Monday, November 22, 2010

Friends of Pakatan Rakyat in London

Last weekend, Friends of Pakatan Rakyat in London met at a forum to discuss on the participation of youth in Malaysian politics. Nik Nazmi (ADUN for Seri Setia), Ginie Lim (PKR) and I shared our experiences to the young Malaysians in London. Here are some photographs taken that evening:


  Raja Petra Kamarudin and Haris Ibrahim were also present

Catching up with Raja Petra Kamarudin

Also met Mariam Mokhtar

 With Marina Lee


I was also pleasantly surprised to meet a classmate of mine from SMK Subang Utama at the forum, now based in London. It has been 14 years since I last met him! We want to encourage more young Malaysians (based locally or abroad) to engage in politics and participate in nation building. Hopefully when that happens, we can chart a better future for our children and see a decline in migration.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Press Statement from Menteri Besar

PRESS STATEMENT
NOV 18, 2010
NO DEVELOPMENT IN TAMAN SUBANG RIA UNTIL FULL VALUATION REPORT


SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government has put on hold the proposed development of 19 acres in Taman Subang Ria until a full valuation of the property is completed and presented to Subang Jaya residents.

The decision was made this morning at the state economic action meeting chaired by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Dato Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim following briefings by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Dato' Adnan Md. Ikhsan and state town and country planning department director, Dato' Jaafar Mohd. Atan. 

The State government is aware that 19 acres of development - which is  part of the 72 acres that is owned by Sime Darby-  have been placed in the gazetted Subang Jaya local plan but assured there will be no development approved until the valuation report is made known to the Subang Jaya residents. 

The Menteri Besar also directed Dato’ Adnan to give briefings to MPSJ councilors as soon as possible to ensure that the residents have access to the correct information with regards to the issue.

The state government ensures its commitment towards ensuring proper procedures are adhered to, most importantly that all information must be given to residents concerned. This is in line with our belief in the right to information and freedom of information.

The residents must be duly informed, given full planning decisions, as they are ultimately the beneficiaries of the state's plans. We hope our planning and development decisions will be made on a multi-stakeholder basis, and continue to encourage such dialogue and discussion between the people and the government.

In April this year, the Menteri Besar gave his verbal commitment during his meeting with Subang Jaya residents in April 2010 that any decision on Taman Subang Ria would be put on hold until the valuation report was completed. At the same dialogue, acquisition of the area on one for one basis was proposed by the residents, an option which the state government said would be explored. 

PRESS SECRETARIAT
OFFICE OF DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

Press release by Menteri Besar on Taman Subang Ria

KENYATAAN AKHBAR
18 NOVEMBER 2010
TIADA PEMBANGUNAN DI TAMAN SUBANG RIA SEHINGGA PENILAIAN PENUH SEHINGGA PENILAIAN HARTANAH SIAP

SHAH ALAM: Kerajaan Selangor tidak akan meneruskan cadangan pembangunan 19 hektar tanah di Taman Ria Subang sehingga penilaian hartanah siap dan dibentang kepada penduduk Subang Jaya.

Keputusan tersebut telah dibuat pagi tadi dalam Mesyuarat Tindakan Ekonomi Negeri Selangor (MTES) yang dipengerusi oleh Menteri Besar Tan Sri Dato Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim selepas mendengar taklimat oleh Dato 'Adnan Md Ikhsan, YDP Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya dan Pengarah Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa, Datp Jaafar Mohd Atan.

Walaupun cadangan 19 hektar iaitu sebahagian daripada tanah Taman Subang Ria seluas 72 hektar yang dimiliki oleh Sime Darby - telah dimasukkan dalam  perancangan tempatan MPSJ. Walaubagaimanapun kerajaan negeri memberi jaminan tiada pembangunan akan diluluskan sehingga laporan penilaian dibentangkan kepada warga penduduk Subang Jaya.

Menteri Besar juga telah mengarahkan Dato 'Adnan untuk memberikan taklimat kepada ahli majlis MPSJ secepat mungkin untuk memastikan bahawa penduduk Subang Jaya mempunyai akses kepada maklumat yang betul berkaitan dengan masalah ini.

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor akan memastikan prosedur dipatuhi dan yang paling penting semua maklumat perlu diberikan kepada penduduk yang terlibat kerana ini adalah selaras komitmen terhadap kebebasan maklumat.

