community June 3 — 5, 2011/ issue 27

RM6.5bil
water bailout
criticised
Learning
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Leaders:
stand united
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Premium relief
for landowners
By Gan Pei Ling
sHaH aLaM: Owners of
leasehold properties, holders of
Temporary Occupation of Land
(TOL) licences and those who
have just converted the status of
their land are set to beneft from
the state government's latest
scheme.
In a bid to lighten the fnancial
burden of such landowners, Selan-
gor has introduced the Private
Residential Ownership Scheme for
property owners to pay RM1,000
frst to renew their leases instead of
the normal hefy premiums.
The balance of the premium,
however, will have to be paid up
when the properties are sold or
transferred at a later date. Property
transfers resulting from inherit-
ances are also exempted from pay-
ing the balance of premiums if they
choose to keep the properties.
Te scheme is limited to residen-
tial properties.
“Starting June 1, they no longer
need to pay full premiums to secure
land titles or extend their leases,”
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibra-
him said afer chairing an executive
council meeting on Wednesday.
Owners of expiring leasehold
properties, such as those in Petaling
Jaya Old Town or Sections 1, 2, 3
and 4, now need to pay RM1,000
frst to extend their leases instead of
the RM100,000 premium to keep
their properties.
Owners who have just converted
the status of their properties from
agricultural to residential will also
beneft from this arrangement.
For TOL licence holders, the
owners can now obtain leasehold
status instead of yearly renewals.
Owners of 60-year leases are also
set to beneft as the scheme will al-
low them to convert the leases to 99
years.
Te scheme, however, does not
afect owners of properties where
the status is still in limbo, such as
squatters.
“We’ve identified those who
have been living on TOL land for
more than 10 years. Tey will re-
ceive land titles with certain condi-
tions,” Khalid said.
He added that due to rising land
prices in Selangor, the premium to
secure a land title could come up to
RM10,000 or more.
“Under the scheme, they only
need to pay RM1,000 to get the
land title. When they sell the house
[in future], they can use the money
from the sale to pay the remaining
premium,” he said.
Khalid said the scheme is part
the state’s initiative to ease the pro-
cess of granting land titles to deserv-
ing applicants as well as to reduce
the people’s fnancial burden.
As for leasehold property own-
ers, Khalid said residents in older
townships like Petaling Jaya who
want to extend their expiring leases
to 99 years will beneft from the
scheme.
“The premium to extend the
lease is a quarter of the property’s
market price. For a 10,000 sq ft
house, the premium may come up
to RM250,000.
“Tis scheme allows them to pay
RM1,000 and continue living there
until they sell it,” said Khalid.
He said the scheme aims to en-
courage people to retain ownership
of their leases.
He added that the scheme is a
result of the research by land and
district ofces and the state secre-
tary’s ofce.
Te scheme will also beneft
people who are living on non-resi-
dential lands as they will be allowed
to change their status by paying just
RM1,000.
Khalid said this would beneft
many of the villages who are staying
on lands designated for agricultural
use.
“We want to help them legalise
their land status,” he said.
Meanwhile, for those who can
aford to pay their premium in full
within six months of application,
the state will grant them a 30%
discount of their premium.
Khalid said the state is also set-
ting up an integrated information
centre to would allow landowners
to check and update their status or
other related land matters.
Owners of leasehold properties
in older parts of Petaling Jaya are
set to beneft from the new state
scheme on premiums.
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SHAH ALAM: Residents from three New
Villages will go to the polls next month to
elect their leaders for the frst time.
Te move to allow Chinese villagers to
select their own Village Security and Develop-
ment Committee ( JKKK) chiefs is the frst
step towards restoring local government elec-
tions. 
“Once elected, the state will formally ap-
point them [as JKKK chiefs],” said executive
councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah in an exclusive
interview with Selangor Times yesterday.
Te frst election will kick of in Jenjarom
with nomination day on July 24 and polls on
July 31, followed by Pulau Ketam and Pan-
damaran.
Nomination day is set for July 31 and vot-
ing day on Aug 7 in Pulau Ketam while Pan-
damaran’s nomination day will be on Aug 7
and polls on Aug 14.
Ean Yong, whose portfolio includes New
Villages, said the election dates are set on
Sundays for voters’ convenience. All  candi-
dates must be above 21 years of age and must
stay at the villages for at least two years.
“Tis is to ensure that the candidates are
familiar with local issues which will help
them serve the villagers more efectively,” said
Ean Yong.
He said eligible candidates would have to
pay a RM500 deposit and submit their
nomination forms between 9am and 10am on
nomination day. Candidates must contest in
their personal capacity and not under any
political party banner.
Ean Yong added that villagers can cast their
votes between 8am and 4pm. All registered
voters included in the latest electoral roll as
of Oct 27 last year are eligible to vote.
Jenjarom’s polling stations will be at its
community and multipurpose halls, Pulau
Ketam at its community hall on the main
street and Pandamaran at the JKKK centre
and sports complex.
Ean Yong said the state has allocated
RM60,000 for each election.
As the Election Commission has refused
to help, local councils and district ofces will
run the elections.
If the polls are successfully carried out in
the three pioneering villages, the model may
be used to elect other JKKK chiefs in Selan-
gor.
Local government elections in Malaysia
were suspended in 1964 afer the Indonesia-
Malaysia confrontation, and the state’s move
to have them restored has been rejected by
both Putrajaya and Election Commission.
By Alvin Yap
SHAH ALAM: Residents with leasehold titles, which are
fast expiring, are welcoming the RM1,000 policy that allows
them to extend their leases for another 99 years.
Michael Muniandy was among those who were overjoyed
to hear the news announced on Wednesday.
“It’s very good news indeed, especially for retirees like me,”
said the former engineer with the Land and Mines Department.
Te 78-year-old pensioner had just 20 years lef on his lease
for his home in one of PJ’s oldest neigbourhoods,  Section 1,
Jalan Carey. 
He pointed out that the RM1,000 premium would be less
of a fnancial burden on his savings and pension.
Similarly, music teacher Raymond Pragasam, 46, said the
move would encourage more home ownership as prospective
housebuyers have balked at having to pay hefy premiums to
extend the leases.
“Our house in Section 4 has 55 years remaining [on our
lease], but our neighbours around us have less than 10 years.
Tis is good news for them,” Raymond said when met at Taman
Petaling here.
Former public school teacher Ng Sik Poon, 81, said the
RM1,000 amount was within the means of every resident in
Village polls kick off next month
Welcome relief for leasehold owners
Petaling Jaya.
“Even if you are short of money, you would borrow
the amount to secure the lease,” he said.
He pointed out that the move by the state govern-
ment would assist middle-income families.
Ng added that he expects a “rush” at the Land
Ofce as ratepayers would clamour to extend their
leases.
“Too bad I just extended my lease a few years ago,
and I paid quite a hefy sum based on the land size,”
he said, who could not recall the amount ofand.
Pragas Marimuthu admits that he is lucky to stay
on freehold land in Puchong. Nevertheless, he said
it was very good news for leasehold landowners in
Selangor.
Te 50-year-old businessperson said the move
would encourage citizens to own residential prop-
erty.
“A lot of prospective housebuyers put of buying
property around the Old Town and New Town hous-
ing area,” said Pragas.
He pointed out that when it came to the
renewal of leases, buyers would be saddled
with large amounts.
Pragas added that the unprecedented ini-
tiative showed that the government was “car-
ing” towards the middle-income group.
Siti Hanim Mohd Nasir, 38, said the an-
nouncement was “very good news” as her
home on Jalan 3/60 here has only nine years
remaining.
According to her land title documents, the
lease is at RM12.50 per sq f, and the total area
of her bungalow lot is around 3,400sq f.
“I’d have to pay at least RM40,000 to renew
the lease,” she said.
Section 3 residents association (RA) head
Shamsuddin Hassansaid he was “shocked”
upon receiving the news from Bukit Gasing
assemblyperson Edward Lee.
“When I told my residents this morning,
they told me to stop joking,” he said when met
at the RA ofce here in Section 3, Old Town.
Te 61-year-old retiree said the residents
had bought all the daily newspapers in order to con-
frm the announcement.
He pointed out that many of the houses, some of
them the oldest here in Petaling Jaya, have their leases
expiring within 10 years.
Shamsuddin said it would have cost some of the
residents between RM40,000 and RM50,000 to renew
their leases.
“We are not earning very much, and many of us are
pensioners,” he pointed out.
He said he would be accompanying the residents
as soon as possible to the Land Ofce to take full use
of the state’s initiative.
“On behalf of the residents here in Section 3, I
want  to say thank you very much to the state admin-
istration,” he concluded.
Pragas (top) said more citizens will want to own
residential property while Siti Hanim said she
can now renew her lease.
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Transformers live
 
Fans of the movie Transformers are in for a treat as
a meet-and-greet session with its characters will be
held during the school holidays. Popular Autobots
and Decepticons like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee,
Ironhide, Sideswipe and many more will appear at
The Curve in Mutiara Damansara. The sessions will
be from noon to 1pm on Sunday (June 5) and from
2pm to 5pm on June 10. They will be held ahead of
the screening of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
A Transformers Speed challenge will be held with
special edition Autobots to be given out as prizes. For
details, call The Curve customer care at 03-77106868
or visit www.thecurve.com.my.
Pet-grooming talk

A pet-grooming talk will be held on June 12 from
8.30am to noon. Yuri Professional Grooming Training
Centre founder Yuri Lim will speak about household
pet cleanliness besides educating the public on
basic grooming skills. The talk will be held at Teratai
assemblyperson Jenice Lee’s service centre on Jalan
Bunga Tanjung 10, Ampang. Admission fee is RM20. All
proceeds will go to non-governmental organisations.
For more information, call 012-2669639.

Fashion design show
The Textile and Fashion Design Diploma Show
2011 featuring selected artworks by students of the
Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) will be held from June
11 to July 7 at the MIA Art Gallery on Jalan Bandar 11
in Taman Melawati. The gallery is open from Mondays
to Fridays from 11am to 5pm and on Saturdays from
11am to 1pm. Admission is free. For more details, call
MIA at 03-41088100 or visit www.mia.edu.my.
Cyberjaya cycling race
The frst Cyberjaya Green Ride will traverse the city’s
streets with 10 different categories for cyclists of
all ages on June 18 from 8am to 6pm. More than
RM14,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs. The race
will start at the Kelab Komuniti Taman Tasik Cyberjaya,
off Persiaran Semarak Api. For more information, call
Elli at 017-3346469 or Nuraihana at 012-6794565.
Email them at ellie@cyberview.com.my and nuraihana.
ramlan@totalsportsasia.com.

Hats off to record seekers
An attempt to break a record in the Malaysia Book of
Records by having the largest number of people to
walk in fancy hats will he held on June 11. The attempt,
organised by the Junior Chamber International Petaling
Jaya (JCI PJ), will be held from 4pm to 11pm at I-City,
Shah Alam. A registration fee of RM25 will go to the JCI
PJ leukemia fund. Register at jcipjfancyhats@gmail.
com or call 019-3197383 or 012-3995495.

USJ Family Day
The second USJ Family Day will be held on June 11
from 5pm to 10pm at the Subang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPSJ) feld in USJ 5. The event is expected to
attract about 100,000 residents from USJ2 to USJ15.
The attractions include goodie bags for the frst 500
visitors. There will also be a lucky draw every hour with
laptops and mobile phones up for grabs. Remember
to register before 7pm to be eligible for the lucky draw!

Dumpling-making contest
A “bak chang”, or dumpling-making, competition and
a children’s colouring contest will be held at the Bukit
Tinggi 2 Burger King (Jakes Stations) tomorrow (June
4). The competitions will run from 10am to 12.30pm.
Food will be served. For registration, call 03-33232122,
012-2113003 or 012-2339544.

