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Dengue Hotspots in Selangor January 30, 2009

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(According to districts)

Petaling (Flat A and Flat C Section 7, Terrace A Section 7, Terrace A and Terrace B Section 18, Section U3 Subang Perdana and Section U10 Puncak Perdana);

Kajang (Taman Kajang Perdana, Taman Semenyih Indah, Taman Koperasi Cuepacs Batu 12, Taman Cheras Jaya, Taman Industri Mega, Taman Sri Jelok, Taman Zamrud, Taman Kajang Baru, Taman Kajang Jaya, Section 2 Bandar Sri Putra, Section 2 Bandar Rinching, Zone 1 Taman Sepakat Indah, Zone 1 Section 8 Bandar Baru Bangi, Zon 3 Section 16 Bandar Baru Bangi, Zone 5 Section 16 Bandar Baru Bangi and Zone 4 Taman Bukit Mewah);

Shah Alam (Perdana Apartments Section 13, Flat 18/3 (Eps 2), PKNS Flats Section 20, Section 6 flats, Padang Jawa B, Padang Jawa C, Pangsapuri Anggerik Section 16, Section 10, Section 11, Taman Alam Indah Section 33, Terrace A Section 25, Terrace C Section 27, Terrace A Section 25 and Terrace A Section 8);

Gombak (Bandar Baru Selayang F2, Kampung Laksamana, Taman Pinggiran Batu Caves Z2, Taman Samudera Timur and Taman Sri Gombak Zone 3);

Subang Jaya (Taman Puchong Perdana and Taman Serdang Perdana);

Hulu Selangor (Bandar Baru Batang Kali);

Hulu Langat (Kampung Sg Kantan Kajang and Kajang Prison quarters); and

Sepang (Taman Seroja Zone A).

The overall number of dengue cases recorded from 1 to 25 Jan: 4,521 cases and 13 deaths.

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Education Ministry and pregnant teachers January 29, 2009

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Updated:

The chairperson of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon, sms-ed to say they were interested to assist in the case as it is a Constitutional matter. Thank you! 

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Earlier:

Note to Education Minister: Pregnant women are not weaklings, do not suffer from delusions and function as well as, if not better than the next person.

Amalan diskriminasi gender guru, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia

Seorang calon wanita yang memohon jawatan guru sandaran tidak terlatih (GSTT) telah dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana beliau sedang hamilInsiden sedemikian mengukuhkan pengamatan bahawa gender mainstreaming di Malaysia terus gagal. Kegagalan itu telah meneruskan diskriminasi terhadap sebahagaian wanita di negara ini.

Perlembagaan mengenai pemberian hak kepada warganegara tanpa mengira agama, bangsa, keturunan, tempat lahir atau gender (Perlembagaan Malaysia, Perkara 8[2]) hanya berupa tulisan-tulisan di atas kertas yang tidak memberi sebarang perlindungan yang bermakna kepada rakyat yang benar-benar memerlukannya. Lebih memburukkan adalah bilamana pelaku terhadap pelanggaran hak perlindungan itu ialah pihak agensi kerajaan sendiri, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia menerusi Pejabat Pelajaran Daerahnya (PPD). Kerajaan sememangnya tidak acuh dalam meratakan pengetahuan dan penghayatan kesensitifan gender di kalangan masyarakat dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan.

Malaysia, sebagai penandatangan (signatory) kepada CEDAW (UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), selama ini telah dicanangkan sebagai komited dalam menghormati hak wanita Malaysia.   Perkara 11 dalam Konvensyen tersebut menuntut setiap negara agar mengambil segala langkah ke arah menghapuskan sebarang bentuk diskriminasi terhadap wanita dalam bidang pekerjaan bagi memastikan keadilan sebagai hak asasi sejagat untuk semua manusia berlaku.

Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin telah ditawarkan sebagai guru di bawah skima GSTT sembilan hari selepas menghadiri temuduga berkenaan pada 2 Januari lalu. Beliau telah diminta hadir untuk mengambil butiran penempatan sekolah di PPD, Hulu Langat. Sebaik sahaja diberitahu bahawa beliau sedang hamil tiga bulan, pegawai yang bertugas terus menyatakan bahawa pemohon yang hamil sepatutnya tidak boleh memohon GSTTTiada alasan yang logik dikemukakan dan tiada pula tercatat di mana-mana dokumen permohonan tentang syarat bahawa pemohon hamil tidak dibenarkan memohon pekerjaan tersebut. Jelas sebagaimana yang disebutkan oleh Setiausaha Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan, Lok Yim Pheng, bagi wanita yang dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana mereka sedang hamil adalah tidak adil, khususnya bagi mereka yang benar-benar berminat dalam profesion perguruan.

