Eager to implement new year plans

Jalan Carey Section 1A RT committee members cleaning up the tunnel connecting Section 1A and Section 1. Residents will be involved in sprucing up the tunnel this year.

 TO SAY that 2021 was a year of ups and downs would be an understatement, especially for residents associations in Selangor that had high hopes that the Covid-19 pandemic would ease.

While there was hopefulness following the vaccine roll-out earlier in the year, the nationwide lockdown in June halted events and activities.

But now with most of Malaysia’s population fully vaccinated and the National Recovery Plan in place, the community is somewhat upbeat for a new year of possibilities.

Jalan Carey Section 1A Rukun Tetangga (RT) in Petaling Jaya has a list of activities ready to be executed over the next few months.

Its secretary Jayakumaran Shanmugam told StarMetro that residents had planned their activities based on current community requirements and availability needs.

He said the RT made the most of the movement control order period to launch its social media page to easily share information and maintain community engagement.

“Some of the challenges included not being able to execute programmes face to face like in previous years, but we had to adjust to the situation and ensure everyone was aware of the SOP.

“We made the best of it and more importantly did not stop delivering aid like groceries to residents in need throughout the MCO period in 2021,” he said, adding that the RT oversaw 350 households with over 3,000 people.

The programmes and events lined up for next year include an outreach programme for the poor, medical health carnival, small business entrepreneurship talks, tunnel refurbishment, fire hydrant inspection and dialogue, and neighbourhood security project.

The outreach programme, said Jayakumaran, would involve visiting orphanages, senior citizen homes and homes for the disabled, and giving necessities required to maintain their quality of life.

“We will also collaborate with two non-governmental organisations (NGO) to treat the old folks and children from the homes around Petaling Jaya to lunch or dinner, similar to previous events,” he added.

The RT and NGOs will host a free general health screening for their community as well as hold talks by doctors and health professionals at the medical health carnival.

“Small business entrepreneurship talks will involve our sub-committees organising activities related to different age groups, such as senior citizens, the middle aged and youths.

“The programme will help them set up their own businesses and we will invite experts from the SME industry to talk on specific topics to make our community more self-sustaining during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” said Jayakumaran.

Meanwhile, the tunnel refurbishment project would entail sprucing up the tunnel connecting Section 1A and Section 1, he said.

“In Jalan Carey, there is an overhead bridge, railway crossing and pedestrian crossing connecting Section 1 and Section 1A.

“There has been no development in this area for years.

“We have been engaging with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to cut the grass and instal new lights.

“Our focus is to brighten up the area by engaging college students to do mural art in the entire tunnel,” he said, adding that the area had been subject to vandalism.

Meanwhile, Bandar Sri Damansara Residents Association president Zohrab Chong said food assistance for the community in need would continue.

“Covid-19 affected implementations of some projects, so we do not have a grand plan so far, but food security is always our top priority.“Cleanliness and making sure all of our public amenities are in order and collaborations with the police, city council and government agencies will continue,” he said.The recent flood in the Klang Valley brought on another level of uncertainty to the community, said Chong.

“If at all we are affected by future floods, we will now know who to contact as the essence of a good township is ensuring security and public amenities are intact and improved,” he added.

In Kajang, Taman Taming Indah Residents Association (TTIRA) president Ben Ong said planting more trees in the neighbourhood was the residents’ goal.

“We are applying for a location from Selangor government. Hopefully it will come through next year.

“We have been beautifying our playground by planting more flowers and trees to provide better shade to our community, especially senior citizens and children who spend a lot of time there,” he said.

He added that the association received a grant from Selangor government in 2020 to instal solar streetlights around the playground.

Ong said he looked forward to organising the association’s yearly mooncake festival for residents.

“We had to postpone the mooncake festival in the last two years, because of the pandemic and MCO.

“We will also hold our annual general meeting and host a dinner for residents,” he said, adding that TTIRA, established 14 years ago, comprised 226 households.

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