Penduduk mesti dimaklumkan,diberikan keputusan perancangan penuh kerana mereka akhirnya akan menjadi penerima manfaat rancangan kerajaan. Kerajaan Negeri berharap keputusan perancangan dan pembangunan akan dibuat berasaskan pelbagai pihak  berkepentingan, dan akan terus membuat serta mendorong dialog dan perbincangan antara penduduk dan kerajaan.

Pada April tahun ini, Dato’ Menteri Besar telah memberi komitmen melalui percakapannya dalam mesyuarat bersama penduduk Subang Jaya bahawa apa juga keputusan berkaitan Taman Subang Ria akan ditangguhkan sehingga laporan penilaian dilengkapkan. Dalam dialog yang sama, Menteri Besar juga telah berjanji untuk mengambilkira cadangan penduduk untuk pengambilan tanah dimana penduduk telah menyatakan kesanggupan mereka untuk membayar RM1 bagi setiap RM1 yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri,

SEKRETARIAT AKHBAR
PEJABAT DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Taman Subang Ria

Brief chronology of the application by Sime Darby to develop Taman Subang Ria :

April 2009 : State Planning Committee gave approval in principle to Sime to develop 19 acres out of 72.63 acres. Balance of 53.63 acres must be upgraded and surrendered back to the State Authority as a public recreational park. [Note : this is still subject to a detailed submission of the application to MPSJ]. 

June 2009 : Hearing for the Draft Local Plan in MPSJ. MPSJ accepted the residents' suggestion to gazette the full 72.63 acres of the park as a recreational park.

February 2010 : Objections by resident groups were submitted to MPSJ after Sime has submitted an application to MPSJ to subdivide and convert land use of the park [Note : this is not a detailed application to develop the park]. 

March 2010 : Menteri Besar releases classified information on Taman Subang Ria particularly on how the land title for the park landed in Sime's hand.

April 2010 : Menteri Besar met about 600 residents of Subang Jaya in Holiday Villa for a dialogue session. At the dialogue, Menteri Besar agreed to conduct a valuation report on the costs of acquiring the park and to have it discussed at a second dialogue to be held in June 2010. There was a delay in the presentation of the valuation report. 

May 2010 : MPSJ rejected Sime's application to subdivide and convert land use of the park on the basis that it was inconsistent with the gazetted Local Plan. 

October 2010 : I was informed that Sime has appealed to Lembaga Rayuan (Appeals Board) in May 2010 against MPSJ's decision to reject their application. We immediately arranged for residents to file an intervener at Lembaga Rayuan, Derek Fernandez will be representing the residents for the hearing on 28 December 2010. Some inconsistencies have been found in the gazetted Local Plan and you can read more about it here.

November 2010 : I have been informed that the valuation report has been tabled to the Selangor State Executive Councillors and that the Menteri Besar is ready to meet the residents a second time via a dialogue to be held in December 2010.

My position : The decision by the State Planning Committee in April 2009 is inconsistent with Local Agenda 21 and lacks transparency and accountability to the people and should be nullified. No consultation was done by the Committee prior to this decision. The inconsistencies highlighted in the Local Plan are a cause for concern and I have notified the State Executive Councillors on the discrepancies. The Menteri Besar must investigate the inconsistencies and hold the culprit responsible. Sime Darby on the other hand (whose substantial shareholder is the Federal Government : AmanahRaya is wholly owned by the Federal Government) should listen to the voice of the people and return the park back to the people.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

An article by Vivian Kuan

This is an article written by one of my interns Vivian Kuan who is now doing her second year in law. Below is her observation of the civil service after completing her internship at our office. I'm most glad to see young people interested in governance and speaking up on issues pivotal to nation building. We have great hope in our future generation. You can also read her light hearted posting here after the completion of her internship with me. 

 

The Civil Service: Malaysia’s engine in need of a major overhaul

8 November, 2010
By Vivian Kuan
The four key areas to transform Malaysia’s civil service.
Source: magickriver.blogspot.com
Source: magickriver.blogspot.com

To date, the Malaysian public service has a staff strength of 1.2 million employees, covering 28 schemes of service. Despite the growth in quantity after 53 years, unfortunately the system still struggles with not only technological usage but also in efficiency, quality of service, and mind-setting spirit at work. We stress on improving the civil service because the Malaysian civil service plays a huge role in the growth of the country, domestically and internationally, and we therefore cannot afford these short-comings.

