AZMIN ALI

LATEST

Day: September 27, 2014

Perasmian Hari Komuniti Bandar Hijau MPSJ

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

1. Projek Bandar Hijau MPSJ 2030 adalah satu usaha proaktif Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) untuk meningkatkan mutu kehidupan masyarakat melalui kelestarian kediaman dan kemampanan bandar serta penggunaan sumber tenaga yang secara berkesan.

2. Visi dan misi projek ini adalah tepat pada masanya, kerana ‘hijau’ atau ‘green’ yang menekankan ciri-ciri ‘environmental friendliness’ telah menjadi satu trend global dalam agenda pembangunan bandar. Saya yakin dan percaya, tema kemampanan bandar akan terus menjadi agenda utama dalam rangka kerja perancangan bandar di Malaysia khususnya di Negeri Selangor ini.
3. Dunia telah mengenali konsep pembangunan mampan secara rasminya apabila Suruhanjaya Brundtland mengeluarkan Laporan Brundtland pada tahun 1987, selepas mengambil kira pandangan pakar-pakar dari lima benua dan meneliti hasil dari 75 kajian yang telah dijalankannya.

4. Laporan ini telah mendefinisikan pembangunan mampan sebagai ‘pembangunan yang tidak mengabaikan keperluan generasi akan datang’. Semenjak itu, kemampanan telah menjadi objektif utama dalam kebanyakan pembangunan bandar yang dirancang di seluruh dunia.

5. Pada awal 1990 an, banyak amaran telah dikeluarkan oleh pakar – pakar, mengenai status bumi kita yang sedang menghadapi kesan yang membimbangkan. Ini termasuk peningkatan penduduk dunia yang drastik, penambahan bilangan bandar mega (Mega City) yang tidak terkawal terutamanya di benua Asia dan Afrika serta laporan Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Pertubuhan Bangsa – Bangsa Bersatu (IPCC PBB), yang mana purata suhu dunia dijangka akan meningkat pada penghujung abad ke-21.

6. Kebimbangan ini telah membawa kepada perbincangan yang meluas berkenaan konsep pembangunan bandar hijau, yang menekankan hubung kait di antara bandar dengan alam sekitar, sumber semula jadi dan teknologi.

7. Menurut Steffen Lehmann, penulis buku ‘The Principles of Green Urbanism – Transforming the City for Sustainability’ (2010), konsep bandar hijau merangkumi tiga prinsip yang menekankan unsur ‘sifar’ (zero). Prinsip – prinsip adalah :

a. Penggunaan sumber tenaga fosil sifar. (Zero fossil fuel energy use).
b. Pembuangan sifar. (Zero waste).
c. Pelepasan sifar. (Zero emission atau low-to-no-carbonn emission).

8. Ini bermakna, pembangunan bandar yang hijau seharusnya menerapkan prinsip-prinsip ‘pengurangan’ impak negatif terutama di dalam merancang, mereka bentuk dan membina elemen-elemen bandar seperti kediaman, infrastruktur, tanah lapang serta kemudahan.

9. Projek seumpama ini mungkin merupakan perkara baru bagi masyarakat kita. Namun idea dan pandangan environmentalist ini telah mulai menular di secara global. Konsep Bandar Hijau adalah untuk merealisasikan gaya kehidupan rendah karbon atau ‘Low Carbon Lifestyle‘ yang menyumbang kepada’zero emission‘ atau pelepasan sifar.

10. Masyarakat harus sedar tentang aktiviti – aktiviti yang boleh meninggalkan kesan negatif terhadap ekologi alam sekitar. Oleh yang sedemikian, masyarakat harus memainkan peranan yang lebih peduli kepada alam sekitar bagi mengurangkan kemudaratan kepada ekologi alam.

11. Di Eropah kini telah terdapat pembangunan bandar-bandar yang menerapkan prinsip hijau dalam proses pembangunan semula. Bandar Vaexjo di Sweden telah berjaya mengurangkan pelepasan karbon dioksidanya (CO2) dan dijangka akan bebas dari penggunaan sumber fosil menjelang tahun 2015. Manakala Bandar Kalundborg di Denmark sering diketengahkan sebagai model untuk pembangunan industri yang mementingkan ekologi.

12. Di Asia pula, Park City Minami Senrioka di Osaka, merupakan satu inisiatif bandar rendah karbon yang turut dilengkapi stesyen keretapi neutral karbon yang pertama di Jepun, iaitu Stesyen Bandar Settsu. Bandar hijau ini telah dibina oleh syarikat swasta Mitsui Fudosan yang sangat prihatin terhadap kualiti hidup dan masa depan bandar di negaranya.

