DECEMBER 10 — 12, 2010
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Selangor to make third offer by month’s end
PakatanRakyat assemblymen will or the rsttime have a bigger say on how grantsare used in their constituencies romnext year.“RM1million will be allocated toeach o the 56 constituencies but themoney can only be used to upgraderoads and drains,” eng Chang Khimtold
.he Sungai Pinang assemblymansaid the idea was mooted bybackbenchers two months ago and thestate had agreed to the proposal.He said no additional unds willneed to be allocated or budgeted orthe shi in policy.Te money will come rom StateRoad Grants which Selangor receivesannually rom the Federal Government.Tese grants are channelled to localgovernments.“here will be nothing dierentexcept state lawmakers will have theright on how some o the moneymoney is utilised within theirconstituencies,” said the SelangorLegislative Speaker.Powers to determine how the undsare used will also be given tocoordinators overseeing the 21constituencies held by the Opposition.Pandamaran Assemblyman RonnieLiu said the move would help reducered tape, especially i the unds wereneeded urgently.“Currently lawmakers need to waitor municipalities and authorities toact but there have been complaintsabout delays,” said the ExecutiveCouncillor whose portolio includeslocal government.He pointed out that Federal Grantsare also allocated to the Drainage andIrrigation Department and Public Works Department.Opposition assemblyman Yap Ee Wah said the state should also give thesame powers across the board.Te Sungai Pelek lawmaker romMCA pointed out that all assemblymen were elected and knew what was bestor their constituency.However, Selangor had previouslydeclared that it was willing to give theOpposition state unds providedPutrajaya was willing to do the sameor Pakatan Rakyat MPs.
Selangor will make yet another bid totake over the our water concessionaires this month.“Documents pertaining to the acquisition will be pre- pared rst and it will take about two weeks,” said SelangorMenteri Besar an Sri Khalid Ibrahim on Wednesday.wo previous oers o RM5.7 billion and RM9.3 bil-lion were rejected by the companies last year.Khalid said the state was still nalising the oer andcould not reveal the gures or the latest oer.He added that the state executive council needed todiscuss the oer beore it was made to the our companies.Tey include Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas),Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB), Syarikat Pengeluaran AirSungai (Splash) and Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd.Shah Alam and Putrajaya have been deadlocked over who should have control over the supply and distributiono the natural resource.In line with the Water Services Industry Act (WSIA)- Selangor intends to take over and manage the industrymore efciently and reduce taris.However the Federal Government has been adamanton handing back the concession to Syabas despite numer-ous breaches o contract and its poor record.Te move will also result in an increse o water tarisor 7.5 million consumers Selangor, Kuala Lumpur andPutrajaya.Last month the state launched the “Return water rightsto the people” campaign.Tis culminated with a petition seeking the interven-tion o the King which was sent to the palace on Sunday.
End to grant woesfor Pakatan reps
MogFriday Saturday Sundayafeoongh
Musical – Mahim Junction
This musical team is coming all the way rom India withthe support o Maxis Bhd. It is an entertaining mix onostalgia and cinema, a snapshot o Bollywood flm inthe 1970’s. It has run shows to ull houses in Londonand India. It will on rom today to Sunday. Ticketsare priced at RM50 per adult or the centre, RM40 orthe sides and RM30 or students and the disabled. Venue: Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Perorming ArtsCentre (KLPAC), Sentul Park, o Jalan Ipoh. The boxofce is reachable at 03-4047 9000.
International Motor Show
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show willonly be on till Sunday and showcases some o theworld’s automotive wonders, as well as sought atercar accessories with goodies. Admission prices areRM15 per adult on weekdays and RM20 on weekends.Special rates or amilies, students and children areavailable on their website http://www.klims10.com/. Visiting hours are rom 11 am to 10 pm. Venue: PutraWorld Trade Centre (PWTC).
Compassion Buddhist Mediation Society is oeringclasses on Buddhism or Modern People rom Dec12-26. Classes are rom 10.30am to noon. Admissionis ree. Venue: Journey Within Sdn Bhd, 30-2, Block B,Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand Kota, Damansara, PetalingJaya. For more details, call 012-222 9201 (Doreen)or 016-620 3565 (Sean), or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Role in Environment Protection
The Department o Environment Selangor will beholding a workshop on the Role o Women in thePreservation o the Ozone Layer. The workshop is inconjunction with the wider Ozone Layer Protectionand Awareness Campaign. It will be held on Dec 14 at9am. Venue: Ballroom, De Palma Hotel, Shah Alam. Formore details, please call 03-44214115/128.
Fan Yew Teng – A lossto civil society
Former Petaling Jaya Assemblyman andDAP stalwart Fan Yew eng
passed away in Bangkokon uesday, aer a six-month battle with cancer.Te ormer DAP deputy secretary-general was electedconcurrently or the state seat as well as the Menglembu(Perak) Parliamentary seat in 1974. Previously he had servedas the MP or Kampar in 1969.But he was disqualied as a lawmaker in 1975 aer being ned RM2,000 or publishing a seditious article, based ona speech by the then Penang party chairman, Dr Ooi KeeSaik, in DAP’s newsletter, Te Rocket.Te 68-year-old who was the oldest in a amily o ninesiblings, is survived by his wie Noeleen Heyzer and twindaughters Lilianne and Pauline.His uneral will be held at the Holy Redeemer Churchin Bangkok next Tursday. Parliamentarians observed aminute’s silence in Parliament on Wednesday.In Shah Alam, Executive Councillor eresa Kok wasamong politicians who paid tribute to the ormer DAPleader.Kok said Fan held the party together, as acting secretary-general, while Lim Kit Siang was detained under the Inter-nal Security Act in 1969.Fan subsequently le the party or two decades due tointernal disputes beore returning in 1998.During the 1999 general election, Fan contested theebing inggi state seat and lost but he continued to cham- pion human rights and social justice.“Although temperamental , his heart was in the right place. He had a lot o love and passion and always stood upor the weak, oppressed and marginalised,“I will always remember him with ondness and admira-tion or this,” said Kok.She said his passing is a great loss to civil society in Ma-laysia but he will continue to live on in their memory.