As recently as 9 October 2010, our Prime Minister addressed the civil sector in Malaysia to be more receptive to change. He mentioned in his speech that we should equip our public service with quality human capital and quality of service to meet the demands of our society. He said the following four areas would be the benchmark in order to improve the civil service:
  1. Transparency and accountability.
  2. Competitiveness.
  3. Merit-based, and striving for a culture of excellence.
  4. Knowledge and high awareness.
Transparency and accountability
The Prime Minister mentioned the adoption of best policies and implementation of services.
There has been much promotion of the policy of 1Malaysia and “people first, performance now.” However this is not reflected in practice.
For me, the true meaning of transparency and accountability – one that will benefit Malaysia – is to aim for zero corruption. Remember the RM12.5 billion corruption in the Port Klang Free Zone scandal? The RM12.5 billion could be channelled to fund scholarships or improve the road system, something that would be more beneficial to the growth of Malaysia.

Competitiveness
The Prime Minister said we have to listen to stakeholders.
Having to listen is indeed correct, but not to stakeholders – not yet anyway. The government has to listen to the people and find out what would attract the best people for the job. To be competitive in business, we have to make the civil service a competitive field for jobs. When the best brains are recruited, they will drive the civil service forward and increase competitiveness amongst stakeholders.

The sectors responsible for driving the civil service forward are the Federal Public Service, the State Public Services, the Joint Public Services, the education service, the judiciary, the legal service, the police and armed forces.

To increase competitiveness for these jobs, the government should channel funds to increase the pay of civil servants. This would make the jobs more prestigious and attractive, and would appeal to the best brains in Malaysia.

Jayanath Appudurai, who writes extensively on poverty for the Centre for Policy Initiatives, suggests that Malaysia calculates the PLI based on two-thirds of the median income of its households. The median income is a country’s total income divided by half – which is RM2,830 for Malaysia. Therefore, Malaysia’s PLI for 2010 based on two-thirds of the median income should be RM1,886, rather than the government’s PLI average of RM800 per household.

The basic salary of a special assistant to a politician is RM1,500, and for a local councillor, RM750. As stated above, the benchmark of one living in poverty is an income of RM1,886. We cannot expect a degree holder to want to take up a job that pays below the poverty line.

Recently, in light of the 2011 Budget, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said bonus payments to civil servants would depend on the country’s economic situation. And yet the government can afford a RM 65 million facelift of the PM’s official residence, and an additional RM147 million for the construction of the new national palace at Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

Merit-based, and striving for a culture of excellence
The Prime Minister spoke of an outcome-based performance and delivery.
Yes, we should aim for a high performance culture, but this would only be possible when we achieve a cultured civil service. There should be more non-bumiputeras recruited. The reason is simple. Our country is multi-racial. Hence, the different races have different needs the government should cater to. Let me give you an example. Take the issue of merely fulfilling a basic need of having a crematorium for non-Muslims in a district. If the people up in the board are populated of more than 90% of bumiputeras, more often than not, we cannot expect them to provide for needs that would be almost impossible without proposal and deliberation from the non-bumiputeras. It would then be a challenge to strive for excellence and a high performance culture. We can’t really blame this on the people in the civil service, really. We blame it on the system.

AB Sulaiman wrote in his blog Anak Bangsa Malaysia on 4 February 2010 on the civil service being very “Malay-sian”. He mentioned his experience of working in the civil service, particularly in recruitment exercises: “Each time, my interview committee members and superiors goaded me to select and appoint people of my own type. The reason given was: ‘Malays are not yet ready for the highly competitive private sector employment. They won’t be able to survive out there’.”

There should be a place for all Malaysians in the civil service, so that each race is well represented. Lim Kit Siang, on his blog, stated that as at 31 December 2009, the racial breakdown of the Malaysian civil service comprising 1,247,894 employees is as follows: Malay (78.2%); Other Bumiputras (7.7%); Chinese (5.8%), Indian (4.0%); and Others (4.2%)

This the worst multi-racial composition of the government service, with the lowest Chinese and Indian representation in the public service in Malaysia’s 53-year history. This is clearly seen from the three sets of comparative figures of the racial breakdown of the civil service before the NEP 1971 and as at December 2009 – Malays (60.80% and 78.2%); Chinese (20.2% and 5.8%); Indians (17.4% and 4.0%); and Others (1.6% and 4.2%).

