Monday, September 29, 2008
- MPSJ needs to focus on improving infrastructure in the Subang Jaya zone. Efforts and budget must be focused on solving traffic congestions especially in USJ 1. With new commercial units and condominiums being completed in USJ 1, traffic situation will become worse at the traffic light near Giant.
- MPSJ must also allocate funds to solve lack of car parks at Taipan and SS15 commercial areas. This point was subsequently dismissed by MPSJ. MPSJ replied that there are sufficient car parks and the traffic congestion is merely caused by drivers parking indiscriminately. While the latter is true, I strongly think that insufficient car parks is also the cause of this menace.
- MPSJ must allocate sufficient funds to curb dengue as the Subang Jaya zone has always been a hot zone. There should be no excuse of lack of funds when it comes to fighting dengue because it is a matter of life and death.
- Earlier I was informed that construction of a pedestrian bridge would cost MPSJ RM500,000 - RM700,000 per bridge. I requested for 2 pedestrian bridges to be given the priority ie. the traffic light at SS19 at Persiaran Tujuan (to avoid main traffic flow coming to a halt just to allow one person to cross the road) and one more to be constructed at USJ 6 connecting to the Metrobus hub at Persiaran Kewajipan (it is almost an impossible task for children to cross the main road and to prevent death from happening again).
- Lighting of parks must be given a priority. In a community like Subang Jaya, parks are one of the greatest assets for the residents. I want the residents to feel safe walking in the parks in the evening.
- MPSJ should also consider providing public washrooms. I cited the example of senior citizens coming out to exercise in the parks in the morning and facing the inconvenience of finding a public washroom.
- MPSJ must also improve MPSJ kiosks as traders have complained about becoming drenched whenever it rained. I also highlighted that any development of infrastructure such as this must not be half-hearted. Quality of materials must be ensured. This includes repairing pot-holes and etc.
- I also raised my concerns of CCTV. Rental of 100 units of CCTVs is RM103,333.33 per month (inclusive of maintenance fees). This matter is now being reviewed by the State Exco Ronnie Liu and I will continue to push for a review of the agreement.
- MPSJ to invest in bins with lids for lower income area ie. low cost flats to overcome serious rat problem. MPSJ rebutted that this should be the responsibility of the relevant Joint Management Body(ies). Some of these JMBs have a deficit in their accounts and this matter would not be resolved if we sit and wait for their accounts to be in a healthy state. JMB has its own set of issues (which I will not discuss here).
- I also asked for a stricter review system on non-performing contractors. If works done are not satisfactory, their contracts must not be extended and payment should be adjusted accordingly.
- Sufficient budget must also be given to solve flood problems.
- Moneys must not be wasted unnecessarily.
I will raise public transportation issues at the state level for a more wholesome solution, rather than just at Subang Jaya. Nevertheless, our councillor Theresa Ratnam Thong has also raised this at the last MPSJ full board meeting for MPSJ's consideration.
I will continue to speak up for the best interest of residents and to ensure that their payment for assessment commensurates with quality public services.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Date: Saturday, 27th September 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I regret to announce that the proposed investment mission to Taiwan announced by Teresa Kok last week will be deferred until further notice due to her detention under the Internal Security Act ("ISA"). At a meeting on 15th Sept, the organising committee which comprised members of the Selangor Business Council that was chaired by me in Teresa Kok's absence, unanimously agreed that it would be meaningless and counter-productive to embark on such a trip in view of the very negative image of the political and economic outlook for Malaysia in the aftermath of the arbitrary and wholly unjustified detention of Teresa Kok under the draconian and undemocratic ISA legislation.
The Selangor Business Council is a consultative body whose members are drawn from key business and professional bodies who help advise the state government on investment and business development strategies. Council members unanimously expressed outrage at the abuse of the ISA and called upon the Minister concerned to immediately and unconditionally release Teresa Kok from detention.
The Home Minister's unjustified detention of Teresa Kok is a blot on Malaysia's political stability and investment climate and has caused severe damage to Malaysia's international reputation as a preferred investment destination. It is unacceptable that an elected state and federal legislator who is holding office in a state government is treated in such an arbitrary and uncivil manner.
It is imperative that the use of the ISA against civilians be stopped forthwith and immediate steps to review, if not, to repeal altogether this draconian law.
Young and old came out to support
Monday, September 15, 2008
Date : 16 September 2008 (Tuesday)
Time : 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Address : 24A, Jalan SS14/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya
This is a nationwide campaign (Kempen Sokong, Simpati dan Solidariti) for Teresa Kok and will be launched simultaneously at all DAP branches in Malaysia.
16.9.08(7.30pm) Nationwide DAP Branches and offices “Free Teresa, Abolish ISA ” candlelight vigil - please contact DAP offices nearest to you for detail. Supporters are encouraged to hold your own vigil at home by lighting candles to show solidarity with all ISA detainees.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Mr Keshminder Singh has told the press that I had interfered with the assigning of councillors to their zones. He made the statement when asked about his objection to my presence at the council’s table during the recent MPSJ full board meeting.
I had earlier told the press that I was ready at all times to explain on his allegation. Here is my explanation:-
After the swearing-in of councillors, I asked the YDP of MPSJ if the councillors’ zones have been confirmed. YDP then informed me that I could propose the names of the councillors for the Subang Jaya zone.
There are 5 zones under Subang Jaya. I had proposed the followings:-
(1) Theresa Ratnam Thong (NGO)
(2) Datuk Dr. N. Subramaniam (NGO)
Priority had to be given to the two NGOs representing the residents’ associations and jawatankuasa penduduk in the Subang Jaya constituency. My justification for this is simple – it makes no sense for these two NGOs to be assigned to a zone outside of the Subang Jaya area since they have been serving in the residents’ association and jawatankuasa penduduk in this area and are thoroughly familiar with the issues here.
I was then informed by MPSJ that Mr Keshminder Singh (PKR) and another PKR councillor insisted to be in the Subang Jaya zone. As a result of this, Datuk Dr. N. Subramaniam who represents the USJ Residents’ Association has now been assigned to a zone in Seri Kembangan.
This is the final list of the Subang Jaya zone and the councillors had their way in the zones they wanted as below:
zone 1 (SS12 – SS19, Taman Wangsa Baiduri) - Theresa Ratnam Thong (NGO)
zone 2 (PJS 7, 9 and 11, Taman Sunway Utama) - Chia Yew Ken (DAP)
zone 3 (USJ 2 – USJ 15) - Ismail Kamal b. Abdul Rahman (PKR)
zone 4 (USJ 1, Taman Subang Permai, Taman Subang Mewah, Taman Perindustrian Subang) - Roslan Shahir b. Datuk Mohd Shahir (PAS)
zone 5 (Taman Perindustrian Hi-Tech, Taman Perindustrian SIME UEP, Taman Subang Mas, Taman Batu Tiga, Kg. Rantau Selamat) - Keshminder Singh (PKR)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This group of senior citizens embraced me like their own daughter/grand daughter and one grandmother advised me to persevere no matter how tough the task becomes
Launching the Shafiee Basketball tournament
Young basketball players all ready for their matches
Merdeka Breakfast celebration with the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association
Cutting the birthday cake for Malaysia
Singing patriotic songs with the youth group from Subang Jaya Buddhist Association