THE Covid-19 crisis and the devastation brought about by the December floods are good lessons on resilience and adaptability for the state government as well as its people, said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
He was speaking at a carnival hosted by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The event, which is part of the council’s economic revitalisation programme, was held at Laman MBPJ in conjunction with the city council’s 16th anniversary.
In his speech, Amirudin said weather conditions and health crises in the past two years had brought about challenges which had never been encountered before.
“To overcome these challenges, we must be willing to change so that solutions can be found to cushion the effects,” he said.
He added that a state administration system, including local councils, that was unable or unwilling to change would cause its people to suffer.
As one example of change, Amirudin cited the city council’s response to the rising number of people who had taken to opening their own business after losing their jobs during the movement control order.
He noted that the local authority issued temporary permits for petty traders so that they could find ways to make a living during the crisis.
He acknowledged that there was still much room for improvement and promised that his administration would strive to correct any shortcomings for the people’s benefit.
At the same time, he urged community leaders such as residents associations and Rukun Tetangga heads to continue their networking and engagement efforts with rescue teams and uniformed units such as the police, Civil Defence and Bomba so that the people would know who to call during an emergency in the community.
Also present at the carnival were state tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian, Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Amir, MBPJ deputy mayor Sharipah Marhaini Syed Ali and Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhruddin Abdul Hamid.
During the event, Amirudin, Azhan and Sharipah presented temporary permits to traders as well as grants worth RM3,000 each under the Petaling Jaya Neighbourhood Safety Programme to 122 chairmen and representatives of Rukun Tetangga, residents associations, joint management bodies and management corporations operating under the city council’s purview.
This programme was set up by MBPJ in 2011 to deal with safety issues in Petaling Jaya neighbourhoods. — By GRACE CHEN