Video-shooting workshop
A video-shooting-technique workshop will be held on
June 17, 18 and 19 at Klang MP Charles Santiago’s
offce. Organised by his offce in collaboration with
Malaysiakini, the workshop will be held from 10am to
5pm. Registration fee is RM100 for all three days. For
details, call Revathy at 03-33232122.
port klang: A new community li-
brary has been launched in the Seri Perantau
fats here to make it easier for residents to
start reading.  
Te library was launched by Dr Halimah
Ali together with Selangor Public Library
Corporation (PPAS) director Mastura Mo-
hammad on Tuesday.
“Te theme of the library is ‘Your Li-
brary is Your Second Home’, and I want the
residents to take advantage of the library
which is in such close vicinity to their
units,” said Halimah.
Te executive councillor for education
hopes the youths and children will use the
library and its facilities to conduct research
or to complete their schoolwork.
She said the library is part of the measures
SHaH alaM: Te Sultan of Selan-
gor’s mother, Raja Saidatul Ihsan Teng-
ku Badar Shah, was laid to rest at the
Shah Alam Royal Mausoleum at 3pm
on Tuesday. 
Te frst wife and cousin of the late
Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin
Abdul Aziz Shah, died at the age of 88
on Tuesday at the Ampang Puteri Hos-
pital.
Her body was then taken to Istana
Alam Shah in Klang for mourners to pay
their last respects.
Among those who paid their respects
were Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibra-
him, state executive councillors and
political leaders.
Special prayers were also held at the
newly opened Masjid Istana Sultan
Alam Shah.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has
requested for fags in the state to be fown
at half-mast and members of the Selan-
gor royalty to mourn for a week. 
By Brenda Ch’ng
klang: Discrepancies in the
awarding of contracts worth RM1.8
million have led the municipal coun-
cil to order an internal audit on its
Engineering Department.
Between January and April this
year, more then 90 projects costing
RM20,000 or less each were awarded
to Klang Municipal Council (MPK)
contractors for drainage and road
repairs without approval.
“I was shocked when I saw that
RM1.8 million was used for projects
which I didn’t even know about in
the past four months,” said council-
lor Lim Lip Suan.
The MPK’s finance oversight
committee member discovered dis-
crepancies from internal records that
showed the money had been spent
between January and April.
Lim said all proposals for small
projects must be disclosed to the re-
spective councillors.
However, Lim and his fellow-
councillor’s eforts to get the depart-
ment to justify their expenses have
failed because officials say the ex-
penditure is “confdential”.
“I have the right to see what pro-
jects have been approved, but I can’t
believe we were all turned down,”
said Lim.
On Tuesday, Lim proposed that
internal auditors check on the depart-
ment’s expenditure and records of the
council’s full board meeting.
The move was approved unani-
mously, and the results of the report
will be tabled at the full board upon
completion of the audit. 
Lim pointed out that the council-
lors were  unhappy that the huge
amount was spent by the engineering
department without consulting them. 
He added that the huge expendi-
ture could result in more urgent pro-
jects in Klang having to be put on
hold due to budget constraints.
Audit ordered on
irregular spending
Community
library for fats
Yang di-Pertuan
Agong Tuanku
Mizan Zainal Abidin,
Sultan Sharafud-
din Idris Shah and
Raja Muda Perak Dr
Nazrin Shah paying
their last respects
to the mother of the
Sultan of Selangor,
Raja Saidatul Ihsan
Tengku Badar Shah,
on Tuesday.
Sultan’s mother laid to rest
the state is taking to promote Selangor
as an educational and informative hub.
Halimah pointed out that knowl-
edge is an asset that must be acquired
by youths if they aspire to become
better leaders of tomorrow.
Te library is fully equipped with
free wi-f services, computers, a reading
room, and educational activity sets for
children.
Te community library is set up
right beside the Generasi Idaman Sel-
angor centre, which is set up to handle
social problems among youths.
Dr Halimah
(third from
right) with
residents at
the opening
of the library.
EvEnts
5 JUNE 3 — 5, 2011
NEWS
By Basil Foo
PUCHONG: Frequent burglaries are caus-
ing alarm among Taman Puchong Utama
Phase 3 residents who want an increased po-
lice presence. 
“Our area has had one to two break-ins a
month since late last year. We are also afraid
of being harmed as the robbers carry parangs,”
said T Selvam.
Te 47-year-old, who has been living in the
housing estate for the past fve years, had his
home broken into on Dec 27.
He lost jewellery, a television set, cameras,
and other portable electronic devices during
the home invasion by four men who climbed
over the walls of his home.
“We found footprints on the walls outside
my house where they climbed in. Tey lef two
parangs on my bed. I sent them to the police
station, but the fngerprints couldn’t be iden-
tifed,” he said.
He has since installed metal spikes on the
top of his walls to prevent further intrusion
into his home.
Selvam blamed the increase in crime to the
many entrances into the residential area, with
several main roads and small paths leading
from a neighbouring industrial park.
Reverend Rani Phillip, who manages a
home for underprivileged, abused, and or-
phaned children in the area, also expressed
worry at the recent crime spree.
“We sometimes see fully tinted cars with
three or four men driving slowly around the
area as if looking for potential targets,” said
the home supervisor. 
She said while the home has not been
robbed, it was risky for her children to walk
to the nearby school or to an adjacent feld for
activities.
Manager M Devaraj had his house broken
into on May 2, when four men with parangs
entered his home and tied up his wife and
children.
“I rushed home afer receiving a call that
my house has been robbed at about 10pm. I
lost laptops, cash, and jewellery,” said the
54-year-old.
He said they seldom see police patrol cars
in the area, and hoped the relevant authorities
would look into the matter quickly to avoid
further crime.
Surau chairperson Sulaiman Yusof also
aired his complaints about cars parked along
roads in the residential area that have been
stolen or had their tyres removed. 
“Tere was a fencing previously set up to
block the access of small walkways leading
from the nearby industrial area. It has since
been cut down by unknown individuals with
wire cutters,” he said.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who
visited the area last Saturday, suggested that
residents hold a dialogue with the police and
local council.
“We will set a date for a Saturday evening or
night afer the school holidays so that most of
the residents here will be able to make it,” he said.
He reassured residents that he would con-
tact the authorities to attend the meeting,
which he hoped would address the problem.
Crime woes in Puchong
Selvam showing Gobind the spot where he suspects the robbers climbed in.
By Brenda Ch’ng
PETALING JAYA: Tiger Beer and Sin
Chew Daily are aiming to break the RM200
million mark in their 18th year of fundraising
with the Chinese Education Charity Concert
(CECC). 
CECC has so far successfully raised more
than RM189 million through charity con-
certs held in schools across Malaysia.
Tis partnership between Tiger Beer and
Sin Chew Daily was initiated in 1994 to f-
nancially help with the development of
Chinese schools.
“All proceeds helped fund additional class-
rooms, computer labs and indoor sports halls
for schools,” said Yap Swee Leng, marketing
director of Guinness Anchor Berhad.
Yap said that over the years, the funds
raised have benefted 361Chinese primary
and 80 Chinese secondary schools through-
out the country.
Te fundraiser concerts are done at various
schools, and tickets are sold by respective
schools directly to the community. 
Ticket prices vary from school to school
and are regulated by their principals.
Te cost of organising, getting the artists
and managing publicity are  fully sponsored
by Tiger Beer.
Sin Chew Daily is the event’s official
media partner.
These concerts showcase performances
by local budding artists and are held on
weekends.
Yap said the charity concerts also serve as
a platform for local artists to showcase their
talents and kickstart their musical careers.
Since the charity concerts are done on a
wide scale across the country, it is broken
up into four phases.
The first phase for 2011 was launched
on May 18 by Minister of Housing and
Local Government Datuk Wira Chor Chee
Heung. The second phase will be launched
this month. 
Tese two phases will showcase 11 difer-
ent concert performances in 11 different
schools.
Te third and fourth phases will begin in
October and November with a total of 20
more performances in other schools. 
Education fund aims to top
RM200 million
By Gan Pei Ling
 
SUBANG JAYA: Residents and
members of the SS17 fre station
came together in good spirits to
clean and repaint fre hydrants in
USJ 2 last Saturday morning.
Several residents also signed
up on the spot to “adopt” the fire
hydrants in front of their houses.
“Te residents just need to make
sure the hydrants are in good con-
dition and alert us if they are
faulty,” said SS17 fre station chief
Deputy Superintendent Khairi
Daud.
Khairi, who was transferred from
Alor Gajah to Subang Jaya recently,
said it is crucial to ensure that the
fre hydrants are in working condi-
tion to prevent any delay in the
event of a fre.
“Timing is everything in fire-
fighting,” said Khairi, adding that
sometimes unaware residents may
plant trees or flowers next to a
hydrant, blocking firefighters’ ac-
cess to it.
He sai d there are 108 fire
hydrants in USJ 2 and over 5,000 in
Subang Jaya.
The Fire and Rescue Department
(Bomba) aims to service all fire hydrants
in Subang Jaya by the end of the year.
Last Saturday’s event was jointly organ-
ised by the SS17 fre station and Rukun
Tetangga USJ 2 and USJ 6, and was launched
by local councillor R Rajiv.
Around 15 students from SMK Seaf-
ield’s Fire and Rescue Cadets volunteered
and helped the residents and Bomba
members. 
The event was sponsored by the Subang
Jaya Municipal Council and Subang Av-
enue.
Other community groups interested in
organising similar joint initiatives with the
Bomba are welcome to contact the SS17 fre
station at 03-56349444.
Community helps
Bomba give hydrants
a makeover
USJ 2 resident Ramli Chik adopts the fre hydrant
in front of his house and submits the form to a
frefghter.
(From left) Koo
Cheng, executive
director of Sin
Chew Media
Corporation
Berhad, Chor
and Yap.
6 June 3 — 5, 2011
News
From left: Telok Datok assemblyperson Philip Tan and Dr Xavier Jayakumar offciating the Caring Government housing scheme in
Kampung Bukit Perah in Banting last Friday.
RM6.5b water bailout criticised
By Gan Pei Ling
 
SHAH ALAM: Several parties have
criticised the federal government’s move to
bail out the four troubled water companies in
Selangor.
“If this is not a bailout, what is it?” As-
sociation of Water and Energy Research
Malaysia (Awer) president S Piarapakaran
asked.
Putrajaya has ofered RM6.5 billion to
take over the water concessionaires’ down-
graded bonds, but Energy, Green Technol-
ogy and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter
Chin denied it was a bailout.
Piarapakaran pointed out that the conces-
sionaires are not required to relinquish their
stakes despite defaulting on their bonds.
“[We understand that the bailout is being
done to] prevent deterioration of market
confdence, but the concession agreement
should be made null and void at the end of
the deal,” said the engineer.
He said Putrajaya should have seized the
opportunity to take control of the four com-
panies and work together with Selangor to
complete the state’s water-restructuring ex-
ercise that has been in a deadlock since 2008.
The four troubled concessionaires are
water distribution company Syarikat Bekalan
Air Selangor (Syabas) and water treatment
companies Puncak Niaga, Syarikat Pengelu-
aran Air Sungai Selangor (Splash) and Kon-
sortium Abass.
Piarapakaran also questioned the federal
government’s move to set up a new special
purpose vehicle called Acqua SPV Bhd to
take over the bonds when Pengurusan Aset
Air Bhd (PAAB) could have done so itself.
“[Tis] will incur additional costs unnec-
essarily,” said Piarapakaran.
Meanwhile, Selangor Water Review
Panel member Tony Pua said the RM6.5
billion ofer is 73% higher than the bonds’
market value, describing it as “outrageous
and an abuse of taxpayers’ money”.
He urged the federal government to be
transparent about the bailout.
Pua said the bailout efectively killed of
the Selangor government’s remaining hope
of striking a deal to take over these compa-
nies.
Selangor had made a third ofer to take
over these companies and their debts at
RM6.3 billion.
“[Had] no bailout been ofered, the com-
panies would have no choice but to negotiate
the terms of restructuring with Selangor or
other parties which have ofered to acquire
their businesses and assets,” he said in a state-
ment on May 28.
Pua said there is no longer any urgency for
the companies to agree to any form of re-
structuring as they are relieved of their cash
fow problems, adding that they now have
the upper hand at the negotiating table.
“[Tis] is clearly a loss for the people of
Selangor, for they have lost an opportunity
for the privatised water industry to be re-
structured to ensure quality water is pro-
vided at the lowest possible prices,” said the
member of Parliament.
Dr Xavier
handing over a
mock key to a
resident during
the handing over
ceremony.
By Brenda Ch’ng
 
