JOHOR BARU: Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) is looking into strengthening its eco-friendly sustainable energy initiative.
Towards this end, the council plans to work with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Johor that has expertise in this field.
MPPG president Zainor Adani said the move was in line with the government’s policies on green initiatives.
“The collaboration is expected to bring more green initiatives into future developments in Pasir Gudang.
“We have conducted research and programmes with UiTM before.
“It has a branch in Pasir Gudang and we plan to share our expertise to conduct programmes and carry out development works here.
“MPPG has started green programmes such as using LED lights within its buildings and collecting rainwater to be re-used for cleaning purposes.
“The surrounding industries have also adopted these initiatives,” he said after signing a memorandum of understanding between MPPG and UiTM at Menara Aqabah here.
UiTM Johor Rector Prof Dr Ismail Ahmad said the university was prepared to share their vast knowledge and experience in green initiatives, especially involving solar energy.
“The usage of solar energy can reduce carbon emission up to four times compared to current energy usage. This will help the government reduce its spending on electricity bills.
“We look forward to installing solar panels at government-owned buildings.
“This will be carried out upon request as well as approval from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia,” he said.
Apart from the sustainable energy initiative, Zainor said the MoU included MPPG and UiTM collaborating in finding solutions for sustainable water supply for the industries in Pasir Gudang.
“We have conducted research on this matter because it is one of the pressing issues here.
“We hope that with UiTM’s expertise, we can address the demand for water supply in Pasir Gudang,” he said.
He added that one of the solutions proposed was using seawater.
On another matter, Zainor said MPPG was awaiting approval from the state government to change its status from municipal to city council.
He said the change was still under discussion between the Federal and state governments and that a decision would be made in due time.
“We have sent to the state government our proposal on the status upgrade,” he said.
Earlier, Johor housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil was reported as saying that MPPG was expected to be upgraded to city council status this year.
He said Pasir Gudang met the requirements for the upgrade, including having a total population of 500,000 people and generating revenue of RM200mil annually.
“We expect the population here to increase further within the next three years, thereby increasing revenue even more.
“To attain city status, we are also doing our part to resolve local issues such as poverty and squatters in areas under MPPG’s jurisdiction,” he said.
He added that the state government, with help from Statistics Department, was currently finalising the total population figures.
On a separate matter, Zainor said MPPG was waiting for the list of names of new councillors from the state government.
“Now we only have nine councillors.
“The maximum number is 24,” he said.
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