Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Subang Jaya celebrates Children's Day

We had a good time with the children and parents of Subang Jaya last weekend. Many thanks to Hope Worldwide Malaysia and other corporate sponsors for making the event a success. Our appreciation also goes to the 70 volunteers from Sunway College for helping us out at the event.
In my speech, I invited all the children to join me on stage in raising 3 shouts of "Saya Anak Malaysia". Identity is important to children. That's the reason why politicians must stop playing race based politics. Children need to know that they belong to this land so that when they grow up they will not leave this nation.
Aseana Percussion Unit performing for the children of Subang Jaya. They had a brief quiz for the children to guess the musical instruments used. Children were also invited to play the instruments.

Opening launch - I had to do Vico tarik and of all 3 participants, I created the biggest mess!

Pasukan Bomba dan Penyelamat Subang Jaya demonstrating how to use the water hose to the children
Kids having a fun time with Pasukan Bomba dan Penyelamat Subang Jaya

Kids were also guided on a simple tour of the fire brigade

With the volunteers of Sunway College

Kids having fun!

Fun games for the kids

With Jasmine and her dad, En Adli

Adidas giving free footscan

Children given free footscan

Friday, November 21, 2008

Status update: bridge from USJ Heights to USJ3A/B/C/D

I have requested for status update from MPSJ on the proposed bridge from USJ Heights to USJ 3A/B/C/D and its conditions. Below is the reply obtained from MPSJ:

(a) Menaiktaraf simpang-simpang merbahaya dan jalan-jalan di kawasan perumahan USJ3 dengan menyediakan lay-by dan lampu isyarat.
Status: Pihak Majlis telah meluluskan pelan bagi tujuan tersebut dan ianya dalam proses perlaksanaan pihak pemaju.

(b) Menyediakan jejantas untuk kanak-kanak sekolah dan penduduk melintas di kawasan-kawasan tumpuan (Persiaran Setia).
Status: Pihak Majlis telah meluluskan pelan bagi perkara tersebut dan ianya dalam proses perlaksanaan pihak pemaju.

(c) Menyediakan zon penampan yang mampu menghalang pencemaran udara dan bunyi bising kenderaan lalulalang.
Status: Penghadang bunyi bagi USJ 3D telah siap sepenuhnya. - bagi USJ 3A, satu masyuarat bersama pihak LLM diadakan bagi memohon permit untuk melaksanakan kerja bagi sebahagian yang masih terbengkalai - USJ 3C akan ditanam dengan pokok dalam jangkamasa 2 bulan.

(d) Mengadakan laluan jambatan hanya untuk kenderaan ringan.
Status: Dalam tindakan pihak pemaju.

(e) Menyediakan jalan susur keluar / masuk di flyover SS19 / USJ 3 ke KESAS.
Status: Pihak Majlis telah menghantar surat kepada pihak LLM dan KESAS memohon ulasan bagi perkara tersebut pada 3 September 2008.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Campaign accounts ended 30 Sept 2008

As promised in my earlier posting in April, we would publish our balance of campaign accounts periodically. You can view our accounts ended 30 September 2008 here. The office rental and computer, once reimbursed by the state government will be reflected in the next quarter's accounts. I have vowed during campaign time to stay clean and I will continue to stay clean and fight corruption to the very end. We have been very thrifty with the funds donated by supporters. Looking at the balance of funds we have to sustain the running of my office for the duration of this term, I may have to organise a fundraising event sometime next year. For those of you who may not know this - the state only pays for one full time staff. Those who wish to have more details on the campaign accounts may email my political secretary Edward Ling at edwardling(at)dapsj.com

Proposed development for a tadika and food court at USJ 11/3

This is the second public hearing I have attended together with the residents of USJ 11/3 at MPSJ on the proposed development for a tadika and food court in this neighbourhood. The residents have objected to the proposed development by the land owner. In addition to the many objections raised by the residents, I have requested MPSJ to ensure that a traffic impact assessment study is done before approving the application. No decision would be made at a public hearing. We now await the decision of the OSC committee.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Spot checks at USJ 2

I did my monthly spot check on public places in my constituency - this time at the parks at USJ 2. There is room for improvement for these parks. Parks are generally of great concern to the people of Subang Jaya. I have received numerous complaints on parks alone. I am concerned about the overgrown and fenced up area at the top of the hill at the park at USJ 2/2L. Snakes may be living there. The grass there are as tall as me! I will ensure MPSJ does something to clear this place. Below are some photos of the parks.

Many people have enquired about the powers of the local council to clear and cleanse private lands. Most of the time the owners of these abandoned lands do not respond to the notices sent out by the local council. Below are the provisions from the Local Government Act 1976 concerning this which may be of interest to you:

Filthy house, etc.
74. Any owner, occupier or tenant of any house, building or land, whether tenantable or otherwise, who suffers the same or any part thereof to be in a filthy and unwholesome state or overgrown with rank or noisome vegetation, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment and to a further fine not exceeding one hundred ringgit for each day during which the offence is continued after convictions.

