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Tang Hui Koon, Chong Loo Wah, Gan Pei Ling,Basil Foo, Alvin Yap, Gho Chee Yuan, Brenda Ch’ng
Nick Choo, James Ang
Jimmy C. S. Lim, Chin Man Yen
Timothy Loh, Ivan Looi, Tony Kee
Faekah Husin, Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz
OctOber 14 — 16, 2011
Low-cost atupgrade projecton track
Reurbishment o 11 selected low-cost atsin our local councils has started under Program BaikpulihNegeri Berkebajikan (Ceria).Under the scheme, which began earlier this month, the state will subsidise 80% o repair costs while the residents pay thebalance.Te initiative was introduced in June by Iskandar AbdulSamad. “Te overall cost to und the rst phase is RM2.3million,” said the executive councillor or housing.Te unds will be used to repair 21 lis, gutters and sewers,apart rom installing our new water tanks.Te repairs will be carried out at two ats in the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), six ats in the Petaling JayaCity Council (MBPJ), two in the Klang Municipal Council(MPK), and one in the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj).“Work has begun in a ew areas, but some contractors arestill waiting or repair parts,” Iskandar said.In addition, three lis and one gutter have been repaired attwo ats, one in the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)and the other in the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).Te state has also invited ve other ats in MPAJ, MBSA,MPKj and the Kuala Langat District Council to take part inthe rst phase o the project. Tese ats will be repaired aerconsent is obtained rom residents.Iskandar said RM9.7 million has been allocated or thesecond phase, which is expected to benet 48 low-cost ats,Funding or each at will be determined by the SelangorState Development Corporation and Selangor Housing andReal Estate Board by Nov 4.Subsequently, oers will be made to the residents throughtheir Joint Management Bodies (JMB) or ManagementCorporations (MC).Upon acceptance, the registered JMBs or MCs will need to present their nancial statements or the past six months, payan upront deposit o 10% or repair costs, and agree to paythe balance o 10% within the agreed time rame.“Contracts are expected to be tendered and awarded onDec 12, and work will begin immediately,” said Iskandar.He added that a command centre will be set up to overseethis project, which involves 64 developments.“We hope residents will give their co-operation by paying their deposits on time,” he said.
Te state-level National Language Month 2011 waslaunched here to promote a common identity and strengthen tiesthrough a common language last Monday.“Te national language should play a role to uniy Malaysia, whichis well-known or its dierent cultures and traditions,” said Rusli AbdulGhani.Te Dewan Bahasa Pustaka Language and Literature ConservationDepartment director spoke during the launch in Dewan Jubli Perak atthe state secretariat.He said several events will be held throughout October to promotethe proper use o Bahasa Melayu among students and the public.Programmes include an Intellectual Forum in UiM Shah Alam onOct 18, and a secondary-school language quiz at the Rawang Inte-grated Boarding School on Oct 20.An exhibition called Inormation rack will be held at aman asikSeri Gombak on Oct 22, and a month-long Bahasa quiz will be held onthe SelangorFM radio channel.an Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who launched the initiative, said the na-tional language remains relevant in the wave o modernisation aced bythe country.Te Menteri Besar said knowledge can be acquired through master-ing various languages without depending solely on the English language.“We are proud because Bahasa Melayu is among the most widelyused in the world, aer Mandarin, Spanish, English, and French,” headded.
‘Land policy to helpneedy, not for profit’
Gan Pei Ling
Selangor’s RM1,000leasehold renewal and land title policyis meant to help owners stay in theirhomes and not prot rom the sale o the properties.“Te state devised this scheme tohelp people who cannot aord to paythe premium to secure a land title orextend their lease,” said Faekah Husin, political secretary to the MenteriBesar.Tey include settlers who have beenholding emporary Occupational Li-cences (OL) or decades. Under the policy, their rights to continue occupy-ing the land will be protected.Many o these settlers cannot aordto pay the land premium to convert theOLs to regular titles.“hat’s why we created this newscheme. Oherwise, they would
Strengthening ties with language
continue to be squatters,” said Faekah.Owners are required to pay theremaining land premium i they intendto sell their properties or secure bankloans.But MCA has rubbished thescheme, claiming it disallowed homeowners rom selling or transerring their properties except to next-o-kin.“You must look at the spirit o thescheme … this is to help them keep theirhomes, not or them to make a prot.I the owner wants to sell or mortgagethe property, then he or she should beable to pay the ull premium,” saidFaekah.She said the state will be creating a land bank to dierentiate betweenresidential owners who have only paid RM1,000 and those who have paid in ull.Faekah said a 30% discount is givento those who pay the premium in ull within six months o the approval o their applicationsOn the increasing cost o land premiums, Faekah said it is due to rising property prices in Selangor as land premiums are based on market value.MCA has said the state should waiveland premiums to prove its sincerity inhelping the people, but Faekah said this was not practical.Land premium is an importantsource o revenue or the state, she said. When asked whether the newscheme contravenes the National LandCode as alleged by MCA, Faekah saidSection 76 (c), (d) and (e) o the Code provide the state power to grant landtitles to owners who do not pay the premium in ull by imposing certainconditions.She added that despite theopposition’s criticism, public responseto the scheme has been positive.
Khalid (right) receiving a set of books from Rusli on Monday.
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Chong Loo Wah
Putrajaya’s move to extendGrand Saga Sdn Bhd’s concession or anotherve years was met by criticism by Cheras MPan Kok Wai.Tis means motorists on the Cheras-Kajang Highway will continue to pay toll until 2030instead o 2025.an said the move deeated Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to abolish oneo the two tolls on the Cheras- Kajang Highwayto reduce the people’s burden.On Wednesday, Works Minister Datuk SeriShaziman Abu Mansor, in a written parliamen-tary reply, inormed an o the extension, whichis due to the restructuring o toll rates in 2002.Te original concession agreement was romSept 19, 1995 to Sept 18, 2025.Shaziman urther disclosed that the ederalgovernment had paid Grand Saga Sdn BhdRM105.15 million in compensation or the tollrate restructuring.he concession agreement was extendedagain rom 2027 to 2030 due to the issue o “trafc leakage” in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.Residents preer to use another road that by- passes the RM0.90 toll.Shaziman also said another toll rate hike isexpected in early 2013, but Putrajaya is looking or other options to “lighten” the people’s bur-den.an questioned the need to extend the agree-ment when Putrajaya had already compensatedthe highway concessionaire RM105.15 million.He said the extension and expected toll hikedemonstrate that the concession agreement islopsided and avours the highway concession-aire.He added that residents are collecting signa-tures and submitting a memorandum to the prime minister to express their objections.