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By Gan Pei Ling
sHaH aLaM: A tunnel to accommo-
date a section of the KL Outer Ring Road
(KLORR) will be built to protect the
Klang Gates Quartz Ridge in Hulu Klang.
Executive councillor Elizabeth Wong said
Selangor has insisted that the tunnel be built
to  avoid cutting through potential world
heritage sites and the Gombak forest reserve.
She also pointed out that the area next
to the ridge was a vital water catchment area
around the Klang Gates dam.  
“It’s the best solution,” said Wong, whose
portfolio includes the environment. 
She described the move as “small victory”
for the state, which is planning to commis-
sion a study next year in order to apply for
Unesco heritage status for what is possibly
the world’s longest quartz ridge.
“Te process is expected to take a few
years, but if we’re successful, it would be
recognition that there is a natural wonder in
Selangor, which few are aware of,” said
Wong.
State Town and Country Planning De-
partment director Datuk Mohd Jaafar
Mohd Atan confrmed that highway devel-
oper Ahmad Zaki Resources has agreed to
the new plan.
His assistant,   Mohd Rozuwan Ab’llah,
also told Selangor Times that the proposed
tunnel would be 200 metres long.
However, the Malaysian Highway Au-
thority declined to comment when asked
about the increased cost to construct the
tunnel.
Its representative also declined to name
the party that would bear the increased cost.
KLORR was originally expected to cost
RM300 million.
Apart from the Klang Gates Quartz
Ridge, she said KLORR was also supposed
to cut through the the Selangor State Park
which may afect another water catchment
area besides fragmenting the forest reserves
and exposing them to encroachment.
Although the highway is a federal project,
residents and environmental groups also
submitted a memorandum to the Selangor
government in April to voice their concern
about the project.
“ The s tat e can s t op
KLORR if they want to be-
cause they are in control of
land matters,” Malaysian Na-
ture Society honorary secre-
tary Lim Teck Wyn said.
Wong, however, said it was
not within the state’s power
to stop the highway, but they
will do their best to minimise
the environmental and social
ORR goes
underground
Selangor King George V Silver Jubilee
Fund Home residents on their way to
lunch at the home on Wednesday. The
retirement home, which houses 26
elderly women, was established in 1937.
– Picture by Victor Chong
impact of the highway.
Construction work has begun
in the western part of the highway
near the Kanching forest reserve,
but Wong said the remaining sec-
tions in the eastern part have yet
to be fnalised.
“They (highway developer)
have not shown us the plan for the
rest of the road,” said Wong.
She said the state forestry department had
proposed to the developer to build the eastern
part of the highway around the Selangor State
Park’s edges instead of cutting across it.
“The slopes at those areas are prone to
landslides, so the developer must make sure
the highway does not destabilise them,” said
Wong.
She added that the Environmental Impact
Assessment for the highway has yet to be done
as the route is not fxed yet.
Once completed, KLORR is expected to
ease trafc congestion on Middle Ring Road
Two and provide an alternative route to con-
nect residents in Rawang, Cheras and Am-
pang.
Lim, however, said Putrajaya should focus
on building an integrated public transport
system in Klang Valley instead of building
more highways.
The state
can stop
KLORR if
they want
to because
they are in
control of
land matters,”
– Mns chief
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By Gan Pei Ling
PULAU KETAM: Energy, Green
Technology and Water Minister
Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui has
refused to comment on Selangor
water industry’s consolidation.
“Today’s event is about electricity,
please don’t ask about water,” Chin
told a China Press reporter after
launching the underwater electric
cable in Sungai Lima, Pulau Ketam,
yesterday.
Te minister remained evasive
when Selangor Times tried to
confrm with him whether Putrajaya
would bail out the four debt-ridden
water concessionaires.
 “Sorry I don’t want to talk about
water today…I know it’s important,
but we can talk about it some other
time,” said Chin.
When another journalist asked
Chin to comment on the water
protest the Selangor government is
organising on Sunday, Chin told
him “you are here to attend a
function on electricity, please talk
about electricity”.
Selangor’s water concessionaires
are at risk of defaulting on their
bond payments this month.
Chin had said in November that
Putrajaya might bail out the water
companies but the state government
had objected to it.
Selangor Water Review Panel
member Tony Pua said Putrajaya
should be forcing the companies to
sel l thei r assets to the state
government to ofoad their debt.
Pua said the companies had been
mismanaged and their current
combined debt of RM6.4 billion
had exceeded their asset value.
The state had attempted to
consolidate the water industry since
2009 but its two ofers to take over
the companies, at RM5.7 billion
and later RM9.3 billion, had been
rejected.
Te state has now launched a
water rights campaign and will
submit a memorandum to the King
on Sunday to seek royal intervention
on the issue.
A few thousand demonstrators
are expected to march from the
National Mosque to Istana Negara
on Sunday.
Meanwhile, another group called
Gagasan Anti-Penyelewengan
Selangor will also march to the
palace on Sunday to protest against
the state government’s alleged
power abuses.
Te allegations include the issue
of illegal sand mining, the purchase
of property devel oper Talam
Corporation’s debt and the closure
of Institut Kemahiran Yayasan
Selangor.
SHAH ALAM: Two parcels of
land worth over RM500 million
have been handed over to Permoda-
lan Nasional Sdn Bhd (PNSB) as
part of Selangor’s eforts to recover
debts from Talam Corporation Bhd.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid
Ibrahim on Tuesday signed the
agreement which will empower the
state subsidiary to develop the land
which previously belonged to
Talam.
Also at the press conference were
PNSB chief executive ofcer Ah-
mad Omar and state secretary Da-
tuk Ramli Mahmud along with
representatives from Talam.
Te parcels include a 516 hectare
site in Bukit Beruntung and an-
other in Bestari Jaya worth RM181
million.
Khalid emphasised that his ad-
ministration was not writing off
Talam’s debts.
In November last year, the Selan-
gor Assembly approved a supple-
mentary budget of RM391million
for Menteri Besar Incorporated
(MBI) to buy over the debts owed
by Talam to state subsidiaries which
included PNSB and the Selangor
Development Corporation.
However, his administration
came under fre for using a method
called “round-tripping” to consoli-
date Talam’s debts under MBI be-
fore the state could proceed to re-
cover the money.
“Tis is no bailout,” he said.
He explained that Talam had
earlier handed the land over to MBI
as part of a settlement to pay of the
RM392 million they owed.
With the agreement, PNSB has
now increased it’s land bank and will
develop the sites as commercial and
industrial centres.
“PNSB has plans to develop the
area and I believe it will reap good
returns,” he said.
Profts from the projects will be
channelled back to the state.
Talam’s assets handed over
to PNSB to recover debts
SHAH ALAM: Comments on
Tan Sri Rozali Ismail’s annual
wages which amount to RM5.1
million at the helm of Syarikat
Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas)
dominated Twitter.com this week.
On Wednesday, Zashnain Zain-
al wrote: “If I had RM425,000 per
month like the Syabas CEO, I
would say Syabas to myself every
morning.”
“RM425,000 a month? Syabas
has it good, sadly the rest of us have
to struggle to get enough food
while having crappy water,” posted
Wilson Wong.
“Now I am so motivated to
work, cause I know of a high-pay-
ing position that sells one of the
easiest products known to man,
water,” wrote Yvonne Ho.
“One big SYABAS to them for
the privatisation of water,” com-
mented Ulquiorra Schifer
“Is this being championed by
the Federal Government?
“If it wasn’t enough to privatise,
now we are giving them compensa-
tion as well?” tweeted Auzani
Fikry.
Twitter
abuzz with
RM425k
salary
Te individual for the picture on page 8 last
week for our story on community policing was
MBPJ councillor Jeyaseelan Anthony and
not Cassian Baptist.
We regret the error.
Error in caption
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KLANG: Te Klang Municipal Council will sue
those making what they called ‘baseless’ allega-
tions over the proposed development of the
Pandamaran sports complex.
MPK president Mislan Tugiu said councillors
voted at the MPK monthly board meeting on
Tuesday to sue those who made the allegation for
RM100 million.
  It was an overwhelming vote afer an emo-
tional debate, with some councillors saying they
only learned of the RM9 million project from
Press reports.
  “Te allegations have adversely afected the
council’s image. Te project is only at the early
stages but critics made it seem as though we have
started the project,” said Mislan.
  Te controversy followed allegations by Klang
MCA chief Datuk Teh Kim Poo that the project
was a waste of public funds due to its high cost.
   He revealed that the plan involved resurfacing
the existing parking area on the field to
accommodate 380 cars and 180 motorcycles,
repairing the drainage and installing street light
poles at a cost of RM1.2mil.
  Tere are also plans to widen the jogging track
to two metres, build a cycle track and six gazebos
around the field and plant trees costing
RM900,000.
    Critics also allege that there will be an ex-
treme park for wall climbing, skateboarding,
roller skating and go-kart racing facilities.
  Tey claim the council also planned to up-
grade the two football felds with foodlights,
subsoil drainage, terrain drainage and remove
stones from the top soil. Tere are also plans for
fast food outlets to be built there.
Councillor Ivan Ho had suggested at the board
meeting that a suit be fled and the councillors
voted for legal action to be taken.
  Mislan said he was shocked over the allega-
tions as the project was merely a proposal. He said
the complex needed upgrading as the facilities
were old and obsolete, while many were in need
of repairs.
  “We are sensitive towards public opinion and
any project will be subjected to a public hearing
before implementation.”
   He said the MPK was carrying out a survey
to gather feedback on whether to go ahead with
the project.
  “But then several people highlighted the issue
for political purposes as though approval had
been given. Several documents from MPK have
also been leaked. We must now explain to the
public what actually transpired.
Tere were claims that we planned to plant
grass for RM1.6 million.
Are we planting golden grass here?” he asked.
Councillors also said they had difculty an-
swering questions from the public on the issue.
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BIG AYE: Majlis Perbandaran Klang councillors vote to sue “baseless” allegations over
the proposed development of the Pandamaran sports complex.
MPK to sue
over allegations
3,000 warrants
issued to
assessment
defaulters
petALiNG jAyA: Tree thou-
sand warrants were recently issued
by the Petaling Jaya City Council
(MBPJ) to individuals with assess-
ment arrears.
“Tey owe up to RM30 million
to the council, this is our last resort
afer all our previous eforts, such
as sending bills, reminders and even
orders to the defaulters have failed.”
said the Mayor of Petaling Jaya,  Da-
tuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman af-
ter the MBPJ board meeting last
Monday.
He continued by saying that
failure to pay their arrears could
cause ofcers arriving at the default-
ers’ homes to confscate all prop-
erty on the premises regardless if
they were at the time renting.
After which, the defaulters
would have up to seven days to pay
up their arrears before their items
are auctioned of. He also said that
most of the arrears involved vacant
commercial and residential plots.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Roslan
acknowledged that MBPJ were
acting on the 57 complaints they
have received about trafc lights.
“Most of them came from Jalan
Mahogany in Kota Damasara and
Persiaraan Surian stretch.”
5 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
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PETAL I NG J AYA: Hi g hway
concessionaire Litrak will spend RM312
million over three years to upgrade the
Damansara-Puchong highway.
“Te construction and upgrade of the
highway have already started but we are
expected to go into full swing in January
2011“ Litrak CEO Sazally Saidi said.
Tere will be four packages in the RM400
million road upgrade of LDP. Tey are the
improvement of the Puchong Perdana trafc
intersection, upgrading of road from
Persiaran Surian to the Penchala toll plaza,
additional fyover afer the Sunway toll plaza
heading towards Putrajaya and capacity
enhancement of the toll plaza.
In Puchong, widening of the fourth lane
in both directions between Puchong Perdana
to Kampung Bahru has been completed,
easing trafc congestion during peak hours.
A dedicated lef turn has also been completed
from Kampung Bharu to Persiaran Puchong
Perdana and from Persiaran Puchong
Perdana towards Puchong Intan.
