Saturday, January 28, 2012

More on illegal dumping

Article in SJ Echo - RM1K fine for illegal dumping

Eyesore...Hannah with MPSJ councilors and urban services department staff looking at one of the dumping spots in USJ2

SUBANG JAYA: RESIDENTS who are in the habit of dumping their rubbish indiscriminately along the roads will find themselves RM1,000 poorer if they are caught in the act.

ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh said those caught in the act would have to face the music since all efforts by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council to deter such irresponsible behaviour had failed to stem the worsening problem of indiscriminate dumping.

"I urge residents to be more civic conscious and to dispose of their rubbish properly. Don't just throw it anywhere you like."

"If you see your neighbour dumping their rubbish improperly, advise them. If they still do it, call MPSJ for them to take action," she said during a press conference held in USJ2 to highlight the worsening problem.

Residents who have bulky waste to dispose of or for those who wish to lodge complaints can call the council's urban services department hotline at 03-8026 7431 (during office hours) or call MPSJ's main hotline at 03-5637 6545 (24 hours).

More illegal dumping

Article in SJ Echo - What a Lot of Rubbish!

Indiscriminate dumping of rubbish at its worst in affluent neighbourhood of Subang Jaya

SUBANG JAYA: THE CONTINUOUS indiscriminate dumping of rubbish by residents of Subang Jaya and the nonchalant attitude of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council in addressing it has earned the wrath of ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh.

Despite it being the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Hannah took to the areas most affected in USJ to look at the situation on the ground with MPSJ councilors Dr KM Loi and Rajiv Rishyakaran, together with officials from MPSJ's urban services department.

The situation along Jalan USJ11/3 was bad, with rubbish piled up along the roads, spaced out between every two trees along the stretch.

"It is crucial for MPSJ YDP Dato' Asmawi Kasbi to address this problem. This area is the closest to the council's location and yet it happens, right at their doorstep."

"He (Asmawi) should turun padang to see the problems for himself. Two 3ton lorries to pick up bulky waste and garden refuse is not enough to cater to the whole municipality," she said.

Hannah said MPSJ needs to mobilise more resources to address this issue and not just turn a blind eye.

"The pattern starts with garden waste bags being placed along the roadside by MPSJ contractors. Uncollected, these bags of grass or leaves attract residents to add on to the pile with their own rubbish."

"Rubbish is piling up everywhere and it appears to be at its worse in affluent areas like USJ4, USJ5 and USJ11," she said, adding that homeowners also needed to be more considerate and refrain from dumping their rubbish everywhere.

Hannah who stopped to ask a security guard at USJ11/3 was told by the guard on duty that domestic maids from the houses were the culprits, dumping rubbish along the road junctions and at the trees.

She said MPSJ had started a pilot project in USJ2 by placing bulky waste bins for residents to dispose of their rubbish at designated spots.

"This is to gauge the volume of rubbish and costings before we will consider extending it all over Subang Jaya as one of several measures to address this nagging problem," she added.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Have a wonderful reunion dinner with your loved ones tonight. May 2012 be a year of hope, peace, joy and good health for all Malaysians. Gong Xi Gong Xi!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When good men do something

