Newly minted Subang Jaya City Council to focus on community-centric development

Noraini addressing the media for the first time as mayor via a virtual press conference.

WITH the Subang Jaya municipality now upgraded to a city, Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has drawn up plans for next year with a focus on community-centred development.

These include infrastructure to improve safety in the city and having an inclusive community as well as administration.

Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan, who announced this, said one major development would be the construction of a new sports complex in Puchong named Arena Puchong.

The project would be tendered out in December, with work starting early next year.

This, she said, would provide residents with another indoor space for sports.

“Arena Puchong will house a swimming pool and an international standard futsal court that can accommodate up to 900 people, ” she said during an online press conference in conjunction with the declaration of Subang Jaya as a city.

In addition, she said RM30mil had been allocated to build a flyover at the junction of Persiaran Kewajipan and Da Men Mall early next year.

To ensure Subang Jaya remained a safe place to live, Noraini said funds had been set aside to upgrade its command centre, instal more closed-circuit television cameras on the roads and purchase more body cameras for its enforcement team.

She said there were also plans to make the city barrier-free for elderly folk and people with disabilities.

“The funds from our reserves will be used to carry out these projects, as well as other smaller ones, ” she disclosed.

She said although the city council experienced a deficit budget this year and next year, they could cover the expenses.

“We also have money collected from our infrastructure service fund, ” she added.

Noraini reassured residents that basic services and maintenance work such as infrastructure and cleaning would not suffer.

Due to Covid-19 and the movement control order (MCO) imposed in March, MBSJ could only recoup RM256mil in revenue compared to its initial target of RM305mil.

Next year’s budget will see an estimated total expenditure of RM297.6mil, with RM278.2mil in revenue.

The deficit, the mayor explained, would be covered by reserves.

MBSJ is expecting an increase in both revenue and expenditure in 2021, by RM21.6mil and RM22.2mil respectively.

“There will be no increase in assessment, but we will increase it by a percentage in future if need be, to be fair to everyone, ” said Noraini.

She noted that the assessment fee had remained the same since 1997 despite a rise in utility fees.

On MBSJ’s new logo, she explained that it was shaped like a heart with three segments resembling a flower.

“The blue depicts high-rise buildings to represent development, green to represent quality of life and green spaces, while the red represents bustling urban life.

“The blue “V” shape below the logo represents the people and MBSJ staff working together as one.

“The white lines and circles represent the communication and infrastructure network which connects everyone in the city.

“The heart best represents our organisation as the pulse of development, ” she said.

Meanwhile, MBSJ’s new tag line is “Gemilang Bersama”, meaning glorious together, to represent inclusiveness of people from all walks of life.

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