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End to flood woes
By Gan pei ling


OctOber 28 — 30, 2011/ issue 46

KlAnG: Flash floods on Jalan Tengku Kelana will be a thing of the past once new flood mitigation ponds are built and the drainage system upgraded next year. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said RM3.5 million will be allocated to end the problem at Little India once and for all. The announcement by the Menteri Besar, who visited the area on Monday, was wellreceived by business owners who have been plagued by the problem for more than a decade. “We’ve sent countless memorandums to the authorities and we are thankful that the state and local council are finally making a serious attempt to address this problem,” Klang Little India Traders Association president T Muthusamy told Selangor Times. Floods are a bane in this area, often destroying goods  in the 200 shops and stalls besides driving away business. Executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar also told the press during Selangor's Deepavali celebration on Monday that construction is expected to start next year. “An underground retention pond will be built at the car park in front of the Methodist church (near Jalan Kota),” he said. The Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is also proposing a second retention pond beneath the Padang Chetty field. “The retention ponds will retain rainwater and divert it to the Klang River,” said a spokesperson from the engineering department. He said the existing drains will be widened and cleared to ensure water can flow smoothly, especially during downpours. Funding for the project will be jointly provided by the Selangor Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) and MPK. The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and Public Works Department ( JKR) will work with UPEN and MPK to carry out the project.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Alzheimer Disease Foundation president Datuk Jeffrey Ng Chin Heng (second from left), MBSA mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan and Orang Besar Petaling Datuk Emran Kadir (second from right) with Alzheimer patients prior to the walkathon to raise awareness about the disease last Sunday. Story on Page 10

The flood mitigation project is in line with Selangor’s move to continue promoting Little India as a tourist destination in Selangor. Another RM50,000 is being allocated to build an arch at the entrance of the street.  “Construction will start soon and will be completed by the end of the year,” said Dr Xavier.   Meanwhile, the state also gave out RM235,000 to 11 Hindu temples from Klang, Kapar, Banting and Shah Alam on Monday night. Four Chinese temples and

five churches also received contributions ranging from RM10,000 to RM35,000. Present at the event were Selangor Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim, executive councillors Teresa Kok, Rodziah Ismail, Elizabeth Wong and Ronnie Liu, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Kapar MP S Manikavasagam, Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan, Telok Datok assemblyperson Philip Tan, MPK acting president Ikhsan Mukri and local councillors P Sundarajoo and V Maneyvannan.

Smooth transition
By Selangor Times team



OctOber 28 — 30, 2011

SHAH ALAM: Despite the short notice, local governments are coping well after retaking solid waste management from Alam Flora Sdn Bhd. Local authorities were initially caught off guard after the concessionaire withdrew their services on Oct 15. While some delays in garbage collection have been reported, most councils said the transition has been smooth. On a positive note, councils in Klang, Kajang and Selayang said there have been fewer complaints after taking over garbage collection. Most resident associations in Petaling Jaya also told Selangor

Times that their household waste collection has been efficient. “We think the contractors are being managed efficiently,” said Taman Megah Residents’ Association chairperson Francis Lee. Taman Gasing Indah Rukun Tetangga chairperson Alfred Chuah and Section 21 Sea Park Residents Association president Gan Keng also said they have yet to receive any complaints on garbage collection from residents. On Oct 19, household waste collection in SS2 was delayed for a day, but Petaling Jaya city councillor Tony Cheong said the council had responded to public complaints by sending a back-up contractor to speed up the service.

In Klang, MPK environmental services director Wan Mohd Sofian Wan Husain said recent afternoon rains had delayed garbage collection in certain areas. MPK contractors and staff are working into the night to ensure all rubbish is collected and public complaints are acted upon within six hours since they were lodged, he said. “We’re doing our best. We’ve received 29 complaints (all on late collections) since the takeover two weeks ago, compared to an average of 50 complaints a week previously,” said Wan Mohd Sofian. In Kajang, the municipal council has only received 146 complaints on garbage collection in

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October, compared to around 200 complaints per month in the past. In Selayang, MPS public relations director Mohamad Zin Masoad said the council had everything under control and no disruption had been reported since Oct 16. “All contractors are under MPS control. We are making sure they cover their areas on time,” said Mohamad Zin. Local councils have retained existing contractors to ensure minimal disruption during this transition and would be calling for

open tenders to select new contractors within the next few months. Apart from solid waste removal services, local governments also took over public cleaning duties from Alam Flora in August. As such, the private company no longer handles any services for local councils in Selangor. The move is expected to colle ctively save local councils RM100 million annually. Alam Flora was previously paid RM400 million a year.



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SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Book of Records has confirmed that the Setia Alam night market at U13, which stretches 2.2km end-to-end, is the longest in the country. The night market, a popular spot for Klang Valley food bloggers, was officially declared the Longest Pasar Malam in Malaysia during a ceremony at the site on Saturday night. “I’ve always known we deserve the title,” said Khoo Lim How, deputy chairperson of the Night Traders Association U13, describing the area as more of a “glutton’s corner” than a night market selling non-food items. He said the association submitted their application to the national record-keeper last year. It is also one of the most visited in the city, according to Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) deputy mayor Mohtar Hani. Food bloggers say patrons are spoilt for choice, with culinary offerings from nearly all the ethnic groups in

U13 pasar malam declared the longest
Malaysia available from 6pm to 11pm. The night market lays claim to having the only stall in the country to offer authentic wood-fire baked pizza. “It’s affordable, delicious and you can have your pizza outdoors here,” said Danny Hong, who was waiting for his take-away chicken and mushroom pizza. A few stalls have been featured on local television food guides like Astro’s Ho Chak. One of them, Master Bean – pun intended, said the owner Bowen Lum – sells almost 400 bowls of velvety soft tau foo far, with ice-cold lychee on top. The other is Pak Jawa’s murtabak - a local dish where pastry is stuffed with beef, chicken or mutton and panfried. “I’m glad we got recognised as the longest night market,” said stall owner Tajuddin Rosli Wan Hamsah, adding that nearly 150 pieces of murtabak he churns out on Saturday nights are bought by Chinese patrons. Homemaker Hwa Sze Yenn said U13 traders come from other night markets, notably from Taman Chi Liung in Klang. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim attended the ceremony and presented a plaque and certificate to the Night Traders Association and its committee members. The pasar malam on Jalan Setia, Prima A U13/1 Setia Alam also sells fresh produce, clothing and other household items.

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Selangor vows to continue free-water policy
However, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s administration refutes claims that KDEB was suffering losses because of the scheme. “This is because funds for the programme are being channelled directly by the state government to KDEB for payment of the water subsidy,” the statement said. It also said that the state subsidiary had benefited “tremendously” from being awarded land, property development projects from the state. It said Shah Alam was managing the public resources and profits responsibly when it chose to use KDEB’s revenue to fund the water subsidy. “As such, profits from state subsidiaries will be channelled directly to the rakyat,” the statement said, adding that the public were “owners” of state government-linked companies. The water subsidy has benefited some 1.2

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Kathina Ceremony
Chempaka Buddhist Lodge is conducting their annual Kathina Ceremony, which marks the end of rains retreat, tomorrow (Oct 29) from 8.30am-noon. The programme includes Dhamma talks, robe offering, sharing of merits and lunch for members of Sangha and devotees. The event will be held at 60, Jalan SS23/25, Taman Sea, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For details, call 03-78803936 or email

By Alvin Yap

SHAH ALAM: A paper loss of RM122 million by Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) will not deter Selangor from continuing its free-water programme. A statement from the Menteri Besar’s office on Tuesday said the free-water policy for the first 20 cubic meters – funded by KDEB as part of the state’s move to share its revenue with the people – would stay. The statement comes in the wake of the Auditor-General’s 2010 report which criticised KDEB for racking up the losses from funding the programme. KDEB was also criticised for paying out some RM576,563 in bonuses to its 30 employees despite the losses. The state GLC had previously recorded profits in 2007 and 2008  before going into the red.
By Brenda Ch’ng

million households since it was launched in June 2008. The statement also criticised the Auditor-General’s reports for not taking into account Selangor’s policy of sharing its wealth with the people. It said the profits were channelled to residents in a transparent and accountable manner, adding that the practice was different to the past when revenues were given away in Corporate Social Responsibility programmes without accountability. It cited Petronas as an example, saying that the government-linked company gave away billions in revenue to the federal government with less transparency. “Petronas hands billions of ringgit in profits to the federal government, but we don’t know how these profits are being spent on the people,” the statement concluded.

Exercising the brain
A Sudoku clinic will be open to the public at the Senior Citizens Association of Selangor & FT’s Bangunan Secita on Monday (Oct 31) from 9am-10.30am. Those interested can head on down to the building at 4A, Jalan SS5D/6, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya. Call 019-3118174 (Lim) or 016-9160033 (Roger) for details.

World Animal Day
In conjunction with World Animal Day 2011, SPCA Selangor will organise an event for animals in collaboration with Sunway Volunteer Society on Nov 13 at 3pm. For more details on highlights and happenings, call 016-4451007 (Helen), 017-3739391 (Ying Zhao) or 017-6940668 (Li Jean).

SHAH ALAM: Free transportation is available every Monday to Friday for seniors and the disabled here to get to public hospitals for their medical checkups. “This service will be available for all seniors, especially dialysis patients who need to go for treatment a few times a week,” said Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan.

He said seniors no longer have to worry about taking public transport and paying a huge fee for taxis just to get to their weekly medical appointments. “Some appointments, espe-

MBSA’s new car to oversee seniors’ welfare
cially dialysis, take a few hours to complete. It’s tough and tiring for patients to wait for public transport to go home after that,” he added. With the seven-seater Proton Exora, donated by Proton Holdings Bhd, senior citizens will be driven around by the council’s appointed chauffeur to one of six listed hospitals. Among them are Klinik Kesihatan Seksyen 7 and Seksyen 19 in Shah Alam, Klinik Kesihatan Bukit Kuda in Klang , Hospital Besar Sungai Buloh, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya in Petaling Jaya, and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Cheras. “All residents have to do is inform the council beforehand and we will pick them from their homes and send them back accordingly,” said Mohd Jaafar. He urged residents to take advantage of this free service and put in their requests early so that everyone’s appointments can be fitted into the daily schedule. However, the wheelchairbound are not advised to use this service because the car is not properly equipped to cater to their needs. “We regret this slight flaw, but we are now working to get a wheelchair-friendly vehicle next year,” Mohd Jaafar said. The council also has a list of 100 volunteers registered to help and accompany the senior citizens during their medical appointments. Operating hours for the free service are from 8am to 5pm every weekday. Bookings can be made by calling 03-55222742, faxing 0355138513, or emailing

Jog with the mayor
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan will jog with the public at 7.30am tomorrow (Oct 29) at Taman Tasik Shah Alam during the council’s 11th anniversary celebrations. Participants will also be entertained by local bands like Balle-Balle Group, Kumpulan Fourteen, Kombo MBSA and singers Ana Raffali and Shaz. The entertainment will start from 10am-6.30pm. For more information, call 013-3380551 (Sharin).