The construction of a flyover bridge
has al ready star ted f rom Puchong
Intan Interchange towards Puchong
Perdana Interchange to solve the trafc criss-
crossing from Puchong heading towards
Putrajaya and Shah Alam. Te bridge will be
expected to be completed in December next
year.
Sazally said trafc management on this
route will be expected from January over a
span of six months. He urged road users to
bear with this trafc management scheme.
By Alvin Chin
SUBANG JAYA: Te commercial area in
SS15 has been given a boost following an
operation to eradicate rats on Sunday.
Te operation is a collaboration between
the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)
and Rentokil Initial (M) Sdn.Bhd. Te rising
number of rodents in SS15 has been a prob-
lem to the operators as well as consumers.
According to MPSJ health director Dr
Roslan Mohamed Hussin, measures have been
taken beginning of October and will con-
tinue until the end of December. He added
that this was just one of their operations
throughout the three months.
Rentokil senior branch manager Raymond
Ng said that the rising number of rats was due
to the emergence of eateries in SS15.
“This area have become a rat breeding
ground because of the unlimited discarded
food wastes from the restaurants in this area”
he added.
He also stated that this was their frst time
collaborating with MPSJ but previously they
had partnered Kuala Lumpur City Hall
(DBKL) to deal with a similar problem in
Cheras.
About 60 to 70 Rentokil employees joined
hands with MPSJ ofcers and volunteers of
SS15 to clean up the area.
MPSJ councillor Dr Loi Kheng Min hopes
that this program can create awareness in
SS15 and he also wished the residents and the
operators can band together to create under-
standing.
He stated that SS15 clean-up will be an
initial start in Subang Jaya so that they can
influence other areas to take up the same
measure.
Minimarket operator Lim Ah Boon, who
has been operating in SS15 for 20 years, ex-
pressed his delight for the programme.
“Tis is a good awareness program and I
hope they can do it every three months”.
He added that pests such as rats and crows
have increased drastically over the past few
years due to the rapid development in the area.
Subang Jaya taking
measures to eradicate rats
Employees from Rentokil Initial and volunteers cleaning up a back alley in the SS15
commercial area to destroy rats’ breeding ground. – Picture by Victor Chong
Litrak
upgrades LDP
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WORKING HAND IN HAND: Petaling Jaya Police Chief Arjunaidi Mohamed (centre) with residents of SS2 after
holding a dialogue with them last Sunday.
Vibrant communities
deter crime, cops
tell residents
It has been (almost) two years since the
Perak constitutional crisis frst erupted,
and still, there are ongoing repercussions.
Te litigation has yet to end. Te scars
have yet to heal.
Contemporaneous to whilst the
political upheavals were occurring,
contributors to Malaysia’s top blawg
(www.LoyarBurok.com) documented
the stories as they unfolded, ranted
about the shenanigans as they happened
and refected on thecases as they were
decided.
As elections loom, the rakyat are
urged to remember the iconic Perak
issue, where constitutional law and
order did battl e. Where el ected
repres ent ati ves betr aye d thei r
constituents. Where the judicial process
was both celebrated and vilifed. It is a
period which some quarters hope has
been forgotten.
But many Malaysians still hope to
elect a government of their choice, and
to participate in the constitutional
process aforded them. Everyone is keen
that their votes should count for
something.
In the only book of its kind to-date,
LoyarBurok presents to you “Perak: A
state of crisis” featuring a comprehensive
blow-by-blow account of the crisis and
cutting-edge analysis of the events by:
Amer Hamzah Arshad, Andrew
Harding, Art Harun, Cheang Lek Choy,
Deborah Loh, Edmund Bon, Fahri
Azzat, Kevin tL tan, NH Chan, Prof
Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, K
Shanmuga edited by Audrey Quay
foreword by Wan Saiful Wan Jan of
IDEAS endorsed by Prof Dr Azmi
Sharom, Dati n Paduka Mari na
Mahathir, Yeo Yang Poh & others.
LoyarBurok will launch the book
together with former Perak Menteri
Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin to
remember, review and reclaim the event
at the Annexe Gallery at Central Market
annexe on the Dec 12 at 4pm.
the e v e nt wi l l f e a t ur e a
LoyarBurokking di al ogue, book
readings signing, performances & meet-
the-protagonists session. More details
www.LoyarBurok.com!
Get your LoyarBurok merchandise
at the door for entry. First 50 will receive
a copy of the book for FREE!
LoyarBurok to launch new book
EvEnts
Dance theatre
Two churches, Damansara Utama Methodist Church
(DUMC) and Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur (SIBKL)
join forces to present Madworld, a dance choreography
spectacular. Shows are today and Dec 5 at 8pm.
There is also a Sunday matinee at 3.30 pm. Admission
is free. Parking is at the nearby mall, Jaya 33. Venue:
DUMC Dream Centre, No. 2, Jalan 13/1, Seksyen
13, Petaling Jaya. For more details, visit http://www.
madworld.my or call 03-7958 7388 or 03-7957 2701.
Charity fair
Tomorrow, Rumah Faith and Faith Eagle’s Nest will
hold a joint charity fun fair from 9am to 4pm. Fund-
raising is to cover the homes’ expenses and operations
caring for underprivileged children. Venue: TA-Jireh
Multipurpose Hall, Lot 340, Jalan Broga (1st KM),
Semenyih, Selangor. For details, call 03-8724 5153/
5158 (Mala/Victor/Aggie/Yogan)
Christmas Bazaar
Rumah Charis V.S.O.P will be hold a Christmas Charity
Bazaar tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm. Venue: 11, Jalan
21/14, Paramount Seapark, PJ. For more details, call
03-7781 5977 or 012- 472 3935.
Charity Bazaar
OrphanCARE has a charity bazaar on Dec 11-12. It will
also accept cash donations and donated items to be
sold at the bazaar such as clothing, foodstuff, furniture,
etc. Venue: Jaya 33, Section 14, Petaling Jaya. For
more details, call 03-7876 1900 (Shida)
International Motor Show
Ogle at your favourite cars at the Kuala Lumpur
International Motor Show which starts today until
Dec 12. Admission prices are RM15 per adult on
weekdays and RM20 on weekends. Special rates
for families, students and children are available on
the website http://www.klims10.com/. Venue: Putra
World Trade Centre (PWTC). Visiting hours are from 11
am to 10 pm.
Youth Leadership Program
Extol Toastmasters Club will hold its annual Youth
Leadership Program for teenagers 12 to 18 years old
from Dec 10-12. The three-day intensive workshop
aims to help teens develop communication and
leadership skills. Course venue: No. 2-6, Jalan SS
19/1G, Subang Jaya. For more details, visithttp://
extol-tmc.blogspot.com or contact Kwa Ngan Eng
019-2319800 or Ratnam 012-2323578.
Toastmasters Club meetings
Toastmasters aims to teach individuals the art of
public speaking. Extol Toastmaster is inviting members
of public to join them for their meetings every frst
and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Venue:
Wisma CNS, No 2-6, Jalan SS19/1G, 47600, Subang
Jaya.
Free Classes
Compassion Buddhist Mediation Society is offering
classes on Buddhism for Modern People on Sundays,
Dec 12 and 26. Classes are from10.30am to noon.
Admission is free. Venue: Journey Within Sdn Bhd,
30-2, Block B, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand Kota,
Damansara, Petaling Jaya. For more details, call 012-
222 9201 (Doreen) or 016-620 3565 (Sean), or email
info.mkms@mediateinkl.org.
Outward Bound Youth Holiday Camp
The Outward Bound Youth Association Selangor will
organise a holiday camp from Dec 15-19. Suitable for
children aged between nine and 17. The camp will teach
wilderness skills and appreciation, independence, and
teamwork. Venue: Raub, Pahang. For more details,
call 012-206 9981 (Chan Ying Wai) or 012-288 3688
(Jerry Ng)
By Alvin Chin
PETALING JAYA: Residents of SS2
need to face their fears and not be
cowed by crimes in their neighbour-
hood in order to boost security, police
said.
Residents can help police fght crime
by maintaining a high level of activity
in their neighbourhood to deter poten-
tial criminals.
“the most important thing is for
people to put away their fears and come
out of their houses regularly” said Petal-
ing Jaya Police Chief Arjunaidi Mo-
hamed.
Speaking at dialogue with residents
here last Sunday, Arjunaidi added that
criminals will be more daring if residents
are afraid of them. He said a vibrant and
active neighborhood, as opposed to a
quite one, was itself a deterrent to
criminals.
One of the keys to improving neigh-
borhood security is for residents to get
to know their one another so that they
can identify strangers in the neighbour-
hood, SS2B Rukun tetangga chairman
Lee Kwee Cheng advised.
SS2B Rukun tetangga committee
member Yong Yung Choy said the pur-
pose of the event was to strengthen re-
lationships between residents and the
police. Heads of the various depart-
ments from the Petaling Jaya District
Headquarters were present to answer
questions from the residents. Yong said
this was the frst time the neighbour-
hood had held such an event on this
scale.
“We wish to develop understanding
between the residents and the police.
We hope to start tackling crimes in the
neighbourhood together after this
event.”
Yong said that common crimes in the
area include house and car break-ins,
and also snatch thef cases.
7 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
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Te poor performance of our track
& feld athletes in the Asian Games
refects the failure of the Malaysian
Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU)
to live up to its role as well as to
achieve its own stated mission “to
develop, produce and manage com-
petitive world-class athletes who
excel at the regional and
world meets in order
to bring honour to
the country”.
While the current
organisational weakness
of this body may have
caused much of the slide,
there are also other factors.
Just take a look at the situation
today. Where is athletics in schools
today?  We cannot see any coaches
at the grassroots level anywhere in
the country to tap young talents!
Where are the felds and tracks?
Existing facilities are under utilised.
It is hard to see any track & feld
programmes being activated. Tis
is a social ill which needs deeper
study.
The strength of our perfor-
mance in earlier years was a result of
the abundance of active pro-
grammes that were carried out
regularly by the respective Amateur
Athletic Associations (AAAs) and
School Sports Councils (SSCs) at
the state and district levels nation-
wide.
We had dedicated coaches, train-
ing thousands of youths in felds all
round the nation. But now we only
have a very limited number of se-
lected athletes at centres at the Na-
tional Sports Council (NSC),
SSCs, sports schools and also,
a few who are sent abroad.
Tere are no more train-
ing and talent spotting
and development pro-
grammes for the
masses at the grass-
roots level. This is
where there will be many
hidden talents. Tey seem to do
well in Sukma but afer that, they
are not heard of again.
Tis cannot be said of all the
games. National bodies are partners
with NSC and at the same time they
have to raise their own game. Fund-
ing from sponsors will only come to
sports bodies that are able to not
only provide successful results in the
sports arena, but are also to bodies
that are deemed to have a clean
management, i.e transparency!
Coming back to MAAU. Its
main sponsor is the NSC. Yet, we
ofen read in the media about the
MAAU being critical of the NSC
in public, when in fact, they should
be grateful for the continued sup-
port. Any discrepancies and criti-
cism should be dealt with behind
closed doors. Ofcials should show
their heroics at the sporting admin-
istration arena, ensuring a clean,
transparent and well structured or-
ganisation that is able to continu-
ously produce top class athletes at
international level.
  Our nation demands such
standards, as the MAAU has had a
long successful history, having de-
livered results continuously for
many years until recently that is.
If NSC funds are not enough,
MAAU should go and look for the
rest! Go get the new athletes and
grassroots coaches. I asked a former
active coach why he was idle? He
said there was too much infghting
at the top.
The present MAAU system
must be seriously looked into. Te
so-called democratic elections are a
farce. Most State AAA presidents
are dependent on their secretaries.
Tey must buck up and be more
concerned with administration and
sports development at state and
national levels. Elections are based
on what the kingmaker can ofer!
At the moment the most inactive
state holds the key.
In my opinion, since 1995, the
MAAU president has had little
control of the lethargic council.
It is not too late for Datuk Seri
Shahidan Kassim to take control.
