KL stakeholders submit ideas for 2022 budget
As KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) seeks contributions, ideas and suggestions from the population as part of the preparation of its 2022 budget, residents of the capital want local authorities to put more emphasis on l ‘improvement of maintenance and modernization of infrastructure.
Stakeholders are invited to channel the proposals through the “DBKL Budget 2022 Ideas” portal.
They can do this anytime between now and May 31st.
Ideas and suggestions are welcome for 10 topics including urban cleaning, health, roads and drainage, street lighting and traffic, facilities as well as greening, garden maintenance, open spaces and recreational facilities.
Other major programs focus on public and popular housing, community welfare, management of hawkers and small traders, culture, sports and tourism as well as public parking lots, bus stops and hiking trails.
In a statement to StarMetro, a spokesperson for DBKL said 267 respondents had submitted 443 suggestions through the online platform as of April 15.
They ranged from traffic congestion, road safety, housing and parking to flood mitigation, disease control, small business management as well as greening and landscaping. .
“As part of DBKL’s 2022 budget, the local authority is requesting RM200 million from the Ministry of Finance to cover the costs of cleaning and maintaining road infrastructure, recreation facilities and public parks, halls and sports complexes as well as traffic management.
“Under Malaysia’s 12th plan, DBKL’s request for funds from the ministry is estimated at RM 150 million for projects involving traffic dispersal, construction of community centers and markets, and cleaning and l ‘maintenance of rivers,’ the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson urged residents to take the opportunity to share their suggestions as DBKL would consider all ideas and proposals.
StarMetro spoke to city dwellers to find out their concerns and wishlists for DBKL’s 2022 budget.
In Kepong, Shirley Yue, 67, hopes to see consistent upkeep of the city’s parks and other green spaces.
Taman Intan Baiduri resident said the area’s only public park and playground has been neglected and has not been modernized for a long time.
“It’s a beautiful park, with big open spaces and even basketball and badminton courts.
“Unfortunately it has not been well maintained and there is water flowing over the courts making the space unusable,” she said.
Yue pointed out that many elderly people in the area use the park daily for tai chi and other activities.
“We need a safe and friendly space, but this is not the case now.”
Brickfields President Rukun Tetangga, SKK Naidu, said poor maintenance of public infrastructure remains a problem in Kuala Lumpur.
Although projects to improve the quality of life for residents have been implemented, he said DBKL has still not been successful in maintaining these facilities, for example the River of Life Riverwalk project.
“The waterfront walkway has been upgraded from Dataran Merdeka to Mid Valley via Brickfields.
“But there were a few flaws that were only resolved when we reported the matter to the mayor of Kuala Lumpur (Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah).
“It was only then that action was taken,” he added.
Naidu also felt that a targeted approach to getting stakeholder feedback for the 2022 budget would work better.
“In previous years, there were town halls to get feedback from residents, in addition to getting feedback from the public.
“But there isn’t any this time around.
“While we understand the limitations of having such gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be done in small groups in each parliamentary constituency,” he suggested.
Another aspect that should be given priority was security and law enforcement, said Khairul Anuwar Yusoff.
The 56-year-old, who is the chairman of PPR Intan Baiduri Blok A, said it was necessary to have working CCTV cameras to detect those breaking the law.
“We have about 12 CCTV cameras that are not working and need to be fixed.
“18 other CCTV cameras have been installed in the elevators by DBKL to detect and prevent vandalism.
“We don’t have access to the recordings, so we have no idea if action has been taken against the perpetrators,” he said.
With more than 9,000 residents living in some 2,000 units there, Khairul said DBKL and residents should work together to resolve issues within the complex.
“A few months ago, we highlighted the problem of tenants irresponsibly throwing garbage from the top floor.
“Although we have provided DBKL with details of the violators, no action has been taken.”
On a different note, Khairul hoped there would be an allowance to reopen a community clinic at PPR Intan Baiduri.
“The clinic was closed just before the movement control order last year and has yet to reopen.
“It has been visited by many, especially the urban poor and the disabled,” he said.
The head of the Kepong community service center, Yee Poh Ping, cited housing for the urban poor and flooding as issues the local government needed to address.
He said the federal government, through DBKL, should allocate more funds to build People’s Housing (PPR) projects.
“In recent years, the Department of Federal Territories has focused on affordable housing by partnering with private developers.
“But since these houses cost between 200,000 and 300,000 RM, many poor people cannot afford them.
“It’s time to bring back the PPRs and DBKL can charge a higher rent from the current rate of RM 150,” he said.
Yee also said that although DBKL has developed a flood mitigation plan, implementation has been slow.
“The only way to solve this problem is to put the management of the entire city drainage system under DBKL.
“At present, the smaller service drains fall under DBKL while the rest fall under the drainage and irrigation service,” he noted.
He added that cases of illegal dumping also continued to pose a problem and that a more comprehensive solution was needed.
To participate in DBKL’s 2022 budget, go to https://cutt.ly/ideabelanjawandbkl2022