SELECTED residents associations (RAs) in Kajang will be entrusted with the responsibility of looking after their neighbourhood fields, playgrounds and parks for the council.
Speaking to the media after the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) monthly full board meeting, president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said this year, the council would be introducing the “padang angkat” (adopt a park) concept.
He said the council identified five to six parks and will make the necessary repairs and beautification works before handing it over to the RAs.
“The selected RAs will be the eyes and ears of the council; they will watch out for vandals, including preventing their own children from vandalising the playground facilities.
“Previously, some fields were adopted by the private sector.
“Without a sense of belonging, the public will take things provided by the council for granted instead of taking good care of it,” he said.
On the issue of loan shark advertisements, Mohd Sayuthi said the police will collaborate with the council for a joint operation to nab those who put up illegal advertisements.
“We have conducted operations and issued the wrong-doers with summonses. Through the joint operation, the police can also arrest them,” he said.
On the issue of dengue, councillor Mohamad Jan Sulong said residents have to do their part in keeping dengue at bay.
“In dengue hotspots such as Taman Pinggiran Delima and Taman Sri Nanding, there is a lack of awareness among the public.
“Some complain about the council but they also need to do their part in ensuring their houses do not become mosquito breeding spots. Some even close their doors when the authorities conduct the ‘search and destroy’ programme from house to house,” he said.
After the full board meeting, MPKj councillors Khoo Khim Han and Bryan Lai visited the Taman Sri Langat commercial area where a rat extermination programme was conducted.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, councillors and officers from the council visited the site on Wednesday to lay down rat poison.
“The programme is for the public’s benefit. Hygiene problems can lead to rat infestation and rats can lead to leptospirosis outbreaks.
“As part of the conditions for a licence, business owners need to prepare rubbish bins, so that they do not leave bags of rubbish around that may be torn open by strays,” Lai said.
He added that they noticed many problems in the area such as no grease traps or illegal extensions by eateries and even a pet shop storing its products in the walkway.
“Residents have complained about the stench from the pet shop.
“The council has taken action against them but the problem still persists. We will issue them summonses and not give them any more warnings,” he said.