Tere is an urgent need to set things
right!
Datuk A.Vaithilingam
Petaling Jaya.
Urgent need to set things right
By Lee Choon Fai
SUBANG JAYA: Subang Jaya Mu-
nicipal (MPSJ) councillor Roslan
Shahir brings his past work experience
in management and administration to
the local council which he has served
for over the past two years.
“I hope to contribute in
ensuring that MPSJ becomes
an efcient, transparent and
efective local council.
“Together with my fellow
councillors I hope we could
bring about change for the
betterment of society and
make Selangor a safe, clean
and prosperous state for all,”
said the councillor.
Roslan has worked as Group Admin
Manager for TDM Berhad, a public
listed company. He also served as a
public administrator in the student
council during his student days in Uni-
versiti Teknologi Mara where he gradu-
ated with a major in public administra-
tion.
In politics, he is also the Selangor Pas
information chief, and was  previously
the press secretary to the party president,
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Reappointed as councillor for a third
term, Roslan is looking forward to an-
other year serving the people.
At MPSJ, he oversees USJ 1, Zone 4
in Subang Jaya where he’s chairman of
the Jawatankuasa Kuasa Penduduk
(JKP). He is also in MPSJ’s
One Stop Centre (OSC),
and the Infrastructure and
Audit committee.
“My committee con-
sists of members from
vari ous raci al back-
grounds. Te community
is multiracial and I have
worked well with all of
them,” said Roslan.
Te complaints in the
area are mostly about cleanliness, health,
infrastructure, and crime.
“We meet regularly to listen to com-
plaints and suggestions to improve the
standard of living,” he said.
Events are also organised regularly
to foster good relationships among
residents.
His office is located at 8, Jalan
SS14\8H near Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri
Subang Jaya.
Know Your
Councillors:
Roslan Shahir
Roslan is glad to
serve the people.
8 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
news
Mohd Ealip
Baba, of
Taman
Dato’
Harun,
picked up
RM20,000
for
beautifying
his stall. –
Picture by Victor
Chong
New landmark
in Sekinchan
By Lee Choon Fai
SUBANG JAYA: Te end is in
sight for factory owners who have
been unable to obtain titles, no
thanks to their developer who can
no longer be contacted.
“Developers are supposed to
help the owners apply for land titles
but ours didn’t, and now it’s up to
us,” said Chua Keng Tong.
Chua is among factory owners
at the Subang Jaya Light Industrial
Park who had turned to Subang Jaya
assemblyman Hannah Yeoh in des-
peration for help afer trying in vain
for 18 years to get their titles.
Te owners were lef in a quan-
dary afer the developer failed to pay
quit rent for the master titles on the
factory lots since 2000.
On Nov 29, Yeoh arranged for
the owners to collectively settle ar-
rears and late payment charges
amounting to RM435,000 in order
to pave the way for them to apply
for their individual titles.
Yeoh witnessed the handover of
cheques by the owners to represen-
tative of the Land Office at her
service centre.
“Te owners received a 50 per
cent discount or RM100,000 on
their late payment charges for set-
tling the entire amount before the
end of the year,” she said.
Among the factory owners pres-
ent was Eric Lee who said it could
still be quite a while before the in-
dividual titles were issues, but he was
optimistic.
“It’s like seeing the light at the
end of a tunnel,” said Lee.
MBPJ awards entrepreneurs for excellence
By Tang Hui Koon
SEKINCHAN: Two condo-
miniums to be built by 2013 will
become the new landmark in Sek-
inchan apart from helping to ease
the problem of housing shortage in
town.
“Tey will be the highest build-
ings in the Sabak Bernam district,”
said Sekinchan Perdana project
director Yong Choo Kong (pic).
Jointly developed by Bina Varia-
mas and Selangor Industrial Cor-
poration, Yong said Sekinchan
Perdana will include an 18-storey
and a 16-storey condominium.
Yong told Selangor Times that
locals have already snapped up the
four most expensive units, out of
the total 280 units, during the proj-
ect’s sof launch in mid-November.
He added that all four units,
priced RM750,000 each, come
with a private sky garden.
Yong said the units were origi-
nally scheduled to be opened for
sale this month.
He said they did not expect the
locals’ overwhelming response at
the sof launch, adding that the re-
maining units are selling like hot
cakes.
He said the common three-room
units are priced from RM228,000
to RM280,000.
On the higher end, 16 units of
penthouses with four to fve rooms
are selling from RM480,000 to
RM750,000.
Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng
Swee Lim said he welcomed the
project as housing demand has been
on the rise in the area.
He said the fast-rising swiflet
farming industry has attracted
many young people to town to in-
vest in it.
However, Lim said young fami-
lies have been moving to neigh-
bouring towns like Kuala Selangor
due to the housing shortage.
“Some have moved to as far as
Klang,” said Lim.
18-year
wait for
titles
almost
over for
factories
By Lee Choon Fai & William
Tan
PETALING JAYA: Six small busi-
ness owners were awarded RM90,000
by the City Council (MBPJ) for mak-
ing their products more appealing to
customers.
“I did some renovations and land-
scaping around my store, and it was
g ood enoug h t o be awar de d
RM10,000,” said a jubilant Saniah
Yusof afer receiving her prize.
Saniah was one of the winners in
the ‘night market/morning market/
night bazaar/kiosk’ category.
She sai d she woul d use the
RM10,000 to improve her stall in SS8.
Ahmad Bujang, a winner in the
‘market complex/food court/food
stall’ category, received RM20,000.
“We worked together in the spirit
of ‘gotong-royong’ and cleaned up the
place. We also did some landscaping
to make the place look better,” he said.
Ahmad’s store is located at the Taman
Dato’ Harun Market Complex.
 Mohd Ealip Baba, also from  Ta-
man Dato’ Harun, won RM20,000 for
beautifying his stall.
MBPJ’s “How to Market Your
Place’ programme was to help small
businesses compete by emphasising
cleanliness, quality of food and cus-
tomer service.
Te awards were presented at the
D’Kelana Hall at the Kelana Jaya
Sports Complex.
Artist impression of the Sekinchan Perdana project in the Sabak Bernam district.
9 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
news
By William Tan
PETALING JAYA: Sweet mem-
ories and heartfelt reunions will fll
the air as the 1959-1960 batch of
Kirkby-trained teachers come to-
gether to celebrate their 50th anni-
versary tomorrow at the Sime Darby
Convention Centre from 12 to
4pm.
“Many of us are in our 70s now,
and we actually do this bi-annually
but it is still so exciting to meet old
friends, we are like family.” said
Yoong Chew Hing.
Who are the Kirkby teachers?
Between 1952 and 1961, some
1,500 students were sent to the
Malayan Teachers Training College
in Kirkby, Liverpool, England, on
Malayan scholarships to meet the
shortage of teachers.
“Most of us could not aford to
enter university, so we jumped at
this alternative to study abroad.”
said Vimala Kandiah.
She said many of them were only
18 and had to go through rigorous
interviews for about 150 spots
opened to each batch.
They underwent two years of
training and upon graduation were
posted all across the nation. Some
Down Kirkby lane with teachers
PETALING JAYA: Low water pressure and frequent supply disruptions
due to old pipes are a daily bane to residents of SS 9 but Syarikat
Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) claim their hands are tied.
“The pipes defnitely need replacing as they are old, and the low
water pressure is to prevent further rupturing of the old pipes,” said
Syabas corporate communications director Abdul Halem, but he
added that nothing could be done until the restructuring of the water
services industry in Selangor was complete.
Residents at the Seri Setia New Village want a permanent solution
to the problem.
They pointed out that the utility company would frequently repair
the old pipes but this was only a temporary solution.
Water woes at new village
were even loaned to Brunei for a
bond of 5 years.
“We are proud to have served the
nation and many of us have chosen
to remain as educators throughout
our lives.” added Yoong Chew Hing.
Kirkby-trained teachers have al-
ways been synonymous with excel-
lence and dedication.
However, the most endearing
thing about these teachers is how
they have stayed connected to-
gether through the years.
P. Ramakrishnan, president of
Aliran (a major movement for re-
form in Malaysia), attributed this to
their shared experience in Kirkby.
“It was one that transcended
ethnicity, where afectionate afni-
ty, warmth and sharing were the
norm. It was friendship at its best.“
he said
Among promi nent Ki rkby
teachers are Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Ya-
haya Ibrahim, Pro-Chancellor of
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
(UPSI) and current President of
the Kirkby Alumni; R.R. Chelva-
rajah, ex-president of the Malaysian
Bar Council, and former Singapore
High Commissioner to Malaysia
K. Kesavapany.
From left:
Cheah Lean
Aing, Liew
Poh Yuk, P.
Ramakrishnan
at a Kirkby
Teachers
gathering.
By Gan Pei Ling
SUBANG JAYA: Hannah
Yeoh  is calling on the state to act
against those responsible for amend-
ing Subang Ria Park’s status in the
local plan’s fnal draf without pub-
lic consultation.
“Tis is an act of sabotage,” said
the Subang Jaya assemblywoman at
a press conference on Wednesday.
Yeoh said she was shocked to
discover that the park, originally
called “Taman Rekreasi Ria” in the
fnal draf, was changed to “Taman
Rekreasi Swasta” in the gazetted
plan. Yeoh also found that 19 acres
(7.7 ha) of the recreational park had
been allocated for commercial de-
velopment in the gazetted plan.
The proposed 7.7 ha develop-
ment was not included in the local
plan’s fnal draf, which local coun-
cillors from MPSJ  double checked
before the plan was gazetted. Yeoh,
a lawyer, discovered the discrepancy
at the state town and planning de-
partment three weeks ago before
alerting the state government.
Proper procedure requires a sec-
ond public hearing to be held if the
Subang Jaya Municipal Council
(MPSJ) or the state’s town and plan-
ning department ( JPBD) want to
amend the local plan.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid
Ibrahim, who was alerted to the
changes in the local plan, had on
Nov 19 reassured Subang Jaya resi-
dents that the proposed develop-
ment would be put on hold. He had
also said that the park was never a
public park but a private one.
But Yeoh said Khalid’s reassur-
An act of sabotage, says Yeoh
ance was “not enough” to restore
public confdence.
She also called on the state to
rectify the discrepancies between
the final draft and gazetted plan
before the plan goes to print. Sime
Darby, which owns Subang Ria
Park, faced strong public opposition
in 2007 when it wanted to develop
the last green lung in Subang Jaya
into a commercial area.
“Te park belongs to the public
and the developer should not try to
make a proft out of it,” said Yeoh.
The company subsequently
amended its proposal to retain and
upgrade 74% of the recreational
park, while developing the remain-
ing 22% into a residential area.
Te last 4% would be reserved for
the Sime Darby Medical Centre’s
future development.
In April, Khalid chaired a public
hearing to receive residents’ feed-
back on the developer’s new pro-
posal. While some residents agreed
to the plan, most urged the devel-
oper to return the park to MPSJ.
Khalid had promised residents
that all development would be
halted until the state had conducted
a valuation to determine the cost of
acquiring, upgrading and maintain-
ing the park.
According to a government
spokesperson, Khalid will meet the
residents again when the valuation
report is ready. Te state also plans
to conduct a survey on how the
residents feel about the matter
JPBD was supposed to prepare
and complete the valuation report
by June but the report has been de-
layed.
Nonetheless, MPSJ rejected
Sime Darby’s amended proposal in
May but Sime Darby fled an appeal.
Te Appeals Board was supposed
to hear the appeal last month but
residents fled an intervention to be
included as a stakeholder in the ap-
peal hearing. Sime Darby opposed
the residents’ intervention. The
Appeals Board will decide on Dec
28 whether the residents have the
right to intervene in the appeal.
Te Appeals Board has also post-
poned the hearing of the developer’s
full appeal to Jan 11, 2011.
Yeoh showing copies of the local plan’s fnal draft during the press conference on Wednesday.
