MBSJ: 170,000 new homes needed by 2035

Tengku Amir Shah (second from right) distributing the meat to village chiefs and district heads of Petaling Jaya’s traditional villages. — KK SHAM/The Star

SUBANG Jaya, Selangor, will need 170,000 new housing units by 2035, according to Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ).

Its deputy mayor Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali said Subang Jaya’s population in 2023 stood at 1.2 million, higher than those of Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya.

He added that MBSJ currently had the highest amount of strata housing in Selangor, and was third in Malaysia behind Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Mohd Zulkurnain said this during his speech at the launch of Petaling Land and District Office (PDT Petaling) Complex in Shah Alam, in conjunction with the start of the three-day “Gagasan Rumpun Selangor Daerah Petaling” programme.

In 2023, Shah Alam had a population of 812,327 and Petaling Jaya had 771,687, according to a briefing by city councils during the event.

Meanwhile, based on MBSJ Local Draft Plan 2035 projections, Subang Jaya’s population is expected to reach 1.56 million by 2035.

Mohd Zulkurnain also expressed confidence that the MBSJ Commissioner of Building (COB) would be able to handle ongoing issues with strata housing in the city, especially in regards to maintenance and conflict between residents and joint management bodies or management committees.

The Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who officially launched the PDT Petaling office, expressed his hope that its staff would prioritise the needs of the people.

“With improvements in facilities and services provided, I believe every transaction will be expedited, and processing times will be faster to ensure satisfaction for the people.

“I also want all government officials and staff serving in Selangor to always be friendly and attentive to the issues faced by the people of the state,” he said.

Tengku Amir Shah also called on district officers and staff to cooperate with the Orang Besar Daerah, who represent the Sultan of Selangor in each district, to jointly develop their respective areas and help address issues faced by the people.

“It is the responsibility of government officials and staff to implement all policies formulated by the government for the benefit of Selangor residents.

“No matter how well a policy is formulated, it will not be meaningful or beneficial to the people if its implementation is not efficient and effective,” he said.

The “Gagasan Rumpun Selangor Daerah Petaling” programme was held in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Three cattle were slaughtered and the meat distributed to the asnaf (less fortunate) from all traditional villages in the Petaling district, represented by their village chiefs and district heads.

About 600 guests attended the event including Selangor youth, sports and entrepreneurship committee chairman Mohd Najwan Halimi and state rural development, unity and consumers committee chairman Datuk Rizam Ismail.

Other attendees included chiefs of departments from Selangor government and Petaling District, as well as PDT Petaling officers and staff.

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