Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New year, new office location, extended operating hours

Beginning 2012 we will be moving to a bigger office at 113A (1st Floor) Jalan SS14/1, Subang Jaya with extended operating hours to better serve all our constituents. We will be operating 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) from 10am to 5pm and on Thursday nights 8pm to 10pm.

Please be informed that we will be closed from 28 - 30 December 2011 for this move. Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year and may 2012 be a wonderful year for all!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas celebration with all your loved ones. As we continue to rejoice and celebrate our Saviour King Jesus, may we remember that everyday is a reason for celebration because of Him! Christmas isn't Christmas till it happens in our hearts. Celebrate Jesus everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More parking bays in SS18

Newly created parking bays from MARRIS allocation for DUN Subang Jaya

Article in SJ Echo - More Parking Bays in SS18

SIXTY three more parking bays have been added along Jalan Ss18/1B, providing a much needed relief to residents and also shop owners along the stretch.

ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh said the shop owners along the road had also requested for a one-way traffic system to be implemented for the two-lane stretch.

“There is a great need for parking space in SS18 especially those fronting the shop houses. My office has also received many requests from residents all over Subang Jaya for their roads to be resurfaced.”

“We need more funds from the State Government in 2012 to do so,” she said after inspecting the new parking bays.

Hannah said for a sum of RM1mil, MPSJ was only able to resurface approximately eight to nine kilometers of road.

“We are presently going on a road to road basis depending on the urgency of the request from residents,” she said.

SS18 TJ House Restaurant owner Jeffrey Tan who was present said the extra parking bays was good as it helped ease the need for space for residents and customers who frequented the row of shop houses in the area.

“Parking space is inadequate especially during the evenings when people come over to dine at the restaurants in this area,” he added.

Receiving feedback from the business owners who are happy with the additional parking bays

With MPSJ Engineers Ir Ismail, Adnan Derahman and Rostam Salleh and business owners

Apart from the new parking bays above, the RM1 million MARRIS allocation given for DUN Subang Jaya has been spent to resurface/repair the following roads:-

(1) Jalan PJS 7/15 (with 38 additional newly created parking bays for the morning market)
(2) Jalan PJS 9/3
(3) Jalan SS18/1B
(4) Jalan SS19/7
(5) Jalan SS19/3
(6) Roads servicing SS13 Subang Jaya Buddhist Association and Kuil Sri Varatharajah Perumal
(7) Jalan Subang 4
(8) Jalan USJ 9/3F (with 18 additional newly created parking bays) and a few other streets in USJ 9
(9) Jalan TP 1/4
(10) Junction from Persiaran Tujuan heading to Persiaran Kewajipan
(11) Jalan Persiaran Subang

The newly resurfaced road along Jalan SS18/1B
At the recent State Legislative Assembly sitting, I have requested for more funds to be channelled to MPSJ for repair and/or resurfacing of roads. For more information/explanation on the lack of funds for this purpose, you may click here to find out more.

Bright lights, happy community

Article in Komunitikini

The SS15 field in Subang Jaya, the only open space for some 340 houses in the community, is now bright even at night following the installation of two floodlights.
Subang Jaya assemblywoman, Hannah Yeoh, who officiated a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the installation today, said the lights were built along with other upgrades such as a walking path, exercise stations, work stations and a fence around the football field.
The ceremony drew the participation of more than 50 residents, who donned their residents’ association t-shirts and made merry while witnessing the official opening of the upgraded park.
Yeoh said the lights cost about RM9,000 and were funded by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
“This was requested by the residents as the area is a hotspot for crime,” she explained.
“Following the installation of floodlights, they now have better security and are also able to use the facilities at night,” she said.
Loi Kheng Min, the MPSJ councillor for JKP Zone 1 (under which the SS15 neighbourhood comes under), also noted that SS15 is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Subang Jaya and many of its residents are retirees.
“They now have an extended time to exercise,” he said, referring to the lighted park.
How the residents organised themselves
SS15 residents’ association secretary, Michael Surendran, said the residents first organised themselves in a group in 2009 due to concern about the rising crime rate in the neighbourhood.
“We then decided to have our own voluntary patrols every night to fight crime,” said the former police official.
He said that with Yeoh’s assistance, they managed to get bicycles, vests and torchlights for the patrols.