Blood campaign
The CAC Methodist Church, Chinese Assembly Hall and Confucian Private Secondary School will hold a free blood screening and blood donation campaign at the secondary school’s main hall on Lorong Hang Jebat in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (Oct 30) from 9am-4pm. For details, call 016-2892470 (Jacob).

Charity calenders
The Shelter Home for Children will be selling their colourful calenders 2010 themed “Children are a precious gift from God” to raise funds. Each calender will be sold at RM10 each. Call 03-79550663 (Edwin/Brian) for details.

Diabetes walk
Putrajaya Hospital, Perbadanan Putrajaya and Novo Nordisk Pharma (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd will hold a World Diabetes Day Walkathon in conjunction with World Diabetes Day on Nov 13 from 6.45am-10am at Taman Wetland, Precinct 13 Putrajaya. Call 03-22977200 (Nurita) or visit www.

Cancer fundraiser
The National Cancer Council and Columbia Asia Hospital Cheras will hold a carnival to raise funds for poor cancer patients on Sunday (Oct 30). The carnival will be held from 8.30am-4pm at the hospital on Jalan Suakasih Cheras. There will be talks on cancer and free clinical breast examination for women. Call 03-90869999 for details. The council’s seven-seater Proton Exora.

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Charles (fourth from left) and parents of the Form Six students hold copies of their police reports.

By Basil Foo

KLANG: Complaints of sexual harassment and threats at a secondary school here will be brought to Parliament as they have been ignored by authorities. “I will raise this issue during the discussion of the Ministry of Education’s expenditure,” said Charles Santiago yesterday. The Klang MP has received complaints from several Form Six students about teachers making threats and sexually inappropriate remarks. “Our teacher ridiculed the Indian Bharatanatyam dance and Hindu temple idols for having sexual elements,” said a student who spoke on condition of anonymity. The 19-year-old, along with four classmates and their parents, held a press conference at Santiago’s office on Oct 21. The remarks were allegedly uttered by their Visual Arts Education teacher during an examination on Oct 6. “As we are History students, we had to sit aside while the others sat the Art exam. That was when the teacher made the remarks,” she said. As a result, another class-

Students tell of sexual harassment and threats
mate brought a pornographic book depicting images of the Kama Sutra to taunt the student. Reacting to the uproar caused by the book, the teacher called the students for a meeting to defuse the situation on Oct 14. But the teacher spent two hours behind closed doors trying to convince them that sex was a normal part of life by using lewd metaphors.  “We believe the teacher was trying to protect the student who brought the book,” said the student. Five parents subsequently sent a letter to the school principal to demand an investigation on Oct 20. Copies of the letter were forwarded to the Klang District Education Office, the Selangor State Education Office and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

But on Oct 21, the student was hauled up to the principal’s office where she was verbally threatened. She was told that she would face repercussions if the case was exposed. “The teacher said if something were to happen to me in the school compound, the school would not be responsible for it,” she said. Two police reports were filed by a parent and student on Oct 18 and Oct 21 over the incident. “It is totally unacceptable for teachers to threaten their students. This is a blatant misuse of power,” said Santiago.  He said the Visual Arts teacher should be sent for counselling. Santiago added that he had yet to receive a response from the Education Ministry or the school principal.

Syabas NRW remains high
SHAH ALAM: Selangor is concerned that the percentage of Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd’s (Syabas) Non-Revenue Water (NRW) remains high despite claims of efforts to reduce it. ”Syabas’ inability to reduce NRW to a satisfactory level only proves that the water concessionaire has failed to maintain the water pipes as stated in the concession agreement between the state and the company,” said Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong in a statement on Wednesday. According to the Water Services Commission (Span) report, Syabas has failed to cut NRW to less that 30%. “Although NRW was reduced to 32.38% in 2009 as compared to 38.42% in 2005, NRW has gone up again last year with Span predicting that NRW will rise to 40% till 2020,” said Wong. “Without sufficient clean water, it is not impossible for a water shortage in Klang Valley to occur although the seven dams in
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Selangor provide enough raw water,” she added. According to an assessment of Selangor’s water assets conducted by Ranhill, there are two water treatment plants (Kalumpang and Sg Sireh) which need major improvements while another 18 need to be upgraded. “This shows that Puncak Niaga has failed to do the necessary upgrading works for these water treatment plants,” said Wong. As such, it is not surprising that these plants are functioning below their capabilities, she added. While the federal government is pursuing the construction of the Langat 2 treatment plant, this project will only bring more raw water from Pahang, but does not solve the issue of clean water to Selangor residents, said Wong. “Selangor is confident of cutting the NRW to 10% if the state is allowed to take over the concessionaires, thus meeting the needs of the people.”

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Affordable centre for dialysis and stroke patients

Front row: (From left) Rodziah, Kok, Sze, and Khalid at the opening ceremony.

By Alvin Yap

SUBANG JAYA: The founder of a community-based charity medical centre here understands the burden shouldered by poor patients seeking dialysis and rehabilitative care. “For those who come to seek help, we deeply understand the physical pain and financial constraints they and their families are facing,” said Rev Sze Chang Heng during the launch of the Sau Seng Lum (SSL) Dialysis and Stroke Rehabilitation Centre in Puchong. Sze said the centre is committed to providing quality and affordable medical services to the needy in the surrounding areas. The centre is known for its physiotherapy sessions for stroke patients and haemodialysis treatment for people suffering from kidney failure. Sze said healthcare for the poor should not be compromised by low incomes, adding that the medical centre’s mission was to benefit those in need of help. “[For] those who can’t afford the treatments, we provide free services,” Sze told a 1,000-strong audience comprising state officials and corporate and private donors. Sze said the centre has some 150 certified and experienced medical personnel and is ISO 9001: 2000 certified. She later took guests on a tour of the centre before visiting patients undergoing dialysis treatment. She said SSL patients pay only RM50 to RM60 per session compared with RM200 to RM300 at private establishments. Dialysis patients must go for treatment three times a week, and unsubsidised treatments can set a family back by some RM1,000 a week. The centre treats about 300 kidney patients weekly, with most coming from the

lower-income group. Patient Sarimah Mohd Yunus, 55, said if not for the affordable treatment, she would have had to fork out almost RM1,000 a week at private care providers. The Kampung Subang resident said she was thankful there were charitable organisations operating to ease the burden of poor patients. “My treatment is going well, and my family doesn’t worry now that I’m coming here,” said the mother of three. The centre, apart from offering dialysis treatment and stroke rehabilitation, also runs rehabilitation sessions for those recovering from injuries and accidents. It also operates the paediatric rehabilitation centre for children and adolescents who have autism, cerebral palsy, polio, down syndrome and other learning disabilities. Haslina Omar, 46, said her 11-year-old adopted daughter Atikah, who has severe autism, is responding to the weekly rehabilitation treatments. “I’m happy and thankful that such a centre exists for my daughter to come for her rehabilitation classes,” she said, referring to the paediatric rehabilitation programme at the centre. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who toured the facility, said he was very impressed with the quality healthcare given to poor patients. The Menteri Besar said the quality of care offered by the charity organisation is on par with private clinics, adding that he was thinking of sending a team to study Sau Seng Lum’s operations. Khalid and state executive councillors Teresa Kok, Dr Rodziah Ismail and Puchong MP Gobind Singh also met patients and their caregivers. The organisation has another medical centre at Section 1, Old Town,  to serve Petaling Jaya residents.


Building of Setia Walk ramp to be decided
By Brenda Ch’ng


october 28 — 30, 2011

PUCHONG: A new flyover will be built to address traffic congestion at the Setia Walk development if the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deems it necessary. SP Setia Bhd reiterated their commitment to build the ramp directly into the development during a meeting on Sunday. “We are already doing a soil test to ensure the flyover can be safely built there,” said SP Setia deputy president and chief operating officer Datuk Voon Tin Yow. A preliminary underground survey has also begun to ensure there are no pipes or obstruction where the flyover’s pillars will be placed. The mixed development, which includes service apartments, retail shops and office blocks, is due to open in two weeks. This has raised the concern of residents in the neighbouring Taman Wawasan. MPSJ will also be conducting a traffic study at the site, which is located along the busy Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP). “We’ll wait for MPSJ to come back with their study, and they will have the final say on

the necessity of the ramp before developers undertake the project,” said Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo. He said the proposal to build a ramp will only be approved by the council if their study shows that the current road system is unable to keep up with the foreseeable increase of traffic. “MPSJ will also decide on when, how and where the ramp will be built,” said Gobind. If built, this ramp is expected to reduce the weaving traffic cutting into the development. It is also aimed at reducing traffic congestion, especially during peak hours, at the Persiaran Wawasan and LDP junction. “This traffic study will only commence in two weeks, after the developer completes their infrastructure works and opens the building to some tenants and residents,” said MPSJ’s engineering department spokesperson. He said the traffic study will be more accurate if conducted after the roadworks are completed and the building is opened. “The developers have made a promise to bear all costs to build the ramp to create a more conducive environment for the residents

here,” said MPSJ councillor Tan Jo Hann. He said the ramp will be about 350 metres long and will take off from the service lanes on the LDP straight into the main entrance of Setia Walk. Currently, there is a two-lane slip road parallel to the LDP, which leads into the building. Voon (right) explaining the benefit of the ramp to residents However, residents while Gobind looks on. are unsatisfied with the existing slip road, which will be controlled by chairperson SY Yong. traffic lights, and wants the ramp built to Yong, who is also a resident of Taman prevent future traffic congestion. Wawasan, hopes MPSJ will approve the flyoAccording to residents, they foresee this ver soon, and for the developer to build it slip road to be the cause of weaving vehicles immediately as the project will take almost 24 coming from the LDP and from Taman Wa- months to complete. wasan Puchong. “I’m glad that the developer is being so“It’s obvious the traffic congestion here is cially responsible and has agreed to build it. terrible, and it will only get worse when the But they have hurry so that the traffic conbuilding is up and running,” said Action Com- gestion can be tackled before it gets too late,” mittee Against Setia Walk Traffic Layout she said.

