Monday, August 31, 2009

Ramadan contribution to mosques and suraus

Early Saturday morning, we had a simple ceremony at Sekolah Agama Masjid Darul Ehsan, SS15 Subang Jaya to present cheques to the 5 mosques and 14 suraus in DUN Subang Jaya for the month of Ramadan. I allocated RM2000 for each mosque and RM1000 for each surau from my annual state constituency allocation to assist them in their month-long 'buka puasa' programmes. This is in addition to other allocations which I have set aside for the single mothers and orphans who are also observing Ramadan. Below are some photos of the ceremony:

You will not read of this in all mainstream newspapers as only two reporters turned up for the event although an invitation was sent out to all of our media contacts. Reports of a DAP assemblyman contributing to mosques and suraus for Ramadan is taboo for Utusan Malaysia and the likes. I use my annual state allocation to help my constituents regardless of their race, religion or political affiliation. There is absolutely no need to label mosques or suraus as pro-Pakatan or pro-UMNO. As long as the mosque or surau is a genuine place of worship that serves its community, opens its doors to all and is duly recognised by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS), it is entitled to my constituency allocation.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gotong-royong by SS12 residents

Recently, the residents of SS12, Subang Jaya got together to do a gotong-royong in their neighbourhood. It was very encouraging to see a big crowd, both young and old coming out very early in the morning to clean up their park.

Chairman of SJRA, Mr A S Gill giving his speech

Children doing gotong-royong - CHANGE has come!

I hope more resident groups will emulate this effort and organise community events like this to strengthen ties amongst neighbours. MPSJ councillor for Zone 1 Theresa Ratnam was also present together with MPSJ and Alam Flora. Syabas to all involved!

“Anywhere but my backyard” syndrome

Last month I wrote an article for Sin Chew entitled Something Has to Change:

WHEN I WAS first approached to be a columnist in Sin Chew, I was thrilled! I know this would be a great opportunity for me to communicate my thoughts and views to thousands of Malaysian readers.

Yet at the same time, I was apprehensive of the fact that I may struggle jotting down my somewhat limited experience in public service. I do not believe I am a good writer. An honest writer- yes but not a natural writer.

Prior to winning the elections, I have never been involved in public service. At the age of 29, I had my ideals of how this nation should be, how my tax should be used by the government, how Malaysians ought to behave in order to be a truly civilised society etc. The issues I had to deal with as an assemblyman opened my eyes to the ugly side of our society – something I was not prepared to see.

Just last evening, I was having a casual chat with my Malay neighbour who happens to be a lecturer of a local college. He was telling me of his plans to migrate with his family. When asked why, he said Malaysia is in a sad state of affairs. The people here have stopped caring for each other. Just as we were standing outside our houses, in the midst of this conversation, a lavish car was speeding past us – in a housing area, in the evening, when there are many children playing outside. He said : “This is precisely why I’m thinking of leaving! This person driving this car is definitely well to do and should be able to understand how to be considerate and look out for others.”

As we continued our conversation, we spoke about illegal dumping. Few days ago, I noticed that someone had dumped his/her old furniture outside my house. My neighbour went on to tell me that he had seen who the person was and that this person too is a lecturer!

I drive around my neighbourhood very frequently, for one reason – to check on the performance of the Alam Flora contractors.

But this article is not about the contractors, I will explore this another time. When I drive around, I frequently notice the illegal dumping trend happening even in an urban constituency like Subang Jaya. Neighbours would throw furniture and rubbish by the side of the road, often times in front of another’s house and not their own. My husband calls this the “anywhere but my backyard” syndrome.

This is a very selfish mindset. I have seen people driving Mercedes and yet throw rubbish out of their posh car. I have seen motorcyclists littering too. I have seen with my own eyes Malays, Chinese and Indians littering too. It has nothing to do with race, status or whether you are educated or not. Something has to change.

Some examples of selfish behaviour I have encountered:
- “We want LRT, you can build it anywhere but not in front of my house.”
- “Futsal court is good for the children; you can build it in front of those neighbours’ houses but not in front of my house.”
- “Crime is rising and neighbours should patrol the streets; I will support you but count me out from walking.”
- “Composting bins should be promoted by MPSJ to educate our young but please place them somewhere else and not behind my house.”

