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Selangor Times 25 Nov 2011

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November 25 — 27, 2011
issue 50
Lack ofrespect for theConstitution
PJ hostels: anunregulated,bloomingbusiness
bedridden youth needsfinancial aid
More restrictions onfundamental rights
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Petaling Jaya:
Putrajaya’s Peaceul Assembly Bill iscoming under re rom various quarters or being even morerepressive and unconstitutional.Te new bill, tabled or a second reading on uesday anddebated this week in Parliament, is to replace current restric-tions under the Police Act 1967.However, the proposed law would allow protesters arrestedby police to be ned up to RM20,000, while organisers acenes up to RM10,000 i no advance notice o a planned as-sembly is given to the police."Te nes urther restrict the ability o Malaysians to par-ticipate in assemblies. It does not guarantee the reedom o assembly, but clamps down on dissent," said Suara Rakyat Ma-laysia (Suaram) campaign coordinator Nalini Elumalai.She said the nes were aimed at nancially punishing the public, despite the act that reedom o assembly is guaranteedunder the Federal Constitution.She also pointed out that the law, i passed, would providethe police with even more discretionary powers to impose re-strictions and conditions.Te new law would require 30 days’ advance notice at “des-ignated areas” dened by the home minister, and can proceedunless there is objection by the police.Te bill restricts public gatherings at petrol stations, hospi-
 Ang Nyet Ngoh, a60-year-old tailorwho has difcultieswalking and usingher right arm,received a motorisedwheelchair romstate executivecouncillor Dr XavierJayakumar (let) ather home in TamanSentosa, Klang onWednesday (Nov 23).Story on page 4.
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tals, re stations, airports, railways,land public transport terminals, ports, canals, docks, bridges, placeso worship, kindergartens andschools, as well as dams and reser- voirs.It states that no street protestsare allowed, and bars any assemblyin or within a 50-metre bufer zonearound the listed prohibited areas.Te home minister can also de-clare any place as a prohibited areaby way o a gazette, while Section15 o the Bill states that restrictionsand conditions can be imposed orthe purpose o “security or publicorder”.“Te bill is written to urther re-strict Malaysians the right to assem-bly and to disrupt the avenues orthem to speak up against unjusteconomic or public policies,” shesaid.Te human rights activist saidthe litany o restrictions barred le-gitimate public protest.“For example, what i the publichas to hold an assembly near watertreatment plants to protest againstthe price o clean water? What i there are water saety issues that wehave to highlight?” she asked.According to legal-reorm andhuman rights group, Lawyers orLiberty, the new ruling still givesthe police too much discretionary powers to approve assemblies.Latheea Koya, the group’sspokesperson, described the regula-tions as still draconian.Te human rights lawyer andPetaling Jaya City councillor blast-ed the 30-day waiting period, de-scribing the move as impracticaldue to the currency and urgency o  public policy issues.“Is this a way or the governmentto orce a cooling-of period? Do we have to wait one month to sub-mit a memorandum?” she said.Social activists also slammed the
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November 25 — 27, 2011
New measures toregulate cybercafés
To place your
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Police still have too muchdiscretionary powers
RM20,000 ne which can be im- posed on anyone reusing to disperseat public assemblies.enaganita director Irene Fernan-dez said ne was a hey amount that would hurt the pockets o any ordi-nary Malaysian who might join a public assembly to voice their dissentor unhappiness over public policy.Te veteran social activist andnon-governmental-organisationleader describes the bill as “regres-sive”, and did not bode well or con-cerned Malaysians who wanted to participate in democracy.Political activist and universitylecturer Wong Chin Huat called thebill “shameless” in its bid to stiedissent.“he government should notthink o us as brainless,” he said, add-ing that civil society would resist the passage o the bill into legislation.During an emergency meeting at Suaram’s oce in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday night, various civil soci-ety groups unanimously supportedthe setting up o another mass move-ment group called Himpun 2.0According to organisers, it aimsto use social networking sites likeFacebook, witter and blogs to ghtthe bill.
• From page one
 Alvin Yap
Restriction on permits or new cyber-caés, which have been rozen since 2006, will be liedonce new guidelines are in place to better regulate thebusiness in Selangor.Under the new rules, patrons will be required to elec-tronically register themselves with their MyKad beoreusing the computers, while owners must use ully trans- parent glass in the premises.