13. Bagi menjadikan Subang Jaya sebagai ‘vibrant city‘ ; Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) selaku pihak berkuasa tempatan juga bertanggungjawab untuk melaksanakan idea ini secara holistik termasuk melalui pengenalan dasar dan polisi Kerajaan Negeri yang peduli alam sekitar.

Green living and Local Government Policy

14. The benefits of green living are virtually limitless particularly in urban regeneration programs to enhance quality of life and environmental transformation.

15. Green spaces are absolutely essential but to my mind, speaking of Subang Jaya, the planners must look beyond its status as a municipality and devise a comprehensive blue print to make it a world-class green living environment.

16. Obviously the pre-requisites must be realised first: adequate quality housing, public facilities and security in living. I am sure these basic matters have been formulated long ago in the master plan.

17. In driving the green living philosophy, it is crucial to strike a balance between function and form. While aesthetic aspects are important, a green beautiful environment can only be attained with a robust comprehensive tree planting program and the building of parks that are properly maintained. We know how important trees are in filtering out pollution and recycling the air we breathe crucial for public health. So, there must be a domination of green space over houses and office buildings together with smart and efficient landscape management.

18. Finally, a strategic approach to green living must factor in our extremely hot and humid climate to provide shelter and shade. This would work towards more efficient energy use as it would reduce cost of cooling.

19. The loss of vegetation and tree cover must be minimized, better still reduced to zero. There is the growing trend in residential living by paving over the entire front garden. The city planners must devise ways to arrest this unhealthy trend.

DSC_0429 DSC_0381 DSC_0359 DSC_0332 DSC_0316 DSC_0306 DSC_0277 DSC_0470 DSC_0460

Selangor exco line-up agreed on by Pakatan leadership, says Azmin

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali today brushed aside complaints by Selangor PAS over the reduced number of PAS executive councillors, insisting that he had received the consensus of top Pakatan Rakyat leaders on the matter.

He said although he respected the views of the Islamist party’s leadership in Selangor, the decision on the choice of exco members had already been made.

DSC_0016

“I consulted with the top leadership of Pakatan and followed the consensus reached,” he said.

“I understand how some people feel, but the decision has been made and the Sultan of Selangor has given his consent to their appointments.”
Yesterday, secretary of the Islamist party’s Selangor liaison committee Mohd Khairuddin Othman said the party’s central leadership had not agreed to the revised number of three excos instead of four, as was the case under former menteri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Khairuddin said Selangor PAS also felt that Azmin had no basis for the removal of Dr Halimah Ali and Sallehen Mukhyi from the line-up. Both had served under Khalid.

“We have been informed by the PAS headquarters that they had never agreed to a reduced quota (for PAS exco members).”

His statement contradicted PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, who was quoted as saying by Harakahdaily that PAS had “sacrificed” an exco post for the sake of Pakatan Rakyat.

“Azmin had a difficult choice to make, and all quarters should accept the sacrifice made by PAS,” he said yesterday.

Mustafa said that while reduced representation for PAS was unexpected, he had accepted it.

Under former menteri besar Khalid, the state exco line-up comprised four seats for PAS, and three each for DAP and PKR.

The three PAS executive councillors named by Azmin were Iskandar Abdul Samad, Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Abdul Talib. Newcomer Zaidy replaces Halimah and Sallehen.

Azmin also said that the portfolios of all excos who had been appointed would be decided in the next few days following discussions with the three parties in PR – PKR, DAP and PAS.

“We want to ensure that ‎all the excos will be given special tasking and responsibilities to make sure that they give their best,” he said.‎

The newly-minted MB also commented on ‎the Sultan’s speech yesterday in which the latter had censured Pakatan for the MB impasse, saying that ‎the party had accepted the reprimand well.

“We accept the Sultan’s ‎admonishment and his advice.

“We will follow what he has asked us to do, which is to now focus on working hard for the people of Selangor,” he said.

At the swearing-in ceremony of the new exco members yesterday, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had said the turmoil within the coalition started with the “Kajang Move”, which was designed to remove Khalid from office.

He said he was unhappy with the way attempts to oust Khalid had been carried out, adding that various efforts were made to discredit the former Selangor MB.

“These accusations (against Khalid) continued even during the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims should be focusing on their worship and doing charitable deeds to cleanse their sins.

“I have reminded, on several occasions, against this. But, PKR continued with its agenda during the fasting month until they succeeded in doing so.”

Azmin said there were a few issues that the state administration would have to immediately see to, adding that focus would also be given to the budget which is due soon.

“We will look at several areas, including education, which are important to the people of Selangor. With that, the role of Universiti Selangor (UniSel) is important,” he said.

However, he added that the state would have to look at the budget again to ascertain if it could provide free education in state-owned UniSel.

“We will see what the state government can do to give free education in UniSel. It will have to be based on the capacity of our budget,” he said when asked if Pakatan planned on providing free education based on its manifesto. – September 27, 2014