This “anywhere but my backyard” syndrome has to go. We need to start thinking for others and not just for those in our households. We need to start thinking, acting and functioning as a society. Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Changing the government is not enough.

The people have to change their mindset as well. The "First World Infrastructure, Third World Mentality" Malaysian malaise has to go. Something has to change. Someone has to change. And only then will we truly be a developed nation.

Yesterday there was another article in The Star highlighting the problem of illegal dumping in our neighbourhood. I urge every resident to keep an eye on their neighbourhood and if you notice your neighbours dumping illegally, quickly highlight the matter to MPSJ or talk to your neighbour politely, reminding him/her that such a practice is unacceptable.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Selamat Menyambut Ramadan 1430H

Here's wishing all Muslim residents and constituents in Dun Subang Jaya:


Friday, August 21, 2009

Dengue in PJS 7

I was at PJS 7, Bandar Sunway yesterday with MPSJ Councillor Ken Chia and the team from health department of MPSJ led by Dr Roslan. Extensive fogging was carried out in the evening at the flats and terrace houses in PJS 7.

Earlier in the morning, MPSJ visited a total of 1061 homes in PJS 7. There were 90 abandoned homes and 629 locked homes while 342 homes were inspected.

22 breeding spots were found within the compounds of these homes. 13 breeding spots were found in public area. Fogging is only one of the ways to curb dengue. If these homes continue to allow breeding spots for aedes mosquitoes, no amount of fogging will be sufficient. I will continue to ensure that MPSJ and Alam Flora also perform their part especially when it comes to cleaning of drains.

Since last year, I have been urging all residents to do their part by spending only 10 minutes a week to check their homes and surroundings. Dengue is as dangerous as A(H1N1). Just this year alone, PJS 7 has recorded 33 positive dengue cases.

I hope all residents and resident groups in the Subang Jaya constituency will continue to be vigilant in our fight against dengue. Unlike dengue, MPSJ does not have information on A(H1N1). Our Member of Parliament YB Loh Gwo Burne is currently looking into this matter with Jabatan Kesihatan.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Come and support our local boy!

18 year old Low Yee Ming, is a resident of USJ 5/3D and is taking a study break from Manchester UK to specifically attempt to break The Guinness World Record in Malaysia. He is a true bred Anak Subang Jaya and Anak Selangor.

The record breaking attempt will be officially witnessed by 2 persons, namely, Dato' Sieh Kok Chi (Sec-Gen Olympic Council Of Malaysia) and Dato' Yeoh Choo Hock (Vice Pres. FIBA Asia) including officials from Guinness World Records and official surveyors among others. The attempt will also be recorded by ESPN and NTV 7.

Date : 18 August (Tuesday) 2009
Time : 6pm
Venue: MPSJ Stadium Athletic Track

I will be there to support Yee Ming and I hope to see our Subang Jaya folks there too!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Protest by residents of USJ 3ABCD

The Star, Monday July 27, 2009
USJ 3 residents say no to flyover, for now

NO flyover until all conditions are met — that was the strong message sent out by the residents of USJ 3 A,B,C,D last Saturday.

More than 100 of them gathered at the entrance of the construction site of a flyover linking their area and Batu Tiga in Shah Alam to reiterate their stand.

“The developer agreed to build an access road from USJ to Kesas Highway to prevent a bottleneck at Persiaran Tujuan, but where is the slip road now?” USJ 3 A,B,C, D neighbourhood watch pro tem chairman Jason Lee asked.

The flyover across Kesas Highway is now being constructed to provide access to the USJ Heights and Subang Heights residents to enter Subang Jaya.

The residents feared that motorists from Shah Alam would use this flyover as a shortcut to head towards Subang Jaya and Puchong, making the rush hour jam in Persiaran Tujuan worse.

Thus, a slip road is necessary to alleviate traffic woes but the developer had informed the residents that it was not feasible.

“A main concern is the safety of SMK USJ 12 schoolchildren. During peak hours, you can see traffic coming to a standstill and many children are seen using the sidewalk,” Lee added.

The residents submitted a memorandum to Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who said she had written to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim regarding the matter.

“I have asked to bring up the issue with the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES). Alternatives to the slip road must be identified to address the traffic problem.

