at least a week’s notice to review the proposed budget.
“During the pre-Budget meeting, they invite us for the roundtable for discussion, but none of our input is included in the Budget report.
“We want information on the achievements of strategic outcomes of 2015/2016, the goals for 2017 and key projects and programmes achieved for 2017 to be presented to us during the dialogue.
“We also request for zero-based budgeting to be applied in creating MBPJ budgets.
“All sub-committees contributing to the main committee for budget should have a breakdown for the overall amount, identifying the various projects and items that add up to the requested amount and this augurs well for transparency and fairness.” he added.
MyPJ also requested that the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) be established to measure impact not the activities.
“If there is a gotong-royong event, we do not want to know how many people attended. Instead we want the outcome of the gotong-royong.
“Provide the dustbins, educate people and appoint committees. We want to see the areas getting better. We want MBPJ to invest in people and the community,” Phang said.