The efforts were effective. Surendran said he once confronted a gang of burglars who were breaking into a house. He alerted the police, and the gang was busted in Cheras later.
He also said a small alley beside the field used to be a crime spot as many students and residents were using it to get to the shoplots, even during at night.
The residents then requested the authority to make it into one-way road, and Yeoh had in last year allocated a fund to build a police beat near the alley.
“Since then, the crime rate dropped by almost 100 percent,” Michael said.
Yeoh commended the residents on their initiative to get together, and said it should be emulated by other communities.
“By getting together as one voice, your demands can be more clearly heard,” she said.
More photos taken by my office during the press conference that day:
During the press conference

With the men

With the ladies

The floodlights

The happy community

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Insecurity is the heart of racism

When Subang Jaya State Assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh and her husband Ramachandran Muniandy decided to register their newborn daughter as “anak Malaysia”, nobody told them that it would unearth deep-seated insecurity in Malaysians’ attitudes towards race.

Hannah believes that there is a sizeable amount of Malaysians who – like her – prefer to be identified as Malaysian and not ethnic Chinese, Indian or Malay.

However, she was shocked by some of the reactions she got when she tried to get the National Registration Department to officially recognize the concept of Bangsa Malaysia. “Someone told me I was ‘not a submissive wife’, while others accused me of being anti-Indian.”

While awareness of the Bangsa Malaysia concept is growing, Hannah says that her recent experience has revealed that a segment of the population is resistant towards it. “Some people condemn political parties for having racist agendas, but they are not able to let go of the notion of race either.”

Hannah traces this attitude on the system of racial labeling which has become a ‘stronghold’ in the way this country functions.

“Race is at the core of each Malaysian’s identity from the moment they are born. Everything revolves around which category you tick in the box for ‘race’ in Malaysia,” the former lawyer told The Rocket.

Hannah points out that a Malaysian going overseas who describe themselves as being ‘chinese’ would find themselves being mistaken for being a China national.

Asked what would make Bangsa Malaysia a reality, she replied that Malaysians must abandon the argument of race.

“Our sense of security in our identity must not be rooted in skin color. It comes from knowing who you are… your relationship with your Maker and your loved ones… being empowered by that. I don’t believe I depend on my skin color for anything,” stressed Hannah.

The first-term state assemblywoman firmly believes that insecurity is at the heart of racism. “Insecurity turns people into racists. But unity can happen when the people of this land feel a sense of belonging, when we look at the things that unite us and not focus on skin color.”

Describing an example of unity, she relates the story of two best friends and former schoolmates, which she calls a tale of “the real 1 Malaysia”. Wheelchair-bound Chin Kit is best friends with Azizul. Despite living in Pantai Dalam, Azizul would travel all the way to USJ 1 in Subang Jaya just to spend time with Chin Kit.

They hang out together and often share a taxi to go shopping. Azizul, who suffers a disability to his hand, would carry Chin Kit in and out of his heavy wheelchair.

“In a country with no natural disasters, we often take unity for granted. But these two friends with disabilities had to depend on each other for survival. There is no room for discrimination when we need to depend on each other,” Hannah added.

“Don’t be an Ibrahim Ali at your dinner table”

Quoting blogger Nathaniel Tan, Hannah exhorted parents to be mindful of their choice of words when speaking about those of other races. “Don’t be an Ibrahim Ali at the dinner table, your children will easily pick up stereotypes,” she said.

Hannah believes that leadership is the key to breaking racial stereotypes. She added that Bangsa Malaysia would not happen if teachers continue to be trained by Biro Tata Negara, or if political parties are race-based.

She rapped Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for spending millions on branding to promote the 1 Malaysia concept “without sincerity”, and not living up to expectations. Hannah said that the slogan is without substance if the Prime Minister does not take action against incidents of racial intolerance.

For instance inflammatory remarks by Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali; or the recent 8TV Ramadan Public Service Announcement Advertisements – which she describes as “tasteless and condescending”.

Hannah warned against an attitude of “sweeping things under the carpet”, as over time, the accumulated sensitivity will explode. She supports DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh’s suggestion of legislating a Race Relations Act.

The 32-year-old says that she always strives to emphasize inclusiveness in constituency allocations and programmes organised by her kawasan. “For instance, in the Subang Jaya Talent Quest competition, we required group participants to be multicultural and not just made up of members of the same race,” she said.

Hannah – also known as Yeoh Tseow Suan – decried that mono-racial friendship has become second nature in an increasingly polarised society. She described the phenomenon of adults gradually having fewer friends of different races as being “unhealthy”.

