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Selangor Times Dec 16-18, 2011 / Issue 53

Selangor Times Dec 16-18, 2011 / Issue 53

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issue 53
Shah Alam:Capitalsince 1978
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SULTAN Sharauddin Idris Shah greeting children at the Raja TunUda library in Section U13 Shah Alam, accompanied by CrownPrince Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharauddin Idris Shah (bluetie, right), while Selangor Public Library Board director MasturaMuhamad (second right) and State Assembly Speaker Datuk TengChang Khim (background) look on. The Selangor Sultan ofciallyopened the library last Friday in conjunction with his birthday, anddonated some 1,200 frst-edition books rom the United Kingdom.
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A concession byenaga Nasional Bhd (NB) toconsider an alternative route or power lines away rom Kampung Sungai erentang is being met with scepticism by villagers.Te route proposed by an inde- pendent consultant hired by thestate could amicably break thelongstanding deadlock betweenthe villagers and NB.But villagers who said theyhave been let down by top politi-cal leaders’ and NB’s broken promises in the past six years arelooking or assurance rom the prime minister.“Unless (Datuk Seri) Najib(Razak) himsel guarantees thatNB will not be allowed to takeaway our land to make way or thehigh-tension cable, our minds willnever be at peace,” said village chie Goh Ah Kow.Te 54-year-old said ormer En-ergy, Water and Communication
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SHAH ALAM:
Konsortiumransnasional Bhd’s (KB) moveto seek state unds in order to con-tinue providing rural bus services was described as “blackmail” byeresa Kok yesterday.“SPAD (Land and Public rans- port Commission) is the regulato-ry body, not the state government. Why did KB write to the MenteriBesar? It's close to blackmail,” saidthe state executive councillor.On uesday, KB stopped pro- viding services or 21 unprotableroutes in Selangor, particularly inrural areas such as Banting, an- jong Karang, Sekinchan and SabakBernam, leaving 80,000 commut-ers stranded and scrambling tolook or alternative transport.KB executive director engkuHasmadi engku Hashim said thecompany requested Selangor’s helpbecause its Cityliner bus eet hadthe Chinese New Village would have to be demolished i NB isallowed to proceed with the original route or the 59km CentralArea Reinorcement (CAR) project to reinorce power supply toKuala Lumpur.ee Keot Cheong, 62, is one o the amilies that have beenliving with the ear o being relocated since 2005.“We’re not interested in monetary compensation. I have beenliving in this village or more than 30 years, this is where I wantto stay,” ee told
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suered nancial losses due to lowbus ares xed by Putrajaya.However, Selangor had declinedto subsidise the bus operator as it isuncomortable with the idea.“Even i we were to give [subsi-dy coupons], we would give di-rectly to SPAD since it is the regu-latory body,” said Kok.She was speaking to the press a-ter the Selangor Economic ActionCouncil met with SPAD represent-atives to discuss solutions or theissue or the rst time yesterday.Menteri Besar an Sri KhalidIbrahim had announced on ues-day that it would not subsidiseKB because the company is sup- posed to use income derived romits protable routes to nance thenon-protable ones.“Tat’s the basic agreement when the licence was granted toKB. It’s unair that now the com- pany is only willing to continue theroutes that make money and stopthose that are causing losses,” saidKhalid.He cited the example o devel-opers who are compelled to buildlow-cost housing as part o devel-opment project even though low-cost housing is not protable.Khalid also said companies can-not always expect the governmentto provide prot-guarantee con-tracts, and yet expect the govern-ment to use taxpayers’ money tobail them out when these busi-nesses are hit by losses.“Te government must stop this practice under the privatisationscheme that only benets selectedindividuals,” said Khalid.NB general manager (asset de- velopment department delivery unit)Faezah Ahmed had claimed on Dec1 that the stalled project must becompleted as soon as possible to pre- vent major blackouts in PeninsularMalaysia.However, NB had nally agreedto study an alternative route pro- posed by independent consultantAecom Australian Pty Ltd aer ameeting with the Selangor govern-ment last Friday.Aecom had suggested aligning the power lines along the 40-metre-wideRawang Highway using existing roadreserves. Tis route is estimated tocost RM17.5 million, a millioncheaper than the RM18.6 million orNB’s original proposed route.NB had also promised not to re-sume construction at the village or amonth until its representatives carriedout a detailed study on the alternativeroute with Aecom, the Selayang Mu-nicipal Council, Gombak Land O-ce, and state representatives.Its previous attempts to carry outconstruction work at the ChineseNew Village, most recently on Dec1, had resulted in standos with vil-lagers.Rawang assemblyperson Gan PeiNei said the joint survey on the alter-native route is expected to be com- pleted and presented at the SelangorEconomic Action Council two weeks rom now.Gan noted that this issue wouldnot have arisen at all in advancedcountries like Australia, where high-tension cables are strictly prohibitedrom passing through highly popu-lated areas, including residential areas,and school and hospital zones. Villager Chang Ping Chow, 73,hopes NB will heed the people’sconcerns and reroute the 275kV trans-mission lines.Chang used to operate the onlykindergarten in the village with hisdaughter. However, the number o children enrolling has declined overthe years due to the debacle over thehigh-tension cable. Tey closed the pre-school last year.“We used to have over 200 students… Te people are worried about the potential health impact o living nearthe high-tension cables.“We’re not against development ortrying to be difcult. We just want tobe able to live healthily,” said Chang.
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