Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
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
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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:
Power to enter and cleanse houses or buildings
(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.
The overgrown and fenced up area at the top of the hill at the park at USJ 2/2L
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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.
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).
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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?
Friday, November 7, 2008
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.
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
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
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.]
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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.