YEAR 2020, has been a testing time for Malaysians, including Klangites.
April saw the appointment of Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin as Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) 12th president. He pledged to put the people first and encourage civic participation in the royal town,
One of the first isues Ahmad Fadzli tackled was the time-regulated closure of Lorong Perbandaran.
His predecessor had closed the road for 14 months and later time-regulated it, where motorists were allowed to use the road between 6.30am and 8.30am, and 4pm to 6pm only.
Fadzli decided to open the 350m dual slip road, making it easier for motorists to access Klang town, Meru and Kapar via Jambatan Kota.
It helped reduce traffic snarls outside Kuan Yin Chinese temple in Jalan Raya Barat, especially during rush hour.
In February, after 18 months of refurbishment, the popular sports venue Stadium Sultan Suleiman opened with a brand-new look. Klang District Schools Sports Council held its annual athletics meet on the newly-laid eight-lane 400m synthetic track.
The Selangor government had given MPK RM4.56mil to upgrade the 45-year-old stadium.
The issue of abandoned dogs in the township was also highlighted as an estimated 15,000 canines roam the streets.
The strays had become a nuisance as they rummaged through bags of rubbish left behind houses and restaurants.
Sadly, most caught by the local council were euthanised as they were sick and injured and the MPK pound had limited space.
After a public outcry, MPK advised owners to obtain a licence and neuter their pets.
MPK personnel were also kept busy conducting regular sanitising activities at public places including KTM Komuter stations, schools, wet markets, post offices, recreational parks and government offices due to Covid-19.
In mid-April, hard-hit small businesses saw a lifeline as MPK’s Information Technology Department set up an e-commerce platform called Klang i-Plaza that helped a few hundred traders reach their customers online.
Meanwhile, homeless people were given temporary shelter as well as free Covid-19 tests during the movement control order with MPK’s Corporate Communications Department rallying support from the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Port Klang health clinic.
MPK spent RM426,876 to help the homeless during this period with food, shelter, face masks and hand sanitiser.
In August, the council addressed complaints of faulty street lights in the commercial areas of Klang’s Little India, Bandar Botanic, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Bukit Raja, Bandar Putera, Taman Sentosa and Taman Gembira.
MPK’s Environmental Services Department also launched Klang Proud (Prevent and Report on Unlawful Dumping) – a campaign to curb illegal dumping through free collection of bulk waste twice a week.
A longstanding issue, the Taman Teluk Gedung Indah low-cost flats in Port Klang’s soil settlement was highlighted by StarMetro.
An estimated allocation of RM5mil had been sought from the state government for remedial works that are expected to begin early next year, supervised by Klang district’s Public Works Department.
On the cultural side, Chinese Muslims in Klang were overjoyed after MPK approved building plans for Masjid Jamek Cina Muslim Klang to be built at Bandar Botanic, with the design inspired by the Great Mosque of Xi’an in China.
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