Church holds gotong- royong to clean up Pudu

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INSTEAD of going away for the long weekend holiday, members of the First Assembly of God Church in Kuala Lumpur decided to hold a gotong-royong yesterday to clean up the Pudu area.

The event was in collaboration with the Bukit Bintang DAP office and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

The enthusiastic participants gathered at the church area on Jalan Sayor as early as 8am for the big clean-up. The DBKL provided the equipment and trucks to collect the garbage.

About 150 church members, both old and young, were divided into groups to clean up various segments of Pudu, accompanied by some 50 DBKL workers.

Pick up: Members of the First Assembly of God Church taking part in the gotong-royong to clean up the Pudu area on yesterday

The areas involved were from Jalan Pasar to Changkat Thamby Dollah.

According to a church leader, the joint effort was part of the Pudu renewal project to make the area a better place for quality living and to enhance its image.

“Pudu is located in the heart of the city and plays an important role in the overall image of Kuala Lumpur as the capital city,” he said.

“At the same time, the project also trains our young people to be conscious and caring of their community,” he said.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who was also present, said that a memorandum signed by 300 people urging the local authorities to retain the name of the place would be submitted to the Kuala Lumpur mayor.

He said that the Pudu people felt uncomfortable and worried following the DBKL decision to rename Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora, although the move had since been vetoed by the Federal Territories Ministry.

Fong, together with Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng will submit the memo at the DBKL office today.

“Jalan Alor is a popular name known to many tourists and locals. It’s like a brand name in the eyes of these people and that is why the locals want the name unchanged,” Fong said.

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