By nurturing the things that unite Malaysians, she hopes to rekindle multicultural friendships – in particular for her daughter’s generation. -The Rocket

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hailstorm in USJ

Article from SJ Echo - "Mini Tornado" Hits Puchong and Parts of USJ

Residents and Authorities Cleaning Up in the Aftermath

TNB personnel working into the night to restore power to homes left in the dark for hours after the storm.

PUCHONG and USJ residents were caught off guard with the sudden heavy storm that swept through their neighbourhoods leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Several parts of USJ especially in USJ13 experienced a hailstorm just before thunder, lightning, strong winds and heavy rain poured down mercilessly in the housing estates.

Photo of the small pieces of ice which fell from the sky, courtesy of Mr Ang of USJ13 RT

The "mini tornado" as described by sources close to the Meteorological Services Department, left a trail of destruction - fallen trees and even disruption in power supply to several areas.

MPSJ, Bomba and even TNB personnel were kept busy the whole afternoon right into the night, trying to clear roads of debris and reconnecting power to homes which had been left in the dark since 4pm.

ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh who went around the neighbourhoods of USJ9, USJ13 and USJ14 to see the extend of the damage said she hoped residents would be patient as the authorities raced against time to carry out their work.

Hannah calling TNB while she is with residents of USJ13

Earlier reports from residents described chaos as tree branches and uprooted trees blocked off roads in neighbourhoods and also Persiaran Murni.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My tribute to the late OCPD

A few months ago, YB Gobind Singh Deo (Member of Parliament for Puchong) and I had a conversation about town hall meetings and co-operation with the police. Naturally, we touched on the issue of application for police permits for such meetings and the person in charge of considering such applications – the late OCPD Tuan Zainal Rashid. When his name was mentioned, YB Gobind’s description of him stayed in my head until today: “A good man”.

A good man. That’s him. Our Tuan Zainal. Ever since I was elected the State Assemblyman of Subang Jaya, I have attended 3 funerals for police officers at USJ 8 Balai. His is my third. When I received news of his sudden death from MPSJ councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran, I was stunned. I could not believe the sms I saw. I wanted to just delete it and pretend that I never saw it.

Just a few days before his death, I hosted a thanksgiving dinner for rescue workers of the explosion at Empire, namely the policemen and the firemen. Tuan Zainal sat next to me at the dinner table and we had an interesting conversation. He gave me slimming tips when we started chatting about the weight I put on during pregnancy. We talked about my caesarean surgery. He spoke about the importance of “urut” to get back into shape. I wanted to stay back a little longer to chat with him and now regret for failure to obey that tugging at my heart. I didn’t know that that would be the last time I saw him.

The last time I saw him - photo courtesy of SJ Echo

In the course of performing my duties as the State Assemblyman of Subang Jaya, I have met many police officers but Tuan Zainal stood out like a star. He was always down to earth and made me feel very comfortable around him. Always patient to explain procedures to me (he did the same at the Empire explosion site at 5am!). He had invited me to his house before for Hari Raya gathering and had the pleasure of meeting his wife. Sadly, I missed the chance to buka puasa with him at the new surau in IPD Subang Jaya this year.

Our karaoke session together

I will never forget meeting him at the first function organised by USJ RA in 3K. I was called out to sing a P. Ramlee duet with Tuan Zainal. I was nervous, firstly I’m a lousy singer and secondly, having to belt out a P. Ramlee song gave me double anxiety. Again, Tuan Zainal did what he knew best – making people around him feel comfortable and I did not just survive the song, I actually enjoyed it!

My colleagues in politics have often complained about the difficulty of securing police permits for their events. I did not share the same fate, simply because Tuan Zainal was a fair man. I count meeting him, knowing him and having fellowshipped with him as one of the great joys of serving as the ADUN of Subang Jaya.

He will be greatly missed! - photo courtesy of SJ Echo

Some days I still go to his Facebook page and see his photos. His sudden passing is a great loss to the community of Subang Jaya. I know he will be greatly missed by his family and those who love him. A tribute article like this cannot do justice to the nice man that he was. But this is the least I can do, to let Subang Jaya residents know what a fine man we had in our late OCPD. A good man indeed.

Giving credit when it is due

Giving Credit When It Is Due

Ever since I became the state assemblyman for Subang Jaya, sleeping late has been a norm. Some days I get to go to bed early yet still remain awake till early morning pre occupied with so many thoughts. September 28 was no different. I happened to be awake at about 3am and was reading tweets on my phone when I received a tweet from a resident in SS17 informing me of a loud explosion coming from Empire Shopping Gallery. I immediately rang the police from SS17 police station and they told me they were already at the site. After notifying the MPSJ engineer, I rushed to the site too.

