Funds, staff set aside for Subang Jaya emergencies

MBSJ Skuad Pantas in action. The city council has set aside at least RM1.5mil for emergencies in its annual budget. — Filepic

SUBANG Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has at least RM1.5mil set aside and a pool of contractors on standby to attend to emergencies such as fallen trees, flash floods and landslides.

“The funds are included in MBSJ’s annual budget allocation,” said Subang Jaya mayor Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim.

“Our Landscape Department has also been tasked with identifying trees that are in danger of falling during heavy rain.”

MBSJ Engineering Department director Rosli Mohammad Yunus said the city council had 14 contractors under the department’s purview for infrastructure matters – seven for drainage and flood works and another seven for slopes.

Of the seven contractors attached to each portfolio, two are assigned to Subang Jaya, three to Puchong and two to Seri Kembangan.

MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department director Muhammad Azli Miswan said there were 21 contractors on standby to handle landscape-related emergency matters such as tree pruning and fallen trees.

“MBSJ has a separate RM50,000 special allocation that is used to render immediate assistance, such as food and medicine in cases of emergencies,” said Muhammad Azli, whose department oversees MBSJ’s Skuad Pantas emergency response team.

“We have also done simulation training with Petaling District’s Welfare Department and had discussions with relevant government agencies to prepare for the year-end northeast monsoon season.”

Mohd Fauzi and the department heads were speaking after MBSJ’s full board meeting at the city council’s headquarters in USJ5, Subang Jaya.

City councillor George Yap had sought clarification on MBSJ’s budget allocation for tree pruning and maintenance work in view of emergencies during the monsoon season.

On the dengue situation, Mohd Fauzi said MBSJ would continue engaging local residents in hotspot areas for cleanup activities.

“Residents are also advised to spend at least 10 minutes each week to search for and destroy potential mosquito breeding grounds within their homes and compounds,” he said.

As of epidemiology week 38, MBSJ recorded 5,936 positive cases in areas under its purview.

This marks a 41.2% increase in cases compared to the same period last year, which recorded 3,492 cases as of the same epidemiology week.

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