Subang Jaya bags green neighbourhood award

Johary (fifth from left) flanked by (from left) Fazlinda, Mohd Hafiz, Ismail, Azura, Azlina, Rubaizah, Kamil, Mohd Haizi and Azizah at the Green Neighbourhood Award 2022 event.

Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has beaten the other local authorities to earn the top spot for the Green Neighbourhood Award 2022.

Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general Datuk M. Noor Azman Taib presented a cash prize of RM5,000 to Subang Jaya mayor Datuk Johary Anuar and MBSJ urban planning director Ismail Muhammad at Marriot Hotel in Putrajaya.

The competition, which took place from April 1 to June 30 this year, saw local authorities being judged based on six main criteria – the availability of pedestrian walkways, cycling lanes, rainwater collection system, community garden, reduce, reuse and recycle initiative and waste composting.

Subang Jaya’s inclusive, smart and vibrant pedestrian walkways saw a decrease of 46% in overall crime rate in 2020 compared to 2019, with zero snatch thefts recorded along pedestrian walkways in USJ 10.

MBSJ also increased its rainwater harvesting capacity at its headquarters by adding five more tanks last year to the first tank it installed in 2020.

In addition, MBSJ’s community garden in Seri Serdang flats saw an increase in earnings of up to 15% for its B40 farmers.

The council also prevented 160 tonnes of waste from being sent to landfills.

The Green Neighbourhood Award 2022 is a national prize given to local governments, communities and people for their achievements in carrying out green neighbourhood development programmes.

Also present at the event were MBSJ Corporate Department assistant administrative officer Fazlinda Abdul Rahman, Corporate Department assistant senior director Mohd Hafiz Sharif, Environmental Management Department director Azura Mohd Don, Landscape Department assistant senior director Azlina Mat Salim, Community Development Department senior deputy director Rubaizah Mohamed Noh, guest Kamil Basir, engineer Mohd Haizi Harun and Corporate Department assistant director Azizah Idris. — By Amirah Che Ramlan

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