MPPJ to conduct opinion poll among Taman Mayang residents before building
a community hall: A right move in line of Local Agenda 21
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
MPPJ should be commended for conducting an opinion poll among the residents
of Taman Mayang (SS25) Petaling Jaya before they decide on a location most
appropriate to build a community hall. The survey will begin sometime this
week according to En Ismail Shafie, the officer in-charge for special
projects this morning.
The decision was made after the residents living along Jalan 25 and 18 have
submitted their objection to the outgoing MPPJ chairman Datuk Emtran Kadir,
after staging a public protest with the help of the Shadow MPPJ before the
last Chinese New Year holiday. In the memorandum, the residents have clearly
stated that they want to keep the only green field /children playground
especially for their young children and senior citizens.
The proposed community hall was originally to be constructed on another
field in Taman Mayang. This was rejected by the RT committee and they in
turn misled the MPPJ to shift the building plan to a smaller field next to
SS25/25. The residents around the area were kept in the dark until the time
when the contractor sealed off the entire field.
MPPJ has stopped the contractor from carrying out any work before a decision
was made. And the decision to conduct a door-to-door opinion poll among the
local residents is certainly in line with the principles and spirit of Local
Agenda 21, where MPPJ happens to be one of the five pioneered local
municipalities in the country that subscribed to Local Agenda 21. We hope
the residents will give full co-operation to the MPPJ personnel on the
opinion poll exercise. We also hope that justice and fairplay will prevail
in this democratic process.
Likewise, the MPPJ could have avoided much criticism on the Petaling Jaya
Draft Local Plan I if the MPPJ and Selangor State Government have followed
the principles and spirit of Local Agenda 21, i.e. to involve and consult
the residents before they went ahead with any plan concerning the interest
of the residents.
The Shadow MPPJ will hold a talk on the PJ Local Plan I ( gazetted in March
2003), in April, inviting all resident associations and effected individuals
to share their views and suggestions on the said plan. We would certainly
forward our objections and views to MPPJ and the Selangor State government
even though the local plan has been gazetted without consultation with the
While we bade farewell to Datuk Emran Kadir and wish him all the best in his
new position as the JPJ Director-General, the Shadow MPPJ will certainly
meet up with the new YDP of MPPJ Datuk Abdul Karim as soon as possible to
exchange ideas and to resolve several outstanding local issues with him.
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew,
DAP Selangor Secretary and Shadow MPPJ Chairman