It is clear that the Government is setting the worst example of a 1Malaysia Government.

Yes, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah told a press conference in Parliament on 13 October 2010 that the number of Chinese employed to date had seen an increase of 9% compared to 2008. With all due respect, an increase of 9% of the 5.8% of the Chinese in the government is quite pathetic.

Knowledge and high awareness
Our Prime Minister mentioned that there is need to implant knowledge into our thinking and reacting.
I beg to differ. I believe the more accurate statement would be that we have to implant thinking into the knowledge we’ve learnt. Often in the Malaysian syllabus of education, students are required to merely memorise facts and formulas to regurgitate out at the exam halls. There is minimal requirement for any form of thinking to be shown.

The education system is extremely important to empower the people with knowledge and high awareness. Not only does the current system not facilitate the need for thought and reaction, it also needs improvement in the area of cultivating civil awareness. For example, the syllabus should include basic general knowledge of the roles of different ministers, about the legislation, executive and judiciary, the difference between a Member of Parliament and an assemblyman. It’s tragic that SPM graduates do not know about basic things like that. These are all basic requirements in cultivating high awareness in our society.

The Prime Minister gave his views on improving the government system. Here are some of my views.

Malaysia has always been talking about improving infrastructure, growth in development, etc. Yes, Putrajaya is indeed a beautiful city. The government has spent billions beautifying that particular area. However, this would not attract the best brains to work there. More often than not, it is the pay that attracts. As mentioned earlier, money should not be allowed to leak into corruptions like the PKFZ scandal. These billions should be used to up the attractiveness of the pay of government servants.

To the dismay of government servants, the bonus to be paid to civil servants totalling RM 3.1 billion had not been included in the 2011 budget, due to financial constraints. Now there is a recent proposal of building another skyscraper with an allocation of RM 5 billion. I personally think that this RM 5 billion could be channelled to improving the government service by increasing the pay of civil servants.

It is evident that there is an increasing growth of infrastructure in our country but you’d be surprised that when it comes to simple necessities like street lamps, water pumps, the town council does not have sufficient funds. There must be something really wrong in our allocation of money.

Back in the day, the civil service used to be a very highly looked up to profession. How did that change over the years? How did the quality drop so immensely? Is it because the people running the system have become so complacent with things that they feel there is no need to maintain the quality, let alone improve it? After all, it’s been 53 years – and 53 years is a very long time.

Wanting to change things from grassroots level will not be as impactful. Given the analogy of the best lawyer in town, being able to lay down brilliant points of arguments and accurate cases in court, but we don’t change the way judges are appointed, justice still will not be served. Change must come from the top. 

The Prime Minister said Malaysia’s Talent Corporation will start its operations in January 2011, marking the start of a concerted effort to woo the return of Malaysian professionals abroad. Charles Polidano once said, “Most reforms in government fail. They do not fail because, once implemented, they yield unsatisfactory outcomes. They fail because they never get past the implementation stage at all. They are blocked outright or put into effect only in tokenistic, half-hearted fashion.”

So, Mr. Prime Minister, the rakyat will hold you to all your speeches. Prove to us that it all isn’t just words someone else had prepared for you to read out, and that this will move past the implementation stage. After all, they always say, actions speak louder than words.

Vivian Kuan is a person that never lets anyone tell her she can’t do something. She channels her time and energy only to what she loves in life. Thus, she chose to read law and is currently in her second year. Other than burying her head in law books, she loves to dance, play the piano and write songs. And she never says no to food. She has a heart for people; hence she finds joy in making a difference in the lives of others. She always believes she can do anything, which sometimes gets her into crazy situations, but that belief gets her through. She’s always wanted to be a part of something bigger in life.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Deepavali!