Families dejected
over UK decision
By Alvin Chin
KUALA LUMPUR: Loved ones
of those killed in the Batang Kali
massacre are disappointed but not
surprised that United Kingdom has
rejected their call for a fresh inquiry. 
“I am very sad ... I’ve been waiting
for so many years but they still refuse
to hold a public inquiry,” said  Loh
Ah Choi, a  69-year-old who wit-
nessed his uncle being dragged away
by Scots Guards in 1948.
Chong Koon Ying said what’s lef
were just bitter memories and his-
tory. 
“We will continue to push for
compensation but what can we do if
they refuse,” said the 72-year-old
whose father, Chong Boon, was
among the 24 men who were killed. 
While other families are still
hopeful Britain will change their
mind, Chan Kew, who also lost her
father, is giving up on the case. 
“Since there is nothing we can do,
I think the only solution is to forget
about our sorrow.
“I have been disappointed twice
before when they told me to wait for
a decision on an inquiry,” she said. 
Te UK government announced
their decision on Monday.
Lawyer Quek Ngee Meng, who
heads the Action Committee Con-
demning the Batang Kali Massacre,
described the move as cowardice.
Quek was among committee
members who handed a memoran-
dum t o Que e n El i z a b e t h
through British High Commissioner
Simon Featherstone on Wednesday. 
“We have appealed for this case to
be solved once and for all,” he said.
Te massacre took place at the
height of the Emergency when Brit-
ish soldiers killed 24 men who they
claimed were communists. A special
task team headed by Frank Williams
was set up on July 10,1970, to inves-
tigate the matter. However, the inves-
tigation was stopped by the Con-
servatives afer they took power in
1970. 
In 1992, the BBC aired an inves-
tigative report entitled “In Cold
Blood” which revealed fresh evidence
of the massacre. 
10 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
news
Hawkers should be allowed to stay provided they help mitigate traffc and cleanliness issues. – Picture
by Victor Chong
Odd twist to Chi Liung saga
By Lee Choon Fai
KLANG:: R. Kishen was all smiles
as he received a toy plane from Ca-
thay Pacifc as part of a CSR (cor-
porate social responsibility) pro-
gramme at Hospital Assunta.
“Thank you auntie!” said the
10-year-old boy, who was hospital-
ised for a foot infection. “Just look
at him, he’s so happy,” said his
mother, S. Usha, who works at the
reception of Assunta’s emergency
wing.
Another patient, V. Prashanth,
10, gave a faint smile while receiving
the gifs. “He has not been eating
any solid food for about three days
because he needs to fast before and
afer surgery for appendicitis,” said
his father V. Vijay.
A total of 26 children received
gifs from Cathay Pacifc yesterday.
Cathay Pacifc will also hold similar
charities in Penang today and Kota
Kinabalu the following day.
Children’s ward head nurse
Mary Santiago said it was the frst
time such a large corporation had
visited the hospital as part of a CSR
programme. Nursing manager Soh
Chew Lian also praised Cathay
Pacifc for their efort.
Early
Christmas for
Assunta kids
By Alvin Chin
KLANG:Te controversial reloca-
tion of hawkers from Taman Chi
Liung has taken a new twist afer it
emerged that some residents actu-
ally wanted them to stay.
“As far as I know there are resi-
dents who do not want the hawkers
to move,” said Klang MP Charles
Santiago
Te hawkers were initially told to
move to Southern Park on Dec 1
following complaints about cleanli-
ness and trafc congestion.
But this sparked a protest by
Southern Park residents who fear
the hawkers would cause the same
problems to their neighbourhood.
The deadline was called off to
allow the Klang Municipal Council
(MPK) to reassess the situation.
“Te issue will be discussed at
MPK’s full board meeting at the end
of the month,” said Santiago.
He pointed out that relocating
the hawkers was a no-win situation
for any party.
Santiago said the move could
afect their livelihood while causing
more unhappiness for residents in
Taman Chi Liung and Southern
Park.
He has called for a compromise,
saying the hawkers should be al-
lowed to stay put provided they
maintain cleanliness and if a solu-
tion can be found to mitigate the
trafc problems.
Klang councillor Ivan Ho said
MPK must stay neutral and fnd out
if the residents actually want the
hawkers to move.
Among those insisting on the
relocation is Kota Alam Shah As-
semblyman M. Manoharan.
However, the hawkers have re-
fused to move as some have been
operating in the area for the past 30
years.
Assunta Hospital staff and patients with their presents after the visit of Cathay Pacifc yesterday
morning.
V Prashanth (left) delighted with the presents he received from the
merry makers yesterday.
SHAH ALAM:: Selangor’s move to print their own Tamil
newspaper was greeted by applause yesterday by the Indian com-
munity leaders attending Deepavali celebration at the state
secretariat yesterday.
“Te paper will be launched in January and I am very happy
that the community will have an additional newspaper” said state
executive councillour Dr Xavier Jayakumar (pic).
Te monthly was approved during Wednesday’s state executive
council meeting and would have a circulation of 50,000 copies.
“It will be fully funded by the state government and
RM800,000 has been allocated for the newspaper,” said Dr
Xavier.
He said that the editorial  team would comprise experienced
writers while his ofce would oversee the editorial content.
Te paper will highlight state policies, welfare programmes
and community news.
Te state is planning to distribute the paper at constituencies
and places with signifcant numbers of Indians.
Dr Xavier called on the community to help support and
distribute the paper.
Also at the event yesterday was Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid
Ibrahim and executive councillor Ronnie Liu.
Khalid complimented Dr Xavier over his eforts to help the
Indian community before thanking them for supporting the
state.
New Tamil monthly for Selangor
11 decemBeR 3 — 5, 2010
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lee hwok aun
L
ast Friday, 26 Nov, I went to
the official launch of Reza
Salleh’s Realize. It was a com-
fy afair at Te Apartment KLCC,
with full table reservations and a
very, very packed house of long-time
friends, ardent fans, and happy fel-
low musicians – many of whom were
invited to perform their own songs
that evening. By the end of that
merry night, boxes of CDs were sold
and people went home elated from
the acoustic experience. It was prob-
ably one of the most fun album
launches I’ve been to in a long while.
Truth be told, the local music
scene is probably the most vibrant
and most progressive of all Malay-
sian art scenes, barring flm. (Tanks
to the rise of the so-called “New
Malaysian Cinema”, our independ-
ent flmmakers have seen their works
– and names – bandied about in
far-flung locales like Sao Paolo,
Brazil.)
Yet, it has taken someone like
Reza Salleh, a veteran of the Kuala
Lumpur singer-songwriter scene,
some ten years since he began per-
forming publicly to produce a full-
length album. (His last EP, Smoke
City, was produced back in 2007.)
While his friends opine that the
length of time taken to complete
this LP is testament to the amount
of attention Reza lavishes on his
work, this level of care and dedica-
tion is not unusual among many of
our local arts practitioners. While
the diference may seem purely se-
mantic, I am wont to consider Reza
more ‘artist’ than ‘artiste’, especially
if one listens to his articulations of
his art.
Tat’s the thing, though: do we
Malaysians give the time of day to
our artists, heck just the rakyat even,
to say what they want to say, in
whatever form they wish? Well,
perhaps you and I may, but do the
masses and the larger bureaucratic
institutions – the Ministry of Cul-
ture, Arts, and Heritage - really lend
an ear to the little guys?
Try and ask someone like Reza
Salleh, a musician and entrepreneur,
how much support he is getting
from the government. Or, should we
quiet such expectations, since the
government is meant to look afer
larger afairs? Is arts-making not a
serious enough afair that warrants
consideration by bureaucrats and
lawmakers?
It’s a known secret that the arts is
the last to be thought of and the frst
to be let go when it comes to policy
and budgetary considerations. Yet,
if Malaysia wants to up its game by
joining the big league of the “high
income economy” nations, shouldn’t
we be be giving more room and re-
sources for young Malaysians like
Reza to try and test new things out?
In a high-income, advanced nation,
it’s not just the thing produced that’s
important, but the idea that’s para-
mount. Reza’s activity contributes to
the economy, but imagine if we had
policies (and funding) in place that
helped musician-entrepreneurs like
Reza took ten years to produce a full-length album.
Who can we trust with our water?
IF Selangor’s water operations re-
turn to guardianship of the state
government, this will be far from the
frst time we have come full circle,
from public to private and back to
public ownership. Tat usually gives
an opportunity to learn something.
In the afermath of the 1997-98
fnancial crisis and economic funk,
a slew of privatised entities were re-
nationalised: Malaysia Airlines,
Proton, and Indah Water Konsor-
tium (IWK), to name a few. Tese
past experiences may be on our
minds – or maybe not. If we have
forgotten, or succumbed to habitu-
al amnesia, this is a prime time to be
reminded.
We do not need to wait for a full-
blown crisis. If the basis for a privat-
ized project is fawed, if pre-condi-
tions are not present, or if the objec-
tives are not met, we can and must
reconsider its continuing legitimacy,
relevance and usefulness. Moreover,
as we think back, we fnd that the
Selangor water issue bears curious
semblances to privatisation debacles
of the past. Ten, as now, we saw vast
wealth accumulation by owners, and
awarding of contracts to politically
connected persons. Indah Water,
operating sewerage services, is an
appropriate reference point com-
pared to non-essential airlines and
cars.  As meticulously documented
in Jef Tan’s Privatisation in Malay-
sia: Regulation, Rent-seeking and
Policy Failure, IWK underwent
numerous switches in ownership.
Te profts from cashing out under-
mined long term stakeholding and
commitment to service delivery.
The company charged high fees;
people refused to pay. Rates were
subsequently lowered but the mo-
nopoly went bust and fell back into
government arms.
That’s looking back. Looking
ahead and specifcally at the water
sector, we must weigh heavily the
experience of other countries, the
essential feature of this commodity,
and the credibility of various parties
in the current face-of.
Water is a basic necessity, the
most vital of all public utilities. Te
logic of privatisation is pay per use,
and higher prices are supposed to
reflect better service or broader
coverage. But setting tarifs is never
a market clearing outcome where
there is a monopoly.
Tariffs must be negotiated
through contract and mediated by
government. I personally prefer that
the lowest rate would be even a to-
ken amount instead of zero, as is the
case now and as the Selangor gov-
ernment wants to retain. Water may
be cheap but we must not forget it
is precious.
However, tarif increases ought
to be for widening or improving
service and sustainable resource
management, not for socially unpro-
ductive private profts. A compre-
hensive and independent report of
the benefts and costs of water pri-
vatisation and assessment of the ef-
fciency of private management is
due. But given the unlikelihood of
such an exercise, the safer bet is to
leave water management in the
hands of publicly accountable insti-
tutions with credible people.
Water privatization has not gone
well in many developing countries.
Te frst thing to note is that many
were coerced into adopting such
policies as a condition for receiving
World Bank loans or under intense
pressure from the World Trade
Organisation.
Liberalisation policies burst
open the floodgates for multina-
tional corporations to make money
selling water to poor people. A com-
mon result in various countries, such
as Bolivia and South Africa, has
been swelling rates, non-payment
and cut supplies.
In advanced economies where
water is privately operated, promi-
nently the United Kingdom and
France, companies are closely mon-
itored by government. Even then, it
is debatable whether private or
public ownership of water distribu-
tion is more efcient. Note that the
private sector may excel in techno-
logical innovation of water quality,
but this is distinct from distribution
and capital investment.
As mentioned above, the intan-
gible yet crucial element of trust
must enter the frame. In general, I’m
sure we would prefer entrusting
public matters to people in whom
we have faith. But specifc to the
issue at hand, both federal and state
governments, as well as larger pri-
vate companies proposing takeo-
vers, have entered the fray, magnify-
ing the need to consider each side’s
credibility in safeguarding public
interest.
Te federal government persists
in instituting an authoritative regu-
latory agency and in continually
preserving private concessionaire
profits, even as the 2006 Water
services Industry Act sought to na-
tionalize water assets. On the other
hand, a number of individuals in-
volved in the Selangor government’s
initiative to return water supply to
the ultimate accountability of elect-
ed representatives, have been stead-
fast advocates of social concerns and
sustainable development.
