When neighbourly vigilance pays off

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

(From left) Lee, MBPJ Enforcement Department director Mohd Fauzi Maarop, PJ deputy mayor Johary Anuar, Mohd Sayuthi, Tee and MBPJ councillor Billy Wong during the presentation. — LOW BOON TAT/The Star

SEPARATED only by a couple of main roads, the SS2 Selatan Residents’ Association (RA) and SS2B Rukun Tetangga (RT) committee members maintain close ties due to their neighbourhoods’ proximity in Petaling Jaya.

“We work closely to ensure the safety of our neighbourhoods,” said SS2B RT treasurer Tee Yoon Poh, whose area covers approximately 500 houses near SJK(C) Puay Chai.

“It’s more challenging to monitor safety on our side as there are some 2,000 houses and shoplots there, and the Taman Bahagia LRT Station is located nearby,” said SS2 Selatan RA chairman Lee Yoon Hen, whose area is on the Chow Yang side.

So close is the friendship that Tee and Lee carpooled to the Petaling Jaya Neighbourhood Security Team (Pasukan Keselamatan Kejiranan Petaling Jaya or PKKPJ) presentation ceremony organised by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

The two were among 191 groups to receive RM6,000 each under an initiative aimed at involving residents in addressing safety and security-related matters in their neighbourhoods.

“The previous years’ allocations were used to instal an emergency alert system and related services,” said Lee.

“We will be using this year’s funds to enhance our existing security service, such as buying torchlights and running an anti-dengue campaign.”

Tee said his RT would use the allocation to continue its subscription for a neighbourhood safety app service and to instal solar-powered motion sensor lights.

Tee and Lee hoped that MBPJ would consider increasing the allocation to enable their outfits to buy CCTV cameras.

Of the 191 applications received by MBPJ for the PKKPJ programme this year, 118 were from RAs, 42 from RTs and 31 from Joint Management Bodies (JMB).

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar, in his speech, said the programme was based on the concept of public engagement and assessed on nine indicators such as residents’ involvement and patrol frequency.

“According to the Safe City Moni-toring System (Sistem Pemantauan Bandar Selamat), there was an 18.19% drop in crime rate in 2018 compared to 2017,” he said, adding that there were 3,305 crime cases reported in 2018 compared to 4,040 in 2017.

“This shows that the PKKPJ programme has had a positive impact on neighbourhood safety in PJ.”

Mohd Sayuthi presented certificates to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of several private companies and non-governmental organisations in MBPJ’s environmental initiatives.

He also launched the PJKita 3R Affectionate Ties Programme (Program Jalinan Kasih 3R PJKita).

“This programme is MBPJ’s way of assisting the low-income B40 group to register with our Com-munity Development Department.

“It takes the 3R practice a step further with the ‘upcycling, reloved and sharing’ components, where pre-loved items collected from MBPJ’s spring cleaning activities are donated to eligible families, either in their original form or after they have been repaired.

“These items include furniture, sofas, beds and electrical equipment.”

Mohd Sayuthi urged the RA, RT and JMB representatives to spread the word about the upcycling programme and to get residents to contribute their unused items by contacting the Solid Waste Manage-ment and Public Cleansing Department at 03-7954 1440.

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