Little India comes alive during Anwar’s visit

Coming together for the elderly
By William Tan

said Anwar. The federal opposition leader expressed his well wishes and entertained the crowd with a talk about the importance of light during Deepavali. “The light represents a glimmer of hope in a dark world, so lets brighten our world and give lights to the people this festive season,” he said. Accompanied by roaring laughter and applause, his speech ended with tokens of appreciation from Klang Municipal Councillors (MPK) and the Little India Business Association. Anwar also urged the community to be pennywise when purchasing items for the festive day. “Prices are increasing now, and I hope everyone is careful not to overspend. Spend in moderation and have A shopowner presents a garland to Anwar while Dr Xavier, on his an enjoyable Deepavali celebration left, looks on. with family and friends,” he said. KLANG: Little India was filled with pre-Deepavali Joining him were MPK secretary Ikhsan Mukri, state buzz when thousands mobbed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibra- exco members Ronnie Liu and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, him during his visit to greet traders and shoppers last and MPs Charles Santiago (Klang), R Sivarasa (Subang) Sunday. and S Manikavasagam (Kapar). Upon his arrival, passers-by, shoppers and traders alike pushed their way through the crowd for a chance to garland the Selangor economic adviser as he visited shops on Jalan Tengku Kelana. “It’s such an honour to be here, and I feel so at home being warmly welcomed by all my Indian friends here,”

Lighting an oil lamp to celebrate Deepavali.

KELANA JAYA: Some 200 elderly folks here got a chance to spend their RM100 vouchers under the state’s Jom Shopping programme at Giant Kelana Jaya last Saturday. The senior citizens were accompanied by Hannah Yeoh and volunteers from the First Baptist Church’s Senior Citizen Ministry. “We find Yeoh’s and the state’s objective to reach out to the old and destitute to be aligned with our own beliefs, and we are more than happy to help,” said 64-yearold volunteer Robert KK Chee, who is part of the First Baptist Church. Chee said they take care of over 200 seniors within the Klang Valley with monthly food donations to old folks homes. This was the first time the ministry has worked with a state initiative. “Jom Shopping” is part of the Selangor’s welfare pro gramme for the elderly. “There is a lot of logistics involved, and we need the help,” said Yeoh, who is the Subang Jaya assemblyperson. She said the event was a good way to reach out and directly assist the elderly, (From left) Yeoh with participants Lee Poh Lan and added that and Chiew Cheong Beng, both in their 70s.

the RM100 sponsored by the state could go a long way for some, allowing them to purchase up to a month’s worth of toiletries. The participants gladly agreed with her. “It is good that they are giving a thought about us, a thought that the elderly must be happy,” said T Henry, 75. However, the senior, who still freelances as a technician, felt it would have been better if they had been given the shopping coupons earlier, rather than only receiving them at the checkout. He explained that it was quite crowded, and the citizens had to wait in a long queue behind the two counters assigned for the event. This was echoed by 64-year-old Ooi Kah Soon, who was pleased with the policy but hoped that it could be better organised. “The idea is good as the elderly are more dependent,” said Ooi.

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Families receive aid after fire
SERI KEMBANGAN: Four families received financial aid after their homes were razed by a fire in Seri Kembangan New Village on Tuesday evening. “We are grateful for the help,” said Loh Choon Lan after receiving financial aid from Seri Kembangan assemblyperson Ean Yong Hian Wah and Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching. She received RM1,000 each from Ean Yong and Teo, who paid a visit to the site of the fire on Wednesday (Oct 26). Loh lived at lot 1314 on Jalan SK 9/6 with her mother and younger sibling, who were at home when their house caught fire. “We could smell gas before the fire started. It spread from our neighbour’s house to ours at about 5.30pm,” she said. The 47-year-old clerk revealed that there had been the smell of gas in the area for the past 10 years, which had not been looked into despite complaints to the authorities. She is now staying at her sister’s house down the road, and was presented with the cheque there. “My mother cried when she received the cheque as she has been living in that same home for over 40 years,” said Loh. Jong Chean Hin, who lived at lot 1315, also received RM1,000 from both Ean Yong and Teo. He was at home with his wife, three children and younger brother when the fire broke out. “We heard a scream from the bedroom and saw fire burst out. We managed to run out of the house but did not manage to retrieve anything,” said Jong. The 49-year-old gardener said the home which he had lived in for over 30 years was razed to the ground despite firefighters battling the blaze for half an hour.

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After the fire that broke out on Tuesday evening.

He lost a lorry, three motorcycles, and RM20,000 in cash as he had just returned from selling fruits and kept the money in his shirt. “My brother’s back was burnt when he tried to put out the fire. He was admitted to the Serdang Hospital,” he said. Ean Yong and Teo presented another RM550 each to

Loh Tham Yin of lot 1316 and residents of a fourth neighbouring lot that were both damaged by the fire.

Walk for Alzheimer’s awareness
SHAH ALAM: Hundreds filled Taman Tasik Kota Kemuning last Sunday to join 10 Alzheimer’s patients for a walk to create awareness about the degenerative disease. The 2km walk around the lake, which kicked off at 7.30am with a round of aerobic warm-up exercises, was organised by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) in conjunction with its 11th anniversary. Together with the Rotary Club of Shah Alam and Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM), MBSA successfully organised medical checkups and educational booths about the disease. “I hope this event will bring more awareness to the public on Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan. He also expressed his appreciation for the masses who spared their Sunday morning to support the event with their families. “I’m glad for this huge turnout, and it is a good sign to know people are more aware of Alzheimer’s disease,” said ADFM president Datuk Jeffrey Ng Chin Heng. Joining him were Orang Besar Daerah Petaling Datuk Emran Kadir, and ADFM chairperson Datuk Dr Yim Khai Kee. The event was also filled with talks titled What is Alzheimer’s? and I Am Losing My Memory by representatives from the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. Those present were given free eye tests, bone-density scans, blood analyses and checkups for diabetes and high blood pressure.



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RAWANG: Residents on Jalan Waterfall near Rawang old town are pleased that the road is finally being widened and upgraded, after appealing to the authorities for more than two decades. Resident Ruth Gabriel, 45, said as the road was narrow, only one car could make the turn at its sharp corner at a time. Furthermore, dense bushes were blocking motorists’ view of oncoming traffic. “It’s a very dangerous corner. I’m glad they’ve finally removed the bushes and are widening the road,” said Gabriel. Seventy-five-year-old Chew Leong Kean, who has lived there for 31 years, added that fights used to break out when car owners refused to allow each other to pass first. To rectify the problem, Rawang assemblyperson Gan Pei Nei said Jalan Waterfall would be widened to seven metres, and that a streetlight would be added for motorists to have a clearer view of oncoming traffic.

She said construction work started on Oct 19 and is expected to be concluded on Nov 4. “The contrac- Ruth Gabriel tor should be able to complete the work on time if the weather remains fair,” Gan told the press. She said the project cost RM146,210 and is funded by allocation provided by Malaysia Road Records Information System (Marris). Selayang Municipal Council engineering director Othman Idris and local councillor Tan Hui Chuan were also at the site with Gan to inspect the progress of the road upgrade. Gan told reporters that authorities also plan to reevaluate the drainage system at the residential area to alleviate floods in the area. “The current drainage system can no longer handle the water volume. We’re looking at diverting the water to Sungai Rawang,” she said.

Contempt for politicians?
ear Lord Bobo, I live in PJ, and my neighbours are always going on and on about how the area is so much “better” to live in since BN is no longer in charge. To be honest, I don’t see much of a difference. Is it just psychological? Unconvinced, via email AH – those rose tinted glasses have finally worn away, and the cold hard political realities of life in Malaysia hits hard on the Unconvinced! Our minions, many of whom live in the Malaysian state of Selangor, have complained that their drains still keep clogging and the roads are still potholed (especially Jalan Gasing and Jalan Universiti – what is up with that?!) despite the political tsunami of 2008 more than three years ago. Most of these problems can and should be solved by the local councils like Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya. Yet, because there are yet to be any elections for local government positions, the members of the local councils are not answerable to the actual residents of their locality. Local councils are appointed by the Menteri Besar. Although representatives of some grassroots organisations and non-governmental organisations were given a limited amount of seats on the councils, this is still a far cry from voters actually electing members of their local council and directly holding them accountable for the job they are doing. Of course, there are some differences between Selangor and other states. For example, the very popular land premium scheme introduced recently, which makes it easier for landowners to extend their leasehold titles, is not found in any other state. The Islamic authorities are particularly zealous in Selangor to enforce the laws against religious proselytisation to Muslims. And after all, this wonderful newspaper is a symbol of something that no one in any other state in Malaysia can enjoy – a print newspaper that is “pro-opposition”!

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ord Bobo, what is contempt of court? Who can be said to be in contempt of court? What’s the penalty? Can someone be cited for contempt even if one is not actually in court?

THE classic case of contempt of court is when a person disobeys a court order. Another kind of contempt is contempt in the face of court, which includes things like basically disrupting court proceedings. A rather more ancient type of contempt is an offence called “scandalising the court”, which nowadays is more often used to stifle discussions of ongoing court cases. Much criticism has been directed at the offence of scandalising the court, which many say should not apply in cases where there is no jury trying a case. The penalties for contempt of court are very serious. They range from an admonishment (sort of like a scolding from the judge), to a fine or committal to civil prison (which is not all that different from criminal prison, but you are housed separately). Given the seriousness of contempt of court, many safeguards have been put in place by the law to ensure that a person is not easily held in contempt of court. The order must be personally delivered to the person who must comply with the order, though there are some limited instances where this may not be necessary. The alleged “contemnor” is then given an opportunity to defend his or herself. An apology goes a long way, and will significantly reduce the punishment usually. Let us look at the case of a breach of a court order in practice. The cases of non-Muslim mothers whose husbands convert to Islam, and convert their children to Islam as well has recently been in the news, and two cases show the different ways in which contempt of court by disobeying a court order can operate. There is the case of Shamala Sathiyaseelan. In the case, the

mother was given custody of her children, but with a condition that she gave access to the husband Ask Lord Bobo is a weekly column and also on condi- by LoyarBurok (www.loyarburok. tion that she could com) where all your profound, abnot expose the chil- struse, erudite, hermetic, recondite, dren to her own sagacious, and other thesaurusHindu faith. If she described queries are answered! failed to comply with these conditions, she might lose the custody of her children. Shamala left the country unable to comply with the condition banning her from exposing her children to her own religion. The Federal Court held that since Shamala was in contempt of court, she could not proceed with her appeal to nullify the conversions of her children to Islam without her consent. In the case of Indra Gandhi, the mother was given custody of all three of their children by the Ipoh High Court without any conditions as to their religious upbringing. One of those three children – the youngest, now aged two but who was taken from the mother while the baby was still being breastfed – is with the husband. He refuses to deliver the baby to the wife, ostensibly relying on a syariah court order in his favour given in the absence of the wife. The husband refuses to disclose his location to the wife, and so the wife’s lawyers cannot serve the court order on the husband. Without this service, it is arguable that they cannot cite him for contempt of court for disobeying the High Court order and failing to give his estranged wife custody of their young daughter. However, if it can be shown that he is clearly aware of the order and still not obeying it, he might well be considered to be in contempt.