Power to enter and cleanse houses or buildings
75. (1) The Health Officer, or any officer authorized by the local authority in that behalf in writing, may at any time enter and inspect all houses and buildings and by an order in writing direct the occupier to cause within a time to be specified in such order all or any part thereof to be internally and externally colourwashed or distempered or otherwise cleansed for sanitary reasons and if necessary disinfected and all dirt or rubbish to be removed or collected.

(2) If such order is not complied with within the time specified, the occupier shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment and to a further fine not exceeding one hundred ringgit for each day after conviction until the order is complied with.

(3) No entry shall be made into any dwelling-house in actual occupation, not being a common lodging-house, without six hours’ previous notice to the occupier unless with his consent.
At the park in USJ 2/2L

The overgrown and fenced up area at the top of the hill at the park at USJ 2/2L

Checking the park at USJ 2/4

Rubbish found outside of the bin. This is something that the residents also must work on and not just the contractors!

Campaign materials of Barisan Nasional can still be found at the park in USJ 2/4 in November 2008, more than 7 months after the GE 2008

Same as above

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Addressing the future leaders of our country

I was invited by KDU to speak to their law students. Theme of the talk : "Think like a lawyer". I love sharing my story to the young. They fuel my passion and remind me of the cause I'm fighting for. I think in general the young people in Malaysia love this land but they are disillusioned. They do not want to follow the same path of our former generations - we want to see Malaysia free of race based politics.

In my sharing, I encouraged them to continue to pursue their law degree and to enjoy their time in college and in university. I also reminded those who will be going abroad to be responsible with the trust given by their parents as most parents have to save for years to be able to afford to send their children to pursue higher education. I appealed to these bright young people to come home and contribute in whatever capacity possible for the rebuilding of this nation. The temptation to work abroad is great for many of our young people and this is a real issue faced by young Malaysians. I urged them to never forget those of us who are here at home working for a better Malaysia.

After the talk, I had a lovely time catching up with Prof Don Chalmers, Dean of the Law School in University of Tasmania where I graduated from, together with his team from Tasmania and the management of KDU. I am just glad that there are still so many educators around who truly know how to celebrate the success of their students and not label them as "rebel" simply because they do not come from the political party they have been favoring for half a century.

Father looking for his son

This is Kenichi Lau Sian Yee (aged 4). Yesterday, I was called in to assist Kenichi's father Mr Koji Tara. I met him at the Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Petaling. Kenichi has Acute Lymphobalstic Leukaemia and has been told by doctor from University Malaya Medical Center that without any treatment, survival will not be possible. Kenichi was then admitted to Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya.

Kenichi lives with his mother. His father has been notified by the hospitals that Kenichi has failed to turn up for treatment. Efforts to locate Kenichi and his mother have failed.

At the Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Petaling, we were told that the file is being handled by an officer in the office in Shah Alam. Efforts to contact the officer were futile. Efforts to help Mr Koji at the Petaling Office left me appalled at the lack of professionalism and compassion with the two staff manning the office. I was waiting for the Petaling office to contact her counterpart in Shah Alam and was told twice to move aside by the staff. Despite the fact that I identified myself as the State Assemblyman for this area and that I was waiting for the officer to give me an explanation on the matter, the two staff insisted that I move aside and sit somewhere else instead for them to attend to others. My intention of relating this seating arrangement is not to make an issue out of it. I just want to highlight the challenges we face as new politicians even at a government office.

We then proceeded to the police station in SS17. Mr Koji lodged another police report there (he has lodged numerous police reports before at different police stations). The police is now assisting to locate the child. We had an immediate press conference few hours ago to seek help from the public in locating the child. If you have seen this child, please contact SS17 Chief Inspector Sulaiman Baputty at 019-370 7100 (station number: 03-5633 2222) or USJ8 station head Chief Inspector Foo Teik Fong at 019-205 9222 (station number: 03-5635 6904).
Together with Mr Koji Tara (father of the child) and a concerned resident Mdm Agnes Lee who highlighted the matter to me

Town Hall meeting at PJS 7 for November

Just got home not too long ago from this month's Town Hall meeting at PJS 7, Bandar Sunway. We had a "full house" crowd. The Jawatankuasa Penduduk Zone 2 ("JKP") members were also present at the meeting. MPSJ councillor for PJS 7, Ken Chia together with the JKP members also assisted in answering some of the questions raised by the residents there. Representative from Alam Flora was also present. The Bandar Sunway Residents' Association also attended the meeting and provided their feedback.
Introducing the members of JKP Zone 2 to the residents