My tribute for the late YB Edward Lee which was featured in this month's Rocket:
In loving memory of my friend Edward (I took this photo of Edward at the State Assembly in Selangor in March 2009 during lunch break)
When good men do something, not only is evil defeated, but righteousness gains authority. The passing of YB Edward Lee, State Assemblyman of Bukit Gasing, Selangor on the 20th of December is the passing of a good man who did more than just something. From an entrepreneur and community leader to a state legislator, Edward has served and impacted his community, state and nation in ways which has indeed brought about meaningful present change but more powerfully, would yield the greatest harvest in years to come.
My husband and I call Edward our friend, even though he was almost twice our age and his children are our peers. Our friendship was forged during the campaign period of the last General Election, when we shared in the same experience of answering the call to be a DAP candidate, despite not having the necessary political experience but simply being guided by the belief in our Christian values that righteousness exalts a nation and it is time for us to do something, to stand up, speak up and act for our nation. Edward came to speak at one of my political rallies in the rain. We both ended up winning against all odds and being elected state assemblypersons along with many of our other colleagues from Pakatan Rakyat. We campaigned to be the stronger opposition in Selangor. We ended up being the new government. Edward took to his new role with gusto and simply relished the challenge.
Back in 2008, I sought much counsel from Edward after winning the state seat of Subang Jaya. I looked to him as a mentor. He was always there to provide guidance. When I protested against the development of utility land in USJ 6 with my residents, Edward was there. When I had to deal with the Subang Ria issue, Edward was there. When I wanted clarification on local government matters, Edward was there for me.
There was a time when we took a road trip up to Penang to campaign for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Permatang Pauh by-election. My husband was driving me and two friends in our car while Edward who was being driven by his son Simon, followed behind at a safe distance in their trusted old Nissan Sunny 120Y. Edward loved that car and he was very proud of it. We had arranged modest accommodation at the Taiping Lake Club, where we put up while campaigning in Permatang Pauh. It was so much like a family road trip for us, a road trip to campaign for Anwar. This memory reminds me of the simple, humble man that Edward is and has always been.
Edward’s passion was to serve and serve as the assemblyman he did. When he was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I was devastated. He fought the illness without ever slowing down in his responsibilities and duty as an assemblyman. It must be remembered that while he was passionate about his job, he was also a devoted father and loving husband who ensured that while he served the community, he did not falter in his home. Edward could have taken time off and relegated his role as an assemblyman to the periphery while devoting all his time to himself and his loved ones while battling cancer. Many would have done that and there’s absolutely nothing wrong if he had chosen to do that. But he didn’t.  His passion to serve transcended his personal needs.
When my husband and I visited Edward in his home in June/July 2011 as he lay in bed after suffering from a fall, unable to move, he began to discuss with passion the issues that he was working on at that time concerning his constituency and Selangor. As I stood next to the Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at Edward’s wake service, I was choked with tears as I heard how the MB recounted that Edward was actually communicating with him on certain issues affecting his constituency very recently before his passing, unbeknownst to the MB at that time that Edward was ill, living his last days as the state assemblyman.
Edward and I often spoke on the phone, more often than not complaining about our frustration with certain issues and the difficulties we faced in discharging our duties. I will miss those calls.

When I delivered Shay, Edward rang me and asked “Hey, I forgot to ask you, what would your little one like as a gift? I haven’t bought her anything.” I replied “No need la Ed, she has a lot of things already. If you want, you can buy her something when she turns one”. Edward said “Sure, OK!”. He couldn’t wait that long. I will miss him on Shay’s first birthday.
When my mother-in-law passed away suddenly on 30th November 2011, Edward came to see Ram and I at the funeral parlour. He was so weak after his chemo and yet he insisted on coming – to be there for us. That’s Edward – always there for his friends. As he stared at my mother-in-law resting in that coffin, Edward said “Life, shocking huh? But I am convinced by now that if the Lord wants me home, I will go and if He doesn’t think it’s time, He will sustain us”. On the day my mother-in-law was cremated, Edward wanted to be there too but he could not. I received a missed call from him. That was the last call I received from him.
We often seek for elements of hope and inspiration for our nation, especially during these trying times in the course of rebuilding this nation. And we are inclined every time to look for it in the young. But through Edward, I now know that we have unassuming older heroes among us, who are young at heart but filled with wisdom and truthfulness, unpretentious but driven by the simple cause of pursuing justice and righteousness while serving in their noble calling. I trust that the Lord knows it best when Edward breathed his last while serving as a state assemblyman. I don’t think he would have had it any other way. 