Here's wishing all my Hindu residents and friends a very Happy Deepavali!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Public forum on Budget 2011

PUBLIC FORUM:  BUDGET 2011 - CHANGE OR CONTINUITY?
Date: 20 Oct 2010 (Wed)
Time: 8pm
Venue: Poolside Cove, Sunway Lagoon Club, No. 3, Jalan Lagoon Timur, Bandar Sunway

Speakers
MP for PJ Utara, Tony Pua
Chief Executive of Selangor Economic Advisory Office, Rafizi Ramli
MP for Klang, Charles Santiago
MP for Kuala Selangor, Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad
Political analyst Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Organiser/moderator: Office of State Assemblywoman for Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh

Admission: Free

Map : Please click here

Enquiries: 019-2865858

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Civil service gives FOI Bill the thumbs up


By Stephanie Sta Maria

SHAH ALAM: Civil servants in Selangor today overcame their initial apprehension over the state government's Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and threw their support behind its enactment. 
At a feedback session held by the Special Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) this morning, representatives from various government bodies in the state highlighted certain “vague” clauses in the Bill which they warned would hinder its enforcement.

These concerns included the appointment of an information officer, the definition of specific words, the basis on which a person is deemed “not entitled” to information, how information is disseminated and the response time frame.

On hand to address their concerns were FOI select committee members and assemblymen comprising Saari Sungib (Hulu Kelang), Hannah Yeoh (Subang), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia), Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Sijangkang) and Amirudin Shari (Batu Caves).

Many questioned whether information officer meant a new appointee or an extension of powers for the current hire. They stated their preference for the latter, explaining that it would be more cost-effective.

A considerable number of terms, meanwhile, also caused confusion among the civil servants due to the lack of details and definition of each.

“It states that the department is not required to comply with an application for information which is vexatious and unreasonable,” said a Yayasan Selangor representative.

“What is considered vexatious and unreasonable? Some may equate it to photocopying 20 pages. You must clearly define this,” she added.

“Another clause states that applications to access information may be refused by the department when the applicant is not entitled to this information. Who determines this entitlement and what is its basis?”

Here, another representative interjected and said that the above mentioned clause contradicted with an earlier one that states that “any person may be given access to information made by every department”.

“The Bill is called Freedom of Information but there are so many restrictions,” she added. “Perhaps it would be more accurate to rename it Access to Information instead.”

Amirudin shot down this suggestion and said that the restrictions were necessary to avoid the overstepping of state power.

“The FOI Bill is named as such not because we want to draw a line between black and white but because we want transparency to be part of the culture in Selangor,” he added.

The civil servants also protested the 30-day time line between the approval of an application and the delivery of information.

They explained that certain requests would involve the coordination of several departments which could possibly take longer, especially if the information required was several years old.

On that same note, they asked that a time frame be imposed on the information requested as some are not available after a 10-year period.

A boost to people's confidence
Saari, the committee chair, concluded the session by saying that the Selangor government's intention is to uphold the people's basic right to information.

“The FOI Bill is in line with the government's practice of democracy,” he said. “We will take the dominant points of this discussion to the next state assembly sitting and your input will be included in the amendments.”

Nik Nazmi added to this by underlining the government's efforts to boost the people's confidence in it via the Bill.

“There are many times when this 'classified information' finds its way onto blogs,” he noted. “So it is important for our laws to catch up and keep up with technology.”

Hannah later stressed the importance of the civil service support of the Bill as they are the “arms and legs” of making the enactment “functional”.

“This is the first time that  the voice of the civil service has been included in a legislation,” she observed. “It's a good learning step for them to see and understand how this state government functions – that it wants their contributions in improving a future legislation.”

“Today's session was very important and completed our entire exercise. Many times we conduct research and put forth proposals without being aware of the practical issues faced by the civil service. This is why so many legislations in Malaysia lack enforcement.”

The Selangor government made history when it tabled the Bill during the last state assembly sitting in July. It consulted various civil society groups in drafting this legislation but faced criticism from certain quarters for excluding international best practices in the drafts.

A third reading of the Bill will be done during the next sitting in March 2011 after which the government is hoping to have it passed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Latest : Gated & Guarded guidelines


Click here to read the guidelines issued by Kementerian Perumahan Dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) on Gated Community and Guarded Neighbourhood.

I welcome feedback from residents on the guidelines, will raise them with the State Exco and State Planning Committee.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Assisting residents of Mutiara Perdana apartment in PJS 7

At the press conference

Article from the Malay Mail  

Sewerage treatment plant mess

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 10:12:00
 
SUBANG JAYA: In today's modern centralised sewerage treatment systems, it is disheartening to know the management of Mutiara Perdana apartment in PJS 7 here still have to manage their own sewerage treatment plant.

