Streetlights on automatic timer, say local councils

Streetlights in some parts of MPSJ’s jurisdiction are not functioning during the MCO, leading to public complaints.

SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has denied claims that they are dimming streetlights during the movement control order (MCO), ostensibly as a cost-saving measure.

An MPSJ spokesman, in responding to complaints from the public about non-functioning streetlights, explained that the lights were on an automatic timer.

“It might be a faulty timer, not because of the MCO.

“Hence, the public need to notify MPSJ if the malfunctioned streetlight is within MPSJ’s jurisdiction, ” he said, adding that the public could call the MPSJ Command Centre at 03-8024 7700 to report on faulty lights.

The spokesman also clarified that the maintenance of streetlights along Federal Highway was the responsibility of Public Works Department and not local council.

“It is stated on the lamp poles which agency is in charge, ” he said.

On shop signboards being lit up at night during the MCO, the spokesman said the matter was up to the owners.

“According to the Licensing Department, there is no standard operating procedure by the council; it is up to the shop owner whether to leave the light on or switch it off.

“But we encourage the owner to have a light near the signboard to help brighten the vicinity for safety.”

According to MPSJ councillor Ken Chia, who is in the council’s infrastructure committee, the timer for streetlights within the council’s jurisdiction is set between 7pm/7.30pm and 7am/7.30am.

“But at some periods of the year, 7.30am is still dark.

“MPSJ will adjust it accordingly, especially the streetlights near schools, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya City Council said the streetlights in Petaling Jaya were programmed to be automatically switched on from 7pm until 7am.

On a different matter, the spokesman said there were no regulations for shops to keep their signage lights on.

“It is entirely up to the business owner when to switch on or off the signage lights, ” he said.

Members of the public who face problems with streetlights in Petaling Jaya can call 03-7954 2020 or email

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