Forging friendship to advance Petaling Jaya, Kuala T’ganu

(From left) Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Sharipah Marhaini, Mohamad Azhan, Rosli and MPKT secretary Mohd Sukeri Ibrahim at the MOU signing ceremony for the Friendship City initiative.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Kuala Terengganu City Council (MBKT) aim to improve ties and exchange best practices under a Friendship City initiative.

Among the key areas that both cities will work on are sustainable development, good governance and workforce competence.

There are also plans to boost community leadership and entrepreneurship as well as the arts and tourism sector.

Kuala Terengganu mayor Rosli Latif was impressed by Petaling Jaya’s Eco Recycling Plaza.

“With the new Friendship City status, we can now improve our knowledge to emulate good initiatives like this one,” he said at a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing in Petaling Jaya.

“Due to climate change, Terengganu has seen a change in the flood pattern,” said Rosli. “Kuala Terengganu is not a high carbon emission city because we do not have much development. Yet we face climate change just like other cities around the world.

“We have to work together to tackle this problem,” he said.

Rosli added that MBKT’s revenue was not as high as MBPJ but an exchange of knowledge would help both city councils to improve.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Azmir said MBPJ wanted to highlight the city’s artistic side.

“MBPJ wants to promote PJ Kota Seni and is planning the PJ International Folklore Festival,” he said.

The MOU will be effective for five years from 2022.

Both the city councils have agreed to form a joint committee to work on the areas of interest.

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