When I arrived, I was greeted by Tuan Ariffin from the SS17 police station and then Chief Inspector Sulaiman. As I walked closer to the site of the explosion, I noticed the firemen led by Deputy Supt Tuan Khairi bin Daud of the SS17 balai were already at work. Soon after, I met our OCPD Tuan Zainal who was also there at 5am. This article is not to talk about the explosion (which you can read from other news reports). I want to talk about the brave men involved in the rescue and inspection works.

This was the first time I had ever experienced a large scale emergency incident. Seeing the rubble in front of my very eyes was a numbing experience. I have been to Empire to have family meals and my immediate thought was “what if we were in there when this happened? My husband, my baby, my parents, sisters, brothers, friends and etc?” The next question that came to mind “wow, rubble, broken glass – do I dare to walk in to have a look if they allow me to?”. I didn’t have the answer.

And then I looked up and saw the bomba officers walking in and out of the building, looking unwavering and without doubt about their own safety. Something shifted inside me. I knew it was the “underestimated the risks involved” mindset when assessing the performance of some of our men in orange and blue. 

When I tweeted about how impressed I was with them, someone replied commenting that I should not praise them for what is expected of them to do (their job). You see – it takes a lot of courage to walk towards the rubble and into the building to inspect (not knowing the cause of the explosion and whether or not it was going to explode again?!). 

What if they don’t walk out alive? What about their loved ones? I couldn’t find it within me the same courage they had and for that, they deserve my praise! I hope in today’s pessimistic society, we can be more generous with our praise and encouragement when credit is due. After all, it doesn’t cost much to say thank you for being brave!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Forum Belanjawan 2012 on 11/11/11

A public forum on the national budget is being held in Subang Jaya on 11 Nov 2011 9pm at Dewan MPSJ SS15, featuring YB Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad (MP Kuala Selangor), YB Liew Chin Tong (MP Bukit Bendera, Penang) and YB Azan Ismail (MP Indera Mahkota, Pahang), who are members of the Pakatan Rakyat shadow budget committee. Organized by Pemuda Pakatan Rakyat Kelana Jaya. All are welcomed!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Deepavali!

Here's wishing all my Hindu friends and residents a very Happy Deepavali! For those who are travelling, have a safe journey and a wonderful time with your family and loved ones.

Cheque presentation for Deepavali

Selangor Times Writer: William Tan 
SUBANG JAYA: The Sri Varatharajah Perumal Temple here received RM12,000 in financial assistance from the state in conjunction with Deepavali last Saturday.

“It is the second year that the state has given us money and we are very appreciative of the gesture,” said temple president R Subramani.

The temple received RM 20,000 last year. This year’s aid will be used to pay for renovations.

Subramani said the temple wanted to build a Rajagopuram, an elaborate entrance usually found with larger Hindu temples, which will cost an estimated RM1.2 million.

“It is our main goal, but we may have to deal with some of our local issues first, such as a poor pedestrian crossings and unpaved roads,” said Subramani.

He received the cheque from Hannah Yeoh during a simple ceremony.

The Subang Jaya state lawmaker said the donation was inclusive of RM2,000 from her allocation, while the rest was from the state.

Photo courtesy of SJ Echo

Indiscriminate parking along Jalan SS16/1

Selangor Times Writer: Brenda Ch'ng

At the press conference together with residents of Saujana Residency at Jalan ss16/1

SUBANG JAYA: Daily traffic gridlock at apartments next to Empire Shopping Gallery has become worse since the explosion, and residents are urging the municipality to act.

“It takes me close to an hour to get from Carrefour to my home at Saujana Residency, a short stretch measuring about 400 meters,” said Saujana Residency joint management body( JMB) chairperson Marcus Tan.

Tan, who has been living there for more then a year, said the traffic situation is getting from bad to worse.

The situation was exacerbated after the main junction leading to the mall was closed due to the gas-leak explosion on Wednesday (Sept 28).

As a result, there is now more indiscriminate parking on Jalan SS16/1. “Yesterday alone, I did a rough count, and there were about 200 to 300 illegally parked vehicles here,” said Tan.

He said many letters and complaints have been sent and made to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), but to no avail.

“There are actually numerous empty carpark lots at Subang Parade, which is just across the road, but people just don’t want to pay the fee,” Tan said.

To make matters worse, three to four buses are parked along the one-lane road right behind Carrefour, making it hard for vehicles to manoeuvre past without obstructing traffic coming from the opposite direction.