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Shamsuddin Bardan: Act recently passed in Parliament put additional burdens on the employers.

The employment (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament on Oct 6 after it was withdrawn last July to further refine the proposed amendments. Amendments include provisions on sexual harassment; maternity leave benefits for female employees; work on rest days and public holidays; and overtime payment. however, the amendments have drawn some flak not only from trade unions for eroding workers’ rights, but also from local employers for various reasons. “The amendments to the employment Act recently passed in Parliament put additional burdens on the employers,” says Shamsuddin Bardan. The Malaysian employers Federation (MeF) executive director says local employers now have heavier financial burdens and more responsibilities to fulfill. he says the financial aspect of the Act has been extended to cover employees earning RM2,000 and below from the previous level of RM1,500 and below. This is a 33% increase in coverage, and more employees will come within the ambit of the Act.

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“This means m o re e m p l o y e e s will be eligible to claim overtime, work on rest day pay, and work on public holiday pay. This will amount to additional cost to employers,” he says. Amendments to the Act also extended the coverage of maternity leave to all female employees irrespective of wages. however, the MeF maintains their stand that maternity leave should not be applicable to employees outside the scope of the Act – those earning above RM2,000. Shamsuddin says his would be akin to “rojak” as the Act originally sought to protect a certain class of employees, but will now be extended to cover all female employees. “This particular move by the Ministry of human

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Other shortcomings of the amendments would be the inability of workers to form effective unions.

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has come out against recent amendments to the employment Act 1955 in Parliament. They state that amending the term “sub-contractor for labour” to “contractor for labour” under Section 2 will not protect the rights of contract labourers. The MTUC also shares these concerns due to the amendments to the Act: • Contract workers cannot be organised into unions and this would weaken existing unions; • Rights of contract and part-time workers will not be protected; • Agencies supplying workers to a third party as labour contractors would gain employer status to the workers; • Workers will not have job security as they would be under the labour contractor’s payroll and not

MTUC’s concerns

be under the principal employer; • Discrimination will occur in the workplace as not all workers will enjoy the same wages, benefits and rights despite doing the same work; • The amendments remove the obligations and duties of employers to their workers; and • The amendments go against the Prime Minister’s platform for a high-income nation as labour suppliers are allowed to gain commission from the wages of workers.

he relationship between an employer and employee is set to change drastically with the latest amendments to the Employment Act 1955. Instead of being directly responsible for the contracts with workers, companies can now delegate the role to a labour contractor. Passed in Parliament on Oct 6, the amendments give a greater role to labour suppliers, according to the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC). The main bone of contention with the new amendments is that the labour supplier will now come between workers and businesses. “In any economic undertaking, the presence of [an intermediary] will only incur a loss for the workers. Workers will become a commodity,” says MTUC executive committee member Bruno Pereira. Pereira says labour contractors have existed illegally for the last 14 years. Instead of workers being directly employed under principal employers, labour contractors have acted outside the law as suppliers of workers. This has led to workers experiencing a reduction of pay, loss of benefits, and an inability to form With the amendm effective unions to protect the interthe labour system in est of workers. the verge of a big shi “The government is supposed to stop this. But instead of punishing workers would need the culprits, they are trying to legalcontractors to get the ise this,” he says. Pereira says contract workers, means to do so and need to rely on who make up an estimated 30% the principal employer. of the nation’s workforce, are ex“The principal pays the contracpected to be affected by this new tor, who then pays the worker. So scenario. whether the contractor pays in full, According to him, these contract or pinch here and there, is in quesworkers are forced to work overtime, tion,” Pereira explains. sometimes up to 12 hours a day, with He cites the example of a factory few days of leave. owner who decides to provide mediHe says while labour contraccal coverage for his workers and pays tors should provide adequate pay an amount to the labour contractor. and benefits, they do not have the


Resources (MOHR) was made despite objections by the MEF. This really adds to the bureaucracy on employment,” he says. T h e M E F also points out uncertainties in on sexual harass-ment at the

ation not happy

finition of sexual harassment at to address instances where an arasses a client of the company. g needs to be addressed on an msuddin says. n placed on employers are ort on the employment of foreign

HR could easily liaise with the ffairs to get the necessary data employed by local employers.

“This is really a waste of time to require employers to report employment of foreign workers when the data is already available within the government machinery,” he says. On the amendments concerning labour contractors, Shamsuddin says legislative changes will not alter the longstanding issue. “MEF is of the view that contracting out certain operations of companies has taken place since the early years and amendments would not change the scenario,” he says. He adds that MEF will be disseminating the amendments to employers to explain their obligations to them. They will also be pursuing MOHR to modernise the Act, especially where it comes to self regulation of employers. “Currently, there are many provisions in the Act requiring employers to apply for approval from the Director-General of Labour,” he says, adding that there is no need for such applications to be made. “Employers should just abide with the conditions set by the MOHR to operate without interruptions.”

Amendments to the Act will affect maternity leave of employees.

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Charles Santiago: Predicts a drop in union membership.

town would find difficulty in getting help. Shift in the labour system Pereira also speaks of instances where a labour contractor can not fulfill its financial commitments and had to close down. The concern is that if a company goes bankrupt and shuts down, the directors would not be charged and could easily move elsewhere to start a new company. “If the contractors don’t pay and run away, how can the workers get their rights? The contractors are so mobile,” Pereira says. He also says labour contractors in rural areas might not even issue contracts and would get their labourers to just work on the spot. He says the principal employers – the factory owners, those with assets, wealth, and who make profits from the workers’ efforts – should be direct employers. “The principal employers are the ones who should take care of workers’ welfare directly,” he says. With the amendments in place, the labour system in Malaysia is on the verge of a big shift where future workers would need to look for contractors to get the jobs they want. The company may decide to pay workers a certain amount, but the amount would be reduced because

of the labour contractor. “Why should the [intermediary] come in when the principal would be easier to regulate? We will not allow the system to take advantage of labourers,” Pereira declares. In response to the amendment and the potential worker rights violations it may cause, MTUC has decided to hold a nationwide picket on Nov 3 (Thursday). The picket will be held at various venues throughout the country in industrial areas after work, as it falls on a working day. “The MTUC has divisions in all the states. Sabah and Sarawak will also be taking part, of course,” adds Pereira. Injuries on the job A parliamentarian has also come out against the amendments by saying it will harm workers from across all industries, especially low income earners. Klang MP Charles Santiago says the amendments will deny low-wage earners protection from injuries sustained on the job. “I was doing a study of a factory in Shah Alam when I saw a worker injure his leg on a forklift. He was sent to the hospital but denied medical coverage there,” he says. When asked who his employer was, the worker replied with the name of the factory he was working at. The factory owners then responded that they were not his employer, and that he worked for a labour contractor and was not enti-

ments in place, Malaysia is on ift where future to look for he jobs they want.”
However, the contractor may pass down less than the given amount, or in some cases nothing at all. “It is impossible to protect every single worker from this. The government is talking as if they are going to micromanage everything,” Pereira says. He adds that maligned workers in town can go to the Labour Office to complain, but those from out of

Batches of contract workers may be sent to different factories depending on their peak production periods.

tled to receive any medical benefits, Santiago recalls. “The worker was surprised at this claim and had no choice but pay for the medical expenses,” he says. He says more cases like this will surface due to the amendments, because labour contractors are not obligated to give worker benefits like larger companies are. Other shortcomings of the amendments would be the inability of workers to form effective unions. “Labour contractors may send workers to a company for three months, and then send them to

another company for the next three months after,” he says. As and when the need arises, batches of contract workers may be sent to different factories depending on their peak production periods. Santiago predicts a drop in union membership as the simple majority required to form a union would be hindered by the incessant shuffling of workers between companies. “If a company has 100 workers, they need 50 plus one to form a union. But if workers are sent from one place to another, it will be the end of trade unions,” he says.

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Aren’t we all dirty minded?
Tripping Zero 3
Sharyn Shufiyan

october 28 — 30, 2011


aking shelter from the rain, I walked into a Chinese coffee shop occupied by uncles playing mahjong. In small towns like Kuang, an outsider stands out like a sore thumb. At one point while I was on the phone, the uncles stopped playing and stared at me. “They thought you are a police,” said Uncle Chong, who came to sit next to me. I ended up in this small town in search of the Kuang landfill. I failed miserably, so I traded waste for yit cha instead. Uncle Chong told me that collecting rubbish is a lucrative business, as the landfill charges RM30 per tonne. I can imagine – KW Mak reported on The Nut Graph news website that the waste industry raked in RM52 million a year. That’s expected for an urban consumer society such as ours. Malaysians generate over 30,000 tonnes of waste daily. But this number means nothing to most of us, because what we can’t see won’t hurt us. I was in a car one day waiting for the traffic light when the driver of the car in front of me threw a plastic bag out of the window. I got out of my car, went over and knocked on the window. A young corporate-looking man looked bewildered as I threw the plastic bag back into his car. Another incident happened just in my neighbourhood when a lady threw tissue papers on the ground as she got out of her car while the rubbish bin was just a few steps away. Unfortunately for her, I was right behind, so I asked her to pick them up and throw them away properly. Not in my hood, you don’t! Sometimes, being proactive can backfire, though. My mother had done the same thing to a woman who had thrown a KFC box out of her car. As she drove off, she chucked the box out again, probably out of spite. Once, I was snorkelling near the jetty in Tioman collecting floating plastic bags as I went along, and I could have sworn the tourists threw them over on purpose just to watch me pick them up, because every time I surfaced, there seemed to be more! So I’m beginning to believe that Malaysians are a spiteful bunch of people. When there is a signboard that says “Dilarang

