By K.W. MAK and VIVIENNE PALmetro@thestar.com.myPhotos by ABDUL RAHMAN SENIN
HAVING been flatly denied scrutiny of Petaling Jaya Municipal Council's (MPPJ) detailed accounts, residents of Petaling Jaya have taken their lobbying one step further.
The disgruntled residents have resolved to submit a list of resolutions to justify why the 10% increase in assessment rates was uncalled for as well as restore public confidence in the council.
The residents feel the move is necessary as MPPJ's refusal to their request is a breach of transparency, procedures and promises towards the collective interest of the township's citizens.
Section 5 RA chairman Edward Lee said the resolutions would be submitted to MPPJ in a letter this week.
To further plead their case, the resolutions will be sent to the Prime Minister, Housing and Local Government ministry and Public Accounts Committee. Copies will also be sent to the Sultan of Selangor, Deputy Prime Minister, Auditor-General of Malaysia and the Selangor MB.
“We are passing these resolutions to tell MPPJ how as ratepayers we are not subservient to them and we have the right to tell them what we want,” said Lee at a meeting with representatives from 31 residents associations including Taman Mayang Jaya, Bandar Seri Damansara, Kelana D'Putera Apartments and Taman Desa Ria.
The meeting was held at the Section 5 RA clubhouse on Saturday.
“We want MPPJ to be accountable; it is not so much about the increase in assessment,” he said, adding that residents were expecting MPPJ to respond within seven days from date of the letter, failing which “appropriate and legal action will be taken.”
Section 5 legal advisor Derek Fernandez said the council was statutorily bound by Section 27 of the Local Government Act to deliver copies of minutes of all council meetings to ratepayers, councillors and officers of the federation free of charge.
“This includes minutes of the full board meeting approving the audited accounts - which should have been audited by the Auditor-General - together with all relevant documents and enclosures referred to in the minutes,” said Fernandez, adding that accounts audited by the Auditor-General should be tabled at the council full board meeting before it was gazetted and laid before the state assembly.
“If any of these steps are not complied with, the entire process is rendered illegal and there is no basis for any budgetary estimates.”