THE recent statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim that people should take a more proactive role in residents associations in dealing with the local council is timely and to be lauded.
The statement was, no doubt, made with good intention to promote co-operation between residents and their local councils. We have, in recent years, heard a lot about residents associations being set up in various residential areas. The primary aim is to provide security for the residents.
Some of these associations have encouragingly gone on to organise social and other activities to foster neighbourliness and integration among the various races.
This, in turn, will result in the betterment of the environment in the respective residential areas.
We, at Taman Ampang Maju, are fortunate to enjoy the co-operation of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and the Ampang police.
Since the formation of our residents association, our taman has enjoyed services from MPAJ like road resurfacing, building of road humps, road signages, more streetlights, regular grass cutting and regular garbage collection.
We also have approvals from the MPAJ for security guards and a small plot of land to be used as a children’s playground. Faulty streetlights are attended to by Tenaga Nasional with reasonable haste.
Our taman has had gotong-royong and street parties every year since the inception of our association. We always have representatives from the police and the MPAJ attending our functions.
We shall be having our next gotong-royong at the end of this month and once again we are co-ordinating with the City Services Department and Parks and Recreation Department for the supply of equipment and trees for replanting.
It is our fervent hope that the Government would give more encouragement and recognition to residents associations to foster integration and harmony amongst the people.
Residents associations can also play an important role in crime prevention and security which are the main concerns in all residential areas.
To this end, residents associations are more practical, if not more effective, than the Rukun Tetangga.
The unity of the residents as reflected in the formation of residents associations will be a force to be reckoned by the authorities in dealing with complaints by residents.
LEONG KHAI YAN,
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