ANNIVERSARY:The party, which celebrates PJ’s green development, is also aimed at fostering ties among residents
SOME 4,000 people turned up for the kenduri rakyat which was held in conjunction with Petaling Jaya's sixth anniversary celebration as a city recently.
Held at Dataran Petaling Jaya, the event, which started at 8pm, saw a host of activities such as cultural performances, performances by group One Nation Emcees, fireworks and lucky draws with prizes ranging from hampers to electrical appliances.
The icing on the cake had to be the free spread of local dishes.
Among the dishes that PJ residents enjoyed were grilled lamb, otak-otak, chicken soto, fruit rojak, roti canai, capati, char kway teow, roti jala and local fruits such as rambutan and langsat.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the celebration was held to thank PJ residents and foster closer ties among them.
He said since PJ was named as a city on June 20, 2006.
Since then, it has undergone a transformation to make the city more livable for its people.
"We want to be a city that residents are proud of.
"We are now becoming a sustainable city by incorporating green elements such as green lungs and green development," said Roslan.
He added that clean zones have been introduced as recycling campaigns were initiated to make the city clean and safe.
"In developing the city, social welfare is not forgotten.
"Incentives are given to PJ residents such as free medical treatment for the elderly and disabled.
"There are also allocations for residents' associations, the elderly, and for community policing to keep residents safe," he said.
Paul Dass Chinaiah, 66, who has been living in PJ for the past 35 years, said he has seen many changes in PJ as the city developed.
"PJ has developed tremendously over the years in terms of projects and demographics. Thankfully, the development has been in harmony with the environment.
"As for the kenduri, it has become a platform for families to get together and foster relationships between neighbours," said Dass.
Also present at the celebration were Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the state exco, assemblymen, parliamentary members and councilors.