KLANG: The municipality
has earmarked 20 trees, some
as old as 70 years, in the Royal
Town which will be preserved
and protected.
These “heri tage trees”,
worth an estimated RM5 mil-
lion, will soon be gazetted by
the Klang Municipal Council
(MPK).
“These trees are historical
l andmarks and shoul d be
saved,” said MPK deputy pres-
ident Mohd Ikhsan Mukri,
who added that he wanted to
see a greener town. 
The move to gazette the
trees was tabled by MPK’s Parks
and Recreational Department
during the council’s full board
meeting on Tuesday. 
The motion was unani-
mously approved. 
Mohd Ikhsan added that
he  would not be surprised if
there are many more trees that
are older and are worth pro-
tecting.
According to Mohd Ikhsan,
the 20 heritage trees are lo-
cated in Taman Bandar Di-
Raja Klang (12), MPK (5) and
Taman Seratus (3).
Tey are valued by MPK’s Tree
Doctors at between RM440,000
and RM200,000  based on spe-
cies, uniqueness, physique and
age.
A 70-year-ol d rain tree
i n  Taman Bandar Di Raj a
Kl ang has been val ued at
RM440,000.
MPK
identifes
heritage
trees
to be
preserved
By Alvin Yap
 
KLANG: Six Orang Asli families at Kampung
Bukit Perah in Banting received keys to their new
homes under the Caring Government housing
scheme.
State executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar,
who handed over the keys, later went on a walking
tour of the housing scheme.
Te houses built on Orang Asli reserve land cost
RM30,000 per unit and was paid for by state gov-
ernment-linked companies.
Dr Xavier, who holds the caring government
position, was accompanied by Kuala Langat Land
Ofcer Datuk Asmawi Kasbi, assemblyperson for
Sikangjang Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, and Telok Da-
tok assemblyperson Philip Tan Chong Swee.
Tey were also accompanied by ofcers from the
state civil service.
Orang Asli families get keys to new homes
7 JUNE 3 — 5, 2011
NEWS
By Brenda Ch’ng
KLANG: Te spiralling costs of living, com-
pounded by an increase in electricity tarifs from
Wednesday, have led the Klang Member of
Parliament to cynically describe the month as
“Super June”.  
“Today, June 1, is also known as Super June
because everything is increasing except wages.
How is that even acceptable in today’s day and
age?” asked Charles Santiago.
Electricity prices have risen at an average of
7.1% this month.
Santiago is urging both the state and federal
governments to work with hypermarkets and
subsidise daily essentials.
He also wants direct cash handouts or vouchers
to be given directly to the poor 
Santiago also reiterated his earlier call to Putra-
jaya to  implement a minimum wage policy of
RM1,500 to RM,2000 without further delay.
“Something has to be done now. Te people
can’t wait any longer, especially with the expected
rise in infation [this month],” he said.
He said apart from power tarifs, the price of
natural gas would also rise by RM3 per million
metric BTU every six months until it reaches the
market level.
In addition, the Association of Malaysian
Hauliers will raise its haulage tariff guidelines
by 20%.
Tese tarif hikes will not help trim the growing
subsidy bill and reduce the budget defcit as an-
nounced by the
government, but
instead add more
burden on the peo-
ple, Santiago said.
He pointed out
that the billions
of ringgit which
Putraj aya subsi -
dies Independent
Power Producers
(IPPs) would re-
sult in 5.49 mil-
l ion househol ds
paying more once
suppliers and food manufacturers pass on the
burden of the increased tariffs to the public.
“Food prices [in the country] have gone up
more than twice the rate of global food prices in
the frst four months of 2011,” said Santiago.
He said there was an increase of 40-60% in
food prices between September 2010 and April
this year. 
However, while prices have gone up, wages have
stagnated for the past decade, with only an increase
of 2.6% between 2000 and 2010.
Santiago said daily necessities are expected to
have a drastic increase of 70-80%.
“Tis is not fair because the government should
be subsidising the public, not the IPPs and [Sel-
angor] water bond holders,” said Santiago.
“Tis increase [in prices] will continue to push
thousands into poverty,” he said.
Of infation, power
tariffs and ‘Super June’
Charles Santiago
Tariff hikes unfair
to Malaysians
THE federal government’s decision to
pass the burden of the increased gas
prices from Tenaga Nasional Bhd and
Independent Power Producers (IPPs)
to Malaysian consumers is an abdication
of its responsibility to the people. 
Te cause of the increased in the
tarif, which is about 7% higher from
this month and increased every six
months until 2015, is due to the gov-
ernment’s unwillingness to review the
grossly unfair contracts entered into by
the government with the IPPs, and the
manifestly improper long-term gas
supply agreements between Petronas
and the IPPs.
Te unfair power purchase agree-
ments require TNB to purchase all
electricity produced by the IPPs, regard-
less of TNB’s requirements, and at a cost
that is more expensive than the power
produced by TNB itself. 
As a result, TNB pays the IPPs a
capacity charge, which is payment for
power produced by the IPPs and not
required by TNB.  There is a 40%
excess capacity, for which TNB has
been paying capacity charges to the
IPPs since 1993. 
Under the gas supply agreements, the
IPPs purchased gas from Petronas at the
price of RM6.40 per Million Metric
British Termal unit (MMBtu), when
the production cost was RM15 per
MMBtu. Tis was reviewed in 2009 to
RM10.70 per MMBtu. It is now in-
creased by RM3 to RM13.70 per
MMBtu.
The government has agreed with
TNB and the power companies for the
increased cost of gas to be passed
through to the consumers.
By reason of the grossly unfair
power purchase agreements and the
highly improper use of Petronas to
sell its gas production below cost to
the IPPs, the IPPs have been making
super profits since 1993.
In 2008, the Barisan Nasional
government backed down from re-
viewing these unfair contracts, and
also surrendered to the IPPs’ demand
by not proceeding with the imposi-
tion of windfall taxes in 2008. 
In backing down from the review
of the unfair contracts and not pro-
ceeding with the windfall tax, the
Barisan Nasional government has
therefore chosen to protect the prof-
its of the IPPs over the people. 
I call upon the government to im-
mediately declassify and make public
the power purchase agreements and
the gas supply agreements.  The pub-
lic has a right to know the terms of
these agreements and to take action
to correct the wrongs.
William Leong
Member of Parliament Selayang
8 June 3 — 5, 2011
News
Breaking racial barriers
through football
By Basil Foo
SUBANG JAYA: A  football league, organised by parents
wanting to spend quality time with their children, is success-
fully breaking racial barriers on and of the pitch.
“Tis is a brilliant experience in bringing together children
and their parents to mingle in a multiracial environment,”
said Desmond Teh, who coaches Team Rhino, one of 24 teams.
Teh said the Subang Jaya Community Youth Football League
was a  good experience for his two
sons, aged 10 and 13 years old.
He  described the tournament,
which has been held for the past 11
years, as  the best refection of Ma-
laysia and the kind of environment
that Teh himself grew up in.
“If you talk about unity, this is
where it begins,” said the 47-year-
old general manager, who took over
coaching duties of his team at the
start of this year. 
“When this idea was mooted,
we wanted to do something for the
kids, to spend time with them over
the weekend,” expl ai ned the
league’s coordinator, Dr Mohd
Nazir Abu Bakar.
He said the tournament had
moved beyond football into an en-
deavour that built community
spirit among participants.
Parents and children from vari-
ous races and localities have taken
part in the tournament over the
years, with many having volunteered
to help out.
Apart from six parents who are
in the committee, there are others
who help with refereeing, photog-
raphy, becoming team managers and
other responsibilities, Mohd Nazir
said.
Te children’s football divisions
are made up of the Junior League
(Under 8), Major League (Under
10), Senior League (Under 12) and
Premier League (Under 14).
Tis year’s tournament saw the
biggest turnout in its history, with
265 children from 24 football teams
playing in four divisions.
Mohd Nazir, whose 13-year-old
son has been playing in the tourna-
on May 28 and 29, and culminated
in the fnals last Sunday, ending this
year’s tournament season which
began in January.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh
Deo, who attended the tournament
on Saturday morning, said sports
events like these were important to
bring together various communities.
“Children have to be brought
together at an early stage. The
friends I had when I was young re-
main my close friends to this day,”
he said.
Khalid
New environment-friendly bins for Klang
By Brenda Ch’ng
KLANG: New metal rubbish bins
that can be drilled directly into the
ground will be used by the munici-
pality to encourage the public to keep
the town clean.
The Klang Municipal Council
(MPK) said the new receptacles would
replace the smart bins, which cost the
council RM100,000 annually but were
found to be inefective because of its
small size.
The  new enviro bins, which are
produced by MPK from 50% recycled
metal, only cost RM90 each.
“Our aim is to provide [environ-
mentally friendly] rubbish bins for
the public, and at the same time re-
duce costs,” said Wan Mohd Sofian
Wan Husain.
The MPK environment director
said the annual budget for bins is now
only RM25,000.
A total of 250 bins will be placed in
busy areas in Klang Utara and Selatan,
Bukit Tinggi and Bandar Baru Klang.
He said 90% of 100 shop owners like
the huge bins, which are placed near
their shops.
Te bin’s large opening easily allows
rubbish of all sizes to be thrown in. 
Te 10kg bin comes in three difer-
ent colours – silver, blue and orange.
The enviro bin was launched at
MPK’s full board meeting on Tuesday.
Distinguished Police competition
SHAH ALAM: Te Distinguished
Police-My Vision competition is
being held to promote better rela-
tions between the ofcers in blue
and the public.
Te  public will stand a chance
to win cash prizes by writing on
their experiences with the police
and nominating personnel.
“The competition is open to
Shah Alam residents to write about
their experiences or qualities that
police personnel must have,” said
Khalid Samad.
Te Shah Alam MP said submis-
sions should be in an essay format
of not more than 1,500 words, and
can either be based on real experi-
ences or consist of fctional creative
writing.
Te essay entries, which can be
in Bahasa Malaysia or English, will
be judged based on writing style,
storyline, and overall message.
“Participants can write as many
essays about [as many] different
experiences as they want, as long as
they submit their entries by July
31,” he said.
Khalid, who spoke during a
press conference on June 1, said the
stories should be of good conduct
and exceptional treatment received
by the participants.
“Tis is to counter recent nega-
tive reports on police personnel
with bad conduct with stories of
those who did good jobs without
acknowledgement,” he explained.
The prizes for both language
categories include RM1,000 for
frst place, RM750 for second, and
RM500 for third.
Tose who have received good
service from any Shah Alam police
ofcer can also nominate him or
her for the Distinguished Police
Award.
“These nominations must be
reports of true experiences of excel-
lent service by a police officer,”
Khalid said.
In nominating their selected
police ofcer, participants are al-
lowed to write on diferent experi-
ences in multiple reports.
Families of police personnel are
not eligible to participate.
A RM2,500 cash prize comes
with the award presented to the
frst-placed police ofcer, while the
participant who submitted the re-
port will receive RM500.
The second- and third-placed
police ofcers will receive RM1,500
and RM1,000, while the two par-
ticipants will receive RM350 and
RM150 for their reports respec-
tively.
Entry forms and other contest
guidelines can be found at www.
khalidsamad.com. Participants can
also get more information by call-
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ment for seven years, said the league
was assisted by the local council and
the developer for the area.
“Te tournament is always held
at the USJ 4 school field, which
Sime Darby has renovated and the
Subang Jaya Municipal Council is
maintaining monthly,” said Mohd
Nazir.
Te knockout matches were held
Wan Mohd presenting the enviro bins.
One of the children’s football team tents.
Parents helping with refereeing during
their children’s football tournament.
Petition over delayed
Shah Alam hospital
By Basil Foo
SHAH ALAM: Khalid Samad is
launching a petition to get residents
in this city to express their disap-
pointment over the delay in the
construction of the Shah Alam
Hospital.
“Currently people seeking aford-
able medical treatment have to
travel to Klang,” said the Shah Alam
Member of Parliament.
Khalid pointed out that there are
no public hospitals in Shah Alam, a
major inconvenience especially for
residents who need emergency
medical attention.
The project was halted in the
middle of last year due to legal prob-
lems.
Legal suits between the main
contractor and its subcontractors
caused the project’s completion to
be rescheduled to November last
year, and again to this month.
The project was awarded to a
company in 2007 via direct nego-
tiations for RM482 million, and was
slated for completion last August.
“Should the project face further
delays again, the hospital might be
completed only by the end of 2014,”
said Khalid.
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ JUNE 3 – 5,2010 ⁄ 9
news
By Chong Loo Wah
 
