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Selangor Times - Dec 10-12, 2010 / Issue 3

Selangor Times - Dec 10-12, 2010 / Issue 3

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DECEMBER 10 – 12, 2010
issue 3
1Malaysia& 8G
12 – 13
Heroes lauded
Neville Spykerman
sHaH alaM:
MyKad recognition o underage patrons at cybercaes is among some o the proposals being considered bythe State to regulate the multi-million ring-git industry.Te idea mooted by the Selangor CyberCaes Operators Association is aimed atreducing truancy and online gambling whilehelping authorities distinguish betweenlegitimate businesses and illegal operators.“We have developed a programme thatrecognises the age o users through theirMyKad and which will automatically shutdown computers used by children at 10pmon weekdays or 12am on weekends,”said association president Bronson Chuah to
Selangor Times 
.he association has spent RM50,000to develop the soware which has undergonetrials or the past one year.I accepted by the State, all users will berequired to swipe their MyKad in order to usethe computers at cybercaes.In addition, theassociation is suggesting thatall cybercaes adopt an openlayout which will ensure thatthere are no hidden cornersor patrons to sur or pornor gamble online. Chuah saidthe move is aimed at sae-guarding the industry whichis estimated to be worth someRM200 million annually inthe Klang Valley.“Trough our surveys weestimate that cybercaes hereget 40 million visitors a year but illegal cybercaesoutnumber legitimate ones by three to one.”He pointed out that the 650 legal operators were being maligned because o the illegalones. Chuah said the situation would only get worse because the current reeze on licensesor new outlets is causing illegal ones tomushroom.“With the new measures we hope the state will lithe reeze so our memberscan expand theirbusinesses.”Te association is alsosuggesting that onlyoperators with a minimumo 40 computers be allowedto apply or new licenses asthe costs involved willcompel owners to operate within the law.“Currently illegaloperators can just pay a neand reclaim seizedcomputers beorereopening at a diferent location.”As a means to provide urther services tothe public, the association is also seeking theState’s approval to allow cybercaes to beupgraded into one-stop centres or postalservices and bill payments.However, Chuah acknowledged themeasures proposed will not be able to totallyeradicate the problem o illegal operators, nor was it within the powers o the association toenorce the regulations.“hat’s the responsibility o localgovernments who was must step up theirenorcement,” he said.Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liusaid the state was considering the recom-mendations proposed by the association.“We wanted a mechanism to regulatecybercaes and we thank the association ortaking up the initiative,” said Liu, whose portolio includes Local Government.He said the open layout and design plansubmitted by the association was a good wayo ensuring that cybercaes operate in atransparent and open manner.“We believe this will deter online gambling and prevent patrons, especially the youthsrom watching pornography, gambling andloitering in the premises.”He said a decision on the proposals will bemade soon.
MyKad solution
Chuah: New measures
DECEMBER 10 — 12, 2010
(603) 5523 2288
(603) 5523 1188
KL Chan
Neville Spykerman
Tang Hui Koon, Chong Loo Wah, Gan Pei Ling,Alvin Chin, Lee Choon Fai, William Tan
James Ang, Deborah Loh
Jimmy C. S. Lim
Victor Chong
Evelyne Low
Faekah Husin, Arfa’esa Abdul Aziz
Selangor to make third offer by month’s end
Neville Spykerman
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
Selangor Times 
.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 dierentexcept 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 waitor municipalities and authorities toact but there have been complaintsabout delays,” said the ExecutiveCouncillor whose portolio 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 bestor their constituency.However, Selangor had previouslydeclared that it was willing to give theOpposition state unds providedPutrajaya was willing to do the sameor 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 oers o RM5.7 billion and RM9.3 bil-lion were rejected by the companies last year.Khalid said the state was still nalising the oer andcould not reveal the gures or the latest oer.He added that the state executive council needed todiscuss the oer beore 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 taris.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 tarisor 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
MogFriday Saturday Sundayafeoongh
Selangor WeaTHer
Musical – Mahim Junction
This musical team is coming all the way rom India withthe support o Maxis Bhd. It is an entertaining mix onostalgia 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 Perorming ArtsCentre (KLPAC), Sentul Park, o Jalan Ipoh. The boxofce 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 atercar 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).
Free Classes
Compassion Buddhist Mediation Society is oeringclasses 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 ino.mkms@mediateinkl.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, aer 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 disqualied as a lawmaker in 1975 aer 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 wie 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 beore 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 upor 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.
 ⁄ DECEMBER 10 – 12, 2010

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