Residents to take MPPJ to task soon

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  • Thursday, 08 Jun 2006

THE All Petaling Jaya Pro-Action Committee (APPAC) will present the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) with a memorandum tomorrow morning. In it is a demand for answers on several issues, including the privatisation of billboards and the council’s detailed accounts. 

The council will have three days to respond to the memorandum, failing which a police report will be filed against the council. 

The three-pronged memorandum asks the council to explain the following issues: 

  • The 15-year concession proposal to award outdoor advertising structures in Petaling Jaya to Seni Jaya Sdn Bhd; 

  • Refusal by MPPJ to provide detailed accounts to residents; 

  • Contract between Works Minister and Poly Dimension Sdn Bhd to build overhead bridges and gantries in Petaling Jaya. 

    Some unknown person or persons mailed the proposed 15-year concession and other related documents to residents recently. 

    Lee ... ‘we want MPPJ tounderstand how the residentsfeel’

    APPAC, which represents 30 resident bodies and non-government organisations, believes the 15-year concession to Seni Jaya should not even be considered because there is no legal basis under the Local Government Act 1976 to outsource the management and operation of outdoor advertising to outside parties. 

    The memorandum further states that the concession creates a monopoly for one company to control all outdoor advertising in Petaling Jaya for RM492,000 for the entire concession period or RM32,800 per year in return. 

    APPAC believes that no serious action has been taken against Seni Jaya for operating illegal signboards hitherto, indicating the likelihood of corrupt practice and, hence, warrants investigation. 

    The memorandum also demands that the council release the detailed accounts and that residents be given full details on Poly Dimension's contract to build bridges and gantries in Petaling Jaya.  

    The committee is presently seeking more residents to endorse the memorandum and take part in a peaceful protest outside MPPJ tomorrow at 10.30am. The Police has already been informed of the protest by APPAC. 

    “We are doing this because there is still no justification for the increase of assessment and the answers we have gotten are still in doubt,” said APPAC pro-tem chairman Edward Lee.  

    “Technically, it takes only one person with locus standi to file a police report, but we are holding a public symbolic handover of the memorandum to allow more residents to air their views. 

    “We also want MPPJ to understand how the residents feel about the way things are being run in the local council and recognise of the enormity of the repercussions these issues will have on everyone.” 

    Residents who would like to find out more can call the Women Development Collective at 03-7784 4977, 03-7784 6979 or fax 03-7784 4978.  

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