By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
SEPANG, Sept 27 — The Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) has approved a RM249.8 million budget for the coming year to plan programmes and development in the district.
Council President Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said this amount aligns with the state government’s priorities, focusing on several key aspects, including economic revitalisation.
The budget also considers the performance achievements in 2022 and the first half of 2023 to ensure MPSepang’s policies and strategies are fully implemented.
“In total, MPSepang is allocating a deficit budget of RM249.8 million for the upcoming year for development and management projects, with an estimated revenue of RM202 million,” he said.
Speaking after chairing the council’s ninth monthly meeting at its headquarters earlier today, Abd Hamid said MPSepang is focusing on seven main strategies in preparing an inclusive budget.
They include diversifying sources of income through increasing both new and existing revenues, practising prudent spending, and improving the quality of the environment and urban services.
“We are also enhancing customer accessibility through information technology communication improvements, strengthening community and welfare programmes, and promoting green technology innovation,” he said.
Separately, Abd Hamid said the council is ensuring over 20 retention ponds in the district work properly to accommodate high water flow following the monsoon transition.
26 members of the Special Action Squad (Pantas) are also on standby at all times in the event floods occur.
MPSepang has identified five risk-prone areas based on the major floods in Selangor in December 2021.
“We are also prepared to deploy enforcement officers and other staff as necessary to assist, in addition to providing several other vehicles, including three boats,” he said.
Sepang’s flood-prone areas have been identified as Batu 2 Sungai Pelek, Pulau Meranti Puchong, Taman Dengkil Jaya, Kampung Semarang, and Labu Lanjut.
Abd Hamid added that MPSepang has also requested state waste management company KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd to ensure the drains remain free of blockage.
The transition phase from the southwest monsoon to the northeast monsoon was scheduled to begin on September 19 and will continue until November.