Below are photos which I have taken of Edward and with Edward since 2008. I would like to share them with you:
With fellow assemblymen at the opening of State Assembly sitting in March 2009
Edward with Dr Nasir (ADUN Kota Damansara) and Ng Suee Lim (ADUN Sekinchan)
Mr & Mrs Edward Lee
Edward and Speaker of Selangor State Assembly Dato' Teng Chang Khim

My husband Ram with Edward, Dr Nasir and Dr Cheah Wing Yin (ADUN Damansara Utama) at the friendly games for assemblymen and spouse

Edward at MBPJ's Easter Concert

Backbenchers meeting in 2008 with Dr Rani (ADUN Meru) and Dr Nasir

Edward and I at the Permatang Pauh by-election campaigning for DSAI

Edward at the protest against development of Telekom land in USJ 6, he came to support my residents together with YB Khalid Samad (MP Shah Alam), Dr Nasir and Tony Pua (MP for PJ Utara)

Edward a member of the SELCAT committee

Happier times at Edward Ling's wedding day
With resident Jeffrey Khoo, MPSJ councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran and Edward at the 1st Citizen Journalist Conference by Malaysiakini in 2010. This photo taken from

I miss you Ed and I know you are safe in the Father's arms. Absent in the body, present with the Lord. Each time I think of you, this song comes to mind and the lyrics hold true:

There’s a land that is fairer than day,

And by faith we can see it afar;

For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

  • In the sweet by and by,
    We shall meet on that beautiful shore...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Prosthetic leg for SS19 resident

Amputee gets prosthetic leg from Yeoh


AMPUTEE and father of seven children, Mohd Noor Busin can now look forward to walking and moving around freely without the aid of a wheelchair.

Mohd Noor, 68, who lost his leg in July last year due to diabetic complications, received his new prosthetic limb from Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh at his home in SS19 recently.
“I first saw Mohd Noor when we carried out a gotong-royong project in the area. He had applied to get a prosthetic leg from the Social Welfare Department but there was no feedback,” said Yeoh.
Mohd Noor’s children went to get a quotation from a clinic for the prosthetic leg and were faced with a RM7,990 bill.
Much needed assistance: Yeoh (second from left) with the artificial leg her office donated to amputee Mohd Noor. With them are Jamal Mohamed (left) and Mohd Noor’s daughters, Hamidah (in pink) and Hummida.
“His children managed to save up RM2,000 which was not enough.
“My office offered to donate the balance of RM5,990 for Mohd Noor to have his leg in time for his son’s wedding in December,” Yeoh said.
She urged the Welfare Department to speed up cases such as these in future to lessen the burden of people with disabilities because the cost of prosthetic limbs is very expensive.
Mohd Noor’s daughters, Nor Hamidah, 17, and Nor Hummida, 19, are very happy that their father can finally move around without the wheelchair.
“I’m very thankful for the prosthetic leg. I hope that when my father gets used to walking with the prosthetic leg and is able to take care of himself again, my older sister can find a job to help our family,” said Hamidah.
At the moment, Hummida stays at home to take care of her father.
“I am very happy because things will be easier now, not just for myself but for my other family members and my father as well.
“I am also very thankful for Yeoh’s help because we appealed to the Welfare Department in August but got a very late response.
“Now that my father has a prosthetic leg, I am at ease. He can go the toilet and bathe without having to sit in a wheelchair now,” said Hummida.
SS19 Rukun Tetangga chairman Jamal Mohamed also thanked Yeoh for helping Mohd Noor.
“We are very appreciative of her for coming to our aid,” he said.
Photos taken during the press conference with SS19 residents

Monday, January 16, 2012

Does the BN Federal Government care about Subang Jaya?

Going ahead with 1Malaysia clinic

Health Ministry proceeds with set-up despite resistance against having a nurse-run establishment

SUBANG JAYA: The Health Ministry will set up a 1Malaysia clinic to serve Subang Jaya residents despite opposition against the move.

