Outgoing council president leaves behind a cleaner Klang

Mohamad Yasid clocking out of the MPK office for the last time after serving for four years in Klang.

IT WAS a sad day for officers and staff at Klang Municipal Council (MPK) as its president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin clocked out of office for the last time on Nov 15.

After four years at the helm of the municipal council, the two-term council president is happy to have had the opportunity to make some changes in the royal town and hopes his efforts will be continued by his successor.

“One of my biggest accomplishments since I took office was to clean up the town. As you can see the town is definitely cleaner than before and you can see great improvement in places like Jalan Tengku Kelana and Taman Eng Ann,” he said.

He urged residents to foster unity as without it, changes and improvements would never take place.

He cited examples of how gated-and-guarded communities would never be achieved if residents were not united in wanting to tackle security issues.

He added that the mindset and ethics of the people must be right to deter growing issues like vandalism of public infrastructure, cleanliness and the scourge of dengue.

Asked what else can be done to improve Klang in future, Mohamad Yasid said basic facilities as well as historical buildings and sites in Klang must be preserved and upgraded.

“Klang is a very old town, about 120 years old, so there are many infrastructures and buildings which are old.

“The drainage is old and damaged, it needs upgrading but to do it for the whole town will not be an easy task,” he said, adding that the old buildings along Jalan Tengku Kelana must be rejuvenated and preserved.

Among Mohamad Yasid’s other accomplishments during his four-year tenure was to make Klang greener by creating more parks and pocket parks in town.

Among them are Ikeda Peace Park in Taman Klang Jaya done in collaboration with Soka Gakkai Malaysia’s Selangor branch, the Lakepark in Gravit8 done together with Mitraland Group and two pocket parks at the junction of Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Jalan Kem in Port Klang.

An upcoming park project is at Padang Chetty in Jalan Bukit Jawa, for which RM2.5mil had been allocated.

There is also a RM3.5mil park in Meru and tree-planting projects to take place at all main roads in Klang to rejuvenate the town’s landscape.

Other notable projects are the Klang Heritage Walk to boost tourism and economy in town and improving the tourism potential of Jalan Tengku Kelana.

Mohamad Yasid said MPK would also be building a convention hall in Bukit Raja, in Jalan Rodat 6/6A, measuring 12,314sq m costing over RM13mil.

It is expected to be one-and-a-half storeys high and can accommodate 5,000 guests at any one time.

When contacted, state Local Government Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said no replacement had been identified yet for the vacant MPK council president post.

Mohamad Yasid will be transferred to the Public Service Department (JPA).

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