AMPANG: Developers who
fail  to monitor and  maintain
their hill slopes and food miti-
gation ponds here will face up
to RM250,000 in fnes.
Te Ampang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPAJ) said  two
warnings have already been is-
sue to developers and land
owners of risk-prone hills afer
heavy rains last month.
“We’ve identified and are
focusing on fve sensitive areas,
[namel y] Kampung Baru
Cheras, Kampung Bukit Se-
puteh, Kampung Ampang In-
dah, Kampung Datuk Mutif
and Kampung Kemensah,”
said Datuk Mohammad Yacob.
Te MPAJ president, speak-
ing afer the council’s full board
meeting on Monday, said all
fve sites are located on agricul-
tural land. 
He said the council will be
conducting a survey on the ar-
eas to ensure there are no land-
slides or problems of soil ero-
sion.
Mohammad Yacob said
MPAJ has its own hill slope unit
under the engineering depart-
ment, which has been actively
monitoring over 600 slopes
within the municipality.
He said there are eight
members in the unit, and the
members work together with
other local departments to
supervise hill slopes and repair
them swifly if soil erosion is
detected.
Te local council received 35
landslide-related complaints
l a s t mont h a nd s p e nt
RM300,000 in repair costs.
According to Mohammad
Yacob, the majority of slopes are
private properties, with fewer
than 10 belonging to the state.
As private hill slopes are re-
ally the responsibility of their
respective developers or land-
owners, the local council ex-
pects them to cover the cost for
repair.
Mohammad Yacob also said
the Public Works Department
has yet to inform MPAJ of 39
residential areas they have iden-
tifed that are located in land-
slide-prone regions. 
He said any development on
Class 3 slopes must be approved
by a state-level committee.
Since the implementation of
Selangor’s hill slope develop-
ment guidelines, four out of six
development projects on Class
3 slopes have been approved,
while the remaining two are still
being reviewed.
Slopes can be divided into
four classes: Class 1 for slopes
below 15 degrees, Class 2 be-
tween 15 and 25 degrees, Class
3 between 25 and 35, and Class
4 above 35 degrees.
Development is totally for-
bidden on Class 4 slopes as they
are classified as environmen-
tally sensitive areas.
Hefty fne for
apathetic developers
By Basil Foo
SHAH ALAM: Te upcom-
ing MTV World Stage con-
cert, slated to be held at I-City
on July 24, has been given the
go-ahead, albeit with certain
rules in place.
“Approvals for the concert
were given early last year. To
me, there is no problem with
the event although they must
observe some restrictions,” said
Khalid Ibrahim.
The Menteri Besar, who
spoke to reporters afer chair-
ing the weekly state executive
council meeting, said restric-
tions include ending the event
before midnight, observing
decent dress codes and ensur-
ing minimum noise levels.
Te concert, organised by
I-City, has been criticised by
Pas lawmaker Khalid Samad
for its potential to cause traf-
fc congestion and noise pol-
lution.
“Te entrance roads at the
technology park pass through
housing areas which will in-
convenience residents during
large events,” said the Shah
Alam Member of Parliament.
He said the area is not suit-
ed for big events as it is an
MSC (Multimedia Super Cor-
ridor) entity whose purpose is
for technology expansion.
“If the concert is held
[there], an overfow of trafc
will occur from I-City all the
way out to the Federal High-
way,” he said.
Khalid, during a meeting at
his ofce on Wednesday ( June
1), claimed that massive trafc
jams were caused by previous
events.
He said he would have no
problem with the concert if it
was held in stadiums that are
equipped to handle big crowds.
“The concert should in-
stead be held at larger venues
like the Bukit Jalil stadium,” he
said, adding that a petition
would be launched against the
concert.
When contacted, I-City
did not respond.
Concert to go on as planned
By Brenda Ch’ng
SUBANG JAYA: Subang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPSJ) ofcially welcomed the arrival
of their new president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi on
Wednesday June 1.
Te newly appointed president paid a visit to
all the departments in MPSJ on Wednesday to
greet all staf, and at the same time familiarise
himself with the building.
Asmawi has been working with the govern-
ment for 30 years. Te frst half of that period was
with the federal government, and the other half
with the state government.
His latest position as the Kuala Langat Dis-
trict Land ofcer ended in May afer he was
appointed president of MPSJ.
Asmawi had held the previous position since
2005.
Tough he already
clocked in for duty at
8am on Wednesday, he
is still waiting for his
swearing-in date to be
announced.
Meanwhile, council
acting president Ab-
dullah Marjunid re-
sumed hi s post as
council deputy presi-
dent as of June 1.
Marjunid stepped
in to be acting president afer former president
Datuk Adnan Md Ikshan was promoted as the
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing deputy
secretary-general in February.
Asmawi will step in to replace Adnan, who had
served as MPSJ president since 2006.
New MPSJ president clocks in
Datuk Asmawi Kasbi
Khalid Samad
10 June 3 — 5, 2011
news
By Gan Pei Ling
 
