For the first time, Selayang folk get to have a say in the local council’s budget.
The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) held a dialogue session with non-governmental organisations, new villages’ Development and Safety Committees, the Malaysian Manufacturers Federation (FMM) and MPS councillors to hear the views of the people.
Chaired by MPS president Suliman Abd Rahman, the dialogue was attended by about 100 people from the various groups as well as Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei.
MPS Treasury Department director Az’har Samsuri said the dialogue included discussions on infrastructure development, community infrastructure and other public facilities.
The group was given an hour to brainstorm on ways to improve the council’s 2018 Budget and the ideas were then presented on stage.
“We will gather the feedback from the dialogue today and discuss it during our MPS budget meeting on Oct 19 as we have to present it to the state by Nov 6.
“Among the topics are how to improve the public facilities and ensure better service to the people such building good roads, providing sufficient streetlights and improving rubbish collection schedule.
“We are also looking at building bicycle lane as well as disabled-friendly facilities in Bandar Baru Selayang.
“There are plans to organise social programmes for youths to prevent them from getting involved in vice activities,” said Az’har.
Suliman said the dialogue was very encouraging as people’s needs were highlighted to the council.
“In fact, those who want to give their views can still do so by sending an email to email@example.com before Oct 19,” he said.
Gan, who also expressed her views during the dialogue, said this should be an annual affair and more people should be invited to share their views.
“This dialogue really highlights feedback from the people on the ground, and the council can address the issues.
“It shows that the council is engaging with the people and addressing ratepayers’ concerns,” she said.