Greenlight for Kajang councillors to use RM10,000 allocation for Covid-19 relief


By CY LEE

COUNCILLORS in Kajang can now utilise up to RM10,000 of their allocation to provide Covid-19 relief to residents.

Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) local authority section approved the usage of the fund strictly for councillors to buy basic necessities in their respective zones, said Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid (pic).

“This is only for Covid-19 relief, ” he said after chairing the council’s first full board meeting for the year at its headquarters.

Three more councillors for the 2021-2022 term, namely Rawiyiah Zakaria, 61, Khoo Khim Han, 36, and Ong Seng Peng, 43, were sworn in yesterday.

This leaves reappointed councillor Thiagarajah Rajagopal as the only one yet to be sworn in as he is in quarantine.

Zulkefli told councillors to expect new challenges as the battle against the pandemic was ongoing, with Hulu Langat still classified as a red zone.

“MPKj enforcement department has been carrying out patrols with the police to ensure compliance with the movement control order guidelines.

“We are also monitoring recreational sites such as Bukit Enggang, Bukit Broga and Cheras Awana to ensure the public do not visit these places, ” Zulkefli said.

He said despite the police issuing over 50 compounds and arresting a few people under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), there were still reports of business owners flouting the standard operating procedure.

“MPKj welcomes any information on compliance issues as it is crucial to ensure the chain of transmission gets broken.”

The Licensing and Traders Department has so far allowed 10 morning markets and three farmers’ markets to operate as they met the SOP requirements, but night markets were still not allowed to operate.

Zulkefli said late charges for licence renewals would be waived between Feb 12 and 28.

MPKj also relocated the site for post Covid-19 temporary trading licence holders to Section 8, Section 4 Tambahan, Section 4 and Section 16 of Bandar Baru Bangi.

On the topic of dengue, as of Jan 16, five zones in three electoral districts — Kajang (1), Semenyih (2), Dusun Tua (2) — have been identified as dengue hotspots among the 169 cases in 37 localities within the council’s jurisdiction.

Zulkefli said overall, Hulu Langat was in the second spot with 215 cases in Selangor and a total 757 cases with no deaths as of Jan 16, marking a 66.9% reduction in cases within the district compared to 2020 (649 cases).

Separately, the council’s Environment Department seized three lorries involved in illegal dumping activity between Jan 1 and 25.

“A total of 39 compounds were issued to the offenders under MPKj’s bylaws and we will remain committed to eliminating illegal dumping in the municipality, ” Zulkefli said.

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