SHAH ALAM: Various religious
leaders were united in their call for
peace and respect among their fol-
lowers of diferent faiths in a dinner
gathering last Saturday night.
“We must reject any form of
manipulation and exploitation of
religion [by unscrupulous people]
for their own personal gains,” said
Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, who is the
president of Southeast Asian Inter-
faith Networking for Peace.
The Parit Buntar Member of
Parliament called on Malaysians to
respect each other regardless of re-
ligion, so that everyone can live to-
gether peacefully.
The message comes at a time
when interfaith relations in this na-
tion have been strained by several
incidents in the past few years, in-
cluding the 2009 cow-head protest
and Molotov cocktails attack on
churches over the use of the word
“Allah” by non-Muslims.
Recently, a Malay daily also
published unfounded allegations
by two bloggers that certain par-
ties were plotting to change the
religion of the federation from
Islam to Christianity.
Mujahid’s call for peace was
echoed by another Muslim aca-
demic, Prof Sharil Harahap from
Indonesia.
“Islam and other religions [have
always] emphasised the impor-
tance of [cultivating] peaceful in-
terfaith relationships among vari-
ous religious communities,” said
Sharil at the dinner at Quality
Hotel, Shah Alam.
The Al-Washliyah University
rector also cited the city of Madinah
during Prophet Mohamad’s time as
a perfect model of harmonious liv-
ing among diferent religious com-
munities.
Malaysian Council of Churches
general secretary Reverend Dr Her-
men Shastri noted that some people
are frightened to interact with people
of diferent faiths as a result of the
narrowing of space, and the wrong
ideas of religions and stereotypes that
are being perpetuated.
“Good interfaith relations can
only be sustained if we are willing to
look inward and accept every other
person as a human being. Respect,
love and treat each other with com-
passion,” said Shastri.
He added that it is crucial to cre-
ate safe spaces for inter-religious
dialogues and for Malaysians to
share their lives.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam Selan-
gor chairperson Ganesh Babu Rao
also called on Malaysians of diverse
religious backgrounds to focus on
the similarities among Malaysians,
rather than the diferences.
Malaysian Consultative Council
of Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu,
Sikh and Tao honorary secretary
Prematilaka Serisena also reminded
the 150 attendees to stand united as
Malaysians regardless of faith.
Prematilaka cited memorable
quotes from first Prime Minister
Tunku Abdul Rahman, who stated
his wish to see a diverse yet united
Malaysia.
Te interfaith dinner was organ-
ised by the Selangor government.
Executive councillors Dr Halimah
Ali, Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Ron-
nie Liu were present.
Halimah concluded the night by
expressing the state’s wish to
strengthen inter-religious relation-
ships among diferent communities
in Selangor.
“We hope Selangor can be-
come a model for other states,”
she said.
Religious leaders: Ignore
provocation, stand united
Over 150 Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims attended the interfaith dinner organised
by the state in Shah Alam last Saturday night.
By Alvin Yap
KLANG: A run for charity is being organised
by wealth planners who are setting out to make
a diference. 
The Admiral 5A Charity Run 2011 will
be held on July 31 at Stadium Padang Su-
laiman here, and aims to raise funds for two
organisations.
5A Lifestyle & Wealth Planner Sdn Bhd
executive director  Kho Chui Ing said pro-
ceeds will be channelled to the Handicapped
and Disabled Children’s Association of
Klang, and Beautiful Gate Foundation for
the Disabled.
Te inaugural race will fag of at 11am and
will see seven categories for the 10km and 6km
runs, according to age and gender. 
For the 10km run, the entry fee is RM30
and qualifying time is two hours. It is divided
into the Men’s Open (13 to 19), Men’s Vet-
eran (40 to 49), Men’s Senior Veteran (50 and
above), Women’s Open (13 to 34) and
Women’s Veteran (35 and above).
The 6km run entry fee is RM25, and
qualifying time is one hour. It is divided into
Men’s Open (10 and above) and Women’s
Open (10 and above).
Registration is open at all New Balance/
Admiral outlets at 1Utama, Sunway Pyramid,
Jusco Bukit Tinggi, Cheras Leisure Mall, IOI
Mall, and Te Gardens MidValley.
Participants can also register by calling SP
Wong (012-3101379), SH Teh (017-
3024882), Michelle Yong (017-5580212) or
Jensen Chong (010- 2424254).
Te closing date is 12 June or upon the
registration of 2,500 entries.
Top 10 winners will receive a pewter trophy
and other prizes. All runners who fnish the
race will also receive goody bags.
Also at the event was  Stream Enterprise
general manager Wei Chong Hwa, whose
company is providing the t-shirts for the run.
Running for charity
5A Lifestyle & Wealth Planner executive directors Tan Yan Kok (left) and Kho
(centre) announcing the run last Friday with Stream Enterprise general manager Wei.
By Basil Foo
SHAH ALAM: An avenue for voic-
ing out suggestions, hopes and discon-
tent has been made available with a
“mega book” which is open for con-
tributions by the general public.
Contributions to the book will be
managed by the Selangor Public Li-
brary Corporation (PPAS), which
welcomes the public to submit their
contributions in essay form.
“Te involvement of all levels of
society is encouraged, from commu-
nity leaders, working professionals
and labourers to government employ-
ees,” said Dr Halimah Ali.
The state executive councillor, whose
portfolio includes education, said this pro-
gramme is part of an initiative to inculcate
a culture of knowledge in society.
“Professional or amateur writers like
novelists, freelance writers, columnists and
bloggers are expected to be the main con-
tributors to the book,” said Halimah.
Tis programme is meant to coincide
with the second annual Selangor Knowl-
edge Day organised by PPAS, which will be
held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre
(SACC) on June 26.
Other programmes include a state-wide
15-minute “reading break” planned from
10.45am to 11am on that day.
“All Selangor residents are encouraged to
stop wherever they are and pick up a book to
read on the appointed time and date,” she said.
Halimah, who spoke to the press at a
meeting last Tursday (May 26), said this
was to inculcate a culture of reading in both
the old and young.
On the same day, a writer’s forum will
also be held, bringing together prominent
authors and aspiring writers to develop the
nation’s writing industry.
“We plan to tap the talent of young writ-
ers, give them advice on the writing industry,
and address the perception that writing is
not a proftable career choice,” said Sarwani
Abdul Jalal.
The PPAS Research and Information
Services Department head said both aspects
of writing and reading should be equally
focused on to develop a generation of young
intellectuals.
Running concurrently with these pro-
grammes is the Selangor Book Fest, which
will be held at the convention centre from
June 24 to July 3.
An open book for public
views
Dr Halimah Ali cutting the ribbon to launch
the Selangor Book Fest. Looking on are PPAS
director Mastura Muhamad and SACC chief
executive offcer Datuk Zulkifi Mohamad.
11 JUNE 3 — 5, 2011
VIEWS
D
ear Lord Bobo, what is a
presumption of innocence?
Is it truly applicable in
Malaysia? @christan_yh, via Twitter
THE presumption of in-
nocence is a fundamental legal
principle of criminal trials. This
simply means that you are presumed
innocent until you have been con-
victed in a court of law.
So from the moment you are ar-
rested by the police, right through
your trial and until the court hands
down a verdict of “guilty”, the law
assumes you are innocent of the
charge against you.
There are important repercus-
sions to this. For one, the police are
not supposed to treat you like a
criminal, i.e. someone who has al-
ready been found guilty of a crime
in court. Tey should not handcuf
you when you are brought to or are
in court. Bail should be readily
given and a lenient conditions set
(unless the ofence is so serious i.e.
murder, terrorism).
Even if you held in a lockup, you
should be given access to facilities,
as much and as reasonably as pos-
sible, as any normal citizen. To do
otherwise would be to punish you
before you have been found guilty.
To do those things is to infringe
against this presumption.
While the principle exists in
Malaysia as it does in any civilized
system of law, it sufers the same fate
as many fine legal principles and
government policies – a lack of ap-
plication, borne out of a lack of
appreciation of the principle itself.
A glaring example of this is
when you see people accused of a
crime being treated shabbily by
the police – handcufed, dressed
in crappy clothing, held frmly by
a big cop or surrounded by a few
police personnel, treated
roughly and then held in
lockup. Why should
you be treated this way
until and unless you
have been convicted of
a crime?
Te presumption principle very
strongly applies in Malaysia – the
presumption of guilt. You are
treated as a criminal simply because
you were caught by the police.
Such attitudes ofen lead to abuse of
suspects and witnesses.
It makes the job of a police inves-
tigator a hell of a lot easier to pre-
sume guilt; if a suspect is innocent,
they’d have to start from square one
and fnd someone else to bang up
for the crime.
Like all legal principles, there are
exceptions, and the Malaysian-style
presumption of guilt is the same. If
you’re a VIP or well-connected in-
dividual, then you are exempted
from the presumption of guilt.
If you’re unfortunate enough that
news of the allegations against you
have become known to the public
(damn those nosy independent
media folk!), you unfortunately will
have to be charged, and the charges
made public. But don’t worry, as
there is an endless stream of scandal
and hoopla in Bolehland, your mat-
ter will soon fall of the radar, and
the charges be wrapped up in old
nasi lemak wax paper and not be
heard of again.
Let’s not be too hard on the Ma-
laysian authorities. Tey are at the
forefront of investigative procedure,
and are responsible for cutting-edge
innovations. It’s not their fault that
their experiments sometimes go
awry. Te most recent innovation is
the presumption of fight. Out of
windows. Tey’re still working on
that one.
C
an I legally change my
r el i gi on t o Je di ? @
j unw3n, vi a Twi t t er
GREETINGS Young Padawan,
May the force be with you and
thank you for your timely and im-
portant question. His Supreme
Eminenceness is aware that the Jedi
religion is growing in popularity
worldwide, asserting itself through
organisations such as the Te Tem-
ple of the Jedi Order and Temple of
the Jedi Force.
In 2001, it was ofcially recog-
nized as a religion in the United
Kingdom. Ten years later, based on
your question, it seems to now be
making its way to Malaysian shores,
buzzing into people’s skulls and
spirits like the sound of a good ol’
lightsaber.
You obviously feel a strong need
to drop your old boring beliefs and
crank it up with one that is snazzier,
ambiguous and way cheaper than
Scientology. Tat’s totally under-
standable. Wandering around
town in a full hooded robe with a
lightsaber is way cool. You could
hire a midget and dress him up as
a boxy droid and call him 12FU to
accompany you.
Te Federal Constitution does
not limit the types of religions to
tether your faith to, unless it is
some deviant Muslim sect as clas-
sifed by the government. Article
11(1) clearly states that you have
the right to profess and practise
your religion.
If you are a Muslim, though,
propagating Islam is subject to
state law and federal law. That
means the government can only
regulate the religion of Islam, but
not other religions. Tey are free to
propagate their faith, unshackled
and untouched by the sticky tenta-
cles of some Jabatan or other crack
taskforce.
Luckily for you (and would-be
Jedis across the nation), there are
no laws that limit what “other
religions” are under the Federal
Constitution. There are also no
court decisions that have inter-
preted the phrase to pronounce
its scope.
Tis suggests that you can leave
your former religion and embrace
the spirit of Jediism and the ways of
Yoda. And if you do manage to start
up the Temple of the Jedi in the
Klang Valley somewhere, give us a
call – we’d love to learn the Jedi
mind trick.
Oh, hang on, you’re not a Muslim
are you? We assumed from your
Twitter profle picture that you’re
not. If you are, then sorry, your road
to Jedi-dom may be headed towards
a dead end. You’re likely to be la-
belled things like “traitor to your
race/religion”.
You may even be accused by a
certain prominent someone (he
doesn’t seem qualifed to be called a
“politician” – which says a lot) of
starting some sort of crusade, or
wanting to change Malaysia into a
Jedi nation, and you don’t wanna be
messin’ with that dude. Te Force
against the Farce, that would be
compelling.
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f l a t e , we ’ v e b e e n
inundated with talk about
withdrawal of subsidies
and subsequently the change in
the price of sugar, RON95, gas,
electricity, etc – some of which
has happened, and some of which
( f or what e ver e conomi c or
political reason) has not.
And of course, all this talk has
helped fuel the rakyat’s imagination
that something big is rolling our
way, in the form of the ever-loom-
ing 13th General Election.
Again, much about the date of
13GE is speculative, something
which only Datuk Seri Najib Razak
is privy to – or at least, that’s what
we’ve been made to understand. Yet
it seems impossible to talk about
changes happening around us right
now without recalling the days,
weeks, and months preceding the
12th General Election, and the re-
sultant mood or climate surround-
ing public sentiment.
I still remember the heated talk
of “ubah gaya hidup” back then –
particularly vivid is my recollection
of this YouTube video done by
Youth4Change which parodied the
BN administration’s sentiment that
when the going gets tough, the
rakyat gets changing (if petrol
prices skyrocket, just change from
a car to a motorbike, to a bicycle,
to...??).
Tis time round, the BN admin-
istration has been a bit more savvy
in laying the ground for potential
change in basic goods. For instance,
when it came to sugar, they foated
the “healthy lifestyle” and “anti-
diabetes” campaign. Very smart,
which kind of reveals that there are
sharp public relations operators
walking the hallways of Putrajaya
these days, and obviously sharper
(or more sensitive) than during the
times of the previous tenants of the
fourth foor.
But what about the petrol and
gas prices? Well, the “performance”
of Umno Youth in fghting to stay
the price of RON95 should sufce
to lower any temporary negative
public sentiments. “At least some-
one spoke up for us” might be the
perceived public’s response.
In any case, there are no changes
in these prices for now at least, even
if the total amount spent on subsi-
dies balloons to somewhere closer
towards the RM20 billion mark.
Te Najib administration is literally
biting the bullet.
And so, going forward, are we
going to expect no change at all?
Of course not. These are sensitive
times. The 13GE is near, so there
shouldn’t be too much rocking of
the rakyat’s boat. But would this
di scussi on be di fferent post-
13GE? Maybe. But that’s specula-
tive, and it all depends on who sits
in Putrajaya then!
But an observation: any govern-
ment operating in these “post-
Arab spring” times are becoming
more sensitive to rumblings of the
populace. Perhaps, within the
Malaysian context, the days of be-
ing quiet and just accepting orders
from above are over. Perhaps the
popular mandate is not so obvi-
ously within reach of any particu-
lar group, and thus all who vie for
it must appeal more exhaustively
for the rakyat’s ears.
Perhaps these days, the people
are more easily roused, organised,
galvanised, becoming a somewhat
not-too-silent threat hanging by
the bedsides of those who sleep
with power.
Whatever the case may be, the
days leading up to the 13GE will be
very exciting indeed. We can already
see the ratcheting-up of sentiments
by all sides, which is a double-edged
sword that must never be allowed to
be raised above our heads.
In fact, we must do what we can
to allay such negative sentiments
and work together to maintain
peace and calm in the country.
Come 13GE, no matter what
kind of change takes place, no mat-
ter who walks the hallways in Putra-
jaya, we can only hope and pray that
change happens democratically,
under peaceful circumstances, and
with our national dignity, sanctity,
and sanity intact.
Times of change
Kthxbai!
Fahmi Fadzil
12 June 3 — 5, 2011
InsIght
If you think your child has a learning disability, send him/her
for clinical assessment and diagnosis.

Clinical assessment and diagnosis
Government hospitals such as Universiti Malaya Medical
Centre, Selayang Hospital and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia can run tests to determine if your child is learning-
disabled. The Psychology departments at Sunway University
and Help University College can also conduct tests.

Basic assessment
The following organisations can also carry out basic assessment
of your child: Kiwanis Down Syndrome foundation, Nasom
(National Autistic Society of Malaysia), Emmanuel Care Centre
(primary school age) and Malaysian Care (below six years of age).

The next step is to enrol your child in a learning disabilities
intervention programme.

Intervention programmes
What is Early Intervention Programme (EIP)?
• Early Intervention is a concept that promotes help at the
earliest possible age so that learning potential can be fully
developed.
• Itequipsparentstoteachandmanagetheirchildbetterand
enable them to prepare for their child’s future.
• It helps prevent secondary complications such as
behavioural problems

Why EIP?
• Earlyandintensiveinterventioncanhaveaprofoundimpact
onthequalityoflifeforbothchildrenatriskandtheirfamilies.
• Withproperintervention,achildcanovercomeawiderange
of developmental, behavioural and learning problems.
• EIPshouldbeginfrombirthtosixyearsold.

