Gearing up for monsoon season

MPAJ workers clearing debris from drains to prevent clogging that can lead to floods. — Filepic

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is stepping up its infrastructure maintenance and monitoring in preparation for the monsoon season.

MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said they would focus on cleaning clogged drains and other flood prevention measures.

“The state government has directed local councils to make adequate preparation to face the rainy season as heavy rainfall can lead to flooding, ” he said, adding that they would increase monitoring of slopes as well.

Meanwhile, Mohd Fauzi also announced that next year, MPAJ would be developing an online platform for business operators to register for the plastic bag charge collection programme.

Once up and running, business operators who charge customers for single-use plastic bags can register with the programme and be issued virtual certificates.

The collection payments to the council can also be done online.

“The licensing department will also be going door to door for three months to create awareness and for registration purposes.

“Based on our records, only 340 premises out of 9,959 have registered as of Dec 21.

“Business licence holders are encouraged to register and pay the charges within the time frame, ” he said during the monthly full board meeting yesterday.

On a positive note, there was a 40.8% reduction in dengue cases in the municipality as of Dec 20, compared to the same period last year.

There were 3,464 dengue cases between Jan 1 and Dec 20 compared to 5,851 last year. No deaths were reported.

This month’s full board meeting also saw the end of tenure for current councillors effective Dec 31.

Mohd Fauzi took the opportunity to thank the councillors for their service over the past two years.

It was reported that the appointment of Selangor councillors for a new term would be announced in January and involved 279 candidates.

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