Ampang Jaya sets sights on becoming a city

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2020

MPAJ has met most of the criteria to be upgraded to city council status. — Filepic

AMPANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is making preparations to seek city council status.

Council president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said the municipality would submit the application to the state government.

“When the state agrees, we will then have to get Cabinet approval, ” he said.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin had earlier said MPAJ met the requirements such as having a population of over 500,000 people and recording a revenue of RM100mil.

“Last year MPAJ collected RM160mil in revenue. The population of Ampang Jaya has also reached 800,000.

“Although the municipality does not have a university, it has many educational institutions, ” she was reported to have said.

Abdul Hamid also said that MPAJ would review the assessment rates as directed by the government, but gave an assurance that the changes would not be implemented this year.

“We have to re-evaluate the value of properties and the relevant tax before we submit the application to the state government, ” he said, adding that the last rate adjustment was done in 1997.

Zuraida said the 155 local authorities nationwide were required to review their assessment tax every five years.

Abdul Hamid also said that with fewer applications for new development projects this year, MPAJ would ensure approved projects took off.

“Several big projects that have yet to be completed include the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) and Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (Suke).

“Suke is targeted to be completed by August this year but the EKVE project at the Ukay Perdana section has stalled due to unresolved land matters, ” he said, adding that the council would discuss the matter with developers as residents have had to put up with the construction for several years.

On community hall projects, he said MPAJ wanted several of them to be completed by this year, one of which is the Taman Melawati Convention Centre that can accommodate 1,000 people.

Others are in Ampang Indah, Perwira Jaya and AU2 Keramat.

MPAJ will also use a RM1mil federal allocation to spruce up alleys.

As part of its Local Agenda 21 Ampang Point beautification master plan, two other back lanes in the Ampang Point area would be beautified, he added.

The “Senario Ampang” pilot project helped beautify the once dingy and dirty Jalan Mamanda 7 with 3D murals decorating the walls.

Other programmes lined up for Ampang Jaya residents include the monthly MPAJ Car-Free Day, Ampang Jaya Night Run, badminton and football clinics and community gardens.

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