EIP may be conducted once or twice a week for two to three
hours.
• Activities carried out may include individual work, group
work, computer access, physical activities, art and craft,
roleplaying, story time, singing and music.
• Theprogrammeshouldseektostimulateallareasofachild’s
development such as normal and fne motor skills, cognitive
skills, social and communication skills, and behavioural
management.
How to support
the needs of a child
who has learning
disabilities
By Alvin Yap
I
magine having a world of ideas to share, communicate, and,
most importantly, learn and explore. Now imagine your world
falling apart when “neurological” disabilities or injuries make
it difcult for you to process information, to learn and to interact
and communicate.
Learning disability, sometimes called learning disorder, does not
involve physical handicaps like paralysis or blindness, but instead
afects learning skills that others take for granted, such as writing,
speech, reading and comprehension, and mathematical skills.
It is a disease caused by illness, disease or brain injury, and aficts
some 116,000 Malaysians.
Te fgure could be higher, as many have yet to be registered
with the Welfare Department.
“Learning disability is caused by Down’s syndrome, autism,
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and cerebral
palsy. It is also caused by meningitis, or accidents that cause
traumatic brain injuries,” said Wendy Yeong Moh Foong, a public
relations manager at United Voice (UV), a learning disability
advocacy group.
She pointed out that these disorders can hinder a person’s
She said there is no stigma associated with
learning disability, but job prospects remain
low due to misconceptions that these people
are slow learners.
Te graduate-turned-social worker said
there are comprehensive programmes for
these people to master basic to intermedi-
ate skills.
She said UV’s Employment Project has
Learning
disabiLities
not a
barrier
ability to learn, and prevent them from
mastering simple skills or completing tasks
on their own.
“People with learning disabilities have
difculties with spoken and written lan-
guage, coordination, self-control or focus-
ing attention on specifc tasks,” she added.
Tis includes physical movements that
may be erratic or uncoordinated.
As learning disability is caused by brain
disorders, it cannot be cured. However,
victims can alleviate their predicament if
they are sent to support groups that provide
intervention programmes and training.
Yeong pointed out that in the past, the
public was fxated on Down’s syndrome
and other disorders, rather than the overall
big picture that learning disorders can be
overcome with intervention, training and
the right support.
Yeong said the public is more aware of
learning disabilities now compared with 20
years ago, when having a child with Down’s
syndrome or autism, or even talking about
the subject, was considered taboo.
Yeong pointed out that there are now
more special schools in the country that
serve people with learning disabilities, and
there are also charity and welfare clubs like
Kiwanis Malaysia that conduct basic to
intermediate learning courses.
Police in training at the Subang Jaya police headquarters.
Yeong’s long and winding road
to self-confdence
WENDY Yeong joined disabled
learning advocacy group United Voice
(UV) in 2005, and was later ofered a
supervisor’s  post at the Employment
Project.
“I have a learning disability,” said
Yeong, who thought she was a slow
learner at an early age as she had trou-
ble keeping up with her class.
“From [Standard Six] onwards, I
was having problems understanding
the teacher during lessons,” said Yeo-
ng, 30, who hails from Perak.
She was frustrated with her inabil-
ity to follow lessons, and began to hate
school as a result.
Luckily, a teacher of her Form One
class recognised that she was showing
signs of learning disability, and rec-
ommended to her parents that she be
sent for further checks.
Yeong’s father sent her to a child
psychologist, who confrmed that she
had a learning disability. He told her
she could only learn and keep up with
lessons taught in a special class.
However, she was still going to a
normal school, and later sat for her
PMR examination, which she failed.
“I stayed at home afer that, and
never went back to school. I told my
parents I did not want to study,”
Yeong said.
She spent a few years at home,
helping out with house chores, but
her parents advised her to go and look
for a job.
“I told them I did not know how to
fnd work, especially with my learning
disability,” she said matter-of-factly.
In 2004, Yeong enrolled at the Day
Training Centre for slow learners and
St Paul’s Anglican Church in Petaling
Jaya, for those with mild learning
disabilities.
She was taught intermediate living
and basic work skills by her trainer.
Most importantly, the trainer got her
a job at a packing line in a factory.
However, due to her disability, she
quit and went to work at a college
library.
Yeong pointed out that her former
employers did not know how to deal
with her condition.
 “I quit that job and was looking for
work when I came to [UV’s] ofce to
sign up as a member,” she said.
She approached the owner of the
restaurant below UV’s ofce here in-
Section 17/12 to ask for work, but as
chance would have it, another member
overheard her conversation and told
Yeong to sign up for the
Employment Project.
Yeong said working at the
Employment Project pro-
vided her with the responsi-
bility and space to develop
her leadership skills.
In 2009, she was ofered
a super visor’s post. She
oversees the arts and crafs
department, where some 26
members are employed to
make greeting cards, fridge
magnets and other items.
Yeong guides and gives
advice to the members in a
“quiet and teaching” man-
ner whenever they struggle
with a task.
“I’m happy working at [UV]. I
think I [would not have obtained] this
supervisor’s position in other compa-
nies,” she said.
Yeong has also been invited as guest
speaker at institutes of higher learning
to talk about learning disability. 
She is thankful for the support, love
and care she receives from her family

