THE brown monkey mascot for Visit Sepang Year 2020 (VSY2020) has been named Atan.
The name was chosen from 43 entries suggested in a slogan writing and mascot naming competition organised by the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) and a vote was taken during the council’s full board meeting.
Councillor Vijayarany Arumugam objected, saying that the name Atan meant female donkey in the Arabic language.
MPSepang deputy president Muhammad Hafiz Shaari, however, reminded everyone that Atan was a common name locally.
He added that the winner of the naming competition, Mohd Faizal Sarbani, also came up with the winning slogan for VSY2020 — “I love Sepang because it is the jewel of Selangor”.
Muhammad Hafiz also announced that the council would be taking part in the Floria Putrajaya event from Aug 30 to Sept 8 to promote VSY2020.
“We will have a mini garden measuring 9.144m by 6.09m filled with bonsai and orchids. Our theme is ‘Majestic Grandeur of Sepang’, ” he said.
In line with the National Day celebrations, Muhammad Hafiz urged all owners of premises, including offices and residential units in the municipality, to fly the Jalur Gemilang with pride.
“If your flag is worn or torn, replace it with a new one to maintain the patriotic spirit, ” he said.
On the case of flags being placed upside down in the district, Muhammad Hafiz said he has been notified of the situation and confirmed that the council had received complaints on the matter.
“I have been told by my officers that it was a mistake on the premises owners’ part. The flags were flown correctly after council staff pointed it out to them, ” said Muhammad Hafiz.
The council full board began on a high note with department directors and councillors taking test rides on electric bicycles presented by Sustainable Energy Development Malaysia (SEDA).
MPSepang and Putrajaya Corporation are the only two local government bodies to receive three units of electrical bicycles from SEDA each for their low carbon city programmes.
Costing RM3,500 per unit, the pedal-assisted feature switches off when it reached speeds of 25km/h.
From past lessons learned from the failed bike sharing projects, the SEDA electric bikes that are supplied by Voltron, a local manufacturer, will only be used by council staff.