Let us take note of history and
past misdeeds – and aim for present
and future corrective action.
Dr Lee Hwok Aun is a lecturer in
the Faculty of Economics and
Administration at the University of
Malaya.
him spread his art to the region...
A tale by another singer-song-
writer, Pete Teo (of the “15 Malay-
sia” videos fame), wraps it up for me:
“I was in Japan for a gig, when
some friends invited me to go listen
to some local bands. I thought, why
not, I’d really like to hear the local
‘sound’. So of we went, down to this
dingy little place – and you know
how much space they have in Japan,
right? – and there were the kids we’d
come out tolisten to playing.
“I couldn’t help but think, ‘My
god, these guys are HORRIBLE!’ A
little later, over some drinks, my
friends asked, ‘So what did you
think of them?’ I couldn’t lie and
said ‘Well, honestly, I think they
sucked.’
“They replied, ‘Oh yeah? We
think so too.’ And I was like, ‘Why
did you ask me to go then?’ Tey
said: ‘Well, if we don’t support them,
who will?’”
Tat story means a lot to me, and
to some extent it’s why I continue to
go for many art events even though
I may not have much money for
tickets, CDs, t-shirts etc.
I think this spirit, of “kalau bukan
kita yang support, siapa lagi yang
akan support?” is important. It’s not
an exercise in futility, it means that
we’re thinking long-term. Tat in
the long run, as consumers of cul-
ture, we need to set aside some
amount of our own hard-earned
resources to invest in Malaysian
ideas. Tey may be good ideas, they
may be bad ideas. But what’s most
crucial, IMHO, is that we keep on
investing to make sure we still pro-
duce ideas.
As a friend quipped, “If only our
government – both at the state and
federal levels – wasted more money
in the right places.”
12 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
INSIGHT
By Nieville Spykerman
T
he battle royale for the supply and distribution
of Selangor’s water is not about Tan Sri Khalid
versus Tan Sri Rozali, nor is it aboutPakatan
Rakyat and Barisan Nasional..
It’s about the interest of 7.5 million consumers in
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya who deserve
clean water at reasonable rates.
In 2006, Parliament passed the Water Services
Industry Act (WSIA) to do exactly what the Selangor
Government proposes to do today:
Consolidate the ill-managed water service industry
which is fragmented between three private companies
that treat water and another that distributes it.
In line with WSIA, which was to fx the failed
costly privatisation experiment, the Khalid Ibrahim
administration proposes to take over the industry,
manage it well, cut tarifs and still make a proft.
Impossible?
In the 1980s Jabatan Air Selangor ( JBAS) was
contributing between RM50 million and RM80
million to the state cofers annually.
Good news for consumers, except that Putrajaya
and its Energy, Green,Technology and Water Minis-
try are adamant on handing back the concession to
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas).
Based on Syabas’ track record, the repercussion
of this folly will be felt not only by consumers today
but their children.
Worse still, the cost of the  impending Putrajaya
bailout of the same water concessionaires, who are
unlikely to pay the debts to bondholders, will be
borne by taxpayers not only in Selangor but the entire
country.
Yet it’s still not too late for rational minds from
both sides of the political divide to prevail.
In the words of Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefy
Ahmad, “this is a bi-partisan issue which afects the
Rakyat”.
ÌT’S ABOUT THE
interest OF
THE people
sHAH AlAM: Resident associa-
tions and the Malaysian Trade Union
Congress say that the state govern-
ment is the right body to manage
water in Selangor.
According to SS10 (Petaling Jaya)
Residents Association SS10 assistant
secretary M. Paramasivam the federal
government should not bail out the
water concessionaires and instead take
over the administration of water them-
selves as it should not be privatised in
the frst place.
“Water is everyone’s right and not
a private company’s authority. Tey
care more about proft than serving
the public,” he said.
Te 53-year-old Human Resources
manager added that not only the Sel-
angor government should take control
of water management, the Federal
government should too.
Residents Association of Maxwell
Towers secretary-general Yeoh Kean
Wah would also like the state to take
over the administration of water in
Selangor.
“Syabas is incompetent and is
charging too much for water. Why is
it that the people in Penang get to pay
half our prices?” he said.
Te 56-year-old retiree said that the
federal government should not be
bailing out water concessionaires ei-
ther, and that the money could be
better used elsewhere.
Malaysia Trades Union Cogress
(MTUC) secretary-general G. Ra-
Syarikat Pengeluar Air
Sungai Selangor Sdn
Bhd (Splash)
• 40%–Gamuda
• 30%–Selangor
investmentarm
KumpulanDarul
EhsanBhd(KDEB)
• 30%–SweetWater
AllianceSdnBhd
Konsortium Abass
Sdn Bhd
• 55%–Selangor
investmentarm
KumpulanDarul
EhsanBhd(KDEB)
• 45%–OperasiMurni
SdnBhd
PuncakNiagaSdn
Bhd(PNSB)
• 100%–Puncak
NiagaHoldingsBhd
(PNHB)
Puncak Niaga Sdn
Bhd (PNSB)
• 100%–Puncak
NiagaHoldingsBhd
(PNHB)
Syarikat Bekalan Air
Selangor Sdn Bhd
(Syabas)
• 70%–Puncak
NiagaHoldingsBhd
(PNHB)
• 15%–Selangor
investmentarm
KumpulanDarul
EhsanBhd(KDEB)
• 15%–Selangor
investment
armKumpulan
PerangsangSelangor
Bhd(KPS)
• FinanceMinistry
ownsonegolden
share
Di Stri Buti oN WAter treAtmeNt
* Tan Sri Rozali Ismail is executive chairperson of PNHB and Syabas.
Selangor menteri Besar tan Sri Khalid ibrahim
Adviced by:
Selangor water review panel
1.TonyPua
2.CharlesSantiago
3.DrDzulkefyAhmad
4.WilliamLeong
energy, Green technology and Water
ministry Datuk Seri Peter Chin
Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd (PAAB)
• 100%-FinanceMinistry
• Tobuyoveranddevelopwaterassetsfrom
waterconcessionaires

National Water Services Commission (SPAN)
• Toissuerenewablethree-yearlicences
toconcessionairesandleaseoutPAAB’s
assetstothem
FeDerAl GoverNmeNt SelANGor GoverNmeNt
OTHErPLAyErS
WATErPLAyErS
Take a stand, says Khalid
sHAH AlAM: Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has called on the public to join the delegation who will submit a
memorandum on water to the King on Sunday.
“Te gathering will be a sign of support for the state to take over the administration of water,” said the Selangor
Menteri Besar.
Selangor and Putrajaya are deadlocked over who should manage both supply and distribution.
He added that both the federal government and the four concessionaires had rejected the fair price ofered by
the state.
Khalid said his administration believed that water is a basic necessity and should not be traded to enrich just
a few individuals. “Water should be administered efciently and consumers are entitled to it at a fair price.” he
said. 
RAs, MTUC do not want bailouts
tan
jaskaran had similar views.
“Te MTUC’s stand on the matter
is for the state government to take over
Syabas. Water is not something you
should privatise.”
He also believes that the model
adopted by Penang, of dual-owner-
ship between the state and the private
sector, should be applied in Selangor
too.
However, Federation of Malaysian
Consumers Association (FOMCA)
secretary-general Muhammad Sha’ani
Abdullah said that all parties should
stop politicking and negotiate a solu-
tion to the problem.
“Both parties should come to an
agreement or refer the matter for ar-
bitration.” he said.
Public reaction over
Syabas vs Selangor
selAnGor: Selangor Times conducted a
random poll to gauge reactions to the water
stalemate between the state government and
Syabas.
“If they have been making losses to the tune
of hundreds and millions of ringgit, they should
not be managing anything at all, let alone water,”
Jason Cheong said.
Te 24-year old also agreed that the state
government should take over water operations
because the ‘free water’ policy benefits the
people. He thinks that “Syabas will just make
things worse at the rate they are going.”
However, Cheong, who works as a sales
operator, also said that the federal government
shoul d be al l owed to bai l out water
concessionaires to keep supply going, but added
that they shoul d al so teach the water
concessionaires how to manage better.
Matthew Tan, 21, also felt that Syabas should
not be managing water if they were raking up so
much debt. He also added that the federal
government should not be bailing out the
concessionaires as it was their own responsibility
to repay the debts.
Te junior designer is however, neutral on
his standing. “I don’t want any more water tarif
hikes, but we don’t really know if the Selangor
government can do better,” he said.
Roslina Latif was also neutral about the
situation. She said, “As a normal citizen I
wouldn’t care less who has control over water
distribution, so long as we have guaranteed water
supply and at the cheapest price possible.”
She also supported a federal bailout if the
concessionaires showed they had potential to
perform better. She was opposed to any tarif
hike, saying, “Raising the price of water is never
a good idea, whatever the reason.”
Pang Wey Yau is all in favour of the Selangor
government taking over water distribution.
“No, no, and no. [Syabas] should not be
allowed to continue managing water,” he said.
He is also opposed to the federal government
bailing out water concessionaires.
Justin Lee agrees that Syabas should not be
allowed to continue managing water as they have
been making losses. However, he supports the
federal government in bailing out water
concessionaires.
“Tey should bail out the water companies
because it continues to guarantee a basic
necessity for the people,” said the 20-year old
student.
K. Punithaa (pix) has a diferent opinion, “I
still see Syabas as capable of managing water in
Selangor. However they would require better
consol i dati on and a better operati ons
management,” she said.
However, the 23-year old banker would
rather have the state take over water distribution.
Punithaa also thinks that another bailout would
be extremely costly and is unsustainable. She also
stated that the money could be better utilized.
“Water is a basic need and it should not be
lef to be managed by a private company such as
Syabas,” said Tan Weng Hwa, 54, who prefers
that the state take over water management.
Tan, a business manager, added that “Syabas
has shown to be mismanaged and has been far
too generous to its directors and top management
despite its debts.”
He does not support the federal government
bailing out the water concessionaires either.
Seventy-one year old G. Rajendran is strongly
opposed to Syabas’ water management and
stated that residents in his area are already
making a petition on it.
“It is honestly a matter for the state and I
believe the state should be given free rein of
management of the items under its jurisdiction,”
said the pensioner.
Raj endran al so opposes the federal
government bailing out water concessionaires,
citing that the state’s problems should be
handled by the state itself.
Balamurugan Radakrishan, 23 questions “If
the current service by the water concessionaires
is bad, why should they continue to operate and
make proft out of it?
The student added that the Federal
Government should not bail them out of their
debts.
“If the Federal Government bails them again,
they will continue operating and distributing
poor water quality and the people are the ones
who sufer” he said.
Twenty-two-year-old Eric Khoo suggested
maki ng al l the water concessi onai res
government-linked companies.
RAs, MTUC do not want bailouts
Pang Balamurugan lee
Punithaa
14 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
FEATURE
Be Who You Want To Be
By Alvin Chin
B
uilding kindergartens, feed-
ing leeches and pushing
yourself into trekking the
jungles of Borneo is not an ordinary
adventure for most youths today.
A Raleigh International expedi-
tion is for youths between the age
of 17 and 24 who believe in making
a difference by wanting to learn
about themselves and diferent cul-
tures from diferent places.
Before embarking on an expedi-
tion, participants will frst have to
attend an introduction weekend,
and it happens only twice a year. It
promises challenging terrain where
participants have to challenge them-
selves in the outdoors.
An expedition is designed to be
challenging and will be a life chang-
ing experience for all volunteers.
Ho Chung Sin, 23, who volun-
teered in the 2010 expedition from
July till September recalled how the
expedition impacted his life.
“During the second phase of my
expedition, when we were about to
complete the kindergarten, I saw
mothers weeping with hope and joy
in their eyes. I could hear them tell-
ing their children where they would
attend school.”
Ho added these children in the
villagers were very keen to learn and
they usually walked one and the half
hours just to attend school. Ho then
compared the children’s life and his
life.
