Friday, October 31, 2008

What a celebration!

I have been busy at the State Assembly last week and haven't found the time to update my blog on the events happening in Subang Jaya. Below is a short summary of some activities with the residents. More updates to come!
Retirement planning talk organised by my office for the residents

Participants at the Lady Survival Skills organised by my office

Our special ladies with Capt Bala, the speaker of the Lady Survival Skills seminar

Hari Raya & Deepavali celebration with the residents of USJ 11/3

Cheque presentation to the representatives of mosques and suraus for Ramadhan month

Hari Raya open house organised by the surau at Lagoon Perdana in PJS 9. The residents there just received their brand new multi purpose hall. I am glad because now the residents can have more community events there.

Hari Raya open house organised by Jawatankuasa Penduduk Zon 4 at Angsana flats in USJ 1

Meeting the residents of Indah Court at the Hari Raya open house in PJS 11

My husband and I had a pleasant afternoon chat with residents and members of Surau Al-Muttaqun at USJ 12
Together with the committee members and children of Masjid Al-Mukminun in USJ 2

Having a light moment with the young ladies of Masjid Al-Mukminun

My office and our volunteers organised a special treat for the orphans and single mothers in my constituency. Rohana Jalil made a special appearance and sang for all of us. Thank you Rohana!

We had a wonderful time with the children and single mothers. A big thank you to all volunteers who made this event a memorable one!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Calling all residents of SS18

This month we'll be having our 2nd Town Hall meeting at SS18 for the residents in SS18 only.
Date: 31 October 2008 (Friday)
Time: 9pm to 10pm only
Venue: Field at SS18/3D, SS18/6, SS18/4 (Opposite mamak bistro/7-eleven/sukumaran)
This is an opportunity for me to engage with the residents and to update the residents on certain policies and issues concerning Subang Jaya. See you there!

Happy Deepavali

To all my Hindu constituents, here's wishing you a Happy Deepavali as you celebrate Deepavali this weekend. For those who will be travelling, have a safe journey and a wonderful time with your family and loved ones.

Deepavali Open House

Date : 1 November 2008

Time : 12pm - 2pm

Venue : Multipurpose Hall in SS15, Subang Jaya

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Our 2nd Money Basics Seminar

Coming soon! This is our 2nd Money Basics Seminar and it will be on this topic - Create Your Family Wealth Legacy With Effective Money Rules.

Date : 15 November 2008
Time : 9:00am to 12:30pm
Venue : MPSJ Auditorium at Dewan Kenanga
Admission : FREE!
Speaker : Carol Yip.

For those who are interested, please register here.

Carol Yip holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Majoring in Finance with Distinction) from the University of Hull, UK, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Honours) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, a Certificate of Financial Planning (CFP) from the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.
She is the author of “Smart Money User” and “Money Rules” - two books that reveal how your state of mind and beliefs affect how much (or how little) wealth you will have, or retain. She appears regularly on national television including NTV7 and RTM2 to talk on the topic of Behaviorial Finance in Personal Money
Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Counseling with HELP University College, Malaysia, with intention of specializing in financial counseling upon completion of the degree and qualified as Financial Counselor. This is because Carol has a mission of helping people to unleash their life from financial distress, and live a meaningful and peaceful life instead.
To strengthen her work in creating and conducting quality education programs, she aims to undertake some behavioral finance research projects while she is pursuing her Masters in Counseling degree.
Carol is engaged for the education project driven by the Central Bank of Malaysia’s Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency ("AKPK") to educate people about their finances. The education program prescribed by AKPK has been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. The personal financial education program covers good behaviour and habits towards money, finance and debt management skills, and how to identify personal financial path, among others. She is also the co-writer of the "Money $ense" book, published by AKPK.

Carol has been recognized for her “Outstanding Career Achievements and Contribution to Society in the Finance and Commerce Sector” by The Malaysian Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time Award 2008.
She has also spoken at the Asia Business Forum in Singapore and Hong Kong, Monash University Alumni in Malaysia and Singapore, TEC Asia Centre, Business Network International (BNI) Conference 2007, The Malaysian Secretaries Conference 2007, The Genome Institute of Singapore and Australia Universities International Alumni Conference 2008 in Singapore, The Pinnacle Academy Singapore, 4th Public & Business Financial Expo 2008 Malaysia and Management & Science University Generation Y Conference 2008, and the Attorney General’s Chambers Conference 2008.
She is also one of the assessors for The Malaysia Small Medium Enterprise Award 2007 and 2008.
Carol's mission is to promote financial literacy in all levels of society and families by educating them on the necessity of understanding their behaviour and how it affects their money, for better or for worse. She teaches skills that empower them to manage their money better through the use of simple and easily-understood tools and techniques.
More of Carol’s work can be found at her website http://www.abacusformoney.com/

