PASIR Gudang City Council (MBPG) plans to introduce an initiative called “Fi Lestari” that will see 35 traditional villages in the area with better infrastructure.
Its mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said there were currently more than 200,000 people living in these villages which lacked basic public amenities and scheduled maintenance as they were not paying assessment fees.
“Through Fi Lestari, the villagers will be provided with scheduled waste collection, field and road maintenance, street lights, proper drainage, landscaping and other amenities for their convenience.
“Each household will be charged RM10 monthly for the services, which can be paid either through their village chief or the action committee, ” he said when contacted in Johor Baru.
Apart from improving the landscape, the city council would also build more public recreational parks and playgrounds for the villagers, he added.
“We are currently engaging with the villages on this matter. So far, the response has been positive.
“We expect to fully implement it by July.
“This move is part of our 100-day MBPG Manifesto that was introduced after we were awarded city status in November, ” said Asman Shah.
He said the village development would also be included in the Pasir Gudang Local Plan (RTPG), which mapped out the city council’s plan on land use as well as ensuring sustainable development.
“We expect the RTPG report to be completed by the end of October, after which it will be sent to the state government to be included in next year’s budget.
“The city council will ensure that each development involves public participation as it is the people who will reap the benefits from the projects, ” he stressed.