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MPSJ’s holiday homes get thumbs down

Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

SUBANG JAYA: The municipal council here is being urged to rethink its plans to acquire holiday homes for its staff and reassess their budget priorities.

“I’m all for looking after the welfare of the staff, but when basic infrastructure can’t even be met, I don’t see how acquiring these homes will help anyone,” said Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) had disclosed, during their full board meeting last month, that two condominium units at Century Suria, Langkawi would be purchased for about RM530,000.

The two units will be in addition to two existing holiday homes in Port Dickson and two in Cameron Highlands.

“I really hope MPSJ will reconsider this move and prioritise the more pressing needs of ratepayers.

“There are many other ways MPSJ can help their staff and I don’t think acquiring homes is the most beneficial way,” said Yeoh.

Council president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi pointed out that these homes would benefit the 1,400 staff in MPSJ, who could use them for family vacations at a nominal rate.

The new units will be acquired under the council’s asset budget and not from allocations meant for infrastructure or landscaping.

Yeoh pointed out that she has been requesting for a pedestrian bridge to link a secondary school in USJ13 to a residential area in USJ11 since 2008.

But MPSJ has repeatedly told her that they did not have any funds to build the bridge which costs RM500,000.

“Students are seen dashing across the main road (Persiaran Tujuan) everyday. MPSJ is putting their own needs above the safety of the students,” said Yeoh.

Even so, Yeoh has put in another letter to the council, urging them to allocate funds to build the bridge this year.

Reiterating her concerns was Kelana Jaya member of Parliament Loh Gwo Burne, who thinks that the council should prioritise their spending on looking after the needs of ratepayers.

“With current budget constraints on infrastructure or landscaping, irresponsible spending might not be as wise,” said Loh.

 

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