“Furthermore, the traffic impact assessment done in April last year only focused on the slip road and not on the volume of traffic using the flyover,” she said.
The residents of USJ 3ABCD gathered for a protest on one of the conditions imposed by the former State Government for the opening of the bridge connecting USJ 3ABCD to USJ Heights. The condition : (e) Menyediakan jalan susur keluar / masuk di flyover SS19 / USJ 3 ke KESAS is yet to be fulfilled by the developer as LLM and Kesas are not agreeable to the construction of the slip road.

The matter will soon be raised to the new Selangor State Goverment for a solution as the condition was imposed by the former Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri. The residents want to meet our Menteri Besar and I have requested for a meeting.

Watch the video by Malaysiakini here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Youth for a Better Malaysia Forum

This Sunday I will be speaking at a forum by youth for youth:

Venue: 3K Inn, Persiaran Kewajipan, 47500 Subang Jaya
Date: Sunday, August 16th
Time: 9.00am – 6.30pm

This dual-language forum, for youth and by youth, intends to showcase young Malaysians who are making Malaysia a better place to younger Malaysians who are looking to do the same. Accomplished Malaysian youth from various sectors will provide insight, guidance and networking opportunities to Malaysians only a few years younger than them, in the hope of building relationships and bonds that will result in a stronger, more united group of young people empowered to continuously improve Malaysia.

The forum also hopes to bridge the widening gap between Malaysians who study in different countries overseas and local students by providing a shared opportunity to exchange views and better understand diverse perspectives.

Click here for more details. See you there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Status of Lagoon Perdana (uncompleted units)

Below is the status update I received from the developer of Lagoon Perdana (uncompleted units):

Blocks 1 & 8
As per the meeting at MPSJ chaired by councillor Mr Ken Chia, we have already passed a copy of the form (to lease the PPU building to TNB) together with a copy of the letter of undertaking to TNB Subang. However there is still no feedback for the approval of the transformers and cabling for the three substations. Works to repair the existing PPU building has commenced.

Block 3

The building works should be finishing by end August and ready for inspection by various authorities by mid September 2009. We have already obtained the approval from Jabatan Kilang dan Keselamatan Perkerja (JKKP) for the lifts and we are arranging Bomba inspection before end August 2009.

Block 7
We are chasing our consultant planner to resubmit for MPSJ Planning approval hopefully by this week. Once the Planning approval is obtained, we will submit our amended building plans for approval. In the mean time we will get ready the various tenders to complete the balance works.

This project is under the supervision of Kementerian Perumahan Dan Kerajaan Tempatan ("KPKT"). I will continue to push for regular updates from the developer.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The unlevel playing field

I apologise to my readers for the brief silence. I have been unable to write for some days. I suppose the death of Beng Hock really took a toll on me. People told me before I ran for office that there would be a price to pay to be in politics. I never expected that a little more than a year since we took the State Government, I would lose a friend in such a manner. I was warned of that price, I just never expected it to be this heavy a price!

Justice for Beng Hock must be pursued not only by wearing some badges or gathering solemnly in remembrance of him. A life gone too soon. Beng Hock must be remembered each time you think of justice. Is justice obtainable in this land?

Critics sometimes live in illusion. They imagine a level playing field here in Malaysia. Last year, some of us offered ourselves to play in what others would term as a 'sure-lose' match, against a 50 year old defending champion. Taxpaying spectators demand for a good match. Not everyone realises that there is no level playing field. The goal post is tilted on one side. The linesmen are used to seeing the defending champion lead the match. The referee feels indebted to the defending champion. The spectators are frustrated with the quality of the game. Why are the players constantly delaying the match by 'politicking' and screaming at each other? Don't they realise that time is ticking away? It's a dirty field. The field is terribly uneven. The main media sponsor only focuses on the defending champion attempting to score goals and when the greenhorn misses. Players are seen protesting - one of our team mates collapses on the field. We can't continue the game this way. We first need to fight for a level playing field.

It is no longer just a dirty field, it is a dangerous field! I'm bracing myself and my team for possible attacks on us. It can come in so many ways. All I'm asking of the spectators is this: you will know it when it comes and when it does come, ask yourself this - is there a level playing field?