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Pillars of one of the buildings in Taman Jasmine visibly eroding.
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A movement to convince Petaling Jayaresidents to grow their own organic produce and to enjoy theruits o their labour is slowly gaining popularity, thanks to thesupport o the city council here.“Te movement to grow our own high quality vegetableswithout chemicals is moving slowly but surely,” said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) planning and development directorNorani Roslan.Norani said among the benets o going green is wastereduction at home, as it is recycled or growing organic produce.She said the MBPJ would promote greater awareness o going green by holding an Organic Day on March 26 at SS2/63with Centre or Environment, echnology and Development,Malaysia (Cetdem).Cetdem is a non-government organisation that championssustainable development and “environmental riendly” practiceslike organic arming and energy conservation.“We will conduct classes on recycling waste products, liketurning cooking oil into bio-diesel and kitchen waste intocompost. We will also hold cooking classes on the preparationo organic produce,” said Cetdem programme coordinator anSiew Luang.an, who is promoting Organic Day, said they wereencouraging the production o locally grown organic productsas the country was losing out to imported ingredients.Te movement has the support o residents’ associations(RAs) in Petaling Jaya.Betty Chuah and Lee Kwee Cheng, o RA SS2 South andR SS2 respectively, said housewives in their areas had startedorganic arming on their premises.“Tey all tell me their papayas are sweeter, the ruits biggerand say that they enjoy eating their own produce,” said Lee.Councillor Richard Yeoh said the practice o locally growing produce was a step in the right direction to reduce climatechange.“ransporting ood across the world is contributing toclimate change. I we can spread the practice o growing producein our own backyards, it will make this world a better place,”he said.
Green thumbsand good foodSelangor offersnursing aid to Japan
Selangor MenteriBesar led a delegation to convey thestate’s condolences to the Japan Embassyover the loss o lives and propertiesollowing the earthquake and tsunamidisasters ollowing the devastating tsunami which hit the country lastFriday.an Sri Khalid Ibrahim was receivedby the embassy’s deputy che-de-mis-sion, Koichi Ito on Monday. In themeeting, Khalid told Koichi that thestate and its people will continue to prayor the Japan to overcome the hardshipthat the country is acing.He also oered to send nurses’ ser-vices to treat the victims o earthquakeand tsunami during the rehabilitationperiod, adding that the state’s SelangorInternational Islamic College (KUIS)nursing school will have the capacity toprovide aid.He said the state will not hesitate tonance the dispatch o nurses to helpJapanese patients.“Tis may not be much, but we arewilling to provide help within our ca-pacity. We continue to pray or thepeople o Japan and or the country’sspeedy recovery. We believe Japan willbe able to recover quickly as they havein the past,” said Khalid.He also extended the condolencesrom Dewan Rakyat opposition leaderDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is alsothe state economic adviser.Meanwhile, Koichi said Japanthanked Selangor and Malaysia ortheir thoughts, prayers and oers tohelp.“Teir voice o concern is valuable tous. We are condent o overcoming thisdisaster. he Japanese governmenthighly appreciates the solidarity shownby the Selangor government and thepeople o Malaysia,” he said.Koichi said he would reer Selan-gor’s oer o help to his government inokyo.Khalid was accompanied by Selan-gor Exco members Elizabeth Wong,Rodziah Ismail and Ronnie Liu, as wellas Pakatan Rakyat members o Parlia-ment, including Datuk Kamarul Baha-rin Abbas (eluk Kemang), ian Chua(Batu), Nurul Izzah Anwar (LembahPantai), Dr Dzulkey Ahmad, (KualaSelangor) Loh Gwo Burne (KelanaJaya), William Leong (Selayang), AzizKadir (Ketereh), Amran Ghani (anahMerah) and Rashid Din (Merbok),and KUIS’ Dean o the Nursing School, Dayang Annie Abang Naru-din.
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As i oods, stenchand robberies were not bad enough,occupants o shoplots in aman Jasmineare now concerned about the saety o their building.Owners and tenants o two blockso our-storey shoplots want the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to act aernoticing that the pillars o the building looked like they were “eroding”.MPK councillor Yeo Boon Lye, whomet the owners on Wednesday, said hewould ask the municipality to appointconsultants to determine i the building was sae.Te owners also lamented that theyhad to put up with calamity aer calam-ity or ar too long.Grocery shopowner Liaw Kim Huattold the press that they had been acing problems o bursting sewage pipes orthe past three to our years.“We have complained to (seweragecompany) Indah Water (Konsortium)several times. Tey would come to x it,but the pipes would burst again,” saidthe 53-year-old.Apart rom having to endure thestrong stink due to leaked sewage, Liawsaid his grocery shop had also beenrobbed three times in the past ve years.
Fed up with calamity
Shopowners also have to put up withrequent oods.“Tis area can be ooded within 30minutes o rain,” said Liaw, who hasincreased the height o the barrier inront o his ront door to about a metreto end o oods.he problems have caused manyshopowners to move away, causing asharp all in property prices.Liaw said he bought his ground oorunit or RM185,000 but he could notsell it or RM100,000 now.Koo Soo Wah, 32, who has beenworking as a mechanical technician inaman Jasmine or close to10 years, saidthe site had also become a breeding spotor mosquitoes due to the cloggeddrains and leaked sewage.Another landlord, Lim Poh Heong,42, said he had lodged complaints withthe local council’s Commissioner o Buildings since 2004, hoping they couldhelp address their woes but to no avail.Yeo acknowledged that he had re-ceived complaints rom the residents.He visited the site with ofcers rom thePublic Works Department (JKR), In-dah Water Konsortium, Alam Flora andthree other local council departments.Aer a preliminary survey o the site,JKR Klang engineer Ashrul Nizam saidthe structure o the shop houses did“seem weak”.However, he added that a more de-tailed evaluation would have to beconducted to determine the next courseo action.He said the matter ell under thelocal council’s jurisdiction.Meanwhile, Yeo suggested the land-lords orm a management council totake charge o management aairs as thedeveloper was bankrupt.