Membuang Sampah, Denda RM500”, that’s where you’ll find heaps of rubbish. Maybe they think it’s funny and that they’ll get away scot-free because you can’t really trace who the rubbish belongs to, and enforcement is as much rubbish as the things they throw away. So goes our mentality of “out of sight, out of mind” that plagues many Malaysians. It’s not like we can’t clean up after ourselves – after all, cleanliness has been inculcated since young. I remember in school we had duty rosters and took turns to clean our classrooms before we left; and the concept of gotong-royong is a core value to many Malaysian communities. Yet when you take a Malaysian out of their homes, they don’t have the same regard towards cleanliness and the environment. We expect that we have other people who will clean up our messes. Even so, our streets are relatively clean; we’re not Singapore, but we’re all right. Rubbish disappears from our immediate eyes thanks to the hard work of Alam Flora and DBKL workers. They are whisked far away to places like Kuang for other people to sort out. But maybe we should allow rubbish to accumulate. Maybe

we should start “seeing” the problem. We should move away from ineffective signboards and crappy PSAs to more creative ways of educating the public. Maybe we should bring landfills into public spaces; I mean, really, how many of us would drive to Kuang just to see the state of our landfills? Last year, photographer Suchen SK was commissioned by the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) to take pretty pictures of ugly trash that was then turned into a coffee-table book. Unfortunately, the book, Wonderland... Beyond the Bin, is not for sale and now sits on the shelves of government organisations and libraries, beyond the eyes of the public! Another hit and miss. Wouldn’t it be better to have these books in cafes as we dine? It would have been an unconventionally tasty meal. After all, half of our garbage comprises organic kitchen waste such as leftover and unconsumed food. If Malaysians turned freegan, we wouldn’t be complaining about increased food and goods prices anymore. In Paris, architect Clèmence Eliard and artist Elise Morin created a waste landscape of 60,000 unwanted CDs sewn together by hand and displayed it in an arts centre. HA Schult created an army of “Trash People” from crushed cans and electronic waste. These life-sized sculptures were displayed in public areas such as parks, and even made it around the world to places such as the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza. Tim Noble and Sue Webster created figure shadows from piles of trash; one installation even included a pair of dead seagulls! These installations are a visual reminder of how much we consume and discard. Environmental messages have been so conventional and didactic that they are, well, boring. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to drive the message across, especially for an issue that is conveniently invisible. Urbanites are living in such a fast-paced environment and constantly bombarded with information and in-your-face marketing that it’s easier to switch off from these “holier-thanthou” messages than to actually internalise them. A psychological barrier to learning is also the reactionary attitudes to such environmental messages; this notion that the green movement is part of a social class structure. It is easier to ridicule someone for caring than to actually make an effort, even if that effort requires you to walk five steps to a dustbin. We should start worrying when we come to a point where we’re actually comfortable living alongside garbage. Frankly, we’re not that far off from that future.

Neighbourhoods under siege
OF late I’ve been thinking a lot about neighbourhoods – all these places where we grew up, started our own families, and basically watched the nation go by. Neighbourhoods are supposed to be safe places. Safe enough that we should be able to let our children wander through the alleys and play by themselves in the fields. Safe enough that we should really be able to leave our doors unlocked during the day, and maybe even at night. Safe enough that we can sleep easy knowing that tomorrow morning, everything in our house would be where they were the night before. Yet the perception these days is that that is not what our neighbourhoods have become. Take Taman Tun Dr Ismail (yes, I know, it’s technically KL, yet before 1974 it was Selangor, so can consider it cukup syarat lah). Recently, TTDI residents were shocked to read about the case of six parang-wielding young men on motorbikes who pounced on an unsuspecting victim in the Burhanuddin Helmi area of TTDI at 9.30pm. Unfortunately for one of them, their unsuspecting victim was none other than an off-duty policeman. When he brought out his pistol, they attempted to flee, yet for one of them it was too late – the policeman opened fire and the robber was killed on the spot. Incidences like this used to be more regu-

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lar a few years ago in most parts of TTDI. Residents in neighbouring Bandar Utama and Damansara would vouch the same for their areas as well. Yet so many months ago, many of these neighbourhoods decided that they had had enough and went on a “gated and guarded scheme” spree. Security booms and checkpoints were erected, residents’ support was canvassed and money collected, and meetings with various local authorities were held. While I don’t have the official crime statistics, anecdotally many residents in these areas reported fewer incidences of crime, at least in our mailing lists. Yet such a haphazard approach to neighbourhood security is indicative of a larger systemic problem, and begs the question: “Why are residents relying on other than the police for their security?” Could it be that we do not have enough police personnel? Evidently not. According to a research paper prepared by Research for Social Advancement (Refsa), our current police officer per capita ratio is just about

right: 1 for every 270 Malaysians (Interpol recommends 1:250). Yet some 41% of these police officers are tasked with mana g ement or administration, leaving just about 9,000 police personnel assigned to the crucial Criminal Investigation Department. So instead of adding 50,000 Illegal barriers in a residential area. more personnel – there are such already have a Facebook page and have replans in the pipeline – we should be clamour- cently started @PDRMsia on Twitter – much ing for the redeployment of police officers! more two-way conversations can happen. (As an aside, the Refsa paper Staffing the So while we cannot immediately do away Police points out that the General Operations with the cones, barrels and booms that barForce, which was set up to combat the com- ricade the outskirts of our neighbourhoods, munist insurgents during Malaya’s Emer- we also cannot immediately do away with gency years, has nearly 15,000 personnel.) such outsourced security as we would be What, then, is stopping those in power overly exposing our homes to danger. from such redistribution of resources? I’m not What we can do away with, I believe, is sure, to be honest. But let’s hope that with the feeling of being powerless to change the PDRM’s move to embrace social media – they condition that we are in.

By Gan Pei Ling

Fatal accidents spooking Ketam folks

october 28 — 30, 2011

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SHAH ALAM: A fatal fall from Pulau Ketam’s wooden pathways early on Monday morning has villagers spooked. Village chief Cha Keng Lee said some in the fishing village, which is built on stilts, believe the roads are haunted, but he attributes the deaths to the lack of safety railings along the pathways. The latest victim, a 44-year-old Lim Ka Peng, was last seen cycling near the police station in the century-old village. The body of the seafood distributor was discovered by villagers at around 7am on Monday. “He was cycling when he fell, and probably injured his head when he hit the concrete near the seabed. “By the time villagers found him, he was already dead,” said Cha. Two other deaths had occurred on Jalan Gombak and Jalan Timur earlier this year. “These tragedies wouldn’t have happened if there were railings along the roads,” said

Cha’s banner on the Pulau Ketam jetty in the days leading up to the village election in August.

(From left) Low, Cha with executive councillors Ean Yong, Liu and Tan.

Cha, who is appealing to the state to provide funds to construct barriers along the walkways to prevent further accidents. Cha said previously, villagers would fall into the muddy seabed if they weren’t careful, but such incidents are now more dangerous

because of concrete laid to protect electricity cables below. Cha was speaking to the press after receiving his formal appointment letter after being elected village chief during historic polls in July and August. Two others, Low See Mee and Tan Cheng

Hin, also received their appointment letters as the Pandamaran and Jenjarom village chief respectively from state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah. Their terms formally ends on Dec 31, 2012.  Also at the event was state executive councillor Ronnie Liu.

Floods caused by illegal extension

Know Your Councillor: Ivan Ho
By Brenda Ch’ng

Lau (fourth right) and residents at the illegal car park.

By Alvin Yap

PETALING JAYA: The selfish act of building an illegal car park, with concrete covers on top of a monsoon drain, has now led to floods in SS9A, Sungai Way. The homeowner responsible is being blamed for flash floods because his construction is preventing rainwater from entering the six-foot-deep monsoon drain. The construction was completed in mid-October. “When it rains, the rainwater flows into my shop and causes a two-foot-high flood,” said stall owner Latief Ibrahim Saad, 53. Residents at the Chinese New Village said the area is prone to floods during heavy downpours, but the situation has been made worse after the drain was covered. Loh Kuan Paw, 70, whose house is some 200 metres away, has also been hit by flash floods. “Before the drain was covered, it took at least two hours of heavy rain before it

flooded. Now, it floods after an hour,” he said here on Tuesday. Ratepayers met with Kampung Tunku assemblyperson Lau Weng San, who said the floods are inconveniencing residents there. He said floods are now an almost daily occurrence in view of the rainy season that will last until end of the year. Lau said the house with the illegal car park is rented out to migrants, and he had received rumours that the extension will be used to operate a car wash facility. He pointed out that the house, which is situated on higher ground than the homes surrounding it, does not have a permit for the extension. An engineer from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) also conducted a site visit and confirmed that the renovations were illegal. “No permit was received,” said the officer. He said MBPJ would send a notice to the house owner to compel him or her to demolish the concrete covers.

A C H A N C E to ser ve residents of Taman Eng Ann by solving their daily w o e s c o mp e l l e d Iva n Ho Fo o k Keong to become a councillor in Klang three years ago. “I took up the councillor’s job to make a change for the betterment of the people here, and it is my mission to see all the problems solved,” says Ho. To ensure problems are attended to, the three-term councillor forms a bridge between the residents and authorities. The 51-year-old lawyer feels that a good communication flow between councillors, residents and the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is key to solving problems. He touches base with the grassroots by organising site visits, dialogues and meetings with residents and MPK officers. “I think the communication has improved over the years as MPK officers have warmed to the residents and cooperating with me to resolve issues,” says Ho. Among the main issues he has been working on are cleanliness, infrastructure, flooding and rubbish collection. “When I first became a councillor, I was appalled by the state of cleanliness in Taman Eng Ann and Jalan Meru. Rubbish was everywhere, in drains and on the streets,” he says. Since then, he has been liaising with the council’s environmental department to monitor litter picking, rubbish collection and dirty streets. However, Ho still receives numerous complaints about flooding on Jalan Meru due to rubbish-filled drains. “The complaints come every time a heavy downpour occurs, causing floods in shoplots

and inconveniencing traders,” says Ho. Ho once inspected the drains opposite a row of shops with MPK officers, and was shocked to find underground drains being clogged with rubbish. “What surprised me was that the drains were not properly maintained or cleaned for decades. One can imagine the amount of rubbish down there,” says Ho. If we don’t clean it now, rubbish will continue to accumulate, and soon the whole Jalan Meru will be flooded, he says. “To prevent that, I have proposed a plan to clean up underground drains from Persimpangan Lorong Sireh to Sg Klang (Batu Belah),” says Ho. The project, which costs RM73,000, started a few weeks ago, and is scheduled for completion in a month’s time. Ho is also determined to patch up all potholes and resurface worn-out roads in Taman Eng Ann. “This is a challenge as there are limited funds allocated for infrastructure repairs, but I’ve worked out a plan with the council to patch up and resurface roads in phases,” says Ho. His plan, which began two years ago, lists all the roads which are in dire need of repair. From that list, the council will appoint contractors to fix the worst ones first before moving on to the rest. Ho is also identifying missing metal drain covers and getting the council to replace them. “Many drain covers are stolen, leaving a big gap on the road where people walk,” he said. For the future, Ho hopes to ease daily traffic congestion at the Taman Eng Ann morning market. “The place is too congested and narrow, and I’m currently looking for a new place nearby to relocate the stalls selling wet products,” he says. Among the stalls which will be relocated are those selling meat, vegetables and fish. Ho says these stalls not only contribute to the traffic congestion, but also leave behind awful smells and dirty roads.

