KAJANG folk wanting to start a kindergarten, nursery or care centre can apply to change the building’s use via Kajang Municipal Council’s (MPKj) newly introduced “We Care Online” system.
MPKj is preparing for an increase in applications for such businesses in the coming years, as the population of children and senior citizens is expected to rise.
According to MPKj data, Kajang has a population of over 1.3 million.
It is projected that in five years’ time, there will be 111,880 children and 78,316 senior citizens.
And by 2035, the numbers are expected to increase to 135,010 children and 94,507 senior citizens.
MPKj foresees the need for at least 808 such premises by 2035.
As of last year there were 579 such businesses registered.
At the launch of “We Care Online”, MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid said the council had received many applications for change of building use for the purpose of setting up a kindergarten or care centre.
He noted that the customary method of applying over the counter took about 50 minutes per applicant.
“That was minus the time the applicant spent travelling to MPKj headquarters and looking for a parking space, as well as logistical costs.
“Our standard processing time was 30 days per application,” he pointed out.
“With the new system, every application can be processed in 20 days.
“Upon receiving the complete set of documents, our staff will notify the neighbouring buildings’ occupants about the application and ask if there are any objections.
“If there is no objection in 14 days, the application will be approved immediately and the applicant can proceed to apply for the business licence.
“However, if the council receives objections within the stipulated period, we will call for an objection hearing,” he explained.
Zulkefli said applicants could check the status of their applications online and once approved, payment could be made via the same platform.
“The approval letters will be issued digitally too. There is no need for an applicant to come to our office.
“So, applications can be done from anywhere, at any time,” he highlighted.
He said the website would make MPKj’s work more efficient and customer-friendly.
“There are over 700 such businesses in areas under MPKj jurisdiction.
“From the total, 412 are licensed. So far, the details of 153 businesses are in the “We Care Online” system.
“The system also serves as a database on the businesses. The public will be able to access relevant information on the registered kindergartens, nurseries and care centres in the municipality, such as their locations,” he added.
Go to www.mpkj.gov.my to access “We Care Online”
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