Worse, the national sewerage concessionaire, Indah Water Konsortium (IWK), refuses to take over this service for the apartments.

"When we consulted IWK, they said our plant is not built in accordance to the specifications required and told us to 'fix' the plant first before it can be surrendered to them," explained the apartment's joint management body (JMB) chairman Amarjeet Singh.

With JMB, managing agent and MPSJ councillor for Zone 2, Edward Ling at the sewerage treatment plant

He said the problem was due to the developer failing to surrender the sewerage treatment to IWK, forcing the JMB to manage the plant themselves.

Amarjeet said the cost of maintaining the sewerage treatment plant could go up to RM30,000 annually.

"Right now, we can only afford to do corrective maintenance of repairs only if the plant breaks down, as monthly maintenance is too costly.The plant also consumes lots of electricity because its pumps are running 24-7. The power bill alone can cost us up to RM15,000 a year."


Asked about what changes were needed to comply with IWK specifications, Amerjeet said: "After we calculated the cost, we were surprised that the upgrading cost can shoot up to over RM100,000. The cheapest quotation is RM50,000."

And the JMB's problems don't end there - as some of the plant's pumps were stolen recently.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said she had gone with the JMB for a meeting with the National Water Service Commission (Span) to seek viable solutions but found the only way was still to upgrade the plant.

"So now, the management is calling on residents and owners to come forward and chip in to a special fund for this upgrading purpose so they can finally surrender the sewerage treatment to IWK.


"This is for the benefit of residents as a properly maintained sewerage plant will reduce the possibility of recurring sewerage problems. I hope the residents will cooperate with the management."

There are 232 units in the apartment complex, with 70 per cent occupancy.

Yeoh also spoke up on the fencing problem around the perimeter of the apartments, which had caused concern among residents due to several trespassing cases.

She said her office had contributed RM3,000 from the State allocation to increase the height of the fence - adding three feet to the current five-foot-high fence.

 Examining the current fence

"Robbery and burglary cases are somewhat frequent because of the easy access. Last year, there were about 20 cases and another two to three cases were recorded recently."

Yeoh also chided the irresponsible developer, who has wound up and fled. She said since 2008, the apartment - which received the Certificate of Fitness (CF) in 2007 - was without electricity, water supply and even has an outstanding amount of water supply payments (due to installation of bulk meter earlier) which had since been sorted out.

"The Housing and Local Government Ministry should look into into issues of irresponsible developers abandoning properties, causing residents to suffer.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness program


This is a good effort by Sunway Medical Centre for the ladies. For more details, kindly contact Ms Sandriana at 03 7491 1115 or e-mail at sandrianaam@sunway.com.my
 

Meeting residents of SS18/5


I finally managed to upload photographs of my meeting with residents of SS18/5. 

The residents organised a clean up session for their neighbourhood.

Young and old came out in full force to ensure their housing area is free from breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.

After the clean up, residents had a dialogue session with me, MPSJ councillor Dr Loi, police and also bomba representatives.

The residents even took time to celebrate the birthday of their neighbour - a youthful looking senior citizen.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Support us by buying one ticket!



I'm organising a fundraising concert for DAP Selangor. Money collected from the sale of tickets will go directly into DAP Selangor account for the preparation of the next General Elections.

The price of the tickets are as follows: RM100, RM200 and RM300 per ticket

Tickets can be purchased from my office:
24A, 1st Floor, Jalan SS14/1A
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel : 03 5631 2768
Fax: 03 5631 2757

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 1pm to 7pm
Thursday nights : 8pm to 10pm

Contact person : Debbie Phang


Thanking you in advance for your support! Please pass the word around.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

At the home of the late Mdm Leong

I visited the family of the kindergarten teacher who passed away in Bandar Sunway as a result of snatch theft. Click here to read more about the incident.

The late Mdm Leong worked in Subang Jaya, lived in Taman Sri Muda and was walking on the pedestrian bridge connecting DUN Subang Jaya to DUN Seri Setia when she was attacked. All 3 state assemblymen : myself, Nik Nazmi (Seri Setia) and Shuhaimi Shafiei visited the family of the late Mdm Leong and gave financial assistance to the family on behalf of the Selangor State Government. Our condolences to her husband and daughters.