The residents, led by state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, have expressed concern over whether nurses and health assistants at 1Malaysia clinics were in the position to legally treat patients and prescribe medication.

They want a government health clinic, run by a qualified doctor and medical staff, instead.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said she was aware of the residents’ concerns and said the ministry had studied and discussed these issues with various government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

However, Rosnah said the 1Malaysia clinic would serve its purpose for residents in USJ and the surrounding areas.

“The ministry had previously set up a health clinic in Medan Maju Jaya in March 2007, which serves the surrounding areas, including Bandar Sunway,” she said.

“Subang Jaya residents can also seek medical attention from the health clinic in Medan Maju besides the other clinics in Kelana Jaya and Puchong.” 

Yeoh said she was disappointed the ministry was going ahead with its plan to set up the 1Malaysia clinic.

“I have raised the matter with the relevant authorities and the ministry on several occasions but to no avail,” she said.

“There is already an allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan for the construction of a government clinic that will be able to operate like any other health clinic with qualified doctors and medical staff to serve the needs of the public.”

She also said the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) had identified a suitable plot of land in USJ 1 for the construction of such a health clinic.

Last week, Yeoh accompanied members of the Subang Jaya senior citizens club to a meeting with ministry officials to discuss problems faced by the residents seeking treatment at nearby health clinics.

She said the clinics already served densely-populated areas and the residents would prefer to seek treatment “in their own area”.

Yeoh said in addition to having to wait for long periods, some of the residents had to stand for hours because of the lack of chairs.

Rosnah said there should not be any problem for senior citizens to collect their medicines as it could be done by their spouses or children.

1Malaysia clinics were first set up more than a year ago.

Since the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a RM10 million budget allocated for the project, 50 such clinics have been established throughout the country.

No reason for delay in getting a government clinic


No reason for delay in getting a government clinic

SUBANG Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh is urging the Health Ministry to give priority to the setting up of a government clinic in the township.

Yeoh said there should be no reason for the delay as there is   an allocation  under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council had identified a plot of land in USJ 1 for the construction of the clinic.

Without a government clinic in Subang Jaya,  residents of  Subang Jaya, Bandar Sunway and USJ   are forced to seek medical treatment in government clinics  as far as Kelana Jaya and Puchong.

Yeoh said in December 2009, the council had given permission to the Petaling district health department to build a government clinic and had allocated a plot of land measuring 0.3ha at USJ 1/33 in Taman Subang Permai.

However, Yeoh said the ministry refused to build it as it claimed it was not suitable during a site visit in early last year.

Seeing the urgency for a government clinic, Yeoh  scouted for another site herself. She suggested that it was also feasible to acquire brand new shop lots in USJ 1 to set up the government clinic.

The ministry officers assured Yeoh that they would submit the suggestion but she has heard nothing from them till now.

During a dialogue with members of the Senior Citizens Club Subang Jaya and ministry officers last week, Yeoh said   grouses were raised.

"The nearest government clinic to Subang Jaya is in Kelana Jaya.

"The club members complained about having to go there very early in the morning and waiting in a long queue. On top of that, there aren't enough chairs for them to sit while waiting.

"Because they are given medicines which will only last a month, they have  to  repeat the tedious process monthly. For Subang Jaya folk to have their own clinic makes sense," she said.

After the dialogue concluded, Yeoh, along with ministry officers, visited the USJ1 site and she was promised that a push would be given for the government clinic to materialise.

"Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai should know that Selangor folk are also tax payers and they contribute RM16 billion to the Federal Government's revenue.

"They have a right  to a government clinic and they ought to benefit from the services.

"Having Subang Jaya folk travel to Kelana Jaya to seek medical treatment only adds on to the number of patients there.

"In Subang Jaya, a plot of land has already been identified. If it is  small, then just build a small clinic with basic facilities.