Mengapa ketidakadilan seperti ini tetap berulang dalam pentadbiran kerajaan? Kecuaian kerajaan BN dalam memastikan hak wanita terbela pada setiap ketika, tempat, masa, dan keadaan amatlah menghampakan. Apakah Wanita Malaysia sekarang ini sentiasa boleh mengharapkan kerajaan Malaysia untuk memelihara dengan baik dan berkesan hak-hak mereka yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan dan Undang-Undang serta Konvensyen Antarabangsa?

Wanita KeADILan menggesa Perdana Menteri, Abdullah Badawi untuk mengarahkan kesemua peringkat pentadbiran negara, khususnya Kementerian Pelajaran agar menghapuskan dengan serta-merta segala amalan diskriminasi gender bagi mengotakan komitmen beliau untuk menamatkan  ketidakadilan yang berunsurkan gender.
Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
28 Januari 2009

Gabfest 2008 December 22, 2008

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The end of the year is fast approaching. It appears that politicians and all their ilk can’t stop gabbing, hoping to hang on to the ebbing twilight of 2008.

Case 1:-

“The Sultan is disappointed with the actions by some irresponsible people for exploiting children in their campaigns or demonstrations.

He has expressed concern on the matter and wants the police to take stern action against those involved,” Khalid told reporters here today. (Malaysia Today)

At the start of every Exco meeting, the MB would relay to us some pertinent points raised during his weekly tete-a-tete with HRH Sultan of Selangor.

Last Wednesday, the issue of Jerit was brought up. We were informed that HRH was concerned, and advised us if possible, not to involve children.

Not once was the issue of punitive action brought up.  There was no laying down ‘the law’ or that there must be punishment etc.  From our extremely limited dealings with HRH, the impression given was that he was for reasonableness, not one hell-bent on punishing this or that person.

Case 2:-

PKR and DAP should make their stand on PAS’ goal to implement hudud law should the Pakatan Rakyat win in a general election, MCA Youth Chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

“Other political parties in the Pakatan Rakyat should announce publicly whether they agree with PAS on the implementation of hudud law,” he said. (Malaysia Today)

If Wee bothered to do his study before blabbing, he would know PKR’s and DAP’s positions are not for Hudud, and that Wee’s own party MCA hid in the corner nibbling on some stale cheese when UMNO via Dr. Mahathir declared Malaysia an Islamic state.

Case 3:- (This one took the cake and made me choke on my Pho Bo!)

“When the state is governed by another party, then there is a difficulty in the chain of command.

“Who is in charge and where do staff of the Public Works Department or the police get their orders from?” he (Datuk Nazri Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Dpt)  asked. (The Star)

There is a set SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) when it comes to disaster response.  Surely you should know the answer to this. In fact, this was the first set of documents all Exco received when we entered the Selangor state office.

Question is: Was the SOP followed during Bukit Antarabangsa? Why was there so much wrangling over whether to give us the information or not? Why must emergency situations be politicised? (See also Perak’s response)

Perhaps in the past, it was easy for UMNO/BN Federal government to make life difficult for the one lone Opposition state i.e.  Kelantan.

Well, that was then, this is now.

Time to grow up UMNO. Start operating like a government, not some partisan-centric-frog-under-coconut-shell party. Get over it, or get out public office, please.

(Signing off from Hoi An :D)

Bukit Antarabangsa landslide: Bitter vindication December 7, 2008

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One of the earliest policy decision made by the new Selangor state govt of Pakatan Rakyat was to throw out any housing and building applications on Class 3 and Class 4 hillslopes, in order to preserve environmentally sensitive areas and prevent the recurrence of landslides. This was decided on April 2, 2008 Executive Council meeting.

Selangor became the first and only state in the Federation to have complied with the Federal Town and Country Planning Department’s “Total Planning Guidelines” 1997 (2nd edition, 2001) which states that no housing development should be allowed on 25 degrees and above gradient slopes. 

Developers thought it was a late April Fool’s joke. Since our ban, they have used all means – the media, blogs, lobbying of ADUNs and MPs etc. to change of our minds. We were labelled and villified as “anti-business” and “anti-development”. I have even had some of our Pakatan MPs asking us to make exceptions for Class 3.

