Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Breakdown of allocation for 2008

For our term this year, the state allocated RM375,000 for my constituency. You can view the details of the allocation here. We have diligently ensured that the allocation is spent only for the residents/organisations in the Subang Jaya constituency. All funds used for programs organised by my office are accounted for. For those who wish to view the receipts or breakdown of these funds or if you have any query pertaining to the allocation, please contact my special assistant Rajiv at rajiv@dapsj.com and make arrangement to view it at our office.
We will continue to be transparent and accountable to you - the taxpayers of Subang Jaya. Here's wishing all of you a very Happy New Year as you usher in 2009 tonight!

My memories of Chief Inspector Foo

My first ever meeting with Chief Inspector Foo

In front of USJ 8 police station

Cheque presentation to widow - wife of deceased police officer

Planting a tree with him at USJ 11/3

Dialogue with residents of USJ 11/3

Press conference at my office on crime

We bid farewell...

Chief Inspector Foo of USJ 8 police station passed away suddenly last night. When the police station informed me of the news, I went straight to Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya together with my husband. Community leaders from USJ Residents Association and SJ Alert were also present. In these 9 months as the State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya, Chief Inspector Foo gave his utmost cooperation and he was always responsive to my calls and sms. I am very saddened by his passing and this is a great loss to the people of USJ.

Below is an article taken from http://www.usj.com.my/ forum:
Tribute to a Fine Cop!
Tuan Foo has contributed so much to USJ.
Posted on 11.08am Dec 31, 2008
Tonight we received a very sad and shocking news that our top cop in charge of the USJ8 Police Station Tuan Foo just passed away in the course of duty during a raid. We have not got full details but we shall keep the residents informed. Tuan Foo is a real fine officer whom many of us have had the pleasure of working with since he came on board to take charge of the USJ 8 Police Station. Ever since he came on board, he has been trying his best to look after the safety of USJ residents. He had worked closely with us even when trying to resolve the problem of the mother who had used her children to beg on the streets. He was also instrumental in making USJ being one of the first police district to kick off the Community Policing. Tuan Foo is survived by his wife and a child of 2 years.We are really, really sad to have lost such a fine police officer and a dear friend who cared very much for the community. I would like to take the initiative to kick off a donation drive, which will be given to the family as a token of appreciation for his care and concern to the people of USJ. Those who wish to join me to donate to the family, may bank into my usual account in the name of TAN LIONG LAI. Maybank account no. 112482081436. As always, I shall account for the amount collected on one of the threads on the Forum. May you rest in peace Tuan Foo. It was a pleasure and honour to have worked with you.
Filed by Patrick Tan

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Project Fireflies at Angsana

Last weekend we launched Project Fireflies at Angsana flats in USJ 1. This program is designed to assist the poor children there by giving them FREE assistance in learning English and Maths. Currently there are 12 volunteers comprising of young working adults who are sacrificing their weekends to teach these children.

Target Group: Primary school children who are from underprivileged homes at Angsana and who are underachievers in school (The Jawatankuasa Penduduk there will assist in identifying these children).

First Intake: 10 January to 28 March 2009.

Sessions: Session 1 from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and Session 2 from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Objectives: A 3-month programme to help students communicate functionally in English & to build their confidence. Our targets are speaking, counting, writing & reading.

Teachers: Our ratio is 1 teacher to 3-4 students and 10 students per session only.

Future Goals: To have back-to-back sessions on the weekends, to recruit sufficient volunteers to run a Homework Centre through the week to provide ongoing support for the children who “graduate” from Project Fireflies and to run a Secondary school edition.

Why "Fireflies"? A firefly is a common beetle found in rotting wood or forest litter with an ability to provide an illuminating light at night. What they believe is that the children from these low-cost neighbourhoods and underprivileged homes have an ability like the firefly to glow despite their circumstances and they want to help bring out that confidence and spark. They emphasize small classes so children have more attention and individualized teaching to meet each child’s ability and needs. This is a completely voluntary-based programme. It started as an initiative by Jochebed Isaacs to make a difference in teaching children who are underachievers. Previous work: 2 pilot studies for 4 weeks with 10 children in Tsun Jin School (together with the Kiwanis society) and 4 weeks with 5 children in SRJK (T) Segambut and Masters research at SJK (T) St. Joseph with 10 students for 10 weeks.
Initially we wanted to use the public hall at Angsana for this project but this hall has now become Dewan Umno. The volunteers have no other choice but to rent a unit in Angsana at RM500 a month. Volunteers have taken time to transform the unit by painting the walls beautifully, to make it more conducive for the children. I have taken RM10,000 from my annual allocation to kick start this project. I believe in education (my parents have invested much into my life when I was very young by buying lots of story books for me to inculcate the love for words, language and reading).

Very recently, I attended a Forum Pembasmian Kemiskinan organised by the Selangor State Government and one of the panel speakers spoke about a need for a study centre and free tuition at low cost homes to eradicate poverty. Usually in low cost homes, the units are very small and if one child is watching TV, other children in that unit will not be able to study and concentrate. As such, similar projects have been launched at Desa Mentari and Taman Medan.
Together with Roslan Shahir (MPSJ councillor for USJ 1) and members of Joint Management Body (JMB) of Angsana

I must thank the coordinator of this project Jochebed Isaacs and her team of volunteers for putting in time and effort to help these children. Jochebed can be contacted at jochebedj@gmail.com. One of these children could potentially be the future Prime Minister of Malaysia. These children are of different races, I pray that this project would unite the families living there and eventually change a generation by leading them out of poverty.

Friday, December 26, 2008

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Right after I won the election, I received multiple complaints about the parks in Subang Jaya, mainly on lighting. We began to investigate as to why 21 parks had lamp-posts but they were not lighted. Result of the investigation - these lamp-posts were installed prior to election in March using funds from the Land Office but some were not built in accordance to specifications while others were not connected to TNB.

My team began reporting these cases to MPSJ and pushed for parks to be lighted up in Subang Jaya. New lamp-posts were also installed in 6 parks. As a result, a total of 27 parks have been lighted up as of November 2008:
1.USJ 1/2A
2.USJ 1/4L
3.USJ 2/6E
4.USJ 3/3M
5.USJ 4/8
6.USJ 5/1D
7.USJ 5/3A
8.USJ 6/2C
9.USJ 6/4B
10.USJ 6/6D
11.USJ 9/5J
12.USJ 11/2E
13.USJ 11/3F
14.USJ 12/2F
15.USJ 13/1D
16.USJ 13/3B
17.SS 15/5E
18.SS 15/5G
19.SS 17/2J
20.SS 18/3D
21.SS 18/4B
22.SS 18/5A
23.SS 19/1
24.SS 19/2
25.SS 19/6K
26.PJS 7/11D
27.PJS 9/20

Next year, I will continue to push for more parks to be lighted up. This is one of the steps I have taken to improve safety in our neighbourhood. With these lights on, residents can go for walks in the evening at these parks and feel safer. You can read more about it here as reported in The Star and here as reported in the blog of one of the resident groups. A big thank you to MPSJ for their cooperation.
Installation work

the park in PJS 9/20

a park in PJS 9

When I personally went to check on the parks and to take photographs, I bumped into the Rukun Tetangga of PJS 9 doing their rounds at midnight. Syabas to the