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Selangor Times March 4, 2011 / Issue 14

Selangor Times March 4, 2011 / Issue 14

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March 4  6, 2011
issue 14
Do we getwhat wepay for?
Montfort aplace foryouths
no to de-gazettingof forestreserve
• Story on page 6• turn to page 6
Register yourexotic pets
Gan Pei Ling
shah alaM:
Register yourpet turtles, birds, rogs, spiders orany species regulated under thenew Wildlie Conservation Actby June or risk being ned or im-prisoned.Many pets, including certain ter-rapins, sparrows and toads, are nowlisted as “protected wildlie” underthe new wildlie act that came intoorce on Dec 28, 2010.Owners have been given a graceperiod o six months to apply orlicences rom the Wildlie and Na-tional Parks Department (Perhili-tan). Aer the grace period, indi-viduals possessing protected wildlielisted under the new act without alicence may be charged and ned upto RM50,000, or ace two years injail or both i convicted.Highly endangered species suchas tigers, leopards and Sumatranrhinoceros are listed as “totally pro-tected wildlie”, and a special permitis required to keep, display or con-duct research on such animals.Convicted individuals may be nedup to RM100,000 or sentenced tothree years’ jail or both.While some acknowledge thatthe tougher law will help curb ram-pant wildlie trafcking, other petowners and traders are highly con-cerned by its implications.Anxious owners and businessoperators showered Perhilitan withquestions during a public brieng inShah Alam on Monday. 
Tarantulas andamphibians now listed as“protected”
Owners o tarantulas are re-quired to apply or licences as 11species o the spiders are now listedas protected wildlie under the newact.“We didn’t need a licence previ-ously…Spiders breed by the thou-sands; does this mean I have to applyor thousands o licences?” askedDarren Chow rom the Malaysianarantula Society.As one licence usually costsRM10, Chow was concerned thathe would have to ork out a largeamount o money to acquire the li-cences.Many other members rom theMalaysian arantula Society werepresent at the brieing. DayalenMathavan, 23, said Perhilitan shouldhave held a public consultation be-ore enacting the law.Te biotechnology undergradu-ate owns 12 tarantulas and a redmountain racer. “It’s a very commonlocal snake and can be ound in anypet shop, but now it’s listed as aprotected species. How did theydecide which species should be‘protected’?” Dayalen asked.Other pet owners were worriedwhether Perhilitan would approvetheir applications i they declared
oh  ws w wid whhphili wld v hi licisif h dcld h wildlif h wd, dif hi s wld b cscd if hilicis w jcd.
the wildlie they owned, and i theirpets would be conscated i theirapplications were rejected.Selangor senior assistance wild-lie oicer Abdul Rahim AbdulHamid assured the public thatPerhilitan would usually approvethe applications. “It’s not a prob-lem,” he said.he state department issuesaround 3,000 licences a year orkeeping o wildlie, and around 300permits or trading. Te number o licences is expected to soar as manyother species, including amphibians,are now protected under the newwildlie act. 
Religious practices andChinese medicine
raders who sell turtles and spar-rows to the public or certain reli-gious purposes were also worried
Kj sidslki hhh Mrt lsdi  mi h Kj LclCcil fc tsd.
– Picture byVictor Chong
March 4  6, 2011
(603) 5523 2288
(603) 5523 1188
KL Chan
Neville Spykerman
Tang Hui Koon, Chong Loo Wah, Gan Pei Ling, BasilFoo, Yasleh Hani Mat Yassin, Alvin Yap
Nick Choo, James Ang
Jimmy C. S. Lim
Victor Chong
Timothy Loh, Ivan Looi
Faekah Husin, Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz
Neville Spykerman
Gated communities must comply with allguidelines to avoid a recurrence o the recent tragedy inKepong where a locked barrier delayed ireighters romreaching a re.“Although the incident happened in Kuala Lumpur, it servesas a lesson to all Resident Associations (RA) and localgovernments in Selangor that regulations must be ollowed,”said state executive councillor Ronnie Liu.Last week, 33-year-old Annie Ong Yen and her two-year-olddaughter Artina Loke Xin Yu died in a blaze in Taman Sri Sinarwhen reghters had to cut a lock on a barrier beore they couldreach them.Liu, whose portolio includes local government, listed verules that needed to be ollowed and enorced with immediateeect:
local government beore putting up any barriers.
beore it can be implemented.
be sealed permanently.
vehicles. Liu said the issue was turning contentious becausethese rules were being ignored.“I will be meeting the heads o local authorities soon to seektheir views, and a orum will be held with communities to allowthem to voice their concerns,” he said.
Follow rulesto avoid tragedy
Desperate plea for water
Gan Pei Ling
Desperate residents o Ruvena Villa Apartment in Taman PutraPerdana are resorting to alternativemeasures to get water since their supplywas cut a week ago.Hundreds o amily take showers athighway rest stops and wash their laundryat petrol stations while others get waterrom re hydrants.“We go wherever we can nd water,”
housewie had come to
Selangor Times’ 
oce with three other anxious residentsto seek help.Hayati said this was the third timetheir water supply had been cut.
management company, LT Sdn Bhd,Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas)and the Sepang District Council whentheir supply was cut or three days.LT, a subsidiary o Talam Corporation,did not attend the meeting although theywere invited.However, Syabas restored their watersupply aer the residents collected aboutRM30,000 to settle part o their arrears
the amount to Syabas.“We don’t know who else we can turn
To place your
Timothy Loh
at 019-267 4488or
Ivan Looi
at 014-936 6698
The insurance agent said it wasunair that those who paid their waterbills also suered rom the water cut.
management com-pany should punishonly those whodon’t pay theirbills,” said Alice.She said eventhough they are Se-langor residents,the apartmentunits’ occupants donot enjoy the 20cubic metre reewater rom the Se-langor government.She said theywere being charged
metre by LT, with bills going as high asRM200 a month or some amilies.
same area included Kiambang Apart-ment, Siantan Apartment and Ke-nanga Apartment.“We try to be patient, but some o the residents, including pregnantwomen, have had to walk up ve foorsto transport their water,” Alice added.
Selangor Times 
could not reach LTat press time.Meanwhile, Syabas corporate aairsexecutive director Halem Mat Somsaid Syabas was prepared to meet themanagement company to resolve theproblem.“The management company cancome orward to discuss with Syabasways to settle this problem,saidHalem.
MogFriday Saturday Sundayafeoongh
Selangor WeaTHer
Malaysian meteorological department
(From let) Azizah Mohd, 40, with her child, Hayati, and KamisahSaidin, 42, at Selangor Times’ ofce to relate their woes.
⁄ March 4 – 6, 2011

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