Friday, May 30, 2008

Catching up with some DAP leaders

I was invited to the opening ceremony of Dr Cheah Wing Yin's service centre in PJ. It was so good catching up with Tony again. For those who do not know, apart from my political secretary Edward Ling, I was also inspired to join DAP after meeting Tony Pua (the one with red collar). A brilliant successful young man who gave up his career to serve his nation. His humility humbles me.

From left: Hee Loy Sian (PKR-MP for PJ Selatan), Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku), me, Ronnie Liu (Pandamaran), Lim Kit Siang (MP for Ipoh Timur), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama) and Tony Pua (MP for PJ Utara). You can find out more about DAP leaders' blogs here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Meeting the residents of PJS 9

I attended a Q&A session with the residents of PJS 9 in Bandar Sunway on last Sunday afternoon. It was raining. I was also asked to present prizes to the youth for their sports activities.

The residents were also briefed by the residents' committee on a proposed guarded scheme desired by 85% of the residents. I was told that they have submitted their proposal to MPSJ for consideration and approval. I declared openly to the residents that I do not have any personal interest in the management of the guarded scheme ie. no interest in the collection of monthly fee and appointment of the security company. The scheme if approved by MPSJ, is to be solely managed by the residents. The residents were invited by the residents' committee to check on their accounts if the scheme gets the green light from MPSJ.

I had to explain to the residents that currently there is no definite law for gated and guarded schemes. Previously, there were only guidelines provided by the former Selangor state government. As such, I had raised this concern at the very recent State Assembly sitting (I will post the content of my speech soon) asking for a definite law to be drawn up to monitor this gated and guarded scheme which is becoming increasingly popular amongst residents in urban areas.

I also reminded the residents to continue with the weekly 10-minutes anti dengue campaign. Residents should not have to be reminded every week on their role to check on possible breeding grounds in their home and its surroundings.

Home schoolers in Malaysia

I spent my Saturday morning with the home schoolers and their parents at the 3K field for their sports event. I was told there are over 1000 home schoolers in Malaysia and the program is recognised by the Education Ministry. These students go through a curriculum taught by their parents.

In my speech, I reminded the children to be thankful that they have very dedicated parents who would not "privatize their responsibilities" as parents to schools or maids. I also shared with them that there are poor children in our community who do not have the toys and education they have.

I was also told that this group of parents took pro-active steps to clean up the 3K facilities before using them. I commend them for their effort and I want to see MPSJ recognize the contribution made by them.

The Rotary Club of USJ

I was invited by the Rotary Club of USJ to attend their weekly meeting in the Summit Hotel. Different members briefed me on their annual activities and I was encouraged to hear that they are always ready to serve the community in my constituency and even beyond that. They raised funds for the victims in Myanmar and China. I was told that in a short span of time, they managed to raise more than RM100,000 for these victims.

I was also given the privilege of presenting artificial limbs to a man bound in wheelchair. When assisting him to wear the artificial limbs, I was again reminded of how blessed I am and not to take things for granted in life. Those who are able in society must always take steps to assist those who are less fortunate. I want to see Subang Jaya lead the nation in becoming rich in social welfare.

Shop For Your School Campaign

I was at the prize giving ceremony of Shop For Your School Campaign organised by Subang Parade. This annual campaign, a CSR initiative by Subang Parade is meant to benefit schools.

I met students and teachers of various schools in my constituency and had the opportunity to meet a teacher from my primary school. The top prize went to SJK (C) Chee Wen. Here's a photo taken with the teachers of SJK (C) Chee Wen.

I was again inspired by some students of SMK USJ 12 when they came up to me and had a chat about what I used to do in school and how I ended up becoming the state assemblyman for Subang Jaya. I hope to be able to work more with students and to challenge them to not be afraid to stand up for what is right, not to bow down to peer pressure and for their voices to be counted in rebuilding this nation.

Proposed development at the field located in USJ 11/3H

I attended an appeal with the residents of USJ 11 who objected to the approval given to a company to develop a piece of land in the field into a 2 and a half storey tadika and food court. The residents were unanimous in their decision against this development. At the appeal, the residents were informed by MPSJ that the company has withdrawn its application for the same. As such, the residents' appeal to that development would not stand as the subject matter has been dropped.

The residents were also informed by MPSJ that the company is now proposing to develop a few units of semi-detached houses on that same piece of land. The residents are now working on their objections and will await a public hearing to be called by MPSJ on the new proposal. This group of residents are very united in their cause to protect their neighbourhood from having more unplanned development.

Monday, May 19, 2008

House cleaning

It's been almost 75 days since winning the election. It feels like moving into a 'house'. I have great plans for this 'house'. I want to refurbish it, paint it with different colours, buy new furniture, put up curtains, fill my kitchen with beautiful china, decorate the house and make it cosy and etc. Basically, I just want to turn the 'house' into a home.

A comfortable home. A home where the rights of its tenants are respected. A home where their needs are taken into account. A home which is worthy of the monthly rent/installment. A place you and I can truly call home.

