Blueprint for sustainable city

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 21 Sep 2019

Jagdeep (centre, blue tie) and Rozali (white cap) posing with representatives of the council’s strategic partners and councillors after the MoU signing ceremony at council headquarters in Bandar Perda.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) is forging ahead with its vision to make Seberang Prai a resilient, inclusive, green, competitive and technology-driven smart city by 2030.

The ‘Seberang Prai Strategic Direction Towards Smart Sustainable City’ document was unveiled by Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

Jagdeep said the elevation of Seberang Prai to city status would lead to a bigger responsibility for the city council in providing the best services to the people.

“This is a social contract and commitment between the mayor and MBSP to the people of Seberang Prai.

“The strategic plan outlines how services will be implemented in three months, ” he said after the launch of the document and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the council’s partners at council headquarters in Bandar Perda.

The plan outlines 18 programmes and six guidelines to cater to the needs of the people.

It focuses on the upgrading of food premises, the rebranding of general cleaning work, economic development for the B40 and M40 groups, improving home ownership and quality of life, being a low-carbon and smart city and having a good people-driven management system.

Earlier, Jagdeep witnessed the agreement signed by MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud with representatives from seven bodies comprising two educational institutions, two non-governmental agencies, two community associations and an international organisation.

Both Jagdeep and Rozali also presented awards to winners of the Aspiring Seberang Prai Photography Awards 2019.

Rozali said he was confident that the strategic plan for the new city council would be accepted by the people, as evidenced by the many programmes that were conducted by the then Seberang Prai Municipal Council.

He said that feedback was collected and outlined in the strategic plan document.

“The people’s opinions were considered and provided us with crucial knowledge to plan short and long-term initiatives, ” he said.

Seberang Prai created history on Malaysia Day after it was declared a city by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

The new MBSP covers an administration area of 747.8sq km, making it the largest city council in the country.

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