“We don’t know how lucky we
are. We do not know how to ap-
preciate the things we have such as
clean water, electricity and educa-
tion.”
As for Arina Amalina, she was
also touched by how the children
attended school.
“It is heartbreaking to see a seven
year old carrying a heavy backpack,
trekking down the yellow muddy
path under the scorching sun just
to get something that we all take for
granted”
One venture remembered her
most memorable moment. Lee
Chee Huan, 21, shared her experi-
ence of showering under the icy
water of the waterfall.
“I still remember six of us, shiver-
ing under the icy cold water, howl-
ing with pain when the water pelted
In 1978, Colonel John Blashford-Snell and HRH Prince Charles
launched Operation Drake, running youth projects from ships
circumnavigating the globe, to developing self-confdence and
leadership through adventure, scientifc exploration and community
service.
However following the success of Operation Drake, the much
more ambitious Operation Raleigh was created in 1984. Operation
Raleigh became Raleigh International in 1992, refecting the number
of volunteers from across the globe. We widened the diversity of
volunteers by raising the relevance and quality of our overseas
expeditions and raising issues of global awareness.
Raleigh International was founded on the vision of giving young
people the chance to explore the world, and by doing so discover
their potential as leaders and members of a team working together
to make a difference. Today, Raleigh is a global community of
like-minded people who want to be all they can be, get out there
and make a difference in the world. Raleigh aims to inspire people
from all backgrounds and nationalities to reach their full potential
by working together on challenging environmental and community
projects around the world.
The expedition phase seeks for youths to discover their potential
as well as contributing back to society. Expedition life fosters a
sense of mutual responsibility and respect between otherwise
socially segregated groups. The unique social and cultural mix on
a Raleigh expedition makes for an exciting and developmental
experience.
• Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur is organizing an Introduction
weekend for potential participants next week from today to Sunday.
Think you have the potential to take up the challenge? Head down
to the International Youth Centre, Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun
Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
down our backs, while trying to
quickly soap ourselves and get
clean.”
Lee also expressed how lucky she
was to be at the right place at the
right time.
“Te waterfall only appeared af-
ter rainfall. No other group had the
luck to see this amazing waterfall
and experience this fantastic shower
ledge with a view to die for. I am glad
I braved my fear of wet rocks and
climbed up to get to the waterfall.
Tis is exactly what expedition is
about, stepping out of your comfort
zone, and discovering a whole new
world of wonders and beautiful
memories.”
Some obstacles the venturers
faced required physical and mental
ability. Sandra Sim, who got the
inspiration to join Raleigh from
ex-venturers, recounted her achieve-
ment.
“The best moment during my
adventure phase was when we
needed to climb up a nearly 70 de-
grees hill using a rope. We were
pushing our limit and the encour-
agement from my friends was bril-
liant. As I stepped foot on top of the
hill, the feeling of being on top of
the world was indescribable and I
knew I couldn’t have done it with-
out my team.”
Tese adventurous youths may
have experienced life changing mo-
ments during their 3 months expedi-
tion, but they are now keen to con-
tribute back to the society with all
the skills they have developed.
Being in Raleigh encourages self
awareness and empowering youths
to develop themselves to be leaders
of the future. However, Raleigh’s
vision is to inspire a generation to be
all that they can be; to awaken a
sense of life-purpose and belonging,
and unite them as part of a global
community who can work together
to rise to the challenges of the world
they live in.
Raleigh International
Taking a breather — Venturers taking a break at the kindergarden construction site.
For the children
— Lee Chee
Huan toughens
herself to build a
kindergarden for
the children of
Kampung Maliau
Layang, north of
Sabah.
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Last of her kind
Selangor’s
colonial
women’s
shelter,
still open
after 70
years.
By Lee Choon Fai and
Chin Yow Kheat
KUALA LUMPUR: A little
known women’s home, set up by the
British, today continues to be a place
where the unwed and unwanted
come to live and die with dignity.
Established by enactment in
1937, the Selangor King George V
Silver Jubilee Fund Home houses a
community of 26 elderly women, in
the heart of the city.
Still under Selangor’s jurisdiction,
the home, on a 0.81 hectare plot of
land at Jalan Jubileem, of Jalan Loke
Yew, bears all the expenses of the resi-
dents, including their funeral costs.
For 88-year-old Kok Yok Yin, it
has been a godsend.
Having been born in China, be-
fore arriving in Malaya when she was
just seven, the widow has lost touch
with her relatives and like most of
her companions has no means to
support herself.
“I’m happy here. With a roof over
my head and food to fll my stomach
it’s more than I could have asked for,”
said Kok, who has been at the home
for 22 years.
More fortunate than most at the
home, 65-year-old Lee Moi Pi has a
younger brother who works at a wet
market near the home, and who she
occasionally visits.
“My brother works hard but does
not make much money. He can’t
even support himself, so he found
this place for me,”said Lee, who has
been a resident for seven years.
Originally from Ipoh, 79-year-old
Leong Ah May came to Kuala
Lumpur to search for work and had
no one to turn to when she became
too old to work.
“I was always alone; I don’t have
any relatives, only a few friends.
It was like that ever since I started
working. It was still like that afer I
retired,”she said.
She heard about the home from
a friend in church and visited it be-
fore deciding to move in two years
ago.
“I like it here... I’m happy, ” she
added.
Also from Ipoh,   Yen Khoon
came to Kuala Lumpur to work as a
baby sister.It has been more than 30
years since she saw home.
“I lost contact with my relatives
in Ipoh a long time ago, maybe they
all passed away. I don’t know.
‘’But life is very relaxed here and
I am comfortable,” she said.
Te 78-year-old, who moved into
the home last December, is among
the residents who are healthy enough
to look afer those less able.
Among the residents are fve with
Alzheimers, two who are deaf and
mute while most have a host of
other ailments that come with age.
With only a single full time staf
and several part-time workers, the
residents have to lend a hand to each
other to get by.
Tose who are able are responsi-
ble for their own personal hygiene
and must be independent for as long
as they are can.
“Tese little things might seem
inconsequential but it keeps them
active, and it can also be considered
a form of exercise for them.
Psychologically it also prevents
them from feeling helpless,” said
Linda Tan, the administrator.
Meanwhile the community’s
newest addition, 84-year-old Poh
Kin Yin, who moved in earlier this
month, also expressed delight at her
new home.
“Previously I was in an old folks’
home for two months but I could
not sleep well there. I just got here
and I feel comfortable already,” said
the widow, who was born in Kuala
Pilah, Negri Sembilan.
1935
• Funds were raised by public
subscription as a memorial of
the Silver Jubilee (coronation) of
King George V. It was agreed the
funds would be used to provide
a home for poor and aged
Chinese in Selangor and for
other charitable purposes.
Two philanthropists, Cheong
Yoke Choy and Liew Weng
Chee, are credited with
establishing the home.
Sept 23, 1937
• The Home was formally
established by enactment.
• A plot of two acres was
gazetted by the Selangor
Government as the site for the
home.
Administration:
• 73 years after it was
established, the home remains
under purview of the Selangor
Government
• The Home is run by trustees,
including state Executive
Councillors (Exco).
• The current board includes
excos like Teresa Kok, Elizabeth
Wong and Ronnie Liu.
Funding:
Annual grants from the Social
Welfare Department and
donations.
Admission:
Elderly women without
dependents or children who
cannot support them.
All applications are subjected
to vetting before approval for
admission.
Upon admission, all the needs
of the resident, including the
expenses of her funeral, are
borne by the home.
History of the King George
Silver Jubilee Fund Home
By Alvin Chin and Gan Pei Ling
Chan Phan (pix) was the last of a unique group
of women called the ma jie who found a home
at King George V.
Like her fellow ma jie from China, Chan,
who died aged 90 on Jan 18, 2008, took a vow
of celibacy and worked as a nanny or maid to
rich families.
Chan, who arrived at the home in 2005, was born in
Guangzhou - the capital of Guangdong province.
She had previously worked as a nanny with a family in
Malacca.
Te ma jie originated from a few diferent districts in
Guangdong, China but the most famous were from
Shunde.
Te emergence of the ma jie started in the  early 20th
century when women workers gained economic independ-
ence because of the fast-developing silk industry in
Shunde.
Women chose the way of life afer witnessing how their
peers were mistreated by their husbands and in-laws.
Teir braided hair represented their vow to
celibacy and to never marry.
Some ma jie however were divorcees, but
once they have made the sacred vow there was
no turning back.
An auspicious day would be picked, and their
hair was braided before they drank chicken
blood in front of their families and friends.
Ten the sacred vow was made.
If the vow was broken, the ma jie would be tortured,
put in a pig basket and drowned in a river.
During the 1930s, some travelled to seek a better life in
Malaya and other countries in the region.
Many faithfully served the same families for their entire
lives.
Others who were luckier would be regarded as a mem-
ber of the family by their employers.
Over the years, King George has become a retirement
home for many ma jie but their exact numbers and stories
have been lost.
Ma jie can still be found living in communities in
China.
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ DECEMBER 3 – 5, 2010 ⁄ 17
18 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
feature
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or
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It seems like the questioner has re-
cently sufered a tragic loss in the
name of love, has probably had heart
ripped out of chest, torn into itty-
bitty pieces and discarded in the
wind. Lord Bobo is very sympa-
thetic to all orphans of love.
Now go and give yourself two
hard smacks, preferably cheek-to-
cheek (feel free to choose which
cheeks) so you can stop wallowing
in self-pity. For love never ends, is
never lost, it just transforms. Tere
is no such thing as a lost love.
Te illusion that you allude to is
the transformation of love that you
once knew. Sure it sucks when the
object of your love does not return
your favour, writes police reports
against you, and sends Big Hairy
Scary Uncle Macha Relative to your
door (may or may not have hap-
pened to some of us). Tat is not to
say that your love has not made a
signifcant diference in her life, for
it has. Trust in it.
Learn and become stronger from
this, yet keep your heart childlike
and open to new possibilities of
love. Let your love be your example
for a better life, and let that be
enough. And if not, we have it on
good authority that Lord Bobo has
a very attractive cousin-sister who is
ready to settle down, wan or not?
When can Malaysia have
competent Parliamentarians,
and not half-past six
lawmakers? @kennethwpl, via
Twitter
This question was so compelling
that Lord Bobo channeled answers
to two LoyarBurok-kers.
THE FIRST REvELATIoN:
Tis one is a pickle. Te setting
must be congenial enough to en-
courage and nurture competent
Parliamentarians. Tis can be ana-
lysed in terms of supply (political
parties ofering competent candi-
dates) and demand (voters demand-
ing such candidates). The key to
both is meritocracy.
From the angle of supply, meri-
tocracy must be practised within
each political party. Tat means the
party leadership at all levels have to
identify and nurture competent
members. Tis is a tall order because
it requires such leaders to be selfess;
if they come across a member more
capable than them, they should not
block his rise, but instead facilitate
it.
Where demand is concerned,
voters must regard competency as
the main criteria in making their
choice. For example, one should not
vote out of sympathy for a widow of
a recently deceased MP. Nor should
one vote for her because the coali-
tion to which she belongs has prom-
ised to develop the constituency
(which, by virtue of being in power,
is their job anyway). voter maturity
is essential. At a party level, mem-
bers should not vote out of loyalty
to certain camps, nor out of self-
interest.
on a micro level, the potential
candidate is faced with push and
pull factors. Assuming that he is
motivated by proper interests, the
push factor is more dominant. Many
are “pushed” into politics to try to
arrest the decline of our country
into the toilet. But that is not
enough to encourage more to be
involved. To “pull” them in, the sup-
ply and demand infrastructure
mentioned above has to be in place.
Back to the question of when –
hopefully soon, for all our sakes!