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oral question on trips

I posed a question at the State Assembly on the costs borne by the State from year 2006 - 2007 for all interstate and overseas trips.
Bertanya kepada Y.A.B. Dato' Menteri Besar:
a) Sila berikan butir-butir kos bagi lawatan luar negeri dan negara dari tahun 2006 - 2007 seperti destinasi, tempoh lawatan, kos penginapan, kos tiket penerbangan, senarai nama rombongan, tujuan lawatan dan sebarang kos lain yang dibiayai oleh Kerajaan Negeri ataupun anak syarikat Selangor.
You can read about it here on Harakah Daily or in The Star.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Selangor State Legislative Assembly in session


The 3rd sitting in the 1st term of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly is in session beginning today (Monday Oct 20). If you're able to, watch the full live broadcast of the session on http://www.selangor.gov.my/.

The state budget will be tabled at this session. I am looking forward to debating several key issues and to ensure that Subang Jaya is ably represented.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

With great power comes great responsibility

While March 8 has given Malaysians a taste of people's power, it has also brought along another problem. Some people now feel they can say just about anything without taking responsibility for their statements and we see people giving a "piece of their mind" whenever the opportunity arises.
Lately I have been receiving sms from unknown numbers relating to some issues in Subang Jaya. May I just remind residents to be cautious of the things you read and the things you forward to others? March 8 has given Malaysians a lot of courage to speak up but this must be accompanied by wisdom, truth, accuracy, courtesy and graciousness. We sometimes blame the media for spreading half truth, lies or inaccurate news but what about ourselves?
Always make efforts to verify the accuracy of your materials before forwarding them to others. With great power comes great responsibility. Malaysians must learn to handle their new found "freedom" with care. Test everything. Filter your own thoughts and ask yourselves questions. I do that and if I don't have the answer, I would not unreasonably expect others to have it. It takes the entire team of Malaysians to change Malaysia for good. Let's work on this together...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Buck up! Maintenance of public areas lacking

Last week, I did a random check on maintenance works at SS15 and SS19. I will continue to do random checks to ensure that MPSJ's contractors perform.

Hazardous!...Hannah is obviously not very pleased with the condition of this children's slide located in SS19.

Random Check by ADUN Subang Jaya discovers amenities upkeep shabby in SS15 and SS19 Gaping hole in the middle of the children's slide in SS19.

Missing manhole covers, shabby benches, precarious and rusting signages, uncollected garbage, broken children's slides and potential mosquito breeding grounds. Within an hour, a random check by ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh of two locations, one each in SS15 and SS19 unravelled a potpourri of bad maintenance by contractors engaged to upkeep the recreation fields in the municipality of Subang Jaya.

Hannah having a look at this signage which is not buried into the ground at the SS15 Hexagon field along SS15/3B.

In the SS15 Hexagon field along SS15/3B itself, she noticed exposed wires from a light pole, benches which were in bad shape, broken basketball court frames, litter (which included many empty beer bottles) and rubbish bins filled to the brim.

Time to replace or a new coat of paint?

What's happened here?

A check along Jalan SS15/3B found workers now repairing and replacing manhole grills which had gone missing more than a month ago, leaving huge holes along the road which posed a danger to motorcyclists and cyclists.

Replacing work being carried out. The grilles are now made of concrete to prevent theft.

In SS19 field, infrastructure was unkempt and were potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Rubbish strewn all over which included styrofoam packets, whisky bottles, plastic were found around the racing track for the miniature motorised race cars. A children's slide was found broken, posing a risk to children who may unknowingly play and use it. A gaping hole right in the middle of the slide obviously caught Hannah's attention and concern.
"This is a risk to children who may unknowingly use the slide. They can hurt themselves"

Hannah taking photos of rubbish all over the area in SS19. Even the structure needs a new coat of paint and repairs.

"Rubbish all over can also become a potential health hazard to the vicinity as they can become mosquito breeding grounds," she said to SJ Echo in a random check around the neighbourhood.

Rubbish everywhere in the SS19 playground

"I want the contractors engaged by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council to buck up."
"I will immediately bring this to the attention of the council and want to see action taken to address these shortcomings," she said, adding that she was disappointed by the level of maintenance of public amenities in the two areas.

Time to change this signboard?

