A downpour in the morning cleared up just in time for residents to attend The Star’s People’s Voice Carnival at Bandar Botanic, Klang, on Saturday.
The second edition of the carnival kicked off with a qi gong demonstration by residents, followed by a games session with RedFM DJs JD and Nisha.
The guest-of-honour was Klang Municipal Council (MPK) deputy president/secretary Mohd Ikhsan Mukri.
The launch took place at the township’s Central Park. To mark the launch, Ikhsan, Bandar Botanic Residents Association (BBRA) president Nor Halim Ahmad, Star Publications (M) Bhd deputy group chief editor (1) David Yeoh, RedFM and SuriaFM chief operating officer Azrullah Mohd Nor and MPK councillor Irwan Ismail jointly released fish into the park’s lake.
The highlight of the carnival was the forum, where residents took the opportunity to raise questions about the maintenance and management of the lake, stray animals, garbage collection, as well as the sewage system.
The children were kept occupied with activities like face painting, sand art, caricature drawing and inflatable castles.
Star Publication (M) Bhd’s educational children’s magazine, Kuntum, also held a colouring contest for the young ones.
The top three winners of the age 7 to 9 and age 10 to 12 categories each won a hamper and one year’s subscription of Kuntum.
Tan Hui Tian, eight, Natasha Adrianna, nine, and Lam Chin Yu, nine, won the first, second and third prizes respectively in the first category.
J. Priyanka, 12, V. Shangkari, 12, and Lim Mige, 11 were awarded the first, second and third prizes respectively in the second category.
There were also seven consolation prize winners for each category. Each winner went home with a half-year subscription of Kuntum.
The younger children, who took part in the category for those of kindergarten age, also took home prizes for their efforts.
Meanwhile, several companies also put up booths highlighting products and services on skincare products, herbal drinks, Internet packages, insurance, unit trust, eye screening, and Astro B.yond HD service.
There were also a few food stalls selling fried noodles, nasi lemak, jelly, snacks and drinks, as well as a mobile Rasamas restaurant offering items like chicken rice and roasted chicken.
Halim said the carnival offered a good platform for the residents to air their grouses.
“They got to voice their complaints directly with the MPK and later with a representative from Gamuda Land, even though the answers given may not have been satisfactory.
“However, the turnout was encouraging. As residents, we feel that similar events that allow us to engage more with the authorities should be held,” said Halim.
Ikhsan said the event was an effective platform to bridge the gap between the people and the relevant authorities.
With the tagline You’ve Got the Power, the “People’s Voice” campaign was launched as a community initiative to provide a platform for residents to voice their grouses with the local authorities.
The first carnival was held at Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, last month.
The next edition is scheduled for June 19 at Taman Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur.
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