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Putrajaya has beentaken to task or raising sugar subsi-dies despite a member o Parliamentclaiming global prices have allen.“Global sugar prices over the pastsix months since the last price hike inMay 2011 have in act declined sig-nicantly,” said Petaling Jaya UtaraMP ony Pua on Jan 29..Pua was responding to Domesticrade, Cooperatives and Consumer-ism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail SabriYaakob’s statement that the govern-ment will spend RM567 million insugar subsidies this year.Te increase rom 20 sen to 54 sen per kg is apparently to maintain the price o sugar, a price-controlleditem, at RM2.30 per kg.Ismail said the increase was due tothe global price increase with naturaldisasters like drought aecting globalood production.“Is lsmail Sabritrying to pull a astone by claiming Malaysia has in-creased its sugarsubsidy becauseglobal prices haveincreased despitethe opposite being true?” asked Pua.Pua, who isDAP national publicity secretary,said global prices peaked atUS$0.2947 per pound last Julyand dropped to alow o US$0.2342last December.He added thatdespite the ringgit’s depreciationagainst the US dollar at 7 per centrom last July to December, global price o sugar declined by 13.5 percent in ringgit terms.
Not that sweet a deal
Watertaxis along rivers in the city areamong proposals mooted underthe Petaling Jaya Special AreaDra Plan 2020 to reduce trafcsnarls and pollution.Under the plan, boats andhovercras will erry passengersrom jetties built along Sun-gai Damansara, Sungai KayuAra, Sungai Penchala, Sungaiambul and Sungai Payong.I the proposal by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is ac-cepted, RM5million will bespent in two phases until 2020 toacilitate the move.Te allocation includes con-structing water locks to keepthe water level constant at certain parts o the rivers.Te concession will likely begiven to the private sector, ac-cording to the dra plan.MBPJ also proposes to buildbicycle lanes linking neighbour-hoods to schools and publictransportation hubs such asLight Rail ransit stations.Te proposal will cost RM5million and will include bicy-cle parking lots to cater to up-surge in riders.MBPJ plans to spend RM30million to convert road andstreet shoulders in the city into pedestrian walkways.Te money will also be used tobuild more speed breakers toslow trafc in order to make Pet-aling Jaya more pedestrian-riendly.Te dra is a short-term devel-opment plan to build roads,highways and public amenities.It was launched at Royale Bin-tang Hotel on Monday by MBPJMayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman
Water taxis in PJ by 2015
and state executive councillor Is-kandar Samad.Roslan said the dra local plansare aimed at creating a better living environment in the city, adding thatthe people should engage MBPJ onthe plans during orums.“All constructive suggestions andobjections would be considered.MBPJ’s ultimate goal is to engage allthe residents to build a better city,”he said.Iskandar directed MBPJ to dis- play the dra plan at all places o worship.“Places o worship are an excel-lent ocal point to encourage par-ticipation o local residents,” hesaid.He added hat MBPJ must enlistthe assistance o mosques, churchesand temples to have the plans dis- played at their premises.Te plans can be viewed at MB-PJ’s headquarters at New own un-til Feb 28, and residents have untilFeb 29 to object to the proposals.“Once MBPJ’s planning depart-ment has examined the eedback, a public hearing will be held,” he said.Te eedback will be presented tothe state planning committee beoreit is gazetted.Residents can get the plan atMBPJ’s Planning Department, 2ndFloor Jalan Yong Shook Lin or call03-7956 3544 ext 353/ 411 (FaiwosAbdul Hamid or Nurli Darni Mus-leh).
MBPJ Mayor DatukRoslan Sakiman(second rom let)state executivecouncillor IskandarSamad, MBPJDeputy Mayor PuasaMohd Taib (right) andother ofcers at thelaunch o the Special Area Drat Plan(RKK) 2020.