BUT unfortunately, all those refurbishing plans are being hindered by one chore - cleaning. I have been busy cleaning for 75 days and the house is still dirty. Some corners I see have traces of dirt. The floors are stained. Leakages and etc. I cleaned and I cleaned and I cleaned. I kept cleaning BUT it's still dirty. I called for help. Help came in. More hands worked on this together but it's still not ready for refurbishment.

That's how it has been for me since winning. A bit poetic I know but it's no exaggeration. From telco towers to illegal hostel, cheated housebuyers, oppression of traders, unsustainable development, individuals in high places constantly bypassing the laws, mediating between contractors who have been lured with promises of contracts, dysfunctional Joint Management Body(ies), illegal usage of green lungs, conflicts between resident groups and so many more.

I will not give up cleaning. I will see to it that this 'house' becomes a home. If the dirt unearths rats, I'll ensure the rats are caught. There are indeed signs of this pest. If you find one, please do not feed it. Help me catch it or at least expose it. The tolerance that many had towards these rats has resulted in this filthy condition. Do not be afraid of them. The people are bigger than these rats.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

We're now open 5 days a week!

We're extending our service time. Beginning 20th May 2008, our service centre will be open from Monday till Friday, 10am to 4pm daily and Thursday nights from 8pm to 10pm (excluding public holidays).

Photo courtesy of SJ Echo

My working team (standing from left to right) : Reuben David, Rajiv Rishyakaran, Timothy Ho, Edward Yap and Edward Ling. These gentlemen will assist me in serving the Subang Jaya constituency.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Mutiara Perdana, Bandar Sunway

The residents of Mutiara Perdana at Bandar Sunway have come to us seeking help for their new apartments. They have received the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation BUT to their horror, there's no water and electricity connection! Some other parts of these apartments are in bad condition - cracks, uneven flooring, damaged toilet bowls and etc.

They have approached the developer-Westcourt Corporation Sdn Bhd, MPSJ and even Kementerian Perumahan Dan Kerajaan Tempatan but to date, the residents are still in a fix. Residents had to pay out of their own pockets for water and electricity connection and when they tried to claim this amount from the developer (5% stakeholder sum), they were told to queue as creditors as the developer is now wound up. Some residents have no money to fix the water and electricity connection and they are not able to move in.

The Joint Management Body is now in a difficult state as they have insufficient occupants to contribute to the services and management fund. We called for a press conference to highlight this situation.

I will be seeking for an explanation from MPSJ and also the architects as to how this could have happened. The Ministry of Housing and Local Government must take stern action against irresponsible developers and ensure that purchasers are truly protected by the law.

Dialogue session with JMB of Angsana

I had a dialogue session with the Joint Management Body of Angsana flats and met up with the head of each block. I shared my heart and concerns for the well being of the residents in Angsana. In return, the residents also highlighted their problems to me.

I told the residents to discuss their plans for Angsana flats with me and to bring to our attention any family which is in dire need of assistance. I will assist them the best I can.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Status on Draft Local Plan

I have written to MPSJ requesting for status of the draft local plan and also the issue of lack of places of worship. Below is the written reply I have received from them:

Jawapan :-

Deraf Rancangan Tempatan Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (DRTMPSJ) sedang dalam proses penilaian dan penyediaan Laporan Bantahan Awam setelah selesai peringkat Bantahan Awam/Pendengaran Awam pada 31 Januari 2008.

Semua cadangan dan bantahan yang diterima daripada pihak syarikat, persatuan penduduk dan orang awam akan dimasukkan ke dalam Laporan Bantahan Awam termasuk cadangan penambahan tapak-tapak rumah ibadat.

Laporan Bantahan Awam ini disediakan oleh Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa (JPBD) Semenanjung Malaysia dengan kerjasam dari JPBD Negeri Selangor dan MPSJ.

Laporan ini akan di bentang kepada Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan Selangor YB Tuan Ronnie Liu Tian Kiew oleh Pengarah JPBD Selangor sebelum dibentangkan kepada pihak syarikat, persatuan penduduk dan orang awam yang telah mengemukakan bantahan/cadangan. Pengarah JPBD Selangor akan berunding dengan YB Tuan Ronnie untuk menetapkan tarikh pembentangan ini.

Merujuk kepada Manual Garispanduan dan Piawaian Perancangan Negeri Selangor (mukasurat 4-26) garispanduan kepada Tempat Ibadat Bukan Islam tidak merujuk secara spesifik kepada jenis agama. Jika terdapat mana-mana tapak ibadat bukan Islam yang masih kosong, maka mana-mana persatuan agama yang berdaftar dengan Pendaftar Pertubuhan boleh memohon tapak tersebut kepada Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Petaling. Permohonan ini akan di bawa kepada Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Rumah Ibadat Bukan Islam Negeri Selangor sebelum di bawa kepada Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk mendapat kelulusan permohonan.

Assistant to State Exco

I am now the assistant to Selangor State Exco for Investment, Industry & Trade Portfolio - YB Teresa Kok. I have an office at Level 3 of the SUK building. The challenge is great but I am determined to learn and do my very best for the people of Selangor.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Status on Rhythm Avenue

This is the latest news from PricewaterhouseCoopers to participating purchasers of Rhythm Avenue:

At the hearing at the the Melaka High Court on Monday morning, the learned Judge granted our application to deliver vacant possession and keys to all parties entitled to it. Our solicitors are in the midst of preparing the draft Order to be signed by the High Court.

