Love thy neighbours

THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will be introducing the Shah Alam Smart Community Contest 2010/ 2011 to a foster greater spirit of neighbourhood.

The contest is also part of MBSA’s 10th anniversary celebrations since attaining city status.

Among its main objectives are supporting the government’s efforts on sustainable development; encouraging efforts among Shah Alam residents to implement sustainable programmes and acknowledging such efforts for the enhancement of a better neighbourhood.

MBSA public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad said the contest would spur activities that would benefit the local community and indirectly foster a two-way relationship between the council and residents.

The contest is open to residents associations, Rukun Tetangga and Village Develop-ment and Security Committee (JKKK). Their participation should be verified by their respective residents’ representative council (MPP) zones.

“All the programmes and activities will be based on the Local Agenda 21 Shah Alam (LA21SA) concept, which covers economy and environment,” said Shahrin.

Examples of such activities are adoption of public facilities, neighbourhood watch and safety control scheme, community festival celebration, recycling programme, community orchard, tree-planting programme, creation of tourism products, entrepreneurship training programmes, recyclable material collection centre and activities that would generate income and jobs for the local community.

A panel comprising representatives from government agencies, institutions and NGOs will judge the entries based on project initiative, community profile, organisation profile and jury’s special score.

A total of RM60,000 is up for grabs.

The champion will receive RM5,000 and the mayor’s trophy, while the MPP will get a RM20,000 development grant.

The runner-up will win RM3,000 and a trophy and the MPP a RM10,000 development grant.

The third-place winner will receive RM2,000 and a trophy and the MPP a RM7,000 development grant.

All qualified entries (after being certified by the panel of judges) will get a cash incentive of RM500 each.

The MPP would also play a role in encouraging the community groups in their areas to participate in the contest and organise visits jointly with the contest secretariat to successful neighbourhood projects.

The contest, which takes its inspiration from the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) Best Neighbourhood Award, is scheduled to be launched on Oct 10.

Participants will be given a briefing on the contest early next month and a six-month duration to carry out their programmes from Dec 2010 till June 2011.

A representative from Taman Dato Harun PKNS Flats, whose organisation was a past winner in the MBPJ’s Best Neighbourhood Award, will be sharing his experience at the briefing.

The prize-presentation ceremony is scheduled for October next year.

For more information, call the secretariat via the MBSA’s Community Development Division at 03-5522 2742 or visit

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