THE SECoND
REvELATIoN:
We sincerely believe that Malay-
sians can rid themselves of half-past
six lawmakers if they frst rid them-
selves of Malaysian time, i.e. the
phenomenon of making appoint-
ments one turns up for at least 30
minutes later. As for competent
Parliamentarians, it’s very simple –
initiate a government project for a
new Parliament at the cost of RM2.3
billion, which will balloon to
RM5.0 billion, then hush it up. A
building that costly MUST have
competent Parliamentarians.
Apa reti idup? (What is the
meaning of life?) @j_rubis, via
Twitter
Troughout the course of your exist-
ence, you may have come across
many answers to the meaning of life.
Either through religion, philosophy,
very Important Books, or the time
you were convinced you saw Te
Almighty Hairy one on a popsicle
stick but nobody had the gall to
believe you (just sayin’).
And perhaps at some point of
your life, you were quite convinced
that you fnally got it, and yet here
you are once again, looking for an
answer.
The answer is that the answer
does not matter; what matters is that
you don’t stop seeking, don’t stop
questioning. Hold fast to what is
true to you, your set of core values,
and choose to live your life accord-
ing to it. Because if you do not
choose for yourself, society will do
so for you.
And oh yes, be good to people,
eat less carbs and live in peace and
harmony with all kinds of primates,
no matter what their beliefs are.
Although Lord Bobo already knows
your question before you even
knew you had a question, as a
practical display of your true desire
to have your query answered,
His Supreme Eminenceness
has graciously allowed you to
communicate your questions by –
• emailing asklordbobo@
loyarburok.com, stating your full
name, and a pseudonym if you
wish the question to be published
anonymously (and a good reason
for anonymity).
• tweeting your questions by
mentioning @LoyarBurok and using
the hashtag #asklordbobo.
The frst 100 questions published
will receive LoyarBurok’s ONLY
merchandise you ever need (worth
a lot for humankind) courtesy of
Selangor Times. Now, what the
hell are you waiting for? Hear This
and Tremblingly Obey (although
trembling is optional if you are
somewhere very warm)! Liberavi
Animam Meam! I Have Freed My
Spirit!
By William Tan
SHAH ALAM: A month-long campaign is being
launched by the Shah Alam Convention Centre
(SACC) to aid food victims in northern Malaysia.
“This fund is our way of giving back to the commu-
nity and we hope to raise more than RM10,000,”
said SACC managing director Shuhainie Shamsu-
din.
Shuhainie expects to raise most of the donations
from collaborations with SACC business partners.
He has also pledged to donate 5 percent of the rev-
enue from their food and drinks services.
During the campaign, which will end at the end
of the month, parking tickets at SACC will be raised
from RM3 to RM5, with the RM2 added to the fund.
Last Saturday, Power Impian International Sdn
Bhd, a direct selling frm dealing primarily in coffee,
donated RM6,000 at its frst convention at SACC.
“This is in line with the goals of Power Impian to
empower people to achieve their dreams but who
might not be able to do so due to circumstances,”
said Mohammad Noor Shamsuddin.
The ambassador of Power Impian believes that
SACC move may motivate other companies to start
up their own funds to aid the victims.
In addition, Les’ Copaque, the creators of Upin
and Ipin, who are holding a carnival at SACC till Dec
29, have pledged to give half their profts from their
sale to the fund.
SACC raises funds for food victims
From left: Event manager Syaiful Bakhtiar Salim, Shuhainie, Power Impian executive
director See Thuan Po and Rosyam Noor at the launch of the campaign.
19 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
FEaturE
Fiction by Chua Kok Yee
Colin was standing over the sink
with a knife in his hand. He looked
down and realised his shirt was
smeared with blood. With a shriek,
he dropped the knife and turned
around. On the kitchen table, a
severed chicken head was engaged
in a conversation with a cow’s head.
Te clucking and mooing became
louder and louder, until Colin had
to press his palms against his ears.
“I screamed at them to stop, and
then I woke up,” Colin said. He lets
out a sigh, and slumps back to the
couch. Jonathan, his friend, was
seated across him.
“Do you think it’s because of the
job? My boss is crazy, and maybe
the insanity is catching,”
Jonathan looked at him, but said
nothing. Colin’s boss, Mr Wong,
was one of the richest persons in
Asia. Afer visiting a temple on his
60th birthday, Mr Wong hand-
picked a group of accountants from
his companies, including Colin, to
work in a special project under him.
Colin was exhilarated at the pros-
pect of working directly with the
tycoon, but the excitement turned
into incredulity afer the frst brief-
ing.
Mr Wong wanted a big surplus
in his ‘karma account’ to ensure he
would have a good ending to his
current life, and enough positive
karma to carry forward to the next.
He decided to compensate for any
bad karma he has earned, and would
receive, in the only way he knew; in
dollars and cents.
Te project team was split into
two groups. Te frst group was as-
signed to put monetary values on
the negative things Mr Wong had
done in the past, and make a month-
ly recommendation of donation
amount to be made to organisations.
Te job involved a lot of research
and interviews to reconstruct Mr
Wong’s life history.
Wouldn’t it be easier if you just
donate a really huge amount, sir?
Surely, that would cover everything,
Half A Chicken And
A Quarter Of A Cow
someone asked Mr Wong at the
briefng. Mr Wong explained that
excessive money would lead to sinful
thoughts among the recipients,
which in turn would bring more
negative karma to him.
So the amount has to be meas-
ured and reasonably accurate, Mr
Wong explained, before fring that
guy on the spot. Later, he donated
the fred guy’s two years’ salary to a
charity, of course.
Colin was assigned to the second
group which was responsible for the
present. Tey had to discreetly ob-
serve Mr Wong, and place a value
on his deed. Afer brainstorming
and debating, the team agreed on a
measurement system by using a
karma factor. Te karma factor was
in proportion to the negativity of
the deed. If Mr Wong purchased a
chicken wing and ate it, the value
would be the price of the wing mul-
tiplied by the karma factor of one.
However, if he stole the wing and
ate it, the karma factor would be
increased to three.
Despite the ludicrousness of the
endeavour, Colin actually enjoyed
the frst few weeks on the job. He
had all-expenses paid visits to New
York, Amsterdam and Monaco
along with his boss, and the salary
was good. Furthermore it was not as
stressful as his previous position; all
he had to do during his shif was to
record Mr Wong’s actions, review
them and assign a value to it. Some-
one in the office would compile
them, and give out the appropriate
donation at the end of each month.
Good life, easy money.
Then the nightmares started.
Tere were a few variations to the
theme, but always with a lot of
blood and chatty dead animals.
Once, he dreamt of soaking in a
bathtub filled with blood with a
swine. The beast, with half of its
body roasted, was espousing the
merits of socialism.
“I’ve a theory,” Jonathan said.
Colin turned towards Jonathan,
and raised his eyebrows.
“How do you measure the value
if your boss orders a huge steak, or
half a roasted chicken?”
“Tat’s easy - I’ll use their prices
on the menu, and multiply them by
a karma factor of one.”
“I believe here is where you got
it wrong. You can’t just take the price
of the food. Te bad karma in this
case comes from the loss of lives.
Half a chicken is one dead chicken,
and a quarter of a cow is still one
slaughtered cow. So you have under-
valued them.”
Colin thought about it for
awhile, before nodding.
“Thus I’m receiving bad vibes
from them? It’s karma.”
Te two of them sat there in si-
lence. “You could be right,” Colin
said afer awhile. “Who really un-
derstand how this karma things re-
ally works, right?”
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by Alvin Chin
PETALING JAYA: A three-day
reading campaign by a public library
here failed to draw a crowd despite
the long school holidays.
Te Mari Membaca programme
at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Public
Library from Nov 26 to 28 was
aimed at encouraging more children
to read.
However, a brief visit to the
library by Selangor Times on Sunday
found only a few parents and children
at the library.
“Although this is the second
time we are hosting this event,
the response has been ver y
poor,” s a i d  s a l es exe cut i ve
Mo h d Ha mi z a l , w h o s e
company  Rangkaian Ilmuan was
among the booths set up at the
entrance of the library. 
Seen using the library’s facilities
were ten-year-old Amir Arif (pix)
and his cousin, whose parents
brought them to the library.
In addition to free membership,
the library also arranges activities
such as book sales, free health
che cks , puppet s hows and
storytelling sessions.
Poor response at
library open day
20 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
REVIEW
Bali experience
close to home
I FIRST met Lim Chong Eu in
August 1986 in the afermath of
the 1986 general election when I
visited him at his new ofce at the
newly-completed KOMTAR
Tower with a delegation of
businessmen.
He was very courteous but I
noted that he was a pensive
person, calm and deliberate in
discussions.
During the visit, one of our
groups remarked in jest to Chong
Eu that “…it is not that we love
you less but we cannot aford to
lose Kit Siang in Parliament...”.
This was in reference to the
‘ battle royale’ in the Tanjung
parliamentar y constituency,
between Lim Kit Siang and Koh
Tsu Koon (Chong Eu’s protege)
that Kit Siang had just won.
Chong Eu took the comment in
good nature - a refection of the
man’s maturity, I thought at that
time. Incidentally, Tsu Koon also
sat in on the discussions as Chong
Eu’s special ofcer.
I am sure all Malaysians mourn
the passing of a statesman who
was a bri dge
b e t we e n o u r
colonial days and the
modern era. He helped bring
develop-ment and prosperity to
Penang in very challenging times.
In retirement, he conducted
himself with grace and dignity,
never once commenting publicly
on politics or the performance
and policies of his successor as
Chief Minister.
May God bless his soul!
Richard Y W Yeoh
Chong Eu a bridge
to modern era
By Alvin Chin
WHO would have thought that we
can experience Bal inese food
without fying 1,960 kilometers to
Bali? At Bumbu Bali, the food is
rich in tradition as is the restaurant
with its authentic atmosphere and
decor. Bumbu Bali’s design is similar
to many of the restaurants on the
island east of Java. Patrons who have
been to this popular holiday island
may well fnd themselves returning
to Bumbu Bali to relive some
memories of their time on Bali.
There are many similarities
between Malaysian and Balinese
cultures. But when it comes to food,
each has its own specialty. Our task
was to sample a three course meal at
Bumbu Bal i consisting of an
appetizer, main course and dessert,
with a budget of RM100 for two
people.
We started of with two of their
recommended drinks; the barley
lime and the pulut hitam. Te barley
lime might sound like your average
drink but it was dubbed a house
favourite. The traditional pulut
hitam drink is different from
Malaysia’s black glutinous rice
dessert. As a drink, it is ice-blended
and a good measure of santan is
mixed in to attain a perfect level of
creamy sweetness. Te barley lime
costs RM6 and the pulut hitam
drink RM12.
Our appetizer came shortly
aferwards and we were surprised by
how big the portion was. Called
tipat cantuk, it is a warm vegetable
salad with grilled chicken, deep-
fried tofu, rice cakes or ketupat, and
hard boiled egg. A Balinese version
of rojak, this dish is served with an
addictive tamarind peanut dressing.
For only RM15, it can stand alone
as a a regular meal for light eaters.
While we were busy snapping
pictures of the food, the main course
arrived. We had ordered nasi
campur, which may sound like the
usual economy rice that Malaysians
are accustomed to at their local
cofee shop. However, at the price
of RM33, we of course had higher
expectations of Bumbu Bali’s nasi
campur.
And it didn’t disappoint. Te
dish is served with a combination of
Balinese grilled lemongrass prawns,
grilled squid and fish, chicken
rending (beef rendang is also
avai l abl e) and sate l i l i t. On
the side are servings of lawar kacang
(a bean salad), rempeyek (anchovy
crackers), sambal terasi and sambal
matah. Te rempeyek was not soggy
but very crispy and tasted even
better after dipping it in the
tamarind peanut dressing. Te fsh
and squid were hot of
the grill and are best
consumed before they
get cold.
We couldn’t finish
the nasi campur as we
were too full from the
tipat cantuk. But we did
try all the varieties of
food served on the nasi
campur platter.
