More funds needed to keep city folk safe


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 11 Oct 2019

Dual Blessing provides training to people with disabilities and sells recycled items to help raise funds.

MOST Klang Valley residents are hoping that Budget 2020 will provide goodies to help them cope with the rising cost of living.

Another major concern is security. Many neighbourhoods have set up gated-and-guarded schemes but this is not always possible in older residential areas.

One example is Section 1B in Petaling Jaya Old Town where residents voluntarily conduct patrols at night.

Their Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Kok Kuan Yong hopes the Federal Government would set aside funding in Budget 2020 to enable the RTs to carry out activities that will benefit the community.

“In Section 1B, our neighbourhood patrols are done on a voluntary basis.

“We have over 500 residents here, but only 20 are active in the RT, ” said Kok.

He added that they work

with government agencies and police to create awareness among residents on issues like crime.

In August, they placed 20 banners to alert people to be careful

of their surroundings as the area was known for snatch theft incidents.

“It is not only the responsibility of the police, we as a community need to step up and take charge, ” he added.

Section 14 (Jalan 14/1 to 14/15) Residents Association (RA) chairman Selva Sugumaran said the Federal Government must find ways to reduce the people’s burden.

He suggested one way to save money was to reduce or stop providing pension to elected representatives.

“State assemblyman, MPs and ministers are elected to serve and are already paid a salary. Why reward them after they leave?

“The government can save by reducing their pension by at least 50%, ” he said.

Selva also suggested that toll collection be stopped when the concession period has expired.

“The government can perhaps take over from concessionaires and impose a lower toll if needed for maintenance, ” he added.

For non-governmental organisations like Dual Blessing Bhd, which provides training to the disabled, funding is a major concern.

Established in 2001, Dual Blessing has three centres in Butterworth, Penang; Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.

Centre chairman Christine Leong said it costs over RM100,000 to run all three centres that house about 100 residents.

She suggested that the Federal Government give subsidies to cover overheads for such centres.

“We have a heavy burden on our shoulders, from rental for our three centres to paying staff as each centre has about 30 employees.

“We rely on public donations and proceeds from the sale of recycled items, ” she said, adding trainees are taught handicraft, baking and IT skills.

The centre also helps former drug addicts reintegrate into society.n MORE stories on page 4


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