Object before it’s too late, residents told


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 14 Aug 2005

IPOH: Object at the proposal stage, not after projects are gazetted with construction underway. 

The Perak government is unhappy that many residents do not have anything to say during the objection period but run to their elected representatives after work starts on a project.  

State Urban and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn said based on past experiences, there was poor response from the public when proposal for a development was put forward to them. 

“For example under the Town and Country Planning Act before we gazette a structural plan or local plan, we must exhibit it for a month so that the locals can voice their view or objections. 

“However, when this is done we only receive about 20 or 30 notices of objections or proposals from the 500,000 people in the city. This is very low,” he said after attending a public forum on “Residents’ Rights in Relation to Town Planning” here yesterday. 

He said the plans were implemented after the objections and proposals are assessed and rejected. 

“Objections after that only caused problems to town planners because some of the projects might be nearing completion with a substantial amount of money already spent. 

“So I feel that local residents’ associations, NGOs and community-based associations should be more active and ensure that they take part in issues relating to planning and development,” he said. 

He urged the people to change their mindset and be more involved by giving their feedback when the plans are drawn up. 

“Claims that the government does not listen to the people’s views are not true as everybody is given an opportunity to be heard.  

“In the past few years, some proposals by the Government have been withdrawn after the public voiced their objection,” he said.  

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