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Selangor Times 22 July 2011

Selangor Times 22 July 2011

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 July 22 — 24, 2011
issue 34
 Yellow Dinner: A night toremember
councillorlodges report against riotpolice
reward andpunishmentto get arrears
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MPSJ’s whistleblower policy blows hot air
inormation is being viewed as ahal measure.“Te council should look at the whistleblower system again andimprove it beore it backres. Teyshould start it o on the right oot-ing because this is a serious matter,”said councillor Loi Kheng Min.During the council's ull boardmeeting last month, Loi and his el-low councillors had urged MPSJ toappoint independents or third par-ties such as an ombudsman to re-ceive complaints, but the suggestionell on dea ears.MPSJ legal adviser Anita Abd Jalil claimed the WhistleblowerProtection Act 2010 (711) onlyallows the appointment o internalocers.Her rationale is that the Actempowers MPSJ’s legal departmentto prosecute ocers who leak sen-sitive inormation that may causeharm to whistleblowers.However, her reading o the Acthas been disputed by two seniorlawyers.“Based on the Act, the chosen point-person is not limited to onlyoicers within the council,” saidlawyer Balan Nair.He pointed out that the law, which was written up to protect allinormants, states that a person maymake a disclosure o improper con-duct to any enorcement agency.he deinition o enorcementagency means any ministry, depart-ment, agency or body set up by theederal, state or local government which has investigative and enorce-ment powers.Te 60-year-old litigation lawyersaid this means MPSJ can appoint
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Te decisiono the Subang Jaya MunicipalCouncil (MPSJ) to appoint itsown ocers to investigate com- plaints o graf and maladministra-tion in the council has received thethumbs down. While making history on June 29as the rst local government to im- plement a whistleblower policy,MPSJ’s move to appoint three oc-ers rom its Human Resource De- partment to receive and investigatethird parties with enorcement powers to oversee the whistle-blower system.“Private individuals or bodiescan be appointed by MPSJ to orman independent unit to receive andinvestigate inormation rom the public and council sta,” said SeahChin Lee.Te 52-year-old lawyer said theinvolvement o independent third parties who are not working di-rectly under MPSJ will instillcondence in the system.
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Move in the right direction,
but fnetuning needed
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July 22 — 24, 2011
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While there’s anair o excitement in Pulau Ketamover their upcoming village headelections, it is business as usual orolks 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 beoicially 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 inormation arenot biased.”his sentiment was echoed byMPSJ councillors, who ear the policy will only be a acade under its currentormat.“I don’t see how this policy is going to successully 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 inor-mation and conduct investigations.Meanwhile, Loi is urging MPSJ toreview and hold a proper brieng 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 inormation in.“Te box should be locked and onlybe guarded by one person who willcollect all the orms and process thembeore 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 committeeormed 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 aairs, 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 ocial was “exemplary”; especially women, wholooked up to her or her sincerity as well as courage inghting or the rights and welare o the people.Te Member o Parliament or itiwangsa succumbed tolung cancer aer 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 
New Sunday Times 
Berita Minggu
aday aer 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, deended 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, identied 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 knie in hisother hand.He said the knie was actually a Malay-sian fag, in response to the caption in
Berita Minggu
that read: “Seorang peru-suh membawa pisau dalam perhimpunanharam” (A rioter brings a knie 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 sae,” Abdul Razak told news website Malaysiakini.com.He said it would have been impossible or him to bring a knie rom ermeloh into Kuala Lumpur as he had to passthrough three roadblocks along the way.
Selangor Times 
was inormed thatthree candidates in Pulau Ketamhave requested or the nominationorm, 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 qualiy 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 Oicer 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 oce 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 chiesrather than appointing them i the polls are successul.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 Conron-tation – an undeclared war betweenMalaysia and Indonesia over the u-ture o Borneo rom 1962 to 1966.However, local elections were notreinstated aer the Conrontation.PR had promised to reinstatelocal government elections i they were elected during the 2008 gen-eral election.
 ⁄ July 22 – 24, 2011

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