MBSA tree-pruning schedule to be made public

THE Shah Alam City Council will disseminate information on tree-pruning schedules for the public to keep track of the services.

Councillors unanimously agreed to the suggestion pitched by councillor Tan Ah Kow at the council’s fullboard meeting at its headquarters yesterday.

He said the schedule should be made public for the people’s convenience.

Shah Alam deputy mayor Mohtar Hani, who chaired the meeting, said the idea would prove beneficial to everyone.

“The timetable can be drawn up with ease since our Park and Recreation Department instructs the contractors on the work that needs to be done,” he said.

Mohtar also said that the council would consider putting up the schedule on the council’s website (www.mbsa.gov.my) for better access to the information.

He believed the schedule would be up for the coming year.

The suggestion was initially made after councillors voiced inefficient services in several areas within their jurisdiction.

Many felt the contractors were not adhering to the stipulated time frame set in the contract.

Mohtar said the problems would be addressed and the council would step in to conduct the necessary works should the contractors fail to do so.

“We will increase the number of in-house staff in the pruning unit to assist as well,” he said, adding that a schedule for garbage collection was already in place.

Deputy corporate communications director Shahrin Ahmad said the council had recently purchased another 10 compactors to clear rubbish whenever contractors failed to do the task.

The in-house staff, he said, would be mobilised to clear up the garbage within the same day a complaint is made.

He added that the contractor would be issued with a notice and may be terminated if the problem persisted.

It was also announced that the council had introduced a 2014-2016 Strategic Plan to Prevent Corruption.

MBSA is the first council to introduce a plan like this within Selangor to help create staff with high integrity and ethical practices.

A book on the strategic plan was recently distributed to all department heads, division heads and branch managers during a special ceremony witnessed by the Selangor Anti Corruption Commission Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani and Malaysian Anti Corruption Public Education director Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

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