PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) should provide more small scale business opportunities for Malaysians as this sector is currently explored by foreigners, suggested councillor N.K. Thayalan.
He added that the economic opportunities in Petaling Jaya Utara and Petaling Jaya Selatan must be well-planned and implemented to benefit the public.
“Allow more organised micro businesses such as food trucks, night markets and public exhibition areas.
“This will provide the public a platform to embark on such businesses.
“Business intelligence initiative should be implemented to provide a win-win situation for both the public and private sectors, ” he said when closing the city council’s full board meeting earlier in the week.
Thayalan also advised the city council to increase its revenue by considering latest technology trends.
“Petaling Jaya residents can explore new forms of technology-based economic opportunities.
“Redeveloped areas such as the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) Sungai Buloh and industrial areas in Section 52 and Sungai Way should be considered for these opportunities, ” he said.
Thayalan also hoped the city council would improve public transportation and increase ridership to at least 40%.
Public amenities such as markets and multipurpose halls should be built with modern facilities, as well as better road connectivity via flyovers and shortcut routes, he said.
“City council projects must also be monitored and it must score good key performance indicator (KPI) based on project time management, cost and quality outcome, ” he added.
Thayalan also suggested that the city council honoured staff with efficiency awards only if they performed their best in the four core aspects stated under its 2016-2026 development plan.
The four aspects are management of the city council, and their service for the community, environment and economy.
“Only the deserving council staff and councillors who have met their personal and council’s KPI under the development strategic plan should be awarded.
“By doing so this would motivate others to follow suit, ” he said, adding that according to MBPJ’s plan, it should achieve a remarkable milestone by next year.
“In my opinion, attaining awards at both local and international level as well as granting medals to the excellent staff yearly cannot be used as a benchmark to measure the city council’s success, ” he said.
At the end of Thayalan’s speech, mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said he welcomed the ideas.
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