Kajang council eyeing upgrade to city status

IN MOVING towards its vision of city council status, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) is preparing a proposal paper to be sent to the Selangor government and Housing and Local Government Ministry.

MPKj president Najmuddin Jemain said the local council had met all the criteria for Kajang to be upgraded to a city.

“The five aspects emphasised to fulfil the criteria are population, total annual revenue, service delivery system, capability of new growth centres and ability to provide urban services including infrastructure facilities, public utilities and the ability to shape the brand and image of the city.

“Each criteria can always be improved, especially regarding the total annual revenue considering MPKj still uses the tax rate from the 1980s,” he said during the council’s full board meeting yesterday.

With the upgrade, Najmuddin said residents could enjoy, among others, enhanced local authority services, urban development emphasising sustainable development and more national culture representing history and heritage.

They could also benefit from development of industrial areas, financial institutions and better business, trade and hotel facilities as well as rapid growth of the service sector besides development of value-added and knowledge-oriented urban economic activities, he added.

On another matter, Najmuddin said that during Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, all trade, business and industrial licence applications as well as renewal services, hawker licence or temporary business permits and licence updates could be done by setting appointments via email at renewlesenmpkj@gmail.com.

“Penalty for late licence renewal will be excluded until Dec 31.

“This information has also been posted on MPKj’s social media and official website,” he said.

On the MPKj task force report on pollution along Sungai Semenyih, Sungai Rinching and Sungai Beranang, Najmuddin said it was to enable the council to monitor and coordinate enforcement against factory activities along the three rivers that could pollute the water.

“This enforcement action comes after odour pollution at the Jenderam Hilir Raw Water Pump Station on Aug 31 that suspended the operation of Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant which resulted in water supply disruption to Selangor residents,” he elaborated.

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