Motorists are also seen making illegal Uturns near the entrance to the Subang Commuter station, and also at the traffic light between Subang Parade and Carrefour on Jalan SS16/2.

Delivery vehicles, waiting taxis and shoppers also tend to park their vehicles at Carrefour’s side entrance (SS16/2), turning the two-lane road into a singlelane.

To solve the problem, Tan has proposed for MPSJ to study the traffic situation and turn Jalan SS16/1 into a one-way road.

He said MPSJ’s enforcement officers should also be proactive and tow illegally parked vehicles.

“I agree with Tan that something serious has got to be done by the council immediately to rectify the traffic situation here,” said Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.

Yeoh urged council officers to have a sense of urgency when reviewing the proposal and in making SS16/1 a one-way road.

“Making the road a one-way street is not difficult, and it doesn’t incur much cost on the council either. So I see no reason why traffic changes cannot be done immediately,” she said.

She also wants MPSJ to patrol the area more often, especially during peak hours, and tow away illegally parked vehicles.

“I’ve been told by MPSJ that they have issued 976 summonses last month for this road alone, but with the many cars still illegally parking, I don’t think summonses alone are effective anymore,” she said.

Subsequently, MPSJ has agreed to patrol the area more often and tow vehicles away after an hour’s notice.

“First we will give warning via the loudspeaker asking them to move their vehicles. If they don’t, we will issue summonses after half an hour.

“If they still don’t move after one hour, tow trucks will be contacted and vehicles towed away immediately,” said the council’s enforcement assistant director, Ainol Salnee Salim.

Since last week, MPSJ has towed away about 10 cars daily from the area.

All cars towed will be brought to a site in USJ 3A, where vehicle owners will have to pay a minimum fee of RM200 before their vehicles are released.

“If records show they have outstanding summonses from the past, they will also have to clear their debt before their vehicles are returned,” Ainol said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18.10.2011.

UMNO Should Act Against Those Trying To Wreck The Life Of My Young Son With Cruel And Barbaric Lies Just To Finish Me Off Politically To Prove That UMNO Is Not A 3D Party That Employs Desperate Dangerous And Dirty Tactics.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had declared during the Gerakan National Delegates Conference two days ago that BN had not given up on Penang and will go all out to recapture the state from Pakatan Rakyat. Following those Najib’s declaration of intent, we see pro-UMNO blogs and some UMNO leaders carrying out a serial campaign in the internet to systematically not only character assasinate me but also cruelly dragging in my young 16 year old son with their lies.

My wife and I are furious that pro-UMNO blogs and some UMNO leaders have made or perpetuated false allegations against my young son of criminal wrongdoing. My family and I deplore these lies and fabrications against my young son as morally despicable and barbaric. UMNO should act against those trying to wreck the life of my young son with cruel and barbaric lies just to finish me off politically to prove that UMNO is not a 3D party that employs desperate, dangerous and dirty tactics just to cling on and retain power at any cost.

My son had transferred to St Xavier Institution in Penang from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cina Heng Yee because I had promised him that he could transfer to the school of his choice if he scored at least 6As in his PMR. When he achieved that, he was transferred at the beginning of the school term this year in January 2011. My son wanted to go to St Xavier because he did not want to have his hair crew-cut as is required for Heng Yee students but wanted to keep his hair longer.

In this modern world, it is difficult for a young kid growing up, especially so when his father is a Chief Minister targeted daily by the pro-BN media. For a young kid growing up, to be maligned in such a beastly and cruel fashion publicly is unacceptable and inhumane.

My son is very shaken up by these lies. He has also not gone back to school for two days. I feel sad and that I am not able to protect my young son from these pro-UMNO ferocious beasts.

I urge these ferocious pro-UMNO beasts not to prey on the innocence of my young children. If you want to finish me off, do your worst to me but leave my innocent children alone. UMNO politicians have children too and DAP have never gone for their children and do not intend to so.

Amongst some UMNO leaders who highligted this shameful episode in the blogs is Bukit Gelugor(Penang) UMNO Division vice-chairman Dr Novandri Hasan Basri. He was then followed by many UMNO leaders rehashing the lies. Sadly even UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin joined in these shameful lies by poking fun at my son with this tweet:-

@Khairykj Khairy Jamaluddin

@PapaGomo Mungkin dia roboh Kampung Buah Pala sebab nak ganti dengan Kampung Buah Dada.!/Khairykj/status/125841671102529536

I hope those poking fun and spreading lies at my young son can look at themselves in the mirror as a father and ask whether they want their own child to suffer the trauma of such lies. My family and I reserve the right to take any further action to protect my family. In the meantime, my wife and I will try to heal my young son and pray that he will recover from having his innocence so cruelly destroyed by these pro-UMNO beasts.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Deepavali joy for 33 families

By Brenda Ch'ng

SUBANG JAYA: Thirty-three families, including single mums, received Deepavali goodie bags worth RM100 each to help them celebrate the upcoming festival of lights.