Uncut grass, untrimmed trees and vandalism on the public amenities made Hannah frown.
The message after the one hour check was clear - Buck Up or Else!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hari Raya Open House


Date : 25 October 2008
Time : 12pm to 2pm
Venue : Multipurpose hall in SS15, Subang Jaya (next to Modern Market)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lady Survival Skills

As promised a few months ago, the Lady Survival Skills seminar is here in Subang Jaya!
Be Street Smart To Survive (Open to Ladies only). This is a crime prevention awareness program organised by my office. Topics to be covered include- Preventing Snatch Theft- Preventing break-ins- Crime prevention- and much more.
SpeakerVol. Capt. K. BalasupramaniamThe Malaysian Safety Activist

Date/Time: 18 October 2008/2.30-7.00p.m.
Venue: Lecture Theatre 7, Sunway University College
Admission: FREE. By registration only. Limited seats available! Priority will be given to N31 Subang Jaya residents (SS12-19, USJ1-15, PJS 7,9,11).
Register here.

Money Basics Series

My office and the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) are organizing a personal finance monthly series “Money Basics” to educate the public on how to better manage their lives in these trying times. Given the rising cost of living and aspiration to enjoy better quality of life, Malaysians are well advised to learn and plan their finances adequately. This will prevent one from getting into a debt spiral. Financial planning services should be sought while you are still in good financial health and not just when you are in financial difficulties. Emergencies such as hospitalization, illness and loss of income source are events beyond our control and being better planned financially to face them will help to reduce the mental stress.
The programme will consist of a talk every month ranging from retirement planning, mortgage, medical health care, investment planning, children’s education, debt consolidation etc. At the end of each talk, participants will have a Q & A with the speaker.

October Title : Retirement Planning
Date : 18 October, 2008 (Saturday)
Time : 9.00am -12.30pm
Language : English
Venue : Dewan Kenanga Auditorium, Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ), Persiaran Perpaduan USJ 5, 47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Admission : FREE!
As participants are limited to 80 only, registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Walk-in participants will not be allowed. Priority will be given to N31 Subang Jaya residents (SS12-19, USJ1-15, PJS 7, 9 & 11).
Register here.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

SJ Alert

I called for a press conference in my office yesterday to highlight the existence of SJ Alert to the Subang Jaya community. The following passage is taken from SJ Alert's website:

How we got started - Rampant car thefts, robberies and snatch thieves in Subang Jaya and USJ never fail to spark debate on the forum of www.usj.com.my. It was in late June 2006, in one of the Forum threads that a group of active members first suggested the idea of a mass SMS (Short Message System) to help stem the rising crime rate in Subang Jaya.

Christopher Ng (better known to his friends as Orchi) a resident from USJ2 started a personal SMS Alert for this group of concerned forumers from the e-community. Using his recently acquired Nokia 9300i, Orchi was able to send out regular Crime Alerts and as you can imagine within a few weeks the group grew to about 200 strong.

The effectiveness of Orchi’s Alert System was realised on 20th July 2006 when a badly damaged Camry, used by the “Camry Gang” was spotted and recovered by the Police acting on information received through this support group.

Then again on 3rd August 2006, reacting to information received through Orchi’s support network, there was a Police pursuit of the “Camry gang”, culminating in a gang member being wounded by a gunshot and the subsequent abandoning of their Camry. In their hasty retreat, important clues were left behind in their abandoned vehicle, which resulted in the arrest of one of them 8 days later on 10th August 2006 in Bukit Beruntung.

From this humble beginning, a group of concerned SJ/USJ residents came together to start the SJ Alert SMS System on 1st October 2006 and subsequently SJ Alert EMS on 15th August 2008 and the SJ Alert Web Forum on 1st September 2008. Do not wait, join us today. There are so many reasons why you should consider taking on an active part in the Community where you live. Be a registered member and become the eyes and ears of SJ today. We hope that in time this initiative, will empower the Residents of Subang Jaya not only to help reduce CRIME, but to learn to respect each other in true Malaysian Community Spirit.

With some of the committee members of SJ Alert

SJ Alert began a few years ago. They have more than 3000 subscribers for now. I called for a press conference to highlight this because I want more residents to be a part of SJ Alert. Solving crime is the responsibility of the police, however, residents can help in prevention of crime. You can read all about SJ Alert on their website and I do encourage residents of Subang Jaya to participate in this.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!


Here's wishing all my constituents, readers and friends :


"Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri!"


For those who are travelling, have a safe journey and a good time catching up with your loved ones!