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MBPJ to address residents’ woes
By Alvin Yap

october 28 — 30, 2011

PETALING JAYA: Residents of poorly maintained low-cost flats in Kota Damansara and Lembah Subang have been assured by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that their complaints will be addressed. “I have instructed the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to solve ratepayers’ woes The MB and other leaders meeting with here within three months,” said the Menteri residents in Lembah Subang. Besar last Sunday. Khalid made a surprise visit to the flats to listen to the residents expressed their disapgrouses of residents, and met with representatives from the pointment at the city council’s (From left) Roslan, Sivarasa (in background), Khalid, Iskandar and Dr Nasir. Joint Management Board ( JMB). slow response to their grievances. JMB committee members from the two low-cost flats The Ijok assemblyperson said relayed their frustrations over what they described as MBPJ’s he has asked MBPJ to review its contract with the company But he also urged residents to work with MBPJ and help neglect. that carried out maintenance on the lifts at the low-cost flats. maintain the facilities. The two communities of Section 8 Kota Damansara and He said MBPJ will increase security guards at the locaKhalid was accompanied by state executive councillor Lembah Subang pointed out that their lifts and lights have tions, as well as carry out immediate repairs. for Housing and Housing Management Iskandar Samad, not been repaired, while broken water pumps have left taps MBPJ will also build motorcycle parking lots with local government state executive councillor Ronnie Liu, dry. metal bars for residents to lock their bikes. Kota Damansara assemblyperson Dr Nasir Hashim, and They also complained about the lack of security guards. The city council, Khalid said, has sufficient funds in its Subang MP R Sivarasa. Khalid’s visit on Sunday was a follow up to a town hall maintenance account to carry out the repairs and upkeep Also present was also MBPJ Mayor Datuk Roslan Sakimeeting at MBPJ’s headquarters a fortnight ago, where of the flats. man.

Deepavali in Puchong
By Brenda Ch’ng

PUCHONG: Some 1,200 hampers were given out to the needy by Gobind Singh Deo in conjunction with Deepavali. “The aid is to help reduce some of their financial burden during Deepavali,” said the Puchong MP. He acknowledged the aid is only a small gesture, but hopes it will help these families enjoy the celebrations. These hampers were given out at 10 separate functions around Puchong. “Instead of the usual one-time grand

celebration at one specific location, I’ve decided to organise multiple smaller functions to reach out to all the less-fortunate families here,” said Gobind. He said the poor families were identified through the help of community leaders and temple organisations. Gobind also urged the government to improve the quality of living for these communities by focusing more on proper education for the young. He hopes the government will provide a more accessible education system for children.

Gobind with some of the recipients of Deepavali hampers in Bandar Kinrara 6.

More state funding for Tamil schools Jogging in conjunction with MBSA’s anniversary
SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will be organising a jogging event with mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan this Saturday in conjunction with the city’s 11th anniversary. “ We hope the public will join the jogging event to get to know each other more. “It is also aimed at informing the public on healthy living and physical exercise,” said MBSA press officer Shahrin Ahmad on Monday. T h e e vent ki c k s o f f at 7.30am. Nutrition supplement company Herbalife will hold a seminar on healthy eating and nutrition, while medical care provider KPJ Selangor and the Faculty of Health Sciences Universiti Teknologi Mara will also conduct free health checkups. Singers from MBSA Kombo are set to entertain the crowd from 10am to 6.30pm at the Laman Budaya stage. There will be also poetry readings, cultural dances, as well as a martial arts display. In addition, media group Kumpulan Karang kraf will showcase its publications, which can be read and purchased on the spot. Maybank, CIMB and Bank Muamalat will also set up information booths, where the public can receive information on financial matters. “The city council hopes that people around the Klang Valley, and not just Shah Alam residents, will attend the event to make it a success,” Sharin said. SHAH ALAM: Selangor will allocate RM4 million to help Tamil schools in the state, to improve examination results over a period of three years. “We are giving out RM1.48 million in allocations to Tamil schools for the 2012 academic year. “This is the first phase of Selangor’s plan to boost academic standings at these schools,” said state executive councillor Dr Halimah Ali. Dr Halimah, whose portfolios

Dr Halimah Ali

include education, said Selangor had identified 43 Tamil secondary schools that will receive the funding. The allocations will be given to Parents Teacher Association (PIBG) committees, which can use the money to purchase computers and other resources for the schools. “The equipment should be used to boost learning skills, as well as life skills such as computer literacy,” she said recently.

Pekawanis hands out aid to families
KLANG: Thirty families received RM100 cash each on the eve of Deepavali on Tuesday from the Selangor Women’s Welfare and Charity Org anisation (Pekawanis). Among the beneficiaries was former Alam Flora Sdn Bhd worker M Murujan, 35, who is unemployed after the solid waste management company stopped providing services for Selangor on Oct 15. Murujan and his wife R Muniady, 32, who works as a cleaner for the Klang Municipal Council, have three children aged one to six. “We plan to use the money to shop for clothing for Deepavali,” he told Selangor Times. Murujan and the other families received the RM100 cash from Pekawanis committee member Datin So Soh Koon. So is the wife of Sungai Pinang assemblyperson Datuk Teng Chang Khim. She said Pekawanis, which is made up of assemblypersons’ spouses, regularly gives out aid to needy families during festive seasons. The association a llocate d RM3,000 for each constituency for Deepavali.

Suites in the heart of the city
By Basil Foo

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october 28 — 30, 2011

EVER dreamt of living the highlife in one of the world’s capital cities where a myriad of sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences await the curious? Situated within walking distance of downtown Kuala Lumpur’s major food, leisure, and tourist attractions, One @ Bukit Ceylon towers over it all. For those wanting to be close to the action, the hotel suites are a walking distance from two existing monorail stations – Bukit Bintang and Raja Chulan. Nearby hotspots include Pavilion KL, Lot 10, Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Sungei Wang Plaza, KL Tower, Changkat Bukit Bintang, and the renowned food paradise at Jalan Alor. A single block of 27-stories and 354 units, the hotel suites boast four different types of units available to the urban dweller or savvy investor. Types A and D are studio units sized at 411 and 453 sq ft respectively with types B and C having two bedrooms each and sized at 927 and 769 sq ft respectively. The suites are from level 11 onwards and come with a single bathroom. One @ Bukit Ceylon will be divided into units managed by a hotel operator and live-in units.

Level 12 to 17 comes with hotel services including room service and house keeping. Upon completion, these floors will be run by the management and rented out as fully furnished hotel rooms to guests. The units on these floors have a Guaranteed Rental Return (GRR) rate of 6% per annum gross off the purchase price. The GRR will run for the first three years and will be paid to the unit owner every quarter either through bank transfer or direct collection. All units are fully furnished and features ducted air-conditioning and kitchenette with induction hood, so buyers can move in with ease upon completion. Unit type C and D face Menara Bousted in the North-East while type A and B face Berjaya Times Square and Radius International Hotel in the South West. Residents stand to enjoy club-facilities on

the 9th floor which include a jacuzzi, infinity pool, gymnasium, reading lounge, private function room, and launderette. Ample car parks are available in the basement and from level 1 to 8 on a season parking basis. The ground level of One @ Bukit Ceylon features a lush and welcoming hotel lobby complete with restaurants and a concierge to welcome guests.

Take up for the overall project has been overwhelming with 65% of units sold so far and completion of the project can be expected by the end of 2013. Those interested in living at the epicentre of the city’s Golden Triangle are welcomed to visit the UOA Property Gallery in Bangsar South City or call 03-2282 9993.

‘Back to school’ at Mines Wellness

SHAH ALAM: Pinafores and olive green scious philosophy of the hotel, a unique trousers made a huge fashion comeback at runway competition also took place, with the Mines Wellness Hotel, with all of its 140 teams of “students” huddling up to design staff reliving their schooldays at its recent their very own interpretation of eco-couture. annual dinner. Armed with recyclables, including a barA seven-foot tall school bus, enormous rage of plastic bottles, old magazines, CDs, pencils and multiplication tables scribbled in aluminum tabs, the teams went to work, rechalk brought the school atmosphere to life sulting in an awe-inducing catwalk that in the Hotel’s Parameswara ballroom. demonstrated true passion and ingenuity. Even the infamous “rotan” made an apThe winning design was a creation by the pearance alongside stern-looking discipline Marcom team, which put together a wedding masters who strode authoritatively around gown made-out of old magazines. with smart perfects, while cheerful “stuThe evening also saw 20 Long Service dents” pranced around with their plastic Awards (10 years and above) being presente, water tumblers. and concluded with the Group CEO of Sticking to a proper school schedule, the Country Heights Holdings Bhd, Dianna Lee, programme began by the raising of the na- drawing the top three lucky winners for threetional flag with the national anthem being day, two-night trips. sung. Then the festivities kicked off, with groups of “students” Winner of the Recycling Fashion Walk receiving a bouquet. performing a series of lively debates, spirited choral speaking, hilarious classroom plays and conducting marches. The F&B team, who elicited much laughter from the audience with their bands and singing, was nominated the best performance of the evening. True to the enviThe winning Marcom team with Dianna Lee. ronmentally con- Contestants of the Recycling Fashion Walk.

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Taylor’s to invest RM110m in Puchong school
SHAH ALAM: Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) unveiled its new state-of-the-art international school campus at Bandar Bukit Puchong during a recent groundbreaking ceremony. Starting in January 2014, Puchong will have the first Taylor’s International School, which caters to Early Years, Primary and Secondary students. “Taylor’s can now educate students at a younger age to provide them with the necessary foundation for success. “The campus design of the Taylor’s Inter- Seputeh MP Teresa Kok (second left), national School, Puchong is to facilitate the Datuk Loy Teik Ngan and Mr BK Gan school in providing the optimum and con- (fourth right) with the board of governors ducive learning environment for students,” at the groundbreaking ceremony. said TEG group chief executive officer Datuk Loy Teik Ngan during the groundbreaking “We believe that Tayceremony. lor’s International School The new Taylor’s International School is expected to com- has the potential to conbine the best of East and West, with a globally recognised tribute and enrich the growing communities in Puchong and British curriculum grounded in Asian values. the adjacent areas. The school is located on a 7.88-acre site at Bandar Bukit “Being an international curriculum school, we will also emPuchong and will cater for over 2,000 students. phasise values like respect and care for family and community The first phase of the campus in 2014 is for 1,000 students. as a whole,” said TEG school division president BK Gan.

Easily accessible via the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), the school will be designed to optimise natural lighting and natural ventilation to reduce carbon emission. For more information, contact 03-79485373 or email tisp@

Family Day at Sunway

SMS surprises for 75 Caltex customers

Some of the Caltex monthly winners with their prizes, accompanied by Chevron representatives. Fun and games at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach.

SHAH ALAM: Sunway celebrated its 38th Family Day at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach recently with more than 12,500 employees and their family members from all over Peninsular Malaysia. The full-day event, which was attended by Sunway’s management team as well as employees from its many business divisions, was themed “Passion Unites”, resonant of Sunway’s recent merger to become one of the largest property construction corporations in the country. The launch was enhanced by a muhibbah group percussion performance comprising nine drummers of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, who gave a rousing rendition of a medley of popular and upbeat tunes. The cultural drummers represented the diversity of the group’s employees, while their performance represented the power of passion. Organised by Kelab Sukan Sunway, the day’s programme also included a lively telematch, where staff and their families sportingly participated with lots of fun and laughter.

