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Councillors rom the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) also saidthe council does not provide themonthly allowance in cash.Councillor Robert Choo saidMPK’s corporate communicationunit issues the cheques or his ser- vice centre rental to the propertyowner, and his oce assistant’s sal-ary to the employee directly.“We have to present receipts orour service centre’s utility bills andstationery purchases to makeclaims,” he said.Similarly, Selayang MunicipalCouncil public relations directorMohamad Zin Masoad said council-lors have to present their servicecentre rental receipt and oce as-sistant salary slip beore they wouldbe reimbursed.Kajang Municipal Council(MPKj) president Datuk HasanNawawi Abd Rahman said thecouncil reimburses the councillorsbased on their service centres’ ten-ancy agreements, and that themaximum amount MPKj council-lors can claim or their service centrerental is RM750 a month.District councils in Hulu Selan-gor and Kuala Langat provide sig-nifcantly less unds or the council-lors’ service centre operations com- pared with their urban counterparts.Public relations unit assistant in-ormation oicer ShahrulnizamKhalil said the Kuala Langat DistrictCouncil only provides a maximum o RM1,000 to operate a service centre.“Some councillors choose to setup a service counter at the state as-semblyperson’s oce to save on rentand use the RM1,000 to pay the o-fce assistant salary, utility bills andother expenses,” said Sharulnizam.He added that the councillorsmust submit their bills and receiptso the expenses to the district coun-cil every month.In addition, the council’s Finan-cial Department would audit the premises and receipts submitted.Hulu Selangor district councillorChan Fook Heng said his colleaguesonly receive RM800 a month to runa service centre.“Most o us use it to pay our as-sistant’s wage and utility bills,” saidChan, adding that most councillorsset up a service counter in state orcouncil buildings to save on rent.Chan dismissed the allegation thatcouncillors are pocketing the allow-ances, saying it is politically motivatedand an attempt to discredit localcouncillors and the state governmentbased on unounded accusations.“Te allowance allocated to us isbarely enough to run a service cen-tre, and the councils audit the ex- penses. Tere’s very little room orabuse,” said Chan.Te fve local authorities aboveand Ampang Jaya Municipal Coun-cil (MPAJ) provide monthly allow-ance or reimbursement or theircouncillors to set up and maintainservice centres.
could not reachMPAJ public relation oicers at press time.Te remaining six local govern-ments in Selangor – Petaling JayaCity Council, Shah Alam CityCouncil, Subang Jaya MunicipalCouncil, Sepang Municipal Council,Kuala Selangor District Council,and Sabak Bernam District Council– do not give allowances or reim-bursement, but directly provide theoce and sta or the councillors.
Chua pointing out existing bike lanes nearvernacular school SJK (C) Khing Ming, whichwill be incorporated into the new project.
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their bikes.Te Public Works Department has yet to fnalise the bicycle route, but itis expected to connect the town centre,SJK () Kuala Kubu Bharu, SJK (C)Khing Ming and SMK Kuala KubuBharu Bestari Perdana with residentialareas like aman Pesara, aman Serul-ing, and Chinese new village Kam- pung Asam Kumbang.Chua expects the move to reduce thenumber o cars on the road and traccongestion during peak hours in town.“For short-distance travel, cycling isactually better than driving because itsaves time, petrol, reduces your carbonootprint and is healthier,” she said.Existing bike lanes surrounding ver-nacular school SJK (C) Khing Ming will be incorporated into the new bicy-cle route as well.However, Chua pointed out thatPutrajaya, Jonker Street in Malaccaand Georgetown in Penang have theirown bike lanes, but localresidents do not make use o them due to a lack o pro-motion by the authorities.o avoid such ailure inits bike lane project, Chuasaid the district council willlaunch a strong campaign to publicise its bike lanes andencourage residents andschoolchildren to cycle.“We’ll educate the publicon trac and saety rules orcyclists, and join hands withbike shops to have promo-tions or discounts or bicy-cle purchases,” said Chua.Early last month, Petaling Jaya mayorDatuk Roslan Sakiman expressed inter-est in building bike lanes around the city.Roslan, who started cycling to worklast month, told the press that desig-nated bicycle routes are needed tomake cycling saer and more conveni-ent or the public.Te mayor urged residential associa-tions or local organisations that are keento have bike lanes in their area to submit proposals to the city council so that thecouncil would have a better gauge o the public’s interest in the initiative.
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