"I hope the focus will not be too much on the infrastructure aspect  but on providing service to the people, which should be paramount. We do not need a state-of-the-art government clinic," she said.

The government clinic, added Yeoh, is  to benefit senior citizens, urban poor, single parents, students and those living below the poverty line. Over at the Angsana low-cost flats alone, Yeoh said there are 8,000 households.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Removal of Dr Hasan Ali as State Exco

13 JANUARI 2012

Pagi tadi saya telah diperkenankan untuk mengadap DYMM Tuanku Sultan untuk memberi taklimat mengenai status YB Dato’ Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali sebagai ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MMKN).

Saya telah mempersembahkan kepada Tuanku Sultan bahawa saya telah menerima surat rasmi dari Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) bertarikh 10 Januari 2012 memaklumkan bahawa Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS Pusat yang bersidang pada 8 Januari 2012 telah membuat keputusan memecat YB Dato’ Dr Hasan dari menjadi ahli PAS berkuatkuasa serta merta.

Memandangkan YB Dato Dr Hasan bukan lagi ahli PAS, saya telah membuat keputusan bahawa beliau tidak lagi layak menjadi ahli MMKN dan telah menasihati DYMM Tuanku Sultan untuk membatalkan perlantikan beliau.

DYMM Tuanku Sultan telah bersetuju dengan pendapat saya dan akan menulis watikah pembatalan perlantikan YB Dato’ Dr Hasan sebagai ahli MMKN.

Pada masa yang sama, DYMM Tuanku Sultan telah menurunkan kuasanya pada saya untuk melantik ahli baharu MMKN. Baginda Sultan juga menasihatkan saya agar menjalankan tanggungjawab ini dengan bijaksana tanpa dipengaruhi oleh mana-mana pihak.

Perlantikan ahli MMKN yang baharu akan disempurnakan di Istana Kayangan pada Rabu minggu hadapan 18 Januari 2012.


Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year message

New Year message from Hannah Yeoh, Subang Jaya State Assemblyman and
DAP Selangor Treasurer, Subang Jaya – 02 January 2012

A New Year dawns and an opportunity exists for the creation of an inclusive Malaysia

As we step into the New Year, my hope and urge for Malaysians in 2012 is that there is more inclusiveness in the laws and practices in our multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Many incidents in 2011 have left Malaysians wondering if the current Barisan Nasional administration is sincere in its motto of 1Malaysia when it has on many occasions failed to protect the rights of minority ethnics and religions in the country.

BN’s failure in admonishing groups such as Perkasa, who have been on a warpath against non-Muslim communities, is a clear indication that the nation’s leadership is non-receptive towards the needs and rights of all Malaysians. The recent episode, involving threats by the extremist group Perkasa against a harmless appeal by National Evangelical Christian Fellowship’s Reverend Eu Hong Seng for rights of all in Malaysia to be protected, should no longer be tolerated in the coming year.

Reverend Eu’s call for Article 153 of the Federal Constitution to be read in a manner that would ensure an inclusive approach to protecting all Malaysians, not just one section of citizens, is fair and timely to say the least. Why have such requests been received so negatively by the BN, and its associates, and such aggressive reaction meted out? Does the mere mention of Article 153 justify such reactions, especially when non-Malays discuss it? Has Malaysia not developed and moved forward in its thinking?

I strongly support Parliamentary and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang’s suggestion for “an independent and dispassionate study [to be] made as to who must be held responsible for the worsening racial and religious polarisation in the past 32 months” in Malaysia. Only then can the country truly adopt and implement concepts such as 1Malaysia.

2012 offers us all an opportunity to create a more modern, forward thinking and developed Malaysia, one that caters for the rights of all equally. While I take this opportunity to wish Malaysians a Happy New Year, I would also like to remind Malaysians that the power to ensure the country moves in the right direction is in your hands. With the opportunity provided in the next general election, it is a chance for us to weed out extremists in the administration and ensure a better Malaysia.