Writer: Gan Pei Ling Published: Fri, 30 Dec 2011
SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) purchased iPads for all departmental directors to reduce the voluminous paper usage during meetings.
“We want to go paperless,” said mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan, who said paper will only be used for secretariat and permanent-record purposes.
The Apple tablet computer cost around RM1,500 per unit, and the council spent an estimated RM45,000.
MBSA is also exploring the possibility of installing energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights and solar panels in public areas in residential neighbourhoods.
“We’re still studying the possibilities, but we’re committed to go for renewable energy,” said Mohd Jaafar at the monthly full board meeting last Friday.
He added that the city council is looking for interested developers and sponsors to collaborate on a pilot project to install LED streetlights and solar panels in their townships.
“It can be part of their corporate social responsibility programme,” said Mohd Jaafar.
If implemented, the Selangor capital city will be joining cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco in the United States, Taiwan, and
European countries that are replacing conventional street lamps with LEDs.
Local highway concessionaire PLUS Expressways Bhd recently also invested RM16 million to install LED lights along its Second Link Expressway that links Johor to Singapore.
Despite the initial higher installation cost, LED streetlights are reportedly more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient in the long term.
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