and UV’s support group.
She pointed out that learning dis-
ability programmes can assist those
with such disability to overcome their
handicaps.
Asked about her future plans,
Yeong said she is content to stay on
with her organisation.
“I am taking life one day at a time,”
she said.
found jobs for its unemployed members.
Te project, which began in 2003 with
eight employees, now has 26 workers.
Tey receive monthly salaries and annual
bonuses apart from being covered by Socso,
the social security organisation.
Part of the project involves the UV Art
Gallery, which showcases some impressive
paintings and sculptures.
Some of the paintings have been snapped
up by art collectors, while others have been
bought by corporations as part of their Cor-
porate Social Responsibility programme.
Some paintings have fetched upward
of RM3,000.    
Yeong said other groups like Damansara
Utama Methodist Church operate an in-
tensive and comprehensive course that help
people with learning disabilities to learn
working skills.
However, there is still some way to go
before these people can be fully absorbed
into the workforce, said Yeong.
She pointed out that these people would
only be fully accepted into the workforce if
the government commits to opening voca-
tional schools for them to learn trade skills.
“Among the skills we know people [with
learning disabilities] have mastered are
housekeeping, baking, sewing and hair-
dressing,” said Yeong.
One of the reasons employers shy away
from employing disabled people is the
perception that they fare badly in interper-
sonal relationships.
Yeong acknowledged that learning dis-
abilities cause problems in communication,
and those with the condition might have
problems expressing themselves at work
due to their limited vocabulary.
However, she pointing out that many
attend speech and communication classes
to improve themselves.
  As such, sustainable employment is a
concern to learning disability advocates
UV’s art gallery, which showcases members’ artwork.
Leading a normal,
contented life
like UV and other groups.
Tere is a higher rate of job turnovers
with employees with learning disabili-
ties, and groups like UV are embarking
on job coaching to ensure that they are
employable.
Under this programme, a suitably
qualifed volunteer guides a disabled em-
ployee through job tasks with afer-work
tutoring, teaching of interpersonal skills
and counselling.
A report card from the employers is
closely monitored by the job coach, who
can then take necessary action to guide
and teach the disabled person.
“It is done so that an employee with
learning disabilities is suitable to the em-
ployer’s specifcations and stays employ-
able at the workplace,” said Yeong.
She said people with learning disabili-
ties should assert their rights, but more
importantly, must be given the oppor-
tunity to lead and to join the workforce.
Yeong said that learning disabled
groups must speak out for themselves
with the concept of self-advocacy.
She said that given the right to be
heard, learning disabled people can and
will advocate their needs and demands.
“A person with mild learning dis-
ability self-advocates by voicing [his or
her] views. A person with severe learning
disability self-advocates by [his or her]
presence in a public meeting.”
She said our part would be to listen and
to champion that right.
“At the end of the day, we must ac-
knowledge their inherent right to be in
and part of society, and we must see that
it is upheld together,” Yeong said.
Learning
disabiLities
not a
barrier
Police in training at the Subang Jaya police headquarters.
found jobs for its unemployed members.
Te project, which began in 2003 with
eight employees, now has 26 workers.
Tey receive monthly salaries and annual
bonuses apart from being covered by Socso,
the social security organisation.
Part of the project involves the UV Art
Gallery, which showcases some impressive
paintings and sculptures.
Some of the paintings have been snapped
up by art collectors, while others have been
bought by corporations as part of their Cor-
porate Social Responsibility programme.
Some paintings have fetched upward
of RM3,000.    
Yeong said other groups like Damansara
Utama Methodist Church operate an in-
tensive and comprehensive course that help
people with learning disabilities to learn
working skills.
However, there is still some way to go
before these people can be fully absorbed
into the workforce, said Yeong.
She pointed out that these people would
only be fully accepted into the workforce if
the government commits to opening voca-
tional schools for them to learn trade skills.
“Among the skills we know people [with
learning disabilities] have mastered are
housekeeping, baking, sewing and hair-
dressing,” said Yeong.
One of the reasons employers shy away
from employing disabled people is the
perception that they fare badly in interper-
sonal relationships.
Yeong acknowledged that learning dis-
abilities cause problems in communication,
and those with the condition might have
problems expressing themselves at work
due to their limited vocabulary.
However, she pointing out that many
attend speech and communication classes
to improve themselves.
  As such, sustainable employment is a
concern to learning disability advocates
UV members
working to
complete
handicraft
items at the
Employment
Project.
Fine ink and pencil drawing of the Petronas twin towers and Tanjung
Karang pier.
Some of the members’ paintings.
IzzUDIn nordin, 23, shows up for
work here at the Employment Project.
His father sends him to United Voice’s
ofce from their home in Kelana Jaya.
Others may not see Izzudin as
“normal”, but he is like any other
person. He likes his work, he has
friends, and he ruminates over life.
He has Down’s syndrome, and the
features that are associated with the
condition are visible on his face.
“I like my work here. I get to do
things that I like,” he said, as he went
back to making greeting cards at his
workstation.
Izzudin knows he is special, diferent
from others. He said it does not bother
him that others may think less of him
because of his learning disabilities, and
especially his Down’s syndrome.
“I have gained independence,” he
pointed out.
He said he is thankful for life as he
is healthy, and can work to support
himself.
Izzudin gives a part of salary to his
parents for groceri es and other
household expenses.
“I have shown to people that I can
be independent,” he said.
The work is simple by “normal”
people’s standards, but advocates at
United Voice say it gives these people
a “worthwhile” job that they might
not otherwise be able to secure in
other places.
The diligence Izzudin and his
friends show at work reaps benefits
when they are also paid yearly bonuses.
However, the best acclaim they get
is when their clients visit the gif shop
and are amazed at the quality of work
that goes into the art and handicraf
items.
The procurement manager of a
multinational company was visiting
United Voice on the day Izzudin and
others were being interviewed.
Te manager said her company was
thinking of getting a thousand pieces
of greeting cards, and options for
another few thousand pi eces of
refrigerator magnets.
“Te quality of work is really fne,”
the manager said.
Izzudin wondered what the fuss was
about as people crowded around his
workstation.
He excused himself and went back
to his job.
“Okay, thank you, I have to get back
to work now,” he said.
As he sat down, his features melted
into a contented smile, happy that he
and his colleagues were appreciated by
others.
Izzudin: “I have shown to people
that I can be independent.”
Yeong
14 JUNE 3 — 5, 2011
NEWS
By Basil Foo
PUCHONG:  Construction of a new cre-
matorium to cater to the needs of the growing
township has started at Bandar Puchong
Utama.
“Tere have been many requests for ad-
ditional crematoriums in Selangor. The
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will
be the fourth local council to have one,” said
Ronnie Liu.
Te state executive councillor, whose port-
folio includes local government, said the new
facility will help ease demands on other crema-
toriums in Klang, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam.
Te crematorium is scheduled to be com-
pleted in November, and will cost RM1.2
million, inclusive of construction and the
purchase of an incinerator.
Liu said his ofce and MPSJ will allocate
a further RM100,000 and RM300,000 re-
spectively for a second incinerator.
Liu, who spoke at the project’s ground-
breaking ceremony last Saturday, said it was
necessary to buy another unit to keep the
crematorium running in the event that the
main incinerator broke down.
He said the payment for families to use the
facility would be set at a reasonable price, as
the state was not looking to proft from the
crematorium.
A ffh crematorium is slated to be built in
Kajang, but not enough funds have been ac-
cumulated for the project yet. 
“Te state is looking to add more cremato-
riums to cut travel time for people from rural
areas who need to use them,” said Dr Xavier
Jeyakumar.  
Te state executive councillor, whose port-
folio includes caring government, said those
from poorer families wanting to use the facil-
ity could apply to use it for free. 
Putra Heights Buddhist Society president
Chua Teck Seong thanked the authorities for
this public service initiative.
“Puchong has grown massively over the years
to reach about 600,000 people. Half of that is
estimated to be Buddhist. Tis facility would
be benefcial for many families,” said Chua.
Coalition of Malaysian Indian NGOs
secretary G Gunaraj also thanked the state
government and MPSJ for the project. Also
present were ofcials from the Serdang Bud-
dhist association and a Sikh temple.
Ofciating the event were Puchong MP
Gobind Singh Deo, Subang Jaya assemblyper-
son Hannah Yeoh, and MPSJ deputy presi-
dent Abdullah Marjunid.
Also present were  MPSJ councillors K
Arumugam, Pooi Weng Keong, R Rajiv, Loka
Ng Sai Kai, Edward Ling Sieak Meeng, Kes-
hminder Singh, Chin Sou Bong and Michael
Tamilarason, along with Sepang Municipal
Council member M Pulanthran.
New crematorium for
Puchong by November
Arumugam (right) explaining details of the building plan. Looking on are Loka Ng
(left, in background), Liu, Michael Tamilarason, Dr Xavier (with sunglasses) and
Abdullah Marjunid (with cap).
By Basil Foo
PUCHONG: Small traders
from all over Selangor took part
in a basic training workshop held
on May 26 on how to utilise Se-
langor’s Urban Poor Microcredit
(Mimbar) programme.
“For those with no money,
their plans remain just dreams.
But once they have money, those
plans become achievable ambi-
tions,” said Mohamad Noor
Mahmud.
Te Selangor Mimbar senior
marketing manager felded ques-
tions from 150 stall owners dur-
ing the workshop, which was
held at Puchong Indah’s multi-
purpose hall.
Mohamad Noor said the mi-
crocredit scheme, applicable for
those earning less than RM1,500,
is intended to be an easier alter-
native to applying for a bank
loan.
“We don’t ask for your busi-
ness permit or bank account
number. Tis is meant to help
poor families to work and sustain
themselves,” he said.
On whether stall owners
could repay their loans before the
predetermined due date, Moha-
mad Noor said they should hold
on to their money.
“Instead of facing shortage of
fnances and applying for a loan
again next time, use your money
to expand your business further,”
he suggested.
Abdul Halim Khusairi, who
runs a burger and fried chicken
stall in Taman Tun Perak, Ch-
eras, brought up the concerns of
Mimbar applicants from his part
of town.
The 44-year-old residents’
committee chairperson said he
had been asked by residents to
fnd out the status of their micro-
credit applications.
“Many have applied for the
loans months ago but do not
know the status of their applica-
tions,” he said.
Halim, who has been operat-
ing his stall for the past three
years, received a RM3,000 loan
from the microcredit scheme
afer applying for RM5,000.
Hasnah Abd Manap, who sells
nasi lemak in Puchong, asked if
she could sell dishes that were not
included in her initial loan ap-
plication form.
“What if we fnd that the de-
mand for our products was de-
creasing? Can we sell nasi ayam
in addition to nasi lemak?” asked
the 41-year-old.
She was told that stall owners
are encouraged to diversify if it
could bring in more profts, as the
goal of the loan is to help them
succeed in business.
Hasnah, who has been work-
ing at her present stall for the past
two years, applied for a RM2,000
loan but has yet to receive it.
Mimbar public relations man-
ager Nor’Ain Eusoff said 104
small business owners received
their loan ofer letters on May 26,
and would receive the money
within two weeks.
Ofciating the event was Sub-
ang Municipal Council 3C Com-
plex senior director Haini Mohd
Salleh, Puchong MP Gobind
Singh Deo, Taman Medan as-
semblyperson Hanizah Talha,
and Meru assemblyperson Dr
Abdul Rani Osman.
Microcredit workshop
for stall owners
By William Tan
GOMBAK: Over a hundred peo-
ple of all races gathered for a dinner
at De wan Muhi bba h i n Ta -
man  Bolton last Saturday to cele-
brate unity and foster relationships
among one another.
“Tis is a great way to celebrate
unity and a great way to meet all our
friends. I only wish it was bigger,” said
Akrun Mathajar, 52.
Te Kampung Sri Gombak Resi-
dents Association member said  no-
tions of racial divisional are merely
political, and he never found it to be
an issue on the ground.
He believes that any indication of
racial segmentation should be  re-
moved, such as the declaration need-
ed for one’s IC application.
Lim Boon Dak, 68, was of the
same opinion, saying he always fnds
that most people, regardless of race,
tend to be friendly.
“I do admit that we are drifing
apart these days compared to 20, 30
years before, [but] I believe it has to
do with unfair policies, and I don’t
think the right policies are properly
implemented,” he said.
He added that Malaysians in gen-
eral are united, and that in most situ-
ations, it simply boils down to toler-
ance, compromise, and pure civic
sense.
Tese are values and essentially a
way of life that young people should
be cultivated into in order to truly
promote unity and harmony, Lim
added.
Youth, therefore, are the agents of
change, says Khoo Kim Suan, 37.
Te representative of Triumphant
Christian Centre believes that more
youth-oriented activities encouraging
unity should be carried out.
“We need focused activities with a
clear and consistent purpose, in order
to truly bring people together,” she
said, citing the example of youth
leadership training seminars, where
people of all races can come together
and pass on useful skills and experi-
ences.
She believes there should be fewer
speeches made and more action taken
by leaders to demonstrate themselves
as role models.
Resident Gobula Krishnan, 50,
said the change in state government
has been the main catalyst for racial
unity.
He said while there was clear seg-
mentation before, a greater mixing of
the races has been more obvious since
the government took over the state.
The event was officiated by Sri
Andalas assemblyperson Dr Xavier
Jayakumar.
Unity still strong among
the races
Akrun Mathajar: Racial
segmentation should be
eliminated.
Halim
Hasnah
15 June 3 — 5, 2011
Features
Source: penangdragonboat.gov.my
Roshan shows his mettle T
he Asian Youth Championship is the perfect
event for Malaysia to benchmark our talent.
Tis year, with the delegation almost com-
pletely made up of our best young players, I took
particular interest in the fnal standings and their
rating performance.
Taking that into account, it is only with those 14
years and above that we can consider the results to
be stable and indicative.
Teh De Zen, who fnished fourth in the U-10
Girls, and Roshan Ajeet Singh, who performed best
at 1829 and gained a whopping 17.8 rating points,
were the standouts. You can judge for yourself from
the featured game.
Get smart!
Play chess!
By Peter Long
peterlong@aol.asia
the strong Mongolian players,
together with his draw against
another highly ranked Indian and a
Filipino talent.
Roshan Ajeet Singh (MAS –
1856)–Nayak Rakesh Kumar
(IND – 2021)
Asian Youth Championship
(U-14) – Round 5
Subic, Philippines 2011
1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 g6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4.
f3 d5 5.e3 Bg7 6. Bd3 0-0 7. Nge2
Be6 8. Qd2 c6 9. Nf4 Bf7 10. h4
Qc8 11. h5 Nxh5 12. Nxh5 gxh5
13. 0-0-0 e6 14. g4 hxg4 15. fxg4
Bg6 16. Rdg1 Nd7 17. gxf5 exf5
18. Qh2 Nf6 19. Ne2 Nh5 20. Ng3
Nxg3 21. Rxg3 Rf7 22. Rh3 Bf8
23. Be2 Qe6 24. Bf4 Bg7 25. Bh5
Rff8 26. Bxg6 hxg6 27. Rh7 Bf6
28. Qh6 Qe8
29.Bg5 Qf7 30.Rh8+ 1-0
SUBANG JAYA: Making sure mu-
nicipality contractors repair potholes
promptly to avert accidents is a major
concern for Tai Cheng Heng.
“It is their job to identity the pot-
holes, prioritise the ones that need ur-
gent attention, and
take action immedi-
ately,” said the Subang
Jaya Municipal (MPSJ)
councillor.
Tai, 49, wants the
council to be more
proactive in dealing
with public concerns,
especially those that
pose a hazard to health
and safety.
The t hr e e - t er m
councillor said he fre-
quentl y gets com-
plaints on dead trees,
cl ogged drains and
rubbish.
He pointed out that
many such complaints
are repetitive because
of the poor or slow response by the
municipality. 
Tai and his fellow councillors are
trying to come up with a system that
enables them to monitor the efciency
of the respective MPSJ departments
and their contractors.
Tis would help them oversee con-
tractors who have been assigned jobs by
the council and make sure they com-
plete their projects without delay.
Te civil-engineering graduate said
this system is urgently needed because
residents have started to lament that
some contractors are negligent in car-
rying out their work. 
Tai is also looking into improving the
