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While there’s anair o excitement in Pulau Ketamover their upcoming village headelections, it is business as usual orolks in Jenjarom.Residents o both New Villagesare scheduled to go to the polls orthe historic elections on Sunday.Nomination will start rom10am to 11am at both Chinese New Villages.Te campaign period will last ora week, and villagers are expected tocast their vote to elect a village chie on July 31.Te winning candidate will beoicially appointed by the stategovernment as the chie o the vil-lage security and development com-mittee (JKKK).
Mixed reactions ahead of historic village head elections
“Te public and even MPSJ sta would eel protected, and are morelikely to expose maladministration orcorruption i they can be assured thatthose receiving the inormation arenot biased.”his sentiment was echoed byMPSJ councillors, who ear the policy will only be a acade under its currentormat.“I don’t see how this policy is going to successully combat wrongdoings i both sta and public are supposed to whistle-blow back to the council,” saidcouncillor R Rajiv.He thinks MPSJ’s move or imple-menting this policy is an exemplary one,but there is still more room or netuning.During MPSJ’s ull board meeting last month, Rajiv had proposed or theState Audit Department to be the ap- pointed representative to receive inor-mation and conduct investigations.Meanwhile, Loi is urging MPSJ toreview and hold a proper brieng withall their sta about how the system works.He suggested or hotline numbers,easily accessible orms, and a whistle-blower box or the public and sta todrop their inormation in.“Te box should be locked and onlybe guarded by one person who willcollect all the orms and process thembeore sending them o or investiga-tion,” he said.He suggested that MPSJ should al-low the whistleblower system be con-ducted in three stages, none o whichshould involve heads o departments.Te rst stage is or a neutral om-budsman to receive complaints; then toa third-party oversight committeeormed by the council; and nally orthe internal audit committee to review.Tis internal audit committee shouldcomprise ve MPSJ councillors who will have the nal say in the whole in- vestigation.MPSJ councillor Edward Ling SiekMeeng also held the view that the coun-cil was moving in the right direction,but that independent individuals shouldoversee the system.“Appointing the head o MPSJ is likeasking them to check themselves or wrongdoings,” he said.Councillor Loka Ng added thatthe committee who oversees this systemshould have no vested interest in coun-cil aairs, and should be able to conducta air and unbiased investigation.
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Selangor mournsDr Lo Lo’s passing
Te state is saddened by the death o DrLo Lo’ Ghazali on Sunday night, said the Menteri Besaron Monday.“On behal o the state and its people, I would like toexpress our condolences to her amily,” said an Sri KhalidIbrahim in a press statement.He described her as an inspiration to all her duties asan elected ocial was “exemplary”; especially women, wholooked up to her or her sincerity as well as courage inghting or the rights and welare o the people.Te Member o Parliament or itiwangsa succumbed tolung cancer aer a long battle with the disease. She was 53.
MPPA dives into picture controversy
Controversycontinues to rage over the ront page picture o a man throwing a tear gascanister during the Bersih 2.0 rally two weeks ago.Te photo showing a man wearing at-shirt and a cloth wrapped around hishead on July 9 was on the ront pages o
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aday aer the rally.On Wednesday, the Malaysian PressPhotographers Association (MPPA)lodged a police report over claims that the photo, shot by a NS photographer, wasdoctored.MPPA president Mat Salim Shaari, wholodged the report at the Cheras policeheadquarters on Wednesday, deended the authenticity o the photo.He said the allegations could tarnish the image o MPPAand their 400 members, most o whom are photographersin media organisations.he man at the centre o the controversy, Abdul RazakEndut, identied himsel as the man in the photo during a Pas ceramah on July 16.Razak, a member o Pas Unit Amal,denied he was carrying a knie in hisother hand.He said the knie was actually a Malay-sian fag, in response to the caption in
that read: “Seorang peru-suh membawa pisau dalam perhimpunanharam” (A rioter brings a knie to illegalrally) and “Perusuh guna senjata, batu,lawan polis” (Rioters use weapons, rocksto ght police).He also denied throwing rocks atthe police.“When the FRU red tear gas, I sawthe wind blowing towards the demonstrators ... I pickedup a canister and tossed it to a eld with the hope that thedemonstrators would be sae,” Abdul Razak told news website Malaysiakini.com.He said it would have been impossible or him to bring a knie rom ermeloh into Kuala Lumpur as he had to passthrough three roadblocks along the way.
was inormed thatthree candidates in Pulau Ketamhave requested or the nominationorm, but villagers are expecting atleast six candidates to contest in theinaugural local election.In Jenjarom, only incumbent vil-lage head an Ching Han has ex- pressed interest to take part in theelections.However, an may not qualiy tostand in the elections as the addresson his identity card is not located within the village.an lives in Jenjarom town but notin the vicinity o the Chinese New Village.Meanwhile, ederal government-appointed village heads have said they will not participate in the electionsconducted by the Pakatan Rakyat(PR)-led state administration.Klang District Oicer DatukBakhtiar Hussin, the returning o-cer or the elections in Pulau Ket-am, said 3,568 voters will be eligibleto vote in the upcoming polls.As or Jenjarom, there are 5,554 voters, while Pandamaran has themost voters at 13,896.Pandamaran’s village elections will be held rom Aug 7-14.All candidates will have to payRM1,000, with RM500 as electoraldeposit to the district oce and an-other RM500 or the local council.Tose who ail to secure less thanone eighth o the total votes will losetheir rst RM500, while candidates who ail to clean up their campaignmaterial post-elections will losetheir second RM500 to the localcouncil.Selangor is the rst state to hold village polls, and the state is consid-ering electing all JKKK chiesrather than appointing them i the polls are successul.Te three elections are being car-ried out without the Election Com-mission’s assistance.Te state hopes that the move tohold village elections will be a pre-cursor to the restoration o localgovernment elections in Selangor.Local government elections weresuspended and later abolished by theAlliance in 1965 due to the Conron-tation – an undeclared war betweenMalaysia and Indonesia over the u-ture o Borneo rom 1962 to 1966.However, local elections were notreinstated aer the Conrontation.PR had promised to reinstatelocal government elections i they were elected during the 2008 gen-eral election.