The residents of PJS 7

My office organises Town Hall meeting every month to ensure my constituents have an opportunity to meet their state assemblyman and for residents to come out together and exchange views on the issues surrounding this area. I do this because I do not want to hear this said about us (the new breed of politicians) that residents can only see us during "campaign time". In season and out of season, we must work. I may not be able to resolve ALL issues during my term but I want to do my best. Amongst the issues raised tonight : lack of public transportation in PJS 7, incorrect location of bus stops, increasing crime rate, stray dogs, lighting of parks, maintenance of flats, supervision work by MPSJ on contractors' works, dengue, sound barrier along LDP and etc. Is it scary meeting the residents? The answer is "yes, it can be daunting at times when faced with very unreasonable residents". I look for courage before each meeting with residents for I am only human.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What's the real threat to national security?

It is reported in The Star online today that the Home Ministry will appeal against the court's decision to free RPK. The same Home Minister whom the court has found to have abused his powers in issuing the ISA detention order is now wanting to get RPK back into the Kamunting detention camp! Our Home Minister doesn't seem to get it. The court has decreed that he has abused his power. Within the span of 1 day, our Home Minister has performed an about-turn from first claiming that the Home Ministry will not dispute the court's decision to now wanting to appeal for the reversal of that decision.

I wish the Home Ministry would invest their energy and time into improving the police force and devote their resources into making sure that real criminals are prosecuted justly and our streets and homes are safe. This will save the rakyat from having to set up gated & guarded schemes to protect themselves when it is the duty of the Home Ministry to ensure national security. RPK was detained for allegedly being a threat to national security. The real threat to national security is the rising crime rate. How can the ministry not see this when the signs are so clear on the streets of this nation?

Change can happen: the release of Raja Petra

Congratulations to Marina, RPK, and their team of counsel! Subang Jaya is elated with the news of RPK's release from ISA detention yesterday. The success of the habeas corpus hearing was quite unexpected although it bore all the merits for a successful application. This is naturally what is expected of a court that is independent and free from political influence. I hope the silver lining of this case will influence the cloud that hangs over our judiciary system.

Sound barriers at USJ 3A & 3C

The sound barriers at USJ 3A and 3C are not new issues. I was told at the last meeting I had in July in MPSJ that the sound barrier work at USJ 3A would be continued and the one at 3C would see new trees being planted. The costs of erecting the sound barriers are to be borne by the developer. I have been following up with MPSJ and each time I was told that the developer was in the process of appointing contractor and that work was in progress.
Site visit together with MPSJ councillor for the area En Ismail Kamal, MPSJ, developer and residents from USJ 3A and 3C
Details of the site visit are found in today's report in The Star. You can read about it here. I have repeatedly informed MPSJ about my concerns on the opening of the bridge connecting USJ Heights and USJ 3A/B/C/D. The conditions imposed on the developer for the construction of the bridge must be fulfilled before its opening. I will continue to monitor the upgrading works on Persiaran Setia as well.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Gated/Guarded Scheme

Efforts have been made by different group of residents to set up gated/guarded scheme in Subang Jaya over the last couple of years. These schemes have faced or are still facing objections by some. Please click here for some background knowledge on this gated/guarded scheme.

At each State Assembly sitting (one in May and another in October 2008), I have raised my concerns about this and have urged the State Government to review existing guidelines as I felt there were many areas in regards to the gated/guarded scheme which lack regulation and require much needed direction for implementation. For eg. existing guidelines provide that barriers can come down from 12 midnight to 6am. However most break-ins in an urban town like Subang Jaya happen when the residents go to work and not when they're asleep. This is just one of the many challenges facing this community initiative.

Some residents are for gated/guarded scheme. Some are against it. Security vs Inconvenience.

A difference of opinion with regards to one such gated/guarded scheme in USJ 11/3 has been reported in The Star today. You can read about it here. I have received two petitions, one from the residents favoring the scheme and another from the business community objecting to the barricades that were set-up as part of the scheme. I will ensure both parties have a chance to be heard.

I would like to see this case serve as a good model for every stakeholder (state & federal govt, local council, residents, business community) to understand the complexities and challenges involved in the successful set-up and operation of such a scheme. I believe the gated/guarded scheme is viable, but we must ensure that adequate regulations are in place to safeguard its sustainability, i.e. it must serve its purpose without introducing new risks and burdens to the people.

Crutches for the needy

The Rotary Club of USJ has donated 8 sets of crutches for the needy in the Subang Jaya constituency. If you are a constituent here and you are in need of a set of crutches - please contact Timothy/Cherrinee at my office (first-come, first-serve basis). A big thank you to the Rotary Club of USJ!