The women each received a saree along with essential household items including cooking oil, sugar, rice flour and soap powder.

The annual event to help the needy was organised by Hindu Sangam Bandar Sunway, and was held last Saturday.

Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh was present to distribute the goodie bags to the women.

“I feel so blessed to receive these for the festive season as now I can use my money to buy other things like meat and fish,” said PJS7 resident Ammasi Maruphamutu.

The 65-year-old said it usually costs her about RM500 to cook for her whole family of eight children and numerous grandchildren.

Living with her recently widowed daughter and grandchild, Ammasi said she relies on assistance from Hindu associations and Yeoh no less than three times a year, to cope with the rising cost of living.

Ammasi was among the families from Subang SS13 and SS19, USJ1 Angsana and Sunway PJS7 flats.

“I took a bus here all the way from USJ 1. Although it is far, it’s definitely a worthwhile trip,” said single mother Mariammah Alakamalai, who also receives assistance several times a year.

With three children to raise, she pointed out that every little bit helps.

The 32-year-old factory worker said the RM100 in cooking essentials is the best thing she could have asked for during this festive season.

“Now with the extra money, I can even get a cake for my children as a special treat for them,” she said.

“All goodies given away today were thoughtful donations by the public, and all we did was organise this event to distribute it to these women,” said Hindu Sangam Bandar Sunway chairperson Thavamani Mogan.

Thavamani, 54, said over RM3,000 worth of donations were received by the organisation, and she is thankful for all the contributions.

“We are holding the event for the third year and we hope to continue this in the years ahead,” she said.

Yeoh added: “We have been partnering with Hindu Sangam since 2008 and I hope this continues.”

She said her office has also pledged RM3,000 to help pay for the tent, sound system, food and other expenditure.

With the ladies and their brand new saree

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dance It!

Dance It Workshop
Day 1, September 3rd
Time: 8.30am-6.00pm
Venue: Urban Groove Dance Academy 
No:7, 2nd Floor, USJ10/1C
47610 Subang Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Open to ages: 7-35 years
A dance workshop conducted by professional dance instructors that have years of experience in the dance scene. Come join us and learn exciting new moves and dance tips to improve your swagger from these professional instructors. Yes, it is completely FREE! Come with your friends and family.

Dance It Competition
Day 2, September 4th
Time: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Venue: Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Event: Dance It Competition!

Grand Prize: RM 3000
First runner up: RM 2000
Second runner up: RM 1000

Compete as a team or as an individual to stand a chance to win lucrative cash prizes.

To register, find the links on our Facebook event page:
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 017 211 3550

A Community event organised in collaboration with MPSJ

Friday, August 26, 2011

My interview with BBC

WATCH: First-time politician Hannah Yeoh wants to work against the race-based politics she feels are entrenched in the national psyche

Working Lives: Malaysia

Hannah Yeoh, 32, is a first-time politician with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Selangor state. 

Before she was elected into office Ms Yeoh says she was the typical working Malaysian, disillusioned with the country's politics and griping about wages not keeping up with inflation.

A friend encouraged Ms Yeoh to stop complaining and register to vote. A few months later she was asked to run for a seat in the General Elections of 2008. 

Ms Yeoh's first election turned out to be a historic one. The opposition coalition of which the DAP is a member ended up taking power in a few states and denied the governing party its two-thirds majority in Parliament for the first time in nearly four decades.

Suddenly change was in the air. As an ethnic Chinese, Ms Yeoh says she wants to work against race-based politics that she says is entrenched in the national psyche.

This affects even civic basics like birth certificates, which now require the race of a child to be declared. Ms Yeoh and her husband, an ethnic Indian, are trying to challenge that by registering their newborn baby's race as Malaysian.

Their application was rejected but Ms Yeoh says she will continue to appeal.

Watch the video interview here
The full version will air on August 27th.
Working Lives Malaysia will be shown in full on BBC World News on Saturday 27th August at 0030, 0730, 1930 GMT and on Sunday 28th August at 1230 GMT.