trafc conditions in Seri Kembangan.
“Most traffic congestion in Seri
Kembangan stems from narrow roads
and illegal double parking,” he said.
According to Tai, many parking
spaces in Seri Kembangan are occupied
by illegal hawkers and street traders.
Customers of the stalls double park
along the road, causing massive trafc
congestion all day long.
“What used to be
a proper two-lane
road lined with par-
allel parking is now a
one-lane road with
no space for cars to
park,” he said.
As a s ol uti on,
MPSJ has approved a
project to shift all
these illegal traders
to a new market
where they will all be
issued l icences to
trade legally.
Te relocating will
take between three
and four months.
Tai hopes that
with the illegal trad-
ers and hawkers out
of the way, trafc will improve in his area.
For the future, Tai is hoping to help
generate more revenue for MPSJ to
help them increase their budgets and
enable more funding of projects re-
quested by the residents.
“One way of generating profts for
MPSJ is to charge advertisers who adver-
tise on the council’s billboards in their
area,” he said.
In the past, advertisers have been us-
ing the billboards without paying any-
thing to MPSJ. Now, they will have to
pay a fee to the council before they are
allowed to put up banners.
Any advertisement lef unpaid will
be deemed illegal.
Tai is on the hunt to get more adver-
tisers and direct them to MPSJ to help
them get their advertisements up on the
council’s billboards.
Know Your Councillor:
Tai Cheng Heng
Dragon Boat
Festival celebration
By Brenda Ch’ng
KLANG: Klang MP Charles Santiago
wants the Dragon Boat Festival to be recognised
as part of Malaysian heritage and be celebrated
by all races.
Te Dragon Boat Festival, or
more commonly known as the
Dumpling Festival, is cele-
brated annually on the
ffh day of the ffh lunar
month of the Chinese
calendar. 
“My ofce is going to
promote the festival this
year so that everyone can
be enlightened about how
and why this festival is cele-
brated,” said Santiago.
Santiago will be organising this
festival, which falls on June 4, with Klang
Municipal (MPK) Councillors, residents as-
sociations in Bukit Tinggi, and the state gov-
ernment.
Tere will be a colouring competition open
to children aged four to seven, and a “bak
chang” wrapping competition open to all ages
and races.
Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes,
certifcates and trophies on that day.
The “bak chang”, made of glutinous rice
flled with meat, bean paste or egg yolk, will be
judged based on how nicely the dumplings are
wrapped and presented.
Te “bak chang” (pic) is usually wrapped in
bamboo leaves and tied with string. “Bak”
means “meat” in Hokkien, and
“chang” means “dumpling”.
According to Chinese his-
tory, this festival commemo-
rates the minister of the
state of Chu, who drowned
while fghting corruption
in China.
Following his death, the
people sailed the river in
boats bearing the head and tail
of a dragon in search of their
minister’s body.
Afer failing to retrieve the body,
they started throwing dumplings into the river
to ensure that his corpse would not be eaten by
fshes.
Te festival has since been a colourful event,
featuring dragon boat races with audiences
cheering them on with dumplings.
Te Dumpling Festival organised by Santi-
ago will be held on Saturday, June 4, at Jakes
Station in Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang from 10am to
12.30pm.
India and China are the super-
powers of Asian chess and fght on
equal terms on the world stage. It is
not ofen that a young Malaysian is
able to dismantle a significantly
higher-rated and much better-
trained opponent from the land of
World Chess Champions (India
took a clean sweep of the medals at
the Asian Youth!).
Tis game, which shows Roshan’s
strongest side, was published in
several local chess blogs, but no less
impressive was his two wins against
16 June 3 — 5, 2011
media
Sunway Pyramid bags
retail development award
SHAH ALAM: Sunway Pyramid
did Malaysia proud when it re-
cently clinched the prestigious Prix
d’Excellence Award 2011 award at
the recent FIABCI World Con-
gress 2011 in Cyprus.
The Malaysian development
was named the overall winner in
the retail development category,
which saw worl dwide entries
judged by a panel of international
real estate professionals and ex-
perts from the US, United King-
dom, Germany, Japan and many
other countries.
The mall, with four million
square feet and 800 outlets, ex-
celled ahead of other entries in the
areas of concept, architecture, en-
gineering, proftability, marketing
results, environmental impact and
benefts to the society.
Continuing its signature Egyp-
tian-inspired architecture, the
mal l di fferenti ated i ts entr y
through its thematic shopping
precincts – Shopping Central,
Oasis Boulevard, Asian Avenue
and Marrakesh.
Sunway Pyramid also made
signifcant breakthroughs in the
implementation of various systems
Attractions aplenty
for racing fans
By Basil Foo
SUBANG JAYA: A dance mob
kicked off the Super GT Interna-
tional Series Malaysia leg during
its launch at the Empire Shopping
Gallery here last Saturday.
The Super GT International
Series Malaysia leg, which will be
held on June 18 and 19 at the Sepang
International Circuit, will have a
carnival-like atmosphere with many
side events planned.
“It will be the frst time that two
major rave parties are held the night
before the race – Velocita and
Femme Fatale,” said Chin Jit Pyng.
 Te JPM Motorsports founder,
who spoke to a crowd of race
enthusiasts and mall-goers at the
launch, said the rave parties would
consist of R&B and trance music,
with celebrities and top inter-
national DJs. 
He said the race would also host
the frst rock concert to be held on
the track itself, which will feature
local bands like Hujan, Azlan and
the Typewriter, and Indonesian
band Radja.
Te race will also ofer a Touch
and Go special-edition Super GT
card, which comes with every grand-
stand ticket purchase. 
“Tese cards will allow visitors to
shop cashless on that day. Don’t
forget to use it afer the event for
tolls,” Chin said.
The race is being heralded as
the only leg of the Super GT to be
held outside of Japan, with GT
queens and Japanese drummers
brought into the country to liven
up the scene. 
Race-goers can expect meet-
and-greet sessions with famous
racers, a fea market with 60 stalls,
and a kid’s zone with painting
competitions and clowns. 
The event will be carried by
main broadcasters RTM, with all
nine rounds of the race available
for public viewing on national
television.
Touri sm Sel angor wi l l be
assisting the advertising of the event
as the state’s ofcial tourism board
and will be promoting the race in
their capacity. 
Te trophy this year was designed
and sponsored by Temasek Pewter,
who will also be giving away a
duplicate trophy to one lucky win-
ner during the race.
For more information or to buy
tickets, visit www.supergt.com.my.
Ngeow receiving the award from (centre) Lakis Tofarides,
president of Cyprus Land and Building Developers Association.
Looking on is Enrico Campagnoli.
20 ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ SELANGOR TIMES
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
D.K. (Kedah)., D.K. (Johor).,S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J.
and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The management & Staff of
in the shopping mall industry.
Among the notable innovations
are the Car Park Guiding System,
which allows motorists to locate
vacant carpark bay quickly through
indicators on the ceiling; waterless
urinals, which eliminate the need
for water flushing ; dual access
ramps from both sides of the high-
way; and an auxiliary police force
as part of its security.
Sunway Pyramid managing di-
rector Datuk Ngeow Voon Yean
received the award from Cyprus
Land and Building Developers’
Association president Lakis Tofa-
rides at the award presentation
ceremony.
Also present were FIABCI
World President Enrico Campag-
noli, FIABCI Prix d’Excellence
Awards 2011 president Laszlo
Gonczi, and FIABCI Cyprus presi-
dent Dinos Michaelidas.
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ 17
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
D.K. (Kedah)., D.K. (Johor).,S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J.
and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The menteri besar of Selangor
Tan Sri dato Seri Abdul khalid Ibrahim
&
members of State executive Council, the state government
and the people of Selangor
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
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and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The Chairman, board of directors,
Subsidiaries group, management & Staff of
18 ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ SELANGOR TIMES
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ 19
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
D.K. (Kedah)., D.K. (Johor).,S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J.
and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The management & Staff of
20 ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ SELANGOR TIMES
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
D.K. (Kedah)., D.K. (Johor).,S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J.
and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The management & Staff of
yayasan Selangor
SELANGOR TIMES ⁄ June 3 – 5, 2011 ⁄ 21
Al-Fatihah
Our Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to
His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
D.K. D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu).,D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Perak)., D.K. (Perlis)., D.K. (Negeri Sembilan).,
D.K. (Kedah)., D.K. (Johor).,S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J.
and
THe SelAngoR RoyAl FAmIly
on the demise of
HIS RoyAl HIgHneSS’ beloved moTHeR
yAng mAHA mulIA PAdukA bondA RAjA SelAngoR
RAjA SAIdATul IHSAn bInTI Tengku bAdAR SHAH
on
31`st may 2011 (27 jamadilAkhir 1432 H)
“Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya”
from
The Chairman, board of directors, management & Staff of
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Gallery
Models looking classy in the French colours of the Salabianca collection at Sunway Pyramid,
which concluded its fashion month of May with an exclusive fashion preview fnale last
Thursday (May 26).
A dance mob kicking off the Super GT International Series Malaysia leg
during its launch at the Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya last
Saturday.
Construction begins on a new crematorium in Bandar Puchong Utama. State executive
councillor Ronnie Liu sits in the driver’s seat accompanied by fellow exco Dr Xavier Jeyakumar
on his left, Puchong MP Gobind Singh and Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh
(standing), and other councillors.
Councillor R Rajiv painting a fre hydrant during the joint initiative between
SS17, Subang Jaya residents and the Bomba last Saturday. On Rajiv’s
right is Rukun Tetangga USJ 2 and USJ 6 president Ang How Chuan, and
on his left is SS17 fre station chief Deputy Superintendent Khairi Daud.
Surrounding them are residents and students from SMK Seafeld’s Fire and
Rescue Cadets.
Desmond Teh coaching his
children's football team, Team
Rhinos, who are part of the
Subang Jaya Community Youth
Football League.
23 JUNE 3 — 5, 2011
CULTURE
By Terence Toh
What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret!
– Sally Bowles, Cabaret
J
ohn Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret, one of the
most beloved and infuential musicals in history,
was staged by PAN Productions at the Kuala
Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from May 6 to 15.
This musical, like its main characters, is a strange
marriage of odd contrasts: juxtaposing tongue-in-
cheek, humorous musical numbers with dark themes
such as decadence, prejudice and the disillusionment
from false dreams. In less capable hands, the show
could have felt awkward and jarring, its extreme tone
changes causing its audience to disconnect.
Thankfully, due to a spirited cast and capable
directing, PAN’s Cabaret succeeded.
The most notable aspect of this production was its
extremely inspired staging: every inch of the relatively
small stage space of KLPAC’s Pentas 2 was effectively
used. Backdrops, moving scenery, overhead railings,
and set pieces were all put into play, serving very well
in establishing the musical’s many settings.
Whether it was the tense atmosphere of a wedding
party that slowly turns wrong, the intimate chambers
of protagonist Clifford Bradshaw’s room, or the glitz
of the stage at the Kit Kat Club, space was utilised
fantastically in this production, with scenes dramatised
and transitioned to and from, capably.
The cast did a wonderful job. One of the best
things about this staging of Cabaret was its effective
balancing of both the stage band and its performer’s
vocals, thus avoiding the problem faced by many local
musicals: that of the performer being drowned out by
music. Every lyric of every song was clear throughout,
which is truly commendable.
Peter Davis did a decent job as Clifford Bradshaw,
his serious, controlled demeanor an effective foil
to the larger-than-life personalities of the other
characters.
Stephanie Van Driesen shone as the promiscuous,
emotional cabaret performer Sally Bowles, her rich,
mellow voice proving to be mesmerising on numbers
such as the hopeful Maybe This Time and the soaring
title song.
While her character’s over-the-top mannerisms
can occasionally grate, Van Driesen succeeded in
her performance, bringing Sally Bowles to life as a
frivolous, selfsh attention seeker very well aware of her
own faults, desperately retreating into her façade of a
carefree, seductive performer as escapism.
Alizakri Alias and Zalina Lee performed wonderfully
as unlikely couple Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider,
their unexpected, tragic romance forming the
emotional heart of Cabaret.
The undisputed star, however, was Peter Ong, who
was simply fantastic as the famboyant, androgynous
Emcee, stealing the show with his outrageous outfts
and wild behaviour.
Managing to be both likeable as well as menacing,
Ong’s performances – particularly in The Money Song
and If You Could See Her – were a delight, often
serving as sharp commentary on human behavior as
well as the events of the play.
The supporting cast also gave good performances,
with Bernie Chan in particular delivering a memorable
performance as sailor-crazy lodger Fraulein Kost.
Cabaret’s ensemble performed well together, and
their big number at the end of Act One, the dark
anthem Tomorrow Belongs To Me, was the highlight of
the show. Dancing, while not fantastic or particularly
memorable, was done well.
My only nitpick with Cabaret would be its storyline,
which was incredibly dark and ended on a heavy,
somewhat abrupt note. While this was remaining
true to the subject matter and original material, and
therefore was no fault of the production team, one
cannot help but think that Cabaret’s story folded rather
prematurely, with a resolution that might come across
as unsatisfying.
Regardless, Cabaret was one of the more
accomplished musical productions to be staged here,
and the team at PAN Productions, particularly director
Nell Ng, should be commended for their efforts. A true
testament to what local theatre can be capable of.
A dazzling, top-notch
Cabaret
CALENDAR
Compiled by Nick Choo
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Buto 3:
3 Performers, 3 Solos,
3 Interpretations
Dance; June 3 & 4; Annexe Gallery @ Central Market KL; 03-
20701137, www.annexegallery.com; RM20
“Buto is usually heavy and intense, but this time Nyoba Kan tries to
be casual and easy. Is that easier or harder? Who cares, as long as it
is weird, wonderful and wired.” Nyoba Kan presents three solo pieces
by Jess, Lai Chee & Kuan Nam. With sharings by artistic director Lee
Swee Keong, and Q&A after each piece.
Shelah says
Life’s A Drag
Comedy; June 3-5; PJ Live Arts @
Jaya One; 03-79600439, www.pjla.
com.my; RM60/RM30
Shelah, the fercest Glamazonian
Drag Queen in KL and star of her
own radio show on BFM, share
her views on life as we know it.
Everything she’s been banned
from saying on radio, she’s going
to tell you live on stage. No censor
button. Featuring Edwin Sumun;
part of the PJ Laugh Fest 2011.
Unmasked.Ed
Exhibition; June 7-19; Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre;
03-40479000, www.klpac.org; free admission
An art exhibition presented
by Malay Singaporean artist
Syahidah Osman Cawley. “The
works cover about a 10-year
period in her life. Many of
the pieces are of the people
closest to her, particularly
her husband and eldest
son, Ainan. This refects the
composition of the family …
she has striven to speak of the
inner quality of her subjects in
each piece.”
Rock Scissors
Shadow Boxer
Dance; June 15 & 16; Kuala Lumpur
Performing Arts Centre; 03-40479000,
www.klpac.org; RM35/RM20
“Three choreographic works about a
game that cannot be won.” Featuring
Noord Nederlandse Dans, a contemporary
dance company based in Groningen, the
Netherlands. Rock is choreographed by
Roy Asaaf; Scissors and Shadow Boxer
by Noord Nederlandse Dans artistic director Stephen Shropshire.
Ri Yue Chu Yin: The Birth of
Hands Percussion Gamelan
Concert; June 9-12; Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre; 03-
40479000, www.klpac.org; RM48-RM128
Eight Mallets Percussion, a world-class percussion group from
Beijing, joins Hands Percussion as special guest artiste in this
collaborative concert. “An exciting journey to celebrate the unity of
Armour and Skin.”
(Above) Stephanie Van Driesen shone as Sally Bowles. (Below) Scenes from the musical.

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