THE torrential rain that fell over two days from Dec 17 caused massive flooding in several districts in Selangor, and some areas under the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) were not spared.
Kampung Bersatu and Kampung Kenangan Batu 13 Puchong, Kampung Tengah A and B, Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru, Kampung Bukit Lanchong, Taman Kinrara 1 and 2, Taman Batu Tiga, Taman Mutiara Subang, Lagoon Perdana and USJ 1 were inundated, forcing thousands to evacuate.
Flood victims were housed in about 20 temporary relief centres in Puchong, Putra Heights and Subang Jaya.
Most of the centres have since closed after water receded. Six remain operational.
But the year-end flooding, which was blamed on excessive rainfall, was not the only such incident to plague the city.
Parts of Seri Kembangan and Seri Serdang were inundated in flash floods over the past year, leaving residents fearful whenever it rained heavily.
There could be some relief soon, as Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim has announced that flood mitigation projects are underway.
“The Selangor government, through the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has several immediate and long-term plans to address flood problems at the Sungai Kuyoh basin,” he said during the state assembly session in November.
“As an immediate measure, RM5.9mil was approved for river dredging and pool widening works in Seri Serdang and Seri Kembangan, including RM4.2mil for the Bluewater Reservoir.
“Work is expected to be completed in March 2022.”
As a long-term measure, the Sungai Kuyoh flood mitigation project was approved as Rolling Plan 4 under the 11th Malaysia Plan, with a federal allocation of RM300mil, Izham added.
“Its main work scope is to deepen and widen Sungai Kuyoh.
“This includes upgrading a 14km stretch of the river, upgrading three existing reservoirs and building a new one, constructing a pump system and rubbish traps as well as utility relocation.
“It is now at the design stage, with physical work expected to start in late 2022 or early 2023,” he said, adding that the Sungai Kuyoh flood mitigation project would benefit both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
On infrastructure issues at Jalan Besar, Seri Kembangan, Izham said the Selangor Public Works Department (JKR) had estimated that it would cost RM620,000 for road divider upgrades and RM1.147mil for drainage upgrades and sewerage repair works.
Subang Jaya residents can finally look forward to having a government health clinic in the township soon.
The RM45mil project is expected to start construction in March 2022 and targeted for completion in March 2025, said Selangor public health, unity, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
The health clinic, to be located in Jalan Subang 3 in USJ 1, is designed to cater to an average of 500 to 800 patients per day.
Services will include outpatient treatment, accidents and emergencies, maternal and paediatric care, dentistry and laboratory services.
The news was much welcomed by Subang Jaya residents, as it would eliminate the need for residents to travel to other clinics in Petaling Jaya or Puchong to seek medical treatment.
Outdoor plant restrictions
Meanwhile, residents and gardening enthusiasts were caught off-guard when a local portal reported that MBSJ no longer allowed residents to grow fruit trees and vegetables outside their homes.
MBSJ clarified that although there were laws that disallowed residents to grow or place plants outside their front gate or backyard, the council allowed residents to continue with the practice, provided they did not obstruct or disrupt public health and safety.
“Under MBSJ’s Park Bylaw 2005, residents are not allowed to plant anything haphazardly outside their own property or dig land belonging to the municipality,” Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan said at its March full board meeting.
“Whether it is designated as a field, playground or green area, a public space has to remain that way.”
She added that MBSJ frequently deals with complaints about haphazardly placed plants or pots posing a nuisance or inconvenience, obstructing vehicles in times of emergency.
Other complaints are pots being potential mosquito breeding grounds or blocked drainage maintenance works from being carried out.
MBSJ can also take action under Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133) to order the removal of pots, cones, chairs or any structures, whether permanent or temporary, if they are deemed to be obstructing public access.
In addition, MBSJ is preparing its own Guideline on MBSJ Urban Community Garden Provision that will be launched soon.
“This will be different from the Urban Community Farming Policy by the Housing and Local Government Ministry,” said MBSJ’s Landscape Department in a statement.
“This is because urban community gardens have been established within the municipality since 2013 and there are various things that have already been implemented by MBSJ.
“MBSJ is planning to allow parts of open spaces to be used as community gardens, on condition that these are not actively used for recreation and have the support of the elected representative and councillor.”
The department added that the guidelines would explain in detail the application processes and approvals required by a resident group to have a community garden.
The guidelines will be posted on MBSJ’s official information channels, with the Landscape Department serving as point of reference and approver.
To date, there are more than 65 community gardens located on open spaces initiated by resident groups, and approved by MBSJ.
Anniversary of city status
MBSJ marked the first anniversary of its city status in October with a series of programmes, such as upcycling competition with Residents Representative Council (MPP), recycling corner competition with Joint Management Body (JMB), best JMB for strata communities award ceremony, inter-MPP football tournament and a virtual marathon.
There were also incentives such as exemption on late payment charges for second term assessment payment and monthly parking pass discount at the MBSJ SS15 multi-storey carpark.
November saw the appointment of Syafiqa Zakaria, 26, as MBSJ councillor, replacing Nor Liyana Yahaya, who passed away in late April.
Pioneer vaccination centre
When the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme kicked off in March, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre was designated as the first private large-scale vaccination centre (PPV) for the Petaling district in Selangor.
The programme started with frontline workers, followed by senior citizens and high-risk groups, followed by adults aged 18 years old and above.
Staffers from several local councils in Selangor served as volunteers at the PPV.
Meanwhile, Dewan Serbaguna MBSJ in Puchong Indah and Dewan Serbaguna MBSJ in Bandar Puchong Jaya were used as small-scale PPV to administer Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots respectively.
The initiative was done through a strategic collaboration with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, which handled the PPV’s operations, while MBSJ provided the venue and logistics.