PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) is scaling down the RM7.5mil budget submitted for the city status bash.
Its just an estimated figure. The RM7.5mil is the ceiling figure and the budget submitted was an estimation of costs for the celebration, said Council president Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh.
We have been revising and trimming the figure almost every week.
We will only spend what is necessary, he said.
Termizi, however, declined to say how low they would go in response to a call by Selangor Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, urging MPPJ to reduce the figure and to go as low as possible.
We will know the figure in the first week of June, Termizi said.
Earlier, it was reported that the council had approved RM7.5mil to celebrate the attainment of city status for Petaling Jaya on June 20.
The budget included RM1.8mil to spruce up the municipality, RM1.7mil for logistics and public facilitites, RM1.2mil for printed materials and RM85,000 for the mayors cokmar or mace.
Petaling Jaya residents were worried that, as rate payers, they would end up footing the bill.
Meanwhile, the council budget committee head Senator Datuk Ikhwan Salim Sujak said some of the costs would be covered through sponsorships.
It is a form of investment for the betterment of the city and its people, he said, adding that the council had planned various programmes for Petaling Jaya residents.
He said these programmes would also be scaled down in line with keeping costs low.
Transparency International Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said the council should carry out projects that would benefit the people in the long run.
There is no need to spend a large amount of money, he said, adding that the council should ask the residents how they would like to mark the event.