MPAJ: Schools and halls ready for polls

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 24 Feb 2018

Voters waiting their turn at a polling centre during the last general election in 2013. Thirty-eight polling stations have been fixed for the Ampang parliamentary seat and 22 venues for the Pandan seat — filepic

ALL community halls under Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's (MPAJ) jurisdiction have undergone maintenance and upgrading works in preparation for the 14th General Election.

Council president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said about 60 halls and schools would be used as polling venues for the Ampang Jaya and Pandan parliamentary seats.

“The Dewan Dato Ahmad Razali in Kampung Melayu Ampang and Dewan Perbandaran MPAJ in Pandan Indah will be used as both the nomination and counting centres.

“Repair works like fixing of the roofs, electrical system and installing fans were done at Taman Putra community hall and Dewan Dato Tahir Karim,” he said after chairing a full board meeting at MPAJ's headquarters.

He added that the list of halls and schools that will be used had been approved by the Election Commission.

About 38 halls and schools have been designated as polling stations for the Ampang parliamentary seat with 22 venues allocated for the Pandan seat.

He added that MPAJ was mobilising its resources and manpower in preparation for the general election.

“About 900 or 98% of MPAJ staff will be involved in clerical work or general workers, managerial duties as well as observers during nomination and polling days,” Abdul Hamid said.

In an unrelated matter, Abdul Hamid said disabled homeowners will enjoy a 50% special relief off their assessment tax for their properties as per a directive from the state government.

“To date we have approved 31 applications since 2017. However, the discount is only applicable for 2017 and 2018 fees,” he said.

The council has opened up applications for Ramadan bazaar permits, with a total of 1,501 lots available in 23 locations throughout the municipality.

Meanwhile, the council recorded a total of 319 dengue cases with one death so far this year.

Three locations have been identified as dengue hotspots – including several areas in Pandan Perdana, Jalan Jelatek and Taman Ukay Perdana.

Measures to control the spread have been taken, including search-and-destroy (breeding ground) , Clean Back Alley – Aedes Free Programme as well as the Zero Larvae Operation with the Hulu Langat and Gombak Health Department.

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