KUALA Selangor residents can look forward to upgrades now that the district is officially a municipality.Kuala Selangor Municipal Council (MPKS) president Rahilah Rahmat expressed her gratitude to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, for consenting to the council’s new status.
In a virtual ceremony to mark the announcement, Rahilah said the upgrades were needed to cater to the area’s projected population growth of 2.61% per annum, which would translate to a total population of 303,444 people by 2025.
The genesis of MPKS’ population growth can be traced back to 2006 with the Bandar Puncak Alam development in Jeram.
“The upgrades will include better facilities in recreational areas such as Dataran Keris (Ixora), Dataran Malawati, Bukit Malawati and Pantai Remis.
“Six locations have been chosen for the installation of smart traffic lights, while alternative routes have been identified to address complaints and reduce traffic congestion.
“Closed circuit television cameras will be installed at 21 hotspots to monitor crime, accidents and traffic jams to make Kuala Selangor a safer and more liveable place.
“This will be implemented by next year.
“Pedestrian and bicycle routes, especially in densely populated areas such as Bandar Puncak Alam and Saujana Utama will be increased,” she said.
To ensure it remained an eco- tourism draw, ongoing efforts would be made for the continued preservation, restoration and improvements of Kuala Selangor’s heritage sites, buildings and tourist spots, said Rahilah.
“Upgrades to the Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Sanctuary Centre are completed.
“It will be operational once the tourism sector is given the all-clear by the National Security Council to resume,” she said.
Rahilah reminded that the upgraded status from district to municipality would result in higher expectations from the public and stakeholders.
She said MPKS departments must remember to facilitate, not frustrate, when dealing with customers.
“Management must inspire staff to be people-centric to fulfil the rakyat’s expectations,” she said.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who appeared with Rahilah during the virtual event, said MPKS had a big task ahead.
“As a municipality, it will have to fulfil its role to collect revenue, approve and formulate development plans as well as carry out enforcement with a high level of commitment and efficiency,” he said.
MPKS must balance its urbanisation agenda to achieve holistic development by taking into account economic, social and environmental factors during the planning process, added Amirudin.
As it encompasses the state’s main agriculture and ecotourism area, it was important that the council safeguard its good image as this would impact the economic resources of locals as well as the state, he said.
The date of the official announcement, Aug 7, was chosen to mark the establishment of Kuala Selangor as a district council when it merged with the Tanjung Karang, Ijok, Jeram and Batang Berjuntai districts in 1978.