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Selangor Times, March 30

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MARCH 30 — APRIL 01, 2012
issue 67
Plight of theold folk
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‘Fishy’ hikein new voTers
(From left) Former HumanRights Watchdog groupSuaram member BadaruddinIsmail, Batu member ofParliament Chua TianChang, Hulu Kelangstate assemblypersonSaari Sungib and activistHishamuddin Rais holdingup transcripts of theirinterrogation statementsat the High Court in KualaLumpur on Monday. Thefour, along with BadrolaminBahron (not in picture), aresuing former Inspector-General of Police Tan SriNorian Mai for reportedlysaying in April 2001 that theywere detained under theInternal Security Act (ISA)for attempting to topple thegovernment by force. Theyare also suing Putrajayaand Tun Abdullah AhmadBadawi who was then HomeMinister.
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Te value o directly negoti-ated contracts has dropped nearly 99 percentrom RM396 million in 2007 to RM4.7 mil-lion last year, the Menteri Besar told the stateassembly on uesday.“Some o the contracts are continuous andit takes time to phase (them) out,” an SriKhalid Ibrahim explained at a press conerenceaer the sitting.Khalid disclosed the gures to reute con-troversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin’sclaim that the state had dished out overRM250 million worth o contracts withoutopen tender.Te state’s records showed that only 168directly negotiated contracts amounting toRM116 million were awarded since PakatanRakyat (PR) took over Selangor in 2008.In addition, the RM116 million worth o contracts granted over our years was lower thanthe annual value o contracts Barisan Nasional(BN) was giving out rom 2005 to 2007.Te BN-led administration had approvedcontracts amounting to RM190.7 million in2005 and RM171.9 million in 2006 withoutopen tender.Te amountspiked 130 per-cent to RM396million in 2007 in the run-up to the 2008general election.However, the amount was reduced toRM60 million in 2008 when PR came into power.Te value o directly negotiated contractsurther declined to RM24.3 million in 2009,increased to RM27.1 million in 2010 butdropped to RM4.7 million last year.Khalid insisted that direct tenders are stillneeded, especially during emergencies “I thereis a landslide, we’ll have to select the right personto handle it immedi-ately. It’ll be hard toask or a price quoteor go through the ten-der process,” he said.Khalid had prom-ised on March 7 todisclose the docu-ments, which wereclassiied under theOfcial Secrets Act,in the interest o transparency.
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Selangor Times, a community newspaper with a distribution of 100,000copies weekly, will be publishing a higher education supplement to helpschool leavers decide on the crucial question of their tertiary education.The supplement will be targeted especially at SPM, STPM, O-Level & A-Level students who will need to determine the best course for their future.It will also be a platform for universities and colleges to get their message across on what they have to offer and at what cost.Our experienced editorial team will also be on hand to further promotewhat institutions of higher learning have to offer.
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Selangor recorded the highest number o new vot-ers registered between 2008 and the third quarter o 2011, raising concern o electoral raud in the upcoming general election.“Te normal increase o new voters is usually between 4,000 to5,000. However most constituencies in Selangor recorded an increaseo over 10,000 new voters,” said Seri Andalas assemblyperson Dr Xavier Jayakumar on uesdaySubang has 27,765 new voters while its neighbouring parliamen-tary seat Kelana Jaya recorded a 13,714 increase.“We’ve our suspicions about the increase. We looked into it andound 100 voters registered under the same house address,” he said.Subsequently they ound 300 other houses with 100 new votersregistered or each.New voters have also been ound registered with “Green” MyKads with expiration dates printed on them.“We’ve seen it used by voters beore in Sarawak and we ear it maybe used here in the upcoming general election, too,” he said. Joining him was Meru assemblyperson Dr Abdul Rani Osman, who urged the Election Commission to investigate these discrepancies.
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Angry residents, ed up withooding and cracked walls, yesterdayheld a protest against developer WCBhd in Bandar Bukit inggi 2.Tey claim that dozens o homes werebuilt too close to Sungai Aur, resulting in cracked oors and walls due to soilmovements.“Te riverbanks are eroding. Tereshould have been a 50-metre buer zonebetween the houses and the river, thedeveloper must take responsibility,” saidBukit inggi 2 Residents’ ActionCommittee secretary Ravi Rajoo.Ravi was among 60 residents whogathered in ront o the guardhouse in Jalan Batu Nilam 22 to stage the protest.Tey held banners and placards accusing the developer o cheating them.Homemaker Ng Lay Ming showedthe media the sinking ground behind herhome located right beside Sungai Aurand a broken wall aer the protest.She said the tiled oor behind herkitchen had cracked two years ago, andher amily had to ork out their ownmoney to x it.“I’ve also had snakes coming into myhouse (rom the riverbank bushes) andending up in my washing machine,” saidthe resident, who moved in our years.Councillor Yew Boon Lye said 72semi-detachedunits and 97 doublestorey houses werebuilt along theriver.“Among these,30 homes havetheir back directly
 Angry residents protestagainst developer
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acing the river,” he noted.He said the project was approved in2001, and according to Department o Irrigation and Drainage guidelines,there should have been at least a40-metre buer zone considering the width o the river.“I’m still investigating the matter with the local council and DID to ndout why the developer was allow tobuild the homes so near to the river,”said Yew.Meanwhile, the residents want WC and the Klang MunicipalCouncil to solve the ood problem thathas plagued them or the past ew years.Ravi also urged the developer toreplace the temporary incompletedivider in Jalan 21/H, which has beenblamed or causing accidents, with a permanent one.“Last month, a woman washospitalised aer suering chest andhead injuries in an accident,” he said.He added that minor accidentsoccur weekly and called or trafc lightsto be installed at the junction.
 Yew (secondfrom left) andresidentslooking at theground that issinking belowNg’s home.Ravi says theriverbanksare eroding.
 ⁄ March 30 – april 01, 2012

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