The “sustainable and green municipality” is one of five core elements for the MPSJ Strategic Plan 2012-2020.

MPSJ comes up with strategies as part of long-term vision

By JADE CHAN jade@thestar.com.my

THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is working towards being a sustainable and green municipality, with numerous initiatives lined up as part of the council’s plans.

The “sustainable and green municipality” is one of five core elements for the MPSJ Strategic Plan 2012-2020.

MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said the plan listing the council’s long-term vision until 2020 would be launched in April.

Getting started: Asmawi (second from left) planting a fruit tree in one of MPSJ’s go green programmes.

“The tagline ‘MPSJ Vibrant City’ was selected to commemorate the MPSJ’s 15th anniversary this year and to reflect the township’s growth and development since the its establishment as a municipality in 1997,” Asmawi said.

He said the MPSJ. which was previously the Petaling District Council, was formed after a demarcation exercise involving three councils — Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya.

The MPSJ’s administration covers an area of 161.8sq km, with a population of 600,000.

“The income from assessment tax is projected to be RM175mil this year,” said Asmawi.

He is proud of the numerous awards that the MPSJ has chalked up — the Excellent Office Administration and Management (APPC) Award and the Selangor Mentri Besar Innovation Award being the most recent.

Asmawi attributed the win to the dedication and teamwork of its 1300-strong workforce.

“Each employee, from the drivers to officers, plays an important role in the day-to-day running and programmes.

“While we aim to achieve greater heights, the challenge is also to maintain our performance as we work hard to adapt to changes in technology and environment to provide the best possible service to ratepayers,” he said.

Asmawi said MPSJ’s next target was to achieve a five-star status under the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s ratings for local councils.

Under the previous rating that was announced in 2009, only 10 local authorities in Malaysia achieved four-star status, including the MPSJ, but there were no five-star winners.

Asmawi hoped that residents would develop more love for the environment and not discard rubbish anywhere.

“We hope residents will play a more responsible role in caring for the environment, rather than assuming it is the MPSJ’s responsibility to handle waste management.

According to Asmawi, about RM70mil or 33% of the revenue for 2011 was spent on waste collection and cleaning services.

“We are projecting a reduction of 10% to 20% on the amount this year after the council took over the service.

“If residents play a more responsible role by throwing rubbish at the designated spots, the council could use the money saved from waste management for other community programmes,” he said.

He also urged developers and landowners to take note of the “MPSJ Vibrant City” tagline when planning new developments.

“We also welcome contributions from youths as about 45% of the local community comprises youths. Their energy and enthusiasm are what we need to make the municipality vibrant,” said Asmawi.

While the MPSJ’s anniversary was on Jan 2, Asmawi said the council would be having a celebration at Sunway Pyramid this weekend until Feb 12.

The council is also offering incentives to ratepayers and the public in conjunction with the anniversary celebration.

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