THE Selangor government is backing Petaling Jaya's application to be accorded city status.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said the state government had forwarded the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council's application to the Housing and Local Government Ministry, and was waiting for an answer.
Petaling Jaya has met the requirements for a city in all aspects, he said after the official opening of Multipurpose Hall in Section 5, Petaling Jaya, recently. Present at the function were exco members, Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng and MPPJ president Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh.
Dr Khir said Petaling Jaya was comparable to other cities in infrastructure, facilities and population. However, the Federal Governments ruling of a one state, one city prevents Petaling Jaya from being made a city.
He said the state had requested for an exemption.
Currently Sarawak is the only state that has been exempted from the ruling and it has two cities Kuching Utara and Kuching Selatan.
Dr Khir said according Petaling Jaya city status would boost the morale of residents and local authority staff.
The upgrade will boost property values, which will then lead to attracting more residents,'' he said.
Dr Khir also announced that Selangor had succeeded in reducing the number of hardcore poor to almost zero. Currently, the Statistics Department records show that the state has only 0.2% from about six million of its population in the hardcore poor category. The figure, he said, could be considered zero by United Nations standards.
Earlier in his speech, Dr Khir urged Section 5 residents to fully utilise their new multipurpose hall and help prevent vandalism.
The RM1.5mil hall is equipped with air-conditioning and recreational facilities for the local community.