Winners of the recent Sunway Sports Carnival held from June to September were also announced that day. The Red Team emerged as overall winner and was awarded the Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Challenge Trophy. Sunway Group deputy chairperson Datuk Razman M Hashim, said: “This year’s Sunway Family Day is especially significant for us as it was our first gathering as one family under the Sunway Bhd banner. “As a large conglomerate, we hail from different backgrounds, both culturally and professionally – but there is one value that unites us all: a deep passion for excellence. “At Sunway Bhd, this passion has brought us to new heights, and I truly believe [it] will bring us further in our journey to build communities together,” he said.

SHAH ALAM: Seventy-five Caltex customers recently drove away with their dream prizes from the first monthly contest level of the Caltex 75 SurPrizes Contest. “I was planning to give my wife of 39 years a surprise, and the Tissot couple watch set is a wonderful treat to cherish together,” said Choong Loo Kong, 69, from Kuala Lumpur at the prize-giving ceremony last week. The watches were one of 75 prizes offered monthly, in addition to the more than 180,000 daily prizes to be given away at all participating Caltex stations. The contest runs until Oct 31 in conjunction with Caltex’s 75th anniversary celebrations, with a grand finale in November offering a lucky winner the chance to become a millionaire. To reward loyal customers at each participating station, daily prizes are available every 75 minutes for 7.5 hours for 75 days at all participating Caltex stations the end of the month o allow them a higher chance of driving away with a prize. Customers are advised to check Caltex 75 SurPRIZES promotional boards at participating stations for their respective prize giveaway times, which change daily, to increase their chances of winning.

In the monthly level contests, customers were required to spend a minimum of RM40 at participating Caltex stations or purchase a four-litre pack of Havoline lubricants at participating workshops, and send an SMS with a Caltex-related answer along with their transactions details. Selected winners then had to produce original receipts as proof of purchase to claim their prizes. “I didn’t expect to win when I submitted the SMS, so I was stunned to receive a call from the Caltex Customer Service informing that I had won a Philips portable DVD player and a Timex E-Compass watch,” said taxi driver Ahamad Kamal. SMS participation is still open for contest hopefuls to be in the running as one of the 75 participants selected for the grand finale in November. In this final lap of the Caltex 75 SurPrizes Contest, the 75 contestants will be competing for a chance towards the grand prize of RM1 million cash. The prizes were presented by Chevron brand coordinator (Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia) Uzma Nawawi. For full contest details, visit www.caltex. com/my.

The Robbery

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october 28 — 30, 2011

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orag found herself staring down the barrel of a gun. This should be expected, right? After all, she worked in a bank. Banks got robbed.  “Okay. This is not how I expected my day to start,” Morag said, and someone grumbled an agreement. “Shut up,” Jason scolded, glaring at the grumbler.  “Be serious. Come on,” David urged, holding his hands up. His curly hair looked a bit out of sorts this morning. Perfect for the situation they were in, Morag mused to herself. “You know, I’ve had a rethink, and I don’t know if I can work in a high-risk environment,” Morag said, looking up at Jason, who was holding the gun. “I have kids who depend on me.” She lifted her shoulders when she saw him frown through the stockings over his head. Jason sighed and lowered the gun. He rubbed his dark hair with his palm. This is not working, Jason thought to himself miserably. “We have to go through this drill. If we’re faced with this sort of situation, we’d know what to do. Or, at least we won’t panic that we freeze when faced with a gun.” Jason pulled the stockings off his head impatiently and announced, “All right. Let’s take a break. We’ll go one more round before the bank opens.” His preppy-boy smart looks were clouded by frustration and annoyance at the defiance of the minions working for him. “Do we have to?” Missy complained, worried that with the drill taking up her time to set up before the bank opened, she wouldn’t have time to do her breast pump. Milk would stain her shirt, and she would have to end up wearing a shawl the rest of the day. “It’s going to happen, isn’t it? We might as well just die!” moaned Steve the security guard, a pessimistic, anxiety-ridden ex-prison warden who had quit his job at the prison because he had been under stress. No one understood why he kept on winding up in jobs that required guns. “We can reduce the possibilities of death in these scenarios if only…” Jason was saying, and then stopped when he realised nobody was listening to him. “Why do I even bother?” he muttered to himself, and headed for his office in the back room. Morag followed him back to the office. “Do we have to do this stupid drill?” Jason took a deep breath and released it slowly as he sat down in his high-backed chair. “We are not going to do any more drills today. We’ll try again tomorrow.” “I had better not be your teller in distress, Jason,” Morag warned him before she turned on her heels. Behind her, David was standing in the doorway with a gun aimed to her chest. “This is a robbery. I want you to go to your till and put money in this bag.”


Morag snorted and narrowed her eyes. “Out of my way.” She stomped over to her counter. David threw the bag past her shoulder and snarled, “I’m not asking again. Do it.” “Oh, you boys just want to play with your guns!” Missy breathed, “Boys always want to play with their guns” to no one in particular, but Mrs Jenis, the cleaning lady, chuckled appreciatively at the double entendre. David produced another bag and threw it to Missy. “You too, Missy. Fill this bag.” Jason stood in the doorway, crossing his arms. “Oh, now you girls want to play.”  Morag and Missy were filling the bags David threw at them, Morag fuming and Missy looking impatient. David turned and aimed the gun to Jason. “You. Move up front where I can see you. Over there.” He gestured with the gun towards the lobby in front of the teller, and Jason complied, arms half up. “Someone’s supposed to press the button,” Jason drawled, lifting an eyebrow at Morag. She obliged, but refused to look at him. “Now, zip it up,” David instructed. The two women complied, looking bored. “Slide it over.” “I hate these drills. Look, I’m going start leaking milk here if I don’t get to my pump soon,” Missy complained, making Jason grimace in disgust. “I don’t need to see that,” Jason said firmly. “Can I go, Mr Robber, sir?” Missy asked David, who was slowly picking up the bags even as he kept the guns trained on them. Steve had his hands on his hips, saying superior-like, “This is not right. Has anyone pressed the button?” Always. A train too late. “All right. Everyone stay where you are and nobody gets hurt.” David walked backwards towards the back door, unlocking the doors with his own key. He made it out the door and they saw him jump into his sedan, whooping with joy and laughing. All eyes fell on Jason. Something was not right here. Morag was the first to ask: “Was that part of the drill?” “No! That was no drill!” Jason shouted, now making a run towards his office. “Mo, you pressed the button, right?”’ “Yeah, but isn’t the system offline for this exercise?” Morag asked, unsure. Jason stopped at the door to his office, head hung low. “Yes! Damn it! Steve! Call the police! We have a robbery.” “What? A robbery! Oh my God! We’re going to die!” Steve cried, his hand going to the wrong side of his gun belt. Morag closed her eyes and really wanted to cry herself. “You guys don’t pay me enough for this.” 

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Night of delights at Movida
By Brenda Ch’ng

OctOber 28 — 30, 2011

French flambe with yoghurt, topped with an abundance of cheese, turkey ham, mushroom, onions and bell peppers.

Apricot with passionfruit baked and drizzled with strawberry sauce.

othing is more worthwhile then tossing all worries aside and basking yourself in affordable yet authentic western cuisine at the one and only Movida Restaurant. Nestled among rows of restaurants, cafes and pubs on the ground floor of Sunway Giza complex, we were instantly drawn to this restaurant by its name Movida, which means “social- cultural gathering” in Spanish. … every Without a second thought, we mouthful was a walked past the outdoor sitting, refreshing one, and was instantly greeted with a dim and crowded room that reverthanks to the berated with chatter and music. freshness of the We took our seats in a cosy corgreens, fish and ner and studied the menu, which meat paired was filled with an endless stream of with the right western delights from different amount of parts of the world. After a short wait, out came the dressing.” classic Caesar salad with salmon to pacify our growling stomachs while waiting in anticipation of the other delectable dishes. Made of ample crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, grilled paprika chicken, perfectly smoked salmon, sprinkles of parmesan cheese and a dash of caesar dressing, the appetiser is sure to make you come back for more. Originating from Greece, this all-time favourite dish should be eaten with all components of the salad chewed at once in your mouth. By doing that, we got to experience the smoky tang of the chunky salmon, the sweet paprika marinade of the chicken, and the crunch of wouldn’t leave. the croutons and lettuce. Buried right underneath the To many, it may just be another ordinary salad, but we beg to differ cluster of lamb cutlets and cut-up as every mouthful was a refreshing lamb chunks, we found thin slices one, thanks to the freshness of the of round orange coloured pieces greens, fish and meat paired with which we thought to be carrots. the right amount of dressing. As we How wrong we were when the all know, it’s always a bummer when honeyed juices of the sweet potato salad lovers are served soggy greens unfolded in our mouths.  This dish, voted the house favouwhich have been overdressed. Feeling completely satisfied with rite by customers, should definitely our salad, the bowl was then taken go onto your list of must-try items. Following that was the grilled away to be replaced with a serving of chargrilled lamb, artistically as- black cod, served with roasted sembled and drenched with mint cherry tomatoes and sauteed jelly pooling at the base of the plate. broccoli, dressed with manSome may find the idea of bath- go grape salsa and topped ing the lamb in mint jelly perplex- with caviar. With the cod lightly ing, but take one bite, and you will never want to put mint sauce on the panfried to a crisp, and balsamic vinegar drizzled side again. In we dug, making sure every on the side, the fish must be bite taken was soaked and dripping dipped in sweet vinegar first with an excess of mint jelly. The before moving onto the spicy flavour was just so exquisite that we mango grape salsa. By doing so, couldn’t stop ourselves from stuff- one is sure to get a variety of sweeting huge chunks of meat into our ness, spiciness and sourness from mouths so that the minty taste just one dish.


Codfish with mango and grape salsa.

Chargrilled lamb, artistically assembled.