We urge the police and Home Ministry to beef up security in urban townships. Snatch thefts must be given heavy penalty and not be treated as petty crime. There are simply too many victims of snatch theft and the thieves must know that they can no longer get away with such senseless acts.

1Malaysia logo on Ah Long banners

Some parties were spreading lies about our Malaysia Day gotong-royong in SS13. Media asked me if our intention was to remove banners bearing the 1Malaysia logo as a rebellious sign against the Federal Government. My reply : I have no time to play childish political games with Barisan Nasional. (You can read more about our gotong-royong in the posting below). MPSJ will continue to remove any illegal advertisements (without MPSJ stickers), regardless of the identity of the person/agency who put them up.

Article from Sinar Harian :

SUBANG JAYA - “Tidak benar, saya tidak tahu siapa yang membuat khabar angin mengatakan program gotong-royong pagi ini (semalam) untuk menurunkan iklan dan bunting tertera logo 1 Malaysia,” demikian tegas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan ketika ditanya mengenai dakwaan beliau akan berbuat demikian dalam program dianjur pagi semalam.

Beliau yang menyangkal perkara itu turut menafikan pernah membawa turun iklan peminjam wang haram yang dibuat dalam bentuk bunting itu yang mempunyai logo 1 Malaysia meskipun pernah terjumpa iklan berkenaan.

“Pagi ini saya hanya mengadakan program gotong-royong disertai 60 belia dari sekitar Lembah Klang untuk membersihkan kawasan pangsapuri kos rendah di SS 13.

“Niat kami hanya membersihkan kawasan ini dan bukannya untuk menurunkan iklan dan sebagainya,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, program gotong-royong turut disertai kakitangan Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) dan pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) itu akan membawa turun iklan haram hanya sekiranya terserempak.

“Tetapi kalau dakwaan mengatakan kami menurunkan iklan atau bunting yang ada tertera logo 1 Malaysia itu memang tidak benar.

 “Anda (wartawan) boleh saksikan sendiri apa yang kami lakukan di sini,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

 Hannah berkata, dia hanya mengeluarkan pendapat bahawa logo 1 Malaysia dikomersialkan pihak tertentu untuk perniagaan mereka.

“Saya pernah terlihat iklan peminjam wang haram tertera logo 1 Malaysia. Meskipun begitu saya tidak menurunkannya kerana ia digantung agak tinggi di tiang lampu. Tetapi meskipun ada diletakkan logo 1 Malaysia di sana...saya ingin bertanya adakah ia mempunyai permit dan kebenaran pihak Majlis.

“Lebih mengecewakan dakwaan dibuat sedangkan bunting (mempunyai logo 1 Malaysia) di kawasan pangsapuri itu,” katanya lagi yang mendakwa iklan peminjam wang tertera logo itu dijumpai di kawasan kedai di USJ2.

Sementara itu Ahli Majlis MPSJ, Dr Loi Kheng Min yang turut menyertai aktiviti gotong-royong itu berkata, pihaknya hanya menyerahkan kepada Jabatan Perlesenan sekiranya mahu membawa turun iklan atau bunting mahupun kain rentang besar yang tidak mempunyai permit.

“Kami tidak menurunkan iklan 1 Malaysia kerana di situ ada gambar bendera...menurunkan bunting atau kain rentang itu bagi saya sama seperti menurunkan bendera. Fokus kita pada program pagi ini hanya untuk pembersihan bukan untuk menurunkan iklan,” katanya.

Malaysia Day - love for the nation

On Malaysia Day, a group of 60 youth gathered at SS13 flats to express their love for this nation. The message : to take ownership of this land and learn to care for their neighbours. 20 local residents from the flats participated in the venture with the assistance from Alam Flora and MPSJ enforcement officers. It was not so much about the act of cleaning itself, it was about NOT being indifferent to others in the community. It is not always an easy task to mobilise youth on a public holiday at 7am! I'm so glad these youth took time to do something positive for others. No fancy slogan on Malaysia Day : they just expressed it through their actions that morning!


Below is the article from the Star:  

ABOUT 60 youths showed their love for the country by volunteering for a gotong-royong to clean up the SS13 flats compound in Subang Jaya on Malaysia Day.