There is ability in disability

Together with the leaders of Beautiful Gate Foundation and Shuang Fu Disabled Independent Living Association

"There is ability in disability" - these are the words penned by my political secretary Edward Ling. I find truth in that statement. Sometimes when we are weak, that's when we are strong. I was invited to be the Guest of Honour to the OKU Talent Performance at The Summit USJ last week. Each disabled participant displayed his/her talent via their specially choreographed performance. I have great admiration for people who will rise up above their limitations, people who will weather all odds and people who will focus on what they have been given, not what they have not.

Discrimination must be put to an end. We in Subang Jaya must be sensitive to the needs of the disabled in our neighbourhood. We must start somewhere. My office will be organising a dialogue session with Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) in my constituency.

Date: Saturday, 29 November 2008
Time: 11am
Venue: Dewan Kenanga, MPSJ
Entrance fee: Free of charge (but registration online via www.dapsj.com is compulsory or contact my assistant Cherrinee at 012-2913358).

The objective of the dialogue session is to provide an avenue for OKU or carers of OKU living in Subang Jaya to voice the concerns/challenges faced by them. Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat and MPSJ councillors are expected to be present at the dialogue session.

There will be a creche whereby we will have activities organised for children whilst parents of OKU participate in the dialogue session.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Subang Jaya celebrates Children's Day!

[In 1954 the United Nations General Assembly suggested that all nations should observe a Universal Children's Day as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity promoting the welfare of the world's children.
The date of
20 November marks the day in 1959 when the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, and is often the day chosen by countries as their own designated day to observe Universal Children's Day. In Malaysia, Children's Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of October.]
The above is taken from Wikipedia.
We have chosen to celebrate Children's Day in Subang Jaya on 22 November 2008 (due to availability reasons). I have a dream I want to see fulfilled - I want to see children in Subang Jaya come out to have fun with their parents. I want to see parents who are often busy working set aside time for family and especially for the children.
"Saya Anak Malaysia" is the theme of our event. Whilst some in our nation are still going about with race based politics, I will choose this theme for my constituency. This is the direction Subang Jaya should take. I am a child of this land. My IC states warganegara: Malaysia. Therefore, saya anak Malaysia!
Hope Worldwide Malaysia is assisting us in organising this event. Fun activities have been planned for this event specially for your children. Come join us and let's celebrate our children!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Composting Pilot Project

My office first brainstormed the idea of having a composting project months ago but we thought a project like this would never see the light of day without co-operation and commitment from the residents. Over a casual chat, we threw that challenge to the residents of SS14/7 and it took off from there. Parents got together and decided to get their children involved. They donated for the production of t-shirts and encouraged their children to compost.
You can read about it here in The Star. I must thank the residents of SS14/7, Chief Inspector Sulaiman, YDP Dato' Adnan, Mdm Theresa Ratnam Thong (MPSJ Councillor) and most of all Puan Che Asmah Ibrahim (Director of Department of Environment Selangor) for her support and presence at the launch. Starbucks also participated in this project by donating their used coffee grounds.

Photos courtesy of SJ Echo

This is truly an epitome of a community project in which you see the young and the old, the residents, the local council and the corporate sponsor involved. In my speech to this group of composting pioneers, I encouraged them not to underestimate their effort, every little step counts in making our earth greener and I pray that this fine example will chart a trail for other resident groups to follow.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Town Hall Meeting at SS18

As promised, each month we would choose an area in my constituency for us to have our Town Hall meeting. There was a good turnout at the Town Hall meeting in SS18 last night. The Chief Inspector of SS17 police station and our Timbalan Yang Dipertua for MPSJ were also present. Residents came, asked questions, listened to my explanation, some stayed back later to ask more questions, had light supper and chatted with their neighbours.
Photo courtesy of SJ Echo

The Town Hall meeting was held at the same venue as our very first debut ceramah (how memorable!). We had an obstacle with the lighting - few hours before the Town Hall meeting was about to start, we found out that the power supply at the park was not working. Sabotage? Not too sure but thanks to a very kind resident who assisted us with the power supply from his home, we were then able to proceed with the Town Hall meeting.
Photo courtesy of SJ Echo

Meeting the residents can be a daunting experience at times but this group of residents is a great bunch of people! Sometimes I may not have the answer to every question raised but it is important to be honest with the residents and to constantly engage the residents in finding a solution. Town Hall meeting also provides a platform for political education, to explain to the residents how things work in my office, how to lodge a complaint with the different agencies involved and etc. I also reminded the residents of the importance to clean up their homes in fighting dengue and also shared with them a campaign by Tenaganita (I will blog about this later). Many stayed back after the meeting ended and chatted with my husband and my team of assistants. A big thank you to my special assistant Rajiv for putting this meeting together and for working very hard to overcome our lighting obstacle. Appreciation also goes to Chief Inspector Sulaiman, Tuan Hj. Mohamad Yusoff B. Ghazali and En Azli of MPSJ for your kind support.