For des s er t , we
ordered es campur. It is
an iced blended mound
of s a g o, j ackf r ui t ,
banana, honeydew,
watermelon and sweet
shredded coconut. Do
not underestimate this
dessert because eating
fast will result in a brain
freeze! Te combination
of fruits was just what
we needed after the
flavorful tipat cantuk
and nasi campur. The
blended iced is mixed
with santan but is not
too sweet, and created a
perfect base to enjoy the
fresh fruit. We don’t recommend
sharing this yummy dessert because
for only RM13, it is too good to
share, and you can fnish one all by
yourself.
Te damage came to RM90.85
but fortunately for Jusco card
holders like us, Bumbu Bali gave a
10% discount which brought our
bill down to RM82.95.
Whether it is to celebrate a
special occasion or just to enjoy a
casual dinner, the atmosphere in
Bumbu Bali is calm and serene,
evoking memories of your last
holiday in Bali, and making you
want to return again.
Bumbu Bali is located at Lot 18
& 18-1, Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1,
Puchong, and is open daily from
11am till late.
MAy I wish to congratulate Selangor Times on its inaugural
publication.
Some weeks ago the MBPJ sent a contractor to spruce up
the garden near the children’s playground in SS20. Afer
cutting the bamboo and other branches they brought a truck
to cart away the cuttings.
In doing so the truck lef deep tyre track marks and also
damaged a section of the cemented walking path where
residents do their morning walking exercise.
Te cemented walking path around the ‘padang’ is also in
a poor condition that needs repair.
 
I would appreciate if the authorities could look into the
matter.
Anak Selangor David Teh.
Truck damaged
walking path
Es Campur is a iced blended mound of sago, jackfruit, banana,
honeydew, watermelon. and sweet shredded coconut.
Bumbu Bali’s special Nasi Campur
21 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
YOUTH
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By Lee Choon Fai
PETALING JAYA: Youths can enjoy themselves
with a musical bazaar at the Civic Centre Audito-
rium in the MBPJ headquarters tomorrow.
“Tis is a showcase of music from all cultures and
races where there will be church music, Bollywood
dances, even orang asli music,” said K. Sanjeavan,
one of the organisers of the festival.
Organised by the non-proft organisation Nur
Damai, the event is free of charge and also welcomes
foreigners in Malaysia.
“We also have some foreign music and dances
included in the event, like the African dance, Qa-
walli music, and Indonesian music as well,” he
added.
Up to 130 performers will be participating in the
event and there will be a minute-long presentation
before each performance to promote the diferent
culture.
“Tis is a chance for youths to make their culture
known, and to mingle with other cultures as well,”
said Sanjeavan.
He added that they will be coming together to
express the contemporary signifcance of their di-
verse music and dance traditions in a spirit of cele-
bration and exchange.
Te highlight and grand fnale of the event of the
festival is the World Jugal Bandhi, an assembly of
drummers from a range of eastern musical cultures
performing in vibrant synergy. 
“If the turnout is good tomorrow, we might or-
ganise another one next year. But for now there are
no such plans,” said Sanjeavan.
Nur Damai is a cooperation circle of URI -
United Religions Initiative, an organization
founded in 2000, composed of people of diverse
religions, spiritual expressions and indigeneous
traditions who are striving in various ways to pro-
mote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, to end
religiously motivated violence and to create cultures
of peace.
PETALING JAYA: Almost 40 companies
have submitted proposals to upgrade the Roth-
mans roundabout in Petaling Jaya.
The Rothmans roundabout, where traffic
jams are a mainstay of the area, is to be replaced
with a trafc light junction.
Petaling Jaya Mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan
Sakiman told reporters that the Petaling Jaya
City Council will deliberate on the proposals
on Dec 20.
“Although, we have received many proposals
for the trafc light junction, I think the best
solution is to build a fyover,” said Roslan on
Monday.
22 DECEMBER 3 — 5, 2010
Gallery
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor (left) and one of the speakers Prof Emeritus Datuk
Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi at the start of the “Constitutional Monarchy: Perspective of History,
Now and Future” seminar on Monday. The other speakers were Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr
Khoo Kay Kim, Prof Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam and Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Agus Yusof.
Six small business owners were awarded a total of RM90,000 by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) for their success at making their products more appealing to cus-
tomers. The programme was to help small businesses compete by emphasising cleanliness, quality of food, and customer service at the D’Kelana Hall at the Kelana Jaya
sports complex last Tuesday. Among those present were Selangor Exco Yaakob Sapari (7th from right) and PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman (6th from right).
Pakatan Rakyat leaders (from left) Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang, Selangor
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having dinner after the
Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar and Chief Minister Summit 2010 in Shah Alam on Monday.
A couple checking out a model park bridge before the Anugerah
Kediaman Idaman Ceria Bangunan 2009/2010 start last Monday.
Residents from Bangi lining up to register dur-
ing a voter registration exercise last Saturday.
23 DECEMBER 3 - 5 2010
CULTURE
Serangan
Zombi
Pertama di
Malaysia
PLAYS
REVIEW
Pekan Frinjan 16:
Hak Asasi Manusia
Shah Alam has a bit of a bad rep. It’s played host to a
number of ultra-racial and ultra-religious demonstrations
— the cowhead protest of August 2009 being the most
infamous. Students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara
(UiTM) campus occasionally march against calls for their
institution to open its doors to non-Bumiputras. But UiTM
also has a sizable counter-culture of progressive types —
and you see these kids out in force at the monthly Pekan
Frinjan street festival and bazaar.
This exciting mainstay of the Klang Valley cultural
calendar, already well into its second year, brings together
all sorts of people: the blogging community, peddlers
of fashion and books, NGO types, street performers,
alternative musicians. “By presenting art and culture in ‘pop’
form, we hope that society will continue to appreciate stuff
with an intellectual focus,” says the Frinjan collective, which
organises Pekan Frinjan, in its mission statement. A lofty,
heartening goal!
This month’s festival, which begins at 5pm and ends at
midnight, will feature performances by singer-songwriter
Meor; performance artists chi too and Sharon Chin; bands
like Tilu, Mona Lyssa, Asboon and Dahlia By The Stairs; and
many more. With stalls selling apparel and literature. Pekan
Frinjan is also supported by Tourism Selangor and MBSA.
Editor’s
Pick
Bazaar & Street Festival;
Frinjan; i-City Amphitheatre,
Shah Alam;
4 December 2010;
010-512 6836;
frinjan@gmail.com
H
alfway through Serangan Zombi Pertama di Malaysia
is a segment titled “Emptiness”; in it, female lead
Sandee Chew (playing bakery salesgirl, blogger, and
zombie-apocalypse survivor Salmon Chen) lapses into inter-
pretive dance: she begins stretching and doing ballet moves
around a table. A car alarm blares throughout.
Sitting through it felt like forever. At the end of it, some-
one in the audience shouted: “Tak faham!”
Afer the show, co-director Ayam Fared — who created
the aforementioned scene — explained his rationale. “It is
like living in this country: it is painful,” Ayam said. “I want
to see how much the audience could stand.” It’s a simple
enough metaphor: Malaysia is an endurance test; we are
forced to live in a zombifed state. But testing an audience’s
capacity for sufering, for no other reason — that’s a little
juvenile. Te gimmick isn’t as clever as it seems.
Sadly, Ayam’s bits were the most conceptually inquisitive
parts of Serangan Zombi Pertama di Malaysia — a two-hour
work that, with three diferent directors interpreting texts
from three diferent playwrights, felt cobbled together and
collegiate.
Te more traditionally theatrical, dialogue-driven scenes
involve Salmon and risk-adverse physics nerd Ma’an (played
by performer/writer Redza Minhat) trapped in an ofce
pantry. Te big debate? Whether they should leave their safe
haven, brave the undead-infested streets, and travel on to
Langkawi, a supposedly “Zombie Free Zone”. Eventually,
Ma’an comes to the predictable conclusion that he can’t live
his life like a routine-obsessed zombie, and takes a chance.
Tat’s paltry stuf. Te zombie genre has been pregnant
with socio-economic commentary since Romero’s Night of
the Living Dead, dealing with runaway consumerism, the
concept of the Other, and Hobbesian ideas of government.
Serangan Zombi Pertama di Malaysia was an opportunity
for incisive observations about the Malaysian state of being.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t dive below surface-level moaning.
Serang Zombi Pertama di Malaysia was staged under Te
Actors Studio’s Teater Rakyat programme, at KLPac from
24 to 28 November 2010. Directed by Megat Sharizal, Yus-
man Mokhtar and Ayam Fared.
Birdy
Theatre;
KL Performing Arts Centre;
2 - 12 December 2010;
03-4047 9038;
www.klpac.com
American writer William
Wharton’s award-winning
novel, Birdy — about two
school friends who serve
in the Vietnam War and
return home scarred — was
made into a flm (starring
Nicholas Cage) in 1984; it
was also adapted into a
critically-acclaimed play by
Naomi Wallace. Now, KLPac
resident director Christopher
Ling brings this tale of
psychological madness
and post-war redemption
to the Malaysian stage.
Featuring Alex Chua, Calvin
Tan, Darius Taraporvala, Jon
Chew, Michael Chen and
Tung Jit Yang.
PREVIEW
Follow The Light (PJ Live Arts, 2 - 9 December 2010)
It’s December, and Yuletide commercialism has already
been in our malls for some time. However, if you want less
consumerist Christmas fare, why not check out Follow The
Light: a “Christmas musical for young and old of any faith or
creed”.
Former journalist Nick Choo’s frst effort in KL was The
Edge, a musical about suicide. Chipper subject matter and
some odd plot twists aside, it was a decent piece of musical
theatre, with memorable melodies and clever arrangement.
His newest show is an updated version of something
he staged in Perth, while studying in university; that
performance of Follow The Light won a Best Musical award
in Western Australia Finley Awards for Independent Theatre.
This musical takes some liberty with its source material:
the Wise Men are competing for fame and fortune, the
Shepherds are unhappy siblings; Joe and Mary are a young
couple suddenly burdened with a baby — we’ll see whether
they dump it.
“I was 16 when the earliest strands of music for
Follow The Light were composed,” Nick says. “At that
impressionable age, I was infuenced particularly by Lloyd
Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
I wanted to write a fun, colourful, funny, poignant piece of
theatre that could be enjoyed by people of all ages; of any
race, belief or background.”
Bakat Muda
Sezaman 2010
Exhibition;
National Art Gallery;
20 November 2010 –
20 January 2010;
03-4025 4990;
www.artgallery.gov.my
The Bakat Muda Sezaman
Awards is one of our biggest
visual art competitions:
it has a grand prize of
RM20,000, with three jury
awards of RM10,000 each.
Started in 1974 by the
National Art Gallery (NAG),
its goal is to “showcase the
latest and best artworks
by young and upcoming
Malaysian artists” and
“elevate the standard of
visual arts in the country”.
That’s a predictable,
nearly-Soviet “nation-
building” approach, and
the process has met with
criticism: that it is less than
meritocratic. Thankfully,
the NAG has been trying
to mix it up a bit. This year,
potential participants of the
competition were chosen
through open nominations
from the arts community
and the public. This public
exhibition collects the
competition’s fnalists.
Winners will be announced
soon.
Kawan
Exhibition;
Pelita Hati Gallery;
20 November 2010 –
11 December 2010;
03-2292 3380;
www.pelitahati.com.my
Painting shows are the
most common kind
of art exhibition in this
town; curators and
artists sometimes jump
through some ridiculous
conceptual hoops just
to make a new painting
show sound interesting.
So it’s nice to see Kawan
so modest in its intentions.
“Friends get together to
have this exhibition with
art as their most common
interest,” its press materials
read. Featuring works in
various media by artists
Anassuwandi Ahmad,
Azman Hilmi, Hamdan
Shaarani, Izaddin Matrahah,
Johan Marjonid, Mohd Jamil
Mat Isa, Nasir Che Din,
Zakaria Sharif, and Zainon
Abdullah.
ARTS
■CompiLEd by ZEdECk SiEw
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ DECEMBER 3 – 5, 2010 ⁄ 24
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