Selangor State Government and MPPJ should post the revised PJ Draft
Local Plan 1 on their websites for public scrutiny
by Liu Tian Khiew
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday):
Selangor State Exco member
Datuk Mokhtar Dahalan was quoted as saying that the revised Petaling Jaya
Draft Local Plan 1 will be make known to the public soon after the Hari Raya
The Selangor State Government and the MPPJ should not repeat the mistake of
charging an exorbitant cost for the PJ DLP1 report (RM150 per set) this
time. They should post the entire revised report on their respective
websites, besides giving free copies to all residents associations in Petaling Jaya, and the media for better coverage.
In a memorandum titled "Flaws and Weaknesses in the Petaling Jaya Draft
Local Plan I" to The YDP of Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPPJ), Datuk
Emran Kadir on May 5, 2002, the DAP PJ and Shadow MPPJ pointed out that the
PJ DLP1 was replete with flaws and weaknesses. We were also of the opinion
that PJ DLP 1 on the whole was unfair and contrary to theinterests of the PJ
residents. Therefore, PJ DAP and Shadow MPPJ have
decided to protest in toto and call upon all residents of PJ to collectively
reject the PJ DLP 1 tabled by MPPJ.
PJ DAP and Shadow MPPJ were also displeased with the attitude displayed by
MPPJ, as the latter has never held any discussion with the residents of PJ
or sought their views before preparing the PJ DLP1. Such attitude was
opposed to the Local Agenda Principle 21 whereby residents are given certain
role or right to air their views and make decisions together with the local
government in all issues and matters, which concern the interests of
In addition, PJ DAP and Shadow MPPJ were dissatisfied with the steep price
fixed by MPPJ for the PJ DLP 1 (RM150.00 each set) as if MPPJ does not
encourage the PJ residents to read it.
DAP was of the opinion that PJ should be maintained as a satellite town
with a low density of residents and average commercial activities. One of
the main features of PJ DLP 1 was to increase the density of the
population in several housing estates (including Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8,
SS9A, 17A and 19). The usage of land in several earmarked areas (including
Sections 9A, 8 and 14) would also be altered from residential to
commercial. There was no legitimate reason to alter the present status
because such plan would only serve to worsen the traffic congestion, cause
serious pollution and affect the quiet and tranquil nature of PJ.
In the memorandum, the DAP also listed the actual needs of the Petaling Jaya
residents as follow:
- Resolve the problem of traffic congestion, flash floods and repair
- Ensure cleanliness of the environment.
- Improve the quality of the public transport system.
- Improve and maintain park facilities, playgrounds, playing fields and
courts and beautify open areas with attractive landscaping.
- Create walkways and bicycle lanes that connect the entire earmarked
areas. Walkways should take into account the need of the disabled such as
the usage of wheelchairs.
- The lack of parking areas in the earmarked areas is very serious. Such
facility should be upgraded with immediate effect.
- All main roundabouts should be replaced with the construction of
- A policy pertaining to road signs and public buildings which is
fairer, more liberal and transparent ought to be implemented. All the main
languages should be used in the case of roads and public buildings in
order to reflect a Malaysian society of diverse race and culture. Public
libraries should also provide books in all the main languages for the
- Public facilities such as educational, security, health, religious and
postal services on the whole should be enhanced.
- Recreational spots for children and teenagers should be increased and
parks should be well tended to and upgraded from time to time.
- Low and medium cost housing in earmarked areas should be developed for
citizens who have yet to own their own home.
- The provision of clean and systematic hawker areas to ensure the
health of customers who frequent the stalls.
- The provision of sufficient public toilets to cater to all and sundry.
Attention should be given to build more toilets for females.
- Provision of user-friendly facilities for the physically challenged in
all public transportation, buildings and public places.
- Ensure that the setting up of all high-tension telecommunication
equipments does not threaten the health and safety of the public.
The DAP PJ and Shadow MPPJ have urged the MPPJ to withdraw in full the PJ
DLP 1, which is replete with weaknesses in order that MPPJ can re-evaluate
the draft plan for PJ with the purpose of preparing a new plan that is
more superior and truly benefits the residents of PJ. All PJ residents
should be given the opportunity to voice their views and suggestions before
the new local plan is formulated.
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP Selangor Secretary and Shadow MPPJ Chairman