Johor state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani said PBTs should play a more proactive role in getting information from the people on any issue fast and not wait for it to go viral or reported by the media.
“The use of technology and social media has given the public a platform to voice out their concerns and we should not overlook any issues and wait for it to be reported by the media.
“The public today do not want to hear excuses, they want their issues or problems solved immediately. As such, we have to change our approach in line with technological advancement,” he said in his speech after launching Pengerang Low Carbon Community Action Plan 2030 (PLCSBP2030) at Dataran Tasik Bandar Penawar here.
Azmi added that local authorities should provide inclusive service to the people, especially in planning sustainable development in their areas.
“We must ensure that any development undertaken will provide opportunities for the locals, irrespective if small or large scale projects,” he said, adding that PBT must ensure international standard service to the people in line with development.
On the programme, Azmi said PLCSBP2030 would not only focus on the physical development in Pengerang but also boost the economy, social standards and look into environmental management.
“By reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we can ensure that the people in Johor will continue to lead a healthy lifestyle, apart from attracting investments based on green technology,” he added.
Pengerang Municipal Council president Hazlina Jalil said PLCSBP2030 was created as part of the Pengerang sustainable development plan in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative.
“The PLCSBP2030 initiative is developed together with the help of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and it contains 207 programmes and projects, as well as 52 initiatives that promote greenhouse gas emission reduction.
“Some of the short-term and the long-term programmes includes a community garden project, solar panel development and smart waste management,” she added.