Our Teen Councillors
PETALING JAYA: More fields, safer roads to go to school, adequate learning aids, educational books, and lots of child self-empowering activities — these are some of the discerning agendas the newly launched Petaling Jaya Child Council (PJCC) want the city council to work on.
Comprising 24 teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age, PJCC was set up to be the representative body for Petaling Jaya children to voice their opinions, grouses and suggestions in making the city a better place to live.
It was launched on Saturday by Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.
Just like the 24-appointed Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillors, PJCC members represent each zone in the city.
Concern over safety, playing fields
PJCC vice-president Zoe Lim Shu Mei, 17
My involvement will not affect our time to play. We play and have fun like other children.
We accept this responsibility to make sure that our needs will be taken seriously by all.
Child councillor Ashikin Aidura Shahfudin
Children today are aware of their surroundings but many lack the courage to voice out their concerns and dissatisfaction about the city.
We will soon set up a website where children can put in their suggestions and feedback.
The website will be a channel for children to inform the council of matters concerning their development and welfare in the city’s future undertakings.
What is the PJCC?
THE Petaling Jaya Child Council is part of the city council’s plans under the Child-Friendly City programme. The programme comes under the Local Agenda 21 practice for the sustainable development of children and youth in the localities.
Efforts to find the suitable candidates for PJCC was initiated in 2009 with a total of 60 children selected during a child forum held in June that year.
The children participated in various workshops including leadership skills and self empowerment and attended meetings with non-governmental agencies like Unicef Malaysia, Selangor Community Support Network and Childline Malaysia.
The candidates were shortlisted to 24 after being interviewed by a panel of judges who look for, among others, interpersonal and leadership skills.
PJCC has drawn up a host of activities for PJ children for the year.
For the first quarter, it proposes to host a PJ Children’s Forum and Leadership Camp and it plans to launch its website by April. By mid year, the group plans to have a PJCC Open Day.
In November, PJCC will be involved in the Universal Children’s day celebration.
17 January 2011