In the meantime, we are proceeding to issue our final billings and letters of handing over vacant possession to all participating purchasers of Blocks A, B, C & the retail podium. In view of the huge volume of letters and billings involved, we will be sending these out to purchasers/ end financiers in stages, starting today. We aim to send out all these notices before the end of this week. Purchasers will be given the keys to their properties upon the settlement of the final 5% of the purchase price and other related charges.

Please call Mr Su Cheong Pah or Ms Michelle Low at 03-2173 1292 or 03-2173 1372 if you have any enquiries.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Latest on dengue : a significant drop!

I have just received my weekly report from MPSJ today.

From 27 April 2008 to 3 May 2008, there were only 2 reported cases in my constituency, only 1 was positive. This is a significant drop from the average of 20 reported cases (8 were positive cases) in the last few weeks.

I will continue to monitor this very closely. Meanwhile, residents are encouraged to continue to spend 10 mins a week to check their own houses to ensure they are free of aedes mosquitoes. This exercise must continue even if the cases drop to zero!

Monday, May 5, 2008

No returning favor business

I have been approached by several people from other constituencies requesting for help from my office. One of the "many helps" needed is for me to sign the good conduct form for immigration use. An Adun or MP can sign the form verifying good conduct of the applicant (even though I question how an Adun or MP can effectively and practically know every one in their constituencies). Hence, I rely on the statutory declaration made by these applicants.

When I refused to sign these forms for the people outside my constituency, my volunteers and I received abusive shouts and sms criticising me for my "lack of willingness" to help them. Anyone can put their signature down but I personally don't believe in signing documents blindly. It is not because I am too rigid but I believe this a matter of principle. I raised the issue of "proximity" ie. I am not their wakil rakyat and a form such as this should technically be signed by someone "close" to them and not just any Adun. I referred them to their Adun and even provided contact details but they were still unhappy.

I have also heard this - "I voted for you, I volunteered myself as a polling or counting agent and I told all my friends to vote for you BUT now you don't want to help me". If it is within my jurisdiction to assist, I will assist BUT please do not expect me to "return a favor". I guess it is this return of favor business that got many politicians trapped in corruption, whether willingly or unwillingly.

People voted for change but their ways of thinking have not changed. They only expected the government to change but not themselves. For change to effectively be put in place, every person must play their role. I will NOT allow myself to be purchased by "favors", "hidden costs" or "gifts". I have an allegiance to God and my people to stay clean in the performance of my duty as a state assemblyman.

I detest the practice of bypassing usual procedures. I absolutely hate such a practice.

I also want to make clear that I have NOT instructed anyone to raise funds for my office. If we need funds, I will make it known publicly. Do not entertain anyone who comes to you asking for money and tells you that they represent me or know me or that they can assist you in your matters because of their relationship with me. I have NEVER issued such an instruction to my volunteers or my family members.

For a clean and healthy society to exist, you need to ensure that not only the head is clean but the body must be clean too. Change your mindset. Until and unless that happens, we can only dream of a progressive and 'cutting edge' Malaysia.

Meeting the residents of USJ 3A/B/C/D

I was invited to a family day @ basketball competition organised by the Rukun Tetangga of USJ3A/B/C/D. The team from USJ 6 won the basketball competition.

I was very impressed by the residents in this area. They displayed a real sense of unity and love for their community. I was told that a few residents would organise events by using their own money and initiatives. Amongst the issues highlighted to me were the construction of the flyover link to Batu Tiga and the security barrier at USJ3A. I will discuss this with MPSJ this week.

I love meeting the children. The hitz.FM cruisers were also there to bring some joy to the children and teens.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Telco Tower in USJ 5/3A has been removed!

This is an update to the previous post: Telco Tower in USJ 5 to be relocated

On 2nd May, Friday, I contacted MPSJ and did my follow-up on certain pending matters. When I asked for a specific time and date for the removal of the telco tower in USJ 5/3A, I received a reply from MPSJ informing me that the tower would be removed on the very same day!

My political secretary Edward Ling rushed to the scene and captured some photographs of its removal. I would like to thank MPSJ and the contractor for their co-operation. This is a victory for the people. They have been raising their concerns for some time but their voices were not heard, until NOW.

Edward Ling - the new breed of Malaysian political activist

Most of you know who my political secretary is. Edward Ling has been interviewed by The Malaysian Insider and you can read all about him in this article. I want to see more young people rise up to the challenge of making a difference in Malaysia, in their own sphere of influence. Small or collective steps can often times lead to gigantic change. It has been proven - ask Malaysians :)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Latest : Food poisoning in USJ 5 school

I have spoken to the principal of SAM Bestari in USJ 5 and she has confirmed that the previous food operator will withdraw and the Education Ministry has agreed to appoint a new food operator for the dining halls. I am sure the parents and students would be pleased with this new decision.