Council working towards making Shah Alam a safe city


THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will upgrade public facilities, especially for the disabled, to ensure it meets its target of making Shah Alam a safe city.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said the upgrading of existing facilities and the installation of new ones would ensure people staying in Shah Alam feel safe and comfortable. They will also enjoy lush greenery.

“With the theme of Shah Alam ‘Bandaraya Dalam Taman’, which means City in a Garden, our aim is to make the city safer for pedestrians.

“We also want Shah Alam to be a City of Lights and a Peaceful City. However, we have to start by making the city crime-free,” Mohd Jaafar said after launching the Safe City Implementation Workshop in Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam, yesterday.

The two-day workshop was attended by about 100 participants, including MBSA councillors and officers, and representatives from the police, the Public Works Department, Home Ministry and Housing and Local Government Ministry.

During the workshop, participants were taken to areas around Shah Alam where they could study unsafe areas so safety equipment such as mirrors, lights, railings and covered parking could be installed.

Mohd Jaafar said Japan was among the safest countries, especially for women, and he hoped that Shah Alam could emulate it.

“The Shah Alam City Centre, and townships such as Setia Alam and Kota Kemuning have adopted this concept but more needs to be done throughout the other areas.

“We are planning to hold a safety audit meeting soon to see how we could upgrade the infrastruture,” he said.

He also said the bus stations in Section 2, 4, 9, 10 and 25 and Laman Budaya were already disabled friendly.

Fifteen issues addressed at the workshop:

·Separation of pedestrian walkways from motorised lanes;

·Implementing crime prevention through environmental design;

·Creating GIS mapping for crime and the safe city programme;

·Setting up police posts or mobile stations;

·Safety mirrors;

·Crime prevention signage;

·Safety alarms (panic buttons);

·Motorcycle parking with locking facilities;

·Installation of CCTV in commercial premises and public places;

·Lighting;

·Unobstructed view for public walkways;

·Generating appropriate activities in vulnerable crime spots;

·Education, public awareness and publicity;

·Improving surveillance in housing areas; and

·Fixed agenda on safe city programme at full board meetings.

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