I was told they particularly disliked me and called me “lan-si” (very ‘action‘) just because during a public meeting of developers, NGOs, residents and the Exco, one of the key developers questioned how could the state government stop hillslope development, and I answered, “Because we can…”. And none were too happy when I had to repeatedly and literally wave the ‘Total Planning Guidelines” book at them. 

And every couple of months, we have to repeat our policy decision again. Even as recent as last month, developers were insisting that they had theright to develop hillslopes and some had told a couple of ExCo members that they were planning to sue us. One of them said we would have to compensate them RM 330 million (25% of our state budget) of possible loss of profits. Imagine the pressure of a lobby group whose combined income and assets dwarfs the state government. 

Saturday’s tragedy proves the correctness of the decision of the state government. But vindication which comes after loss of 4 lives and more homes is unspeakably bitter. There are some 5,000 residents living within the vicinity of the landslide who face uncertainty and possibly have to vacate their houses.

We ask that developers to stop pursuing and pressuring us to review our policy, and instead they should be thoroughly go through every single technicality of their existing hillslope projects.

While Ikram and Public Works department will be charged to pinpoint the cause of the tragedy on Saturday, the state government will immediately review all approved hillslope projects by the previous administration, standing or partially constructed.

Those, which there is no construction yet but approved previously prior to March 8, 2008, should not be allowed to proceed, especially along the same range of Bukit Antarabangsa and Ulu Kelang – which should include Taman Hijau and Bukit Melawati. 

We had come too late. Many of the hillslope projects have already been standing for a number of years, some were half completed when we came into power. Without proper maintenance of slopes and drainage on these private lands, tragedy will strike after many years, always after the period of indemnity is over. 

Those areas which are shown to be prone to landslides such as in Ulu Kelang which as far back as 2005, the Public Works Department had already flashed its red card, more stringent conditions will be imposed on already existing housing projects. 

All developers and private land owners have to protect and reinforce their own hillslopes if they want to continue to prosper, own property and do business in Selangor. We have recently received complaints from Ampang, Kajang, Cheras and Pandan where private land owners and developers have neglected to protect their hilslopes and there are already signs of wear and tear. Some put plastic sheets and some said they were bankrupt, those they don’t have to funds to repair their slopes. Whatever. If they do not do the necessary, we will blacklist them in the state and beyond. 

We ask that ‘People’ be put ahead of ‘Profits’.

We heartened that finally, after 8 months of battling the housing industryalone, that the Federal Government has come on to our side to give Selangor, both the moral and policy support it needs, with both the PM and DPM calling for all hillslope development permits nationwide to be cancelled.

We can only hope Federal government doesn’t forget after 3, 4 months, December 6, 2008 will not be forgotten – like what had happened in 1993 (Highland Towers), 2002 (Tmn Hillview) and 2006 (Kg Pasir – which was less than a km away from Saturday’s landslide) and the lives lost, both yesterday and in the past will not be in vain.

1 million against petrol price hike June 25, 2008

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Word is there may be another hike before Budget this year!!???!!

6 July 2008 | 9 am | Amcorp Mall
Be part of this historic protest!

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Terror and torture of trainees May 16, 2008

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(Warning – distressing and shocking scenes on video)

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One could hear those young trainees wailing and crying out in pain.

What have you got to say, Najib – Defence Minister? How long has this been going on? Will we see the Prime Minister ordering an expeditious enquiry and prosecution? Please don’t pretend this was the first time the Government has heard about this.

And if this is happening to our own citizens, just imagine how asylum-seekers and undocumented workers are being treated in our detention camps.

Charge ’em. Charge the oil palm plantation owner who allowed this on his/her property. Make Malaysia a torture-free country.

The paper trail vanishes March 18, 2008

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C’mon guys. All paperwork, even of MPs and ADUNs (state assemblymen), should be transferred over and there should be a proper transition. Like when an office has new staff coming in or after a company takeover. How about itsy-bit of professionalism here?

Here’s hoping that the incoming Selangor exco won’t be facing the same problems. Does it mean no paperwork = no proof = contract/agreements null and void? Wow, a clean slate 😀


Kedah official papers missing
Monday, 17 March 2008All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.

The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.

“Phahrolrazi will investigate what happened.

“I do not want to accuse people without proof,” said Azizan who found that the Mentri Besar’s office was void of documents after the swearing-in ceremony last Sunday.

The newly appointed executive councillors, who were sworn in on Wednesday, found out the next day that their offices were also empty.

