Taking a fresh look at Pasir Gudang roadmap

A participant setting up kites at Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival 2023 in Bukit Layang-Layang. Vijayan (below) calls on MBPG to improve maintenance of the city’s playgrounds and recreational areas, and organise more community programmes. —Filepics

Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) will be reviewing its manifesto to ensure that all developments have been achieved according to plan.

Pasir Gudang mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said the MBPG Revolution Manifesto was launched in March 2021, before the local council received its official status as a city authority six months later.

“It has been three years since we introduced the manifesto, which has six main components.

“We want to do a postmortem of all programmes and developments and compare against the manifesto so that we can refine some of the ideas.

“We hope to be able to finalise the papers on this by July.

“All 24 MBPG councillors will be involved in the review so that they can contribute input on how to move Pasir Gudang forward,” he said.

The manifesto includes Smart Port, Smart Zoning, Smart Environment, Enhancing Caring, Active Neighbourhood, and Organisation Restructure initatives.

Asman Shah said it focused on digitalisation so that the city council could provide better and faster service to the public.

“We are in the process of submitting a proposal to develop an affordable housing project for MBPG staff.

“The proposed project in Kong Kong will start with 44 housing units that give priority to B40 and M40 staff,” he said, adding that there were about 150 housing units proposed.

Meanwhile, MBPG Masai councillor Madyasir Ahmad Basir said the manifesto should also be updated with what had been announced by the Federal and state governments.

“The manifesto was introduced three years ago, before the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone (JS-SEZ) was introduced, so there is a need to update the plan to meet current demand.

“The council should also place more hazardous chemical-detection devices, especially around industrial areas in Pasir Gudang,” he said.

Sierra Perdana councillor R. Vijayan said MBPG should make a list of playgrounds and community areas in the city and make improvements where needed.

“There are cases of playgrounds being damaged and yet not fixed. There are also community parks that have tall grass and broken pavements and walkways.

“We should also organise more community programmes in each of the 24 zones so that we can create stronger, more active neighbourhoods in Pasir Gudang,” said Vijayan.

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