PKR Assembly Member Proposes Master Plan to Modernize Kampungs in Mainland Penang | Malaysia
SEBERANG PERAI, June 7 – Gooi Hsiao Leung, assembly member of Bukit Tengah, proposed that Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) develop a master plan to improve kampungs throughout Seberang Perai.
The PKR assembly member said the plan should include works to improve the physical conditions of the Seberang Perai kampungs, especially to improve poor drainage and sewage systems in the villages.
He said there is a start-up contract on how infrastructure and civic assets are distributed between residential housing estates and kampungs where the latter have less access to such infrastructure.
“This imbalance in access to civic goods is serious given that there are more than 288 kampungs in Seberang Perai, the residents of which in total represent a significant percentage of the population of Seberang Perai,” he said in a press release today.
He said MBSP should come up with a plan for kampungs other than adding improvements to kampung infrastructure in its draft local plan.
He said residents of Kampung often do not have access to public amenities and services such as landscaping and door-to-door garbage collection services, adequate street lighting and road maintenance. .
The Penang state government recently extended the deadline for public comments on Seberang Perai’s draft local plan to July 9 due to the total lockdown.
Gooi said Seberang Perai’s draft local plan covers 73,841 hectares of land mass, 2.5 times the total size of Penang Island.
The local plan will be the master document used as a framework for Seberang Perai’s development plan for the next 10 years.
He said the local plan should not overlook the needs of the underserved population living in disadvantaged and marginalized neighborhoods.
“I urge MBSP to pay particular attention, in its local plan, to the prioritization, improvement and upgrading of civic infrastructure and assets that serve the communities of existing neighborhoods beyond the corridor centers. development highlighted in the local plan, ”he said.
He said investments in civic assets such as open spaces, playgrounds, parks, jogging tracks, basketball and sepak takraw courts, community centers and multi-purpose halls are the most necessary for the benefit of the community.
“Right now, civic assets in many of our neighborhoods are in a state of neglect, disrepair and require long-term upgrading and maintenance,” he said.
He added that there is also a severe shortage of public facilities such as community centers and multipurpose halls to cater for the size of the population of Seberang Perai Tengah.
He said the local plan should not only focus on high-impact development projects to boost economic growth, but also seek to improve the infrastructure of Seberang Perai as a whole, as well as individual neighborhoods and kampungs.