“There is not a single paper left in all the offices. We view this very seriously because the documents belong to the executive council, not to any individual,” said Phahrolrazi.

He said most of the documents were classified.

“We are questioning the government officers on duty. No one has a right to transfer the documents without permission,” he said.

Phahrolrazi said the former executive councillors did not have the right to enter the offices without permission.

“We need the minutes of the meetings to check the progress of projects and other matters that were discussed at the executive council meetings,” he said. – THE STAR

Penang excos start work in ‘bare’ offices

Bernard Cheah and Opalyn Mok

PENANG (March 17, 2008): The new state executive councillors (excos) started their first week in office to govern with a clean sheet, literally.

They found their offices cleared of all government documents and minutes of the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government. All records of projects, completed or current, approved by the previous government are missing.

Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said: “The action taken by the previous excos have hindered our work.”

“They (the previous exco) claim the documents are ‘personal property’ and cleared the offices,” he told reporters.

The new line-up would have to get copies of the documents from the state secretary’s office.

“We have the resources to track down these documents. They (state secretary office) would still have copies of whatever ‘approval’ documents. If the documents are not approved yet, they still have to come back to the exco for approval,” he said.

Public Works, Utilities and Transport Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said “we have to start from scratch”.

“We will have to go and get copies from various department heads on previous projects,” he said.

Phee said the previous exco members did not follow the conduct of former Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon who has been a gentleman all the way.

“If they (the previous exco) really loved the people, they should not have used such obstructions to try and stop us,” said Phee.

In Alor Star, the PAS-led Kedah government also found all documents in the offices of the Mentri Besar and excos missing when they took office after the 12th General Election on March 8.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to probe the case of “missing government documents”.

He also said a police report will be lodged after the “internal probe”. – THE SUN

KeADILan’s Malaysian Economic Agenda (MEA) March 16, 2008

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Let there be no confusion about this.

KeADILan Media Statement (English)
15th March 2008

KeADILan HAS CLEAR AND FIRM STAND ON NEP

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) has a clear and firm stand on the New Economic Policy (NEP). As explained by the Ketua Umum of the Party, Anwar Ibrahim in his 20-page article as well as through his many public pronouncements and ceramah, and further reaffirmed in several Party documents, including the Election Manifesto, we intend to replace the NEP with the Malaysian Economic Agenda.

The NEP, after nearly 40 years is already anachronistic. It has been abused by a handful leaders and cronies in Umno-Bn to rob the country of its wealth to enrich themselves, in the name of the Malays as a whole. It has led to discriminatory practices that are against the spirit of justice and fairness for all Malaysians, particularly the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged groups of all races.

The Malaysian Economic Agenda aspires to:

(a) institute and implement fair, just and equitable redistribution of the wealth in the country;

(b) fight against and finally abolish the evil practices of corruption, cronyism and nepotism and ensure the award of contracts and projects are done in open and transparent manner;

(c) continue the policy of positive discrimination in favour of poor dan deprived Bumiputera while at the same time giving equal opportunities to poor and deprived non-Bumpiputera on the basis of need and not racial greed;

(d) utilise the wealthy resources of the country to provide better social facilities – especially education, health and housing – for the poor, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds; and

(e) generate pro-people development and strengthen the competitive capacity of Malaysia so that she can stand tall with all developed countries, starting with those in Asia.

Those leaders of Umno-Bn and the media they own that accuse Parti Keadilan Rakyat as having no stand on the NEP and on other ways of improving the lot of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged Malays are deliberately indulging in lies to mislead the public. We wish to emphasise that a policy of positive discrimination in favour of all Malaysians who are poor, marginalized and disadvantaged will benefit the Malay rakyat more, because they form the big majority of this category of people.

Dr. Syed Husin Ali
Deputy President
Parti KeADILan Rakyat

What are they trying to hide? March 12, 2008

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Fortunately, some members of the media caught this on camera.

Unfortunately, we can’t march right in to stop them because (i) we haven’t been sworn in; (ii) police has cordoned off the state office since Saturday night.

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(GE12) PKR reps in a rush to get down to work March 11, 2008

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(Malaysiakini) A real carnival atmosphere was evident at PKR’s de facto Anwar Ibrahim’s house in Segambut last night. The reason was obvious – the party has had its best ever results in a general election, winning 31 parliamentary and 40 state seats.

The manner in which the party’s new Yang Berhormats patted each other on the back and shook hands, it was evident that this was a significant achievement for the party.

More interestingly, they had achieved this as a single party with three different races fighting on issues for everyone instead of their own communities.

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