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“Tese are some o the require-ments that cybercaés have to sat-isy to either apply or a licence oror renewal,” said state executivecouncillor Ronnie Liu.Liu, whose portolio includeslocal government, said the state hasbeen working with legitimate cy-bercaé operators to regulate theindustry.Illegal cybercaés, which pur- portedly allow teenage patrons togamble online or download por-nography, have mushroomed acrossthe country. Tese illegal outlets arealso believed to be a ront or gam-bling dens.Te state, along with the Selan-gor Cybercaé Association, is at-tempting to rehabilitate the imageo cybercaés.Liu said 20 cybercaés in Selan-gor have been testing the MyKadregistration system or six monthsnow, and another 100 premiseshave signed up to test the system.Te system tracks users andalerts a database that will recordtheir visits to pornographic web-sites, together with their name,MyKad number and address.It will also automatically limitthe time that an under-18-year-old patron may spend on the cybercaécomputers to two hours.“Aer the allotted time, thecomputer will restart and lock the person out rom using the acilitiesagain,” he said.Liu said authorities will be able tocheck the data to identiy those whohave carried out illegal activities.He quickly dismissed the ideathat the system and equipmentcould be hacked, or that personalinormation could be retrievedrom the database.Liu said the system has received positive eedback rom cybercaéoperators, and that the study onthe cybercaé monitoring system isin the last stages.“Once the study is nalised, andthe details and bylaws are ready, it will go to the exco or approval bylate December,” he said, adding thatthe state would not ully enorce thesystem until problems have beenironed out.According to Liu, the new by-laws will act to cull illegal cyberca-és in the state – said to be around2,000 in number – and will give achance or the 650 legitimate op-erators to survive.He said eedback showed thatcybercaé owners welcome the pro- posed ruling, and hoped that ille-gal and unlicensed operators willheed the new regulations as the with enaga Nasional Berhad andSyarikat Bekalan Air Selangor tocut both electricity and water sup- ply to the shops,” he said.Liu did not mention i the state would give a grace period or illegalcybercaés to adopt the new system,but said premises are given two years to carry out renovations ontheir premises in accordance withthe guidelines.He urther said cybercaés willhave to install closed-circuit televi-sion cameras as well as light up the premises.Liu reiterated that local govern-ments in Selangor still have theirhands tied on the matter, as the Lo-cal Government Act does not givelocal municipalities and councilsenough power to bring to book il-legal cybercaés.He said unlicensed outlets oenreopen in new locations even aerhaving their premises sealed andhardware conscated, as they usu-ally operate with ewer than vecomputer units.“Te action taken by local au-thorities doesn’t ‘hurt their pock-ets’,” Liu said, adding that the newruling species that operators musthave a minimum o 40 computers inorder to get the cybercaé licence.He said Putrajaya should con-sider heier nes and longer jailterms or those caught running il-legal cybercaés.state would not hesitate to comedown hard on them.“We will go all out to seal the premises and will set up a task orce
State ready to work withfederal govt on projects
an Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s adminis-tration is willing to cooperate with Putrajaya to ensuredevelopment projects in the state proceed smoothly.Te Menteri Besar, who was speaking at the JointAnnual Conerence o the Malaysia-Japan EconomicAssociation (Majeca) and the Japan-Malaysia Eco-nomic Association (Jameca) in okyo, said politicaldiferences between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Na-sional should not get in the way o developments thatbeneted the people.“he state has proven that it can work [with theederal government]. I’m part o the committee onthe Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley Project,and I work with them to provide land in Selangor ordevelopment projects," said Khalid during the con-erence.He pointed out that cooperation between ShahAlam and Putrajaya has ensured that the projects arecarried out with accountability and transparency.He added that the public deserves the best benetrom money allocated or development.“For example, I know that RM5 million has beenallocated to develop and construct new sewerage sys-tems in the Klang Valley. I hope that the tenders orthe project will be open or local [companies] as wellas those rom Japan,” he said.Part o Khalid’s three-day working trip, rom Mon-day to Wednesday, involved nding a way to cut redtape or Japanese companies who want to do businesshere.He gave the assurance to Japanese investors thatinvestment projects in Selangor will have the ull sup- port o the state and will not be delayed, and said in- vestors need not lobby or pay commission to any party in order to invest.“I the investment isbenecial to all, bringsclean prots and boostsSelangor’s economy, we will approve the project without bureaucracy,” hesaid on uesday.He asked his Japanese counterparts to continue in- vesting in Malaysia, especially in manuacturing, bank-ing and nance, and said taxes rom new investments would ultimately be utilised or public benet.He told Japanese investors that they would benetrom starting up business in Selangor, which he said isadministered with accountability and transparency.Khalid said the Japanese business community rep-resent the largest investors in Selangor, with someRM1.2 billion worth o projects as o August 2011.Selangor, rom January to August, had approved 18 Japanese investments, which created 1,000 new jobsin the state, he said.Khalid also visited the headquarters o electronicsmanuacturing giant Sony and met its vice-president,sugie Miyashita. He also met representatives o carmaker oyota to discuss plans or the company to starta actory in Rawang.During his inaugural visit to Japan since becoming the Menteri Besar, Khalid also visited industrial andnancial group Nomura in okyo.Khalid was accompanied by state executive councilor investment, industry and trade eresa Kok, Selan-gor Selangor State Investment Centre chie executiveocer Datuk Mohd Jabar Ahmad Kembali, and ShahAlam Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaaar Mohd Atan.
 ⁄ November 25 – 27, 2011

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