DAP PJ Action Team Nine-Point Proposal And Enquiries On The
Drafting Of The City Council’s 2007 And 2008 Budget.
On behalf of DAP PJ Action Team, I welcome very much the good effort
from the Council to organize a dialogue with the residents on the up
and coming budget of the council for 2007 and 2008 this morning in
your office. It is always our belief that good governance,
transparency and accountability shall be always upheld in the
grass-root level especially in the level of local councils.
However, it is our opinions that concrete and detailed figures shall
be provided so as to facilitate our discussion this morning so that we
(the community, the public sector, the private sector, the
environmental sector and the social sector) can identify exactly the
The answers towards questions raised below could be of good use to
enlighten all of us in order to give us some practical and pragmatic
inputs for the budget.
1. Would there be an announcement of a list of taxpayers,
especially industrial and commercial taxpayers who delay in paying
their assessments to the council for years? Although the officer who
did the powerpoint presentation this morning mentioned that the amount
has not been changing very much for years, it also shows that there
are some taxpayers who constantly ignore their payments to the
2. Would the council announce a list of compensations to be paid by
the council as this is not reflected in the presentation just now? For
example in 2005 Shah Alam High Court had ordered MPPJ to compensate 86
residents from Taman Desaria due to the council’s fraud on issuing
Another good example is that the MPPJ Football club is just involved
in a lawsuit with Football Association of Perlis regarding to a
transfer of two players. Perlis Football Association is requesting for
a compensation of RM60,000.
Are there any direct and indirect relations between the football club
and the council? This is very serious question. For your information,
MPSJ is now sued by a private outdoor advertising company for not
applying TOL for the companies to set-up outdoor billboards. The whole
exercise had caused a lot of financial damages to the council in terms
of advertisement revenue. We certainly do not wish MBPJ to be ordered
to pay huge sum of monetary compensation which will be channeled from
the taxpayers money.
3. For 2006, we are informed that RM166.49 million out of RM200.28
million revenue received by the council is spent for council’s
administration. We were later informed that some of these monies were
spent for the benefit of the people, for example payment to Alam Flora
Could there be a more accountable explanation, for example an itemized
payment under this RM166.49 million is made on how the council spends
this RM166.49 million, as well as the RM33.72 million spent for
development in PJ?
4. Could there be full release of the number of staffs employed by
MBPJ according to departments in year 2006 and the estimated numbers
of new staffs to be employed/added by the Council?
5. The expected revenue for the council for year 2007 and 2008 is
RM208.85 million and RM214.41 million respectively. Is it true that
the council considered that the long overdue unpaid assessment to be
paid up by those errant taxpayers in order for the council to reach
If not, are there not any worries from the Council that these numbers
could be some arbitrary figures?
6. The public is informed that each councilor is allocated
RM100,000 every year as revealed by YB Yong Dai Ying (BN Gerakan ADUN
for Bukit Lanjan) who is absent in the meeting this morning. Could
there be a proper account made available in the public domain?
7. Since the Mayor has claimed that the council had demolished some
illegal billboards in PJ, would the Mayor like to report weekly on the
numbers, sizes of the billboards as well as the owners of the
billboards in order to uphold transparency and good governance?
8. The council officer has mentioned that the budget must be
prepared based on a balance budget concept. Would there be any
contingency budget allocated for special amenities repairing projects?
To wait for one year is certainly a time too long to wait. The excuse
of “not enough budget” is another example of the lacks of
consultations with the people
9. Conceptual suggestions – tourism in PJ shall be based on
cultural development and integration. Museum is just another
construction project which can be meaningless when the most elementary
attraction to make PJ a tourism city is the essence of the culture we
have. Although PJ has a limited history, the residents are of highly
educated, instead of concentrating on shopping complexes which will
eventually create more traffic jams, the Council can turn PJ into a
city of academics and culture integration.
We certainly hope that the Council can provide us with a proper,
accountable, professional and accurate answer (even though written
answers) towards all our queries here. We also certainly hope that
this is not a one-off PR practice and more dialogues must be done
Lau Weng San,
Chairman of DAP PJ Action Team.
1. Y. Bhg. Dato’ Ahmad Termizi,
Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya,
46400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 603-79563544, Faks: 603-79581494
2. Mr Edward Lee,
All PJ Pro Action Committee (APPAC)
Lau Weng San,
DAP Selangor Publicity Secretary