Monday, November 4, 2013
A COMMUNITY hall is a common facility that is missing and sorely needed by residents of Taman Putra Prima in Puchong.
“A community hall will serve as a focal point for residents’ gathering,” said Taman Putra Prima Puchong Residents’ Association Coalition president and Taman Putra Prima Phase 8A Residents’ Association chairman Kong Kok Meng.
“Besides being used as a venue for the RA meetings, the community hall will be a place for residents’ get-togethers and functions, as well as a venue for recreation and sports.
“While we understand that it is the Government’s responsibility to build a community hall, we feel that the developer could have it built as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) or after-sales service for its buyers.
“The developer of the neighbouring Taman Mas contributed RM400,000 to build a community hall for that neighbourhood, so we feel something similar could be extended here.”
Kong said the coalition represents seven housing phases and about 3,000 houses in Taman Putra Prima.
“There is also a need for amenities and services such as post office, schools, banks and petrol stations to make this a more self-contained township,” said coalition deputy president and Taman Putra Prima Phase 2A RA chairman Steve Jong.
The lack of facilities and need for a copy of the township’s latest masterplan were highlighted during a townhall meeting held by the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) with residents of Taman Putra Prima and its surrounding neighbourhood of Taman Mas and Kampung Sri Aman, Puchong.
Representatives from MPSepang’s key departments, including Urban Services, Health, Engineering, Landscape and Town Planning, were on hand to explain each department’s primary functions and provide feedback on residents’ comments.
MPSepang councillor and Taman Mas/ Putra Prima zone community consultative committee (JPP) chairman M. Pulanthran chaired the townhall meeting.
Taman Mas Puchong’s Jati Apartment Block D RA chairman Shamsuhaimi Abd Razak and Jong highlighted the need for more reliable bus services to ply the neighbourhood and serve the community, particularly those from the low-income group.
They said the current sole company providing bus service only plies the route once every two hours, hence a need for the frequency to be increased to half-hour intervals.
On this, Pulanthran said he would discuss with MPSepang president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar, and decide whether the next course of action would be to write in to the Transport Ministry and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) or request for allocation from the Dengkil assemblyman to fund the route categorised as non-profitable by bus companies.
“One of the problems with this area is that it borders the jurisdiction of three councils — MPSepang, Subang Jaya Municipal Council and Kuala Langat District Council,” said Kong.
“As such there are problems under jurisdictions we are unsure of, or are pushed among the three councils with none, willing to take responsibility.”
Other issues brought up during the townhall meeting included that of open burning, illegal gambling den, stray dogs, lack of signage to housing areas, garbage collection and facilities that are in need of repair.