Made of chopped mangoes, grapes, chili and lime juice, the more well-known Mexican tomato-based salsa was upstaged by the marriage of many flavours in this well-proportioned fruit salsa, which is the key to making this dish work. Next up was the turkey ham

flambe, also known as the flamenkuche or tarte flambee, an Alsatian (Eastern France) classic which resembles our well-loved pizza. Made of bread-dough rolled out to resemble a very thin rectangular paper, the base of this flambe is uniquely covered in fromage blanc (white cheese) instead of tomato paste. And because of the cheesy base, which is normally seen in desserts, the flambe is also called a tarte (tart) in France. Fromage blanc, which has the consistency of a yoghurt and ricotta cheese, is normally made of cream and milk, whisked to thickness. However, to provide patrons with a healthier choice, the restaurant substi-

tutes the fromage blanc with yoghurt, topped with an abundance of cheese, turkey ham, mushroom, onions and bell peppers. Cheese lovers will love this dish as every bite promises a mouthful of cheesy goodness. Last but not least, our baked apricot cheese dessert completed our night out with a warm, creamy sourness from the passionfruit syrup drenched on top. This dessert comprised an apricot cut in half and filled with cream cheese. It was topped with passionfruit juice and drizzled with strawberry syrup and pitted cherries on the side. It is recommended that you bite into it as a whole to get the whole blend of sweetness, warmth and sourness. To experience a night of these delicacies, head on down to Movida at Sunway Giza, Block C Sunway Giza, No 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU5 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya. Opening hours are from Monday-Friday, 12pm-3am. For more information, call 03-61418022, fax 03-61418023 or email info@

Classic Caesar salad with salmon.

The awakening of Bandar Menjalara

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october 28 — 30, 2011

There are more residential estates in PJ and beyond that most of us would want to count. LIN ZHENYUAN finds solace of spirit in a quiet township near the junctions leading to Sungai Buloh and Kepong
mmediately after the Bukit Lanjan toll plaza, on the right and located next to Taman Bukit Maluri, is Bandar Menjalara. Motorists who work in Kepong or Sungai Buloh will know that Bandar Menjalara is sandwiched between Bandar Sri Damansara and Kepong. The major township is named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister’s mother, Paduka Seri Cik Menjalara. Property hunters and investors would be aware that some of the hot properties in this township are found in Plaza Menjalara, Mengalara 18 Residences, Plaza Medan Putra, Villa Manja, Desa ParkCity, Sunway SPK and Medan Putra Condos. Restoran Al Barkath opens for 23 hours. Bandar Menjalara’s claim to fame lies in its Recreation Lake, or Taman Rekreasi, and the Kepong Village Mall. But a dedicated seafood foodie had told me some time ago that Bandar Menjalara has a good number of seafood restaurants. At last count, there were more than 31 restaurants in the township, of which a large number of them serve seafood. It’s just a short distance from my place to Menjalara. I know for a fact that this township doesn’t have the kind of human traffic that Kepong and Jinjang are infamous for. Reaching the township in record time, the roads were relatively quiet. I was contemplating making a pit-stop at one Customers come for Al Barkath’s various dishes of the numerous Chinese restaurants when and curries. Restoran Al Barkath sprung into view on Jalan 1/62D in Medan Putra Business Centre. The double-parking of cars was a real cause for concern, but fortunately, an empty parking bay brought a smile to my face. The façade of Al Barkath was very attractive. It was decked out in yellow and red colours and borders. The corner of its elongated signage clearly states that it is open 23 hours. I reckon that one hour is for tidying up the premises. Al Barkath specialises in briyani buhari, nasi lemak panas, nasi kandar, naan tandoori, tomyam seafood, sup kambing, rojak special, ABC special (air batu campur) and fruit juices. Since it was already 3pm, I wasn’t that optiThe packets of papadum, curries and vegetables mistic about getting fresh food items on the The minarets of a distant mosque peek from behind the skybridge that available at Al Barkath. table with all the side dishes that I had in mind. connects these two tall high-rise apartment blocks. I merely wanted a plate of warm rice, some curries and a My lunch partner complained that too many big chicken drumstick. I got all these plus a cup of rasam, people were smoking inside the restaurant. This which I had to order from the waiter. A lover of the local seemed to be the phenomenon whenever there cuisine served at Al Barkath restaurant would be dissatisfied is a downpour. if there is no rasam. Bandar Menjalara is becoming a fairly Rasam is a South Indian soup comprising tamarind juice, popular residential alternative to Taman Bukit chilli pepper, tomato and a handful of  condiments. Nowa- Maluri and Kepong Baru because of its proximdays a number of restaurants that serve rasam as a side dish ity to Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bandar Utama. tend to use powdered rasam to make the soup. For rasam The view outside Restoran Al Barkath reveals devotees like me, the difference between the powdered kind vistas of 30-storey apartment blocks that dot and the traditionally prepared version can be discerned in a the sprawling landscape of a relatively young heartbeat. township. The rasam at Al Barkath wasn’t as impressive as others I   The rows of shoplots on the slightly inhave tasted elsewhere. Nonetheless the numerous curries clined terrain indicate that commercial space which were poured on my plate of rice made lunch a pleasant in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur has been affair. The chicken drumstick could have been warmer, but exhausted and now business ventures have I was late for lunch anyway, so I couldn’t blame anyone. shifted to places like Bandar Menjalara, where   Customer service was well attended to by at least six staff competition is still not that keen. members working in various capacities. I was slightly sadFrom certain perspectives, Bandar Mendened to see that papadum, which used to come in a large jalara is a scenic neighbourhood. That rainy Truly a Malaysian lunch: Roast chicken, Milo and papadum. plastic container, was now offered in plastic packets. What afternoon when I sipped my hot Milo at Al on earth has happened to the old practice of a customer Barkath restaurant, the distant hill slopes played host to Housing estates with such beautiful natural backgrounds grabbing a handful from the large container? I guess the old low-lying white clouds that embraced its fine greenery. It was are fast disappearing in the Klang Valley. Bandar Menjalara ways might have cost the restaurant manager a reduction in a beautiful panoramic view of a residential estate that was so is perhaps one of the few left that still enjoy scenery touched the profit margin. close to bustling PJ. by the brushstrokes of Mother Nature.

Gallery 22
OctOber 28 — 30, 2011

Senior citizens from Semenyih spending their RM100 vouchers on household necessities at Giant Metro Plaza recently, courtesy of the state’s senior welfare programme.

Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong handing out allocations to single mothers and senior citizens recently, while Subang Member of Parliament R Sivarasa looks on.

Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh receives a garland as a symbol of thanks for helping the Sri Varatharajah Perumal Temple in Subang Jaya on Oct 15. The temple received RM12,000 in financial aid from the state in conjunction with Deepavali. Semenyih Pakatan Rakyat coordinator Nor Azlan Mohammad handing a packet of rice to a resident in late September. Looking on is Hulu Langat MP Dr Che Rosli Che Mat.

(From left) State executive councillor Iskandar Samad, Subang MP R Sivarasa, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Petaling Jaya Mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman visiting a low-cost flat in Section 8, Kota Damansara. The MB has promised residents there that MBPJ would address their grievances concerning the poor condition of the flats.

Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib visiting his constituents in Kg Fajar during Deepavali on Wednesday.

Over 1,000 people showed up to apply for 50 vacancies as garbage collection workers at the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) on Oct 18. The local council took over the services from Alam Flora Sdn Bhd from Oct 16.

culture 23
october 28 — 30, 2011

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Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees
Theatre; unti 30 Oct; The Actors Studio @ Lot 10; my, 03-21422009
“What’s it like to be a refugee? To witness your family torn apart by war and conflict? To lose everything you value – family, friends, your home – and be forced to flee in order to save your life? To travel hundreds of miles, on foot through dense jungles and in leaking boats across dangerous seas?” Actors as well as non-actors share true stories, on stage, on issues that affect people living in Malaysia; featuring songs by local singer-songwriters, which were specially commissioned for this show. Presented by The Actors Studio, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); directed by Faridah Merican.

Double Bill: What’ll Break You
Theatre; 3-13 Nov; KLPac;, 03-40479000; RM45 (matinee), RM70 (evening shows)
What’ll Break You – Marcus Whitacre has killed someone. He’s not denying it. He’s lost a lot. He’s going to lose more. We can only watch it happen. An interrogation, dressed as a play. Starring Gavin Yap and Zahim Albakri. Apoca-Lips – This New Year’s eve will be a blast. As soon as the clock rings in the New Year, anyone who kisses will blow each other up. Only two people in the city know this, but they’re arguing right now. A play about three just-aboutto-fail relationships on the eve of a New Year, with a slight amount of Armageddon. Starring Vince Chong, Stephanie Van Dreisen, Ash Nair, Gavin Yap and Zahim Albakri, and introducing Tania Khan.

Pekan Frinjan 24
Various; 28 Oct; Kompleks Belia, Section 7, Shah Alam;
A monthly fringe fest featuring music, poetry, theatre, fashion, books, activism and lots more. The 24th installment of this event will feature Society, Tengku Adil, Iqbal M, Happy Siblings, Cats In Love, poetry by Jadi Senjata, and Fixi’s new novel Zombijaya, among others. Events start at 8pm; stalls open by 5pm.

KLCC Seni Festival
Music; 28-30 Oct; Suria KLCC; 03-20517007, www.; RM58
28 Oct, 8.30pm: Malaysian Diversity, Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia – Showcasing the rich cultural diversity of our country through music and songs featuring guest singers Jaclyn Victor, Iqwal Hafiz and Orang Asli group Bahbola. 29 Oct, 8:30pm: MPO’s Native Foray, Seni Groove Ensemble – A musical concoction inspired by life in Malaysia for the natives and the foreigners. Led by Marques Young, co-principal trombone of the MPO, performing songs inspired by the music of P Ramlee, Siti Nurhaliza, Sheila Majid and James Brown, among others. 30 Oct, 8:30pm: Johor Heads North, Badan Kesenian Warisan Johor – Zapin dance and Ghazal music are two cultural gems hailing from the state of Johor. Experience these performances as they take centre stage. There will also be various activities at KLCC Park on 29 & 30 Oct from 4-7pm, including performance by the Aswara Percussion Ensemble, Aswara Dance Company, No Noise Percussion, Floor Fever, Tony Leo and more.

Eco Film Festival
Film; 28-30 Oct; Dataran Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya;; free admission
Addressing local and global environmental issues that impact our daily lives, the Eco Film Festival celebrates some of the best and award-winning environmental films, and is dedicated to screening and rewarding environmental films from around the world that inspire, motivate and encourage mankind to take action for a sustainable planet. Schedule: Friday, 28 Oct @ 4pm: Screening of Malaysian films; Saturday 29 Oct @ 10am: Screening of international films; talks and demonstrations; GreenScapes; Sunday, 30 Oct @ 10am: Screening of international films; workshops; The Rocket Show Steps of Rumah University; talks and demonstrations; GreenScapes.

Irresistible Wear
Exhibition; until 27 Nov; Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC;, 03-20517770; free admission
Showcasing 48 new artwear pieces designed by Malaysian artists and fahion designers, namely Datuk Radzuan Radziwill, Datin Sharifah Kirana, Edric Ong, Faizal Abdul Hamid, Adnan Hassan, Akma Suriati, Asliza Aris, Zainol Salleh, Eddie Yap, Fion Poon, Associate Professor Hasnul Jamal Saidon and Abdul Hamid Hassan. “A form of expressing art about clothing the human body; the notion of ‘wearing art’ instead of just looking at it.”

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