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Selangor Times Feb 3, 2011

Selangor Times Feb 3, 2011

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February 3 — 5, 2012
issue 59
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FPMPAM president Dr Steven Chow (left) and Patient Health and Citizen Healthcare Coalition spokesperson Dr TJayabalan explaining the 1Care 1Malaysia system in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
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Putrajaya’s healthcare reorm plan –1Care or 1Malaysia – is getting the thumbs down rom doctors who are warning that the scheme will be a bane to the public.Citizen Healthcare Coalition (CHC) spokesperson Dr  Jayabalan said that under 1Care, the public would be requiredto contribute nearly 10% o their gross income to an insuranceund.“You’ve to pay more, yet you’ll lose your choice to pick yourown doctor, can only see your government-assigned doctor sixtimes a year and get the cheapest medicine,” said Dr Jayabalan ata press conerence on Tursday.He added that Malaysians cannot opt out o 1Care and wouldhave to ork out their own money to see another doctor or getbetter medicine i they are dissatisfed with the services provided.Dr Jayabalan said 1Care is expected to be launched this yearas the blueprint or its implementation is almost ready.As a result, 17 non-governmental organisations and con-cerned citizens set up CHC and launched its ak Nak 1Caresocial media campaign on Facebook and witter recently.He said the coalition is against 1Care as the scheme beneftsa ew individuals and companies at the public’s expense.He claimed that a National Healthcare Financing Authority,likely to be a government-linked company, will manage thehealth insurance scheme.“Te government is outsourcing healthcare services and pass-ing the buck [o fnancing it] to the people,” said Dr Jayabalan.He said Putrajaya should increase its limited budget orhealthcare to improve the quality and delivery o public medicalservices instead.Te Association or Private Medical Practitioners in KL/Se-langor, made up o 900 members, is also urging the governmentto conduct thorough public consultations beore implementing 1Care.Its president Dr Steven Chow said many members o the pub-lic, including doctors themselves, remain ignorant o the impli-cations o 1Care.“Te government should learn rom Hong Kong which un-derwent a similar healthcare reorm (a ew years ago). Its govern-ment consulted the public on each and every detail o the re-orm,” said Chow.CHC is organising a series o orums to raise public awarenesson 1Care. Te frst one will be held on Feb 12 (3pm) at theGlobal Business and Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya.Invited speakers include representatives rom the HealthMinistry, Federation o Private Medical Practitioners Associa-tion and the Selangor government.Similar orums will be organised in Ipoh on Feb 18 and Kuan-tan on March 4. Visit www.acebook.com/taknak1care or www.twitter.com/taknak1care or more inormation.
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February 3 — 5, 2012
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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-nicantly,” said Petaling Jaya UtaraMP ony Pua on Jan 29..Pua was responding to Domesticrade, 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 aecting globalood 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 centrom last July to December, global price o sugar declined by 13.5 percent in ringgit terms.
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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 andhovercras will erry passengersrom jetties built along Sun-gai Damansara, Sungai KayuAra, Sungai Penchala, Sungaiambul and Sungai Payong.I the proposal by the Petaling  Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is ac-cepted, RM5million will bespent in two phases until 2020 toacilitate 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 beoreit 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 let)state executivecouncillor IskandarSamad, MBPJDeputy Mayor PuasaMohd Taib (right) andother ofcers at thelaunch o the Special Area Drat Plan(RKK) 2020.
 ⁄ february 3 – 5, 2012

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