Phang Jun Yee, 14, said she did not mind waking up so early during the school holidays, as the initiative was for a good cause.“

It feels great to help clean up the area and possibly save lives in view of the health hazards like dengue fever,” said Cherish Choo, 15, whose father also helped out at the gotong-royong.

Although they go to different schools in Petaling Jaya, Jun Yee and Cherish knew each other through church and the Change Your World movement, which organised the event.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said the initiative was a statement from the youths to declare their love for the nation and to do something for the community.

“It also encourages them to take responsibility for the things that are happening in their country,” she said, adding that a simultaneous clean-up was held in the Bukit Gasing constituency.

“The youths, who come from all over the Klang Valley, worked with the residents to clean the drains and collect rubbish in the compound.

“The project was also supported by Alam Flora and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), which provided equipment and workers to trim trees and cut the grass.”

In addition to learning about the challenges of living in flats and the Joint Management Body (JMB) concept, Yeoh said the youths would also be exposed to the Rakan Cop programme conducted by the police and anti-human trafficking efforts by Tenaganita after the cleanup.

MPSJ councillor and JKP Zone 1 chairman Dr Loi Kheng Min said the gotong-royong was an opportunity for the youths to interact with the local community.

Change Your World coordinator Cathryn Lim said the local movement encouraged youths to learn and love the cities they lived in.

“Our aim is to create awareness among youths in schools and tertiary institutions about social ills, with a focus on three key issues.

“We also work with the local community to tweak the activities according to local needs,” she said.


 MPSJ councillor Dr Loi removing illegal banners




 There were 5 of such groups all over SS13 that morning

 Youth and local residents of SS13 flats attending the briefing by the police on Rakan Cop program and anti human trafficking effort by Tenaganita

Friday, September 17, 2010

Malaysia Day and NOT 1Msia Day

Below is the article from Harakahdaily:

Really guys, it's Malaysia Day, minus the '1': Hannah
PETALING JAYA, Sept 16: There is still a section of Malaysians who are confused about today's public holiday, thinking that it has to do with prime minister Najib Razak's political battlecry '1Malaysia'.

Subang Jaya state representative Hannah Yeoh is least amused, reminding the people that today is a celebration of Malaysia Day, and not '1Malaysia Day'.

“Today is Malaysia Day, not 1Malaysia Day. Do not commercialise historical days and add '1' to every product, slogan, speech,” lamented Hannah in her Facebook posting.

Hannah also was dumbfounded over the announcement by Najib in Sandakan, Sabah about the "1Malaysia milk" programme, part of efforts to build a generation of healthier and stronger Malaysians.

The programme which started with an initial cost of RM4 million will enable all pupils in primary schools nationwide to receive free milk from next month.

“Free milk is good but no need to label it 1Malaysia milk," retorted Hannah, sarcastically questioning whether the name suggested that the milk could now be consumed by Malaysians of all races.

On Malaysia Day, Hannah urged Malaysians to "live in substance, not the form", adding that the '1Malaysia' slogan was as wrong as singer cum composer Namewee’s controversial tweaking of the national anthem to "Negarakuku".

“Namewee has been questioned before for adding 'ku' to our Negaraku. But Barisan Nasional can get away with adding '1' to our Malaysia,” wrote Hannah

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DUN Subang Jaya : Sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration


This is the official Sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri event which is partly sponsored by my office.  The Lions Club of Subang Jaya has put together this event with the cooperation of MPSJ. I will be there to launch the event at 7pm. There will also be a special appearance by local artist Amirah Ali. Admission is free. See you there!

Photo taken from Amirah Ali's facebook
 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

To all my Muslim residents and friends : 

Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri & have a safe journey on the road!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat program


For those of you who will be travelling, please remember to sign up for this program by the police. For more details, visit the SJ Alert website.

At the launch of Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat 2010 together with CPO, OCPD, YB Teresa Kok and community leaders (this photo courtesy of Mr Andy Lim)

 With members of SJ Alert visiting Ramadan bazaars in USJ and SS18 to promote Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat program

My office also prepared specially packed buah kurmas for residents

 Distributing SJ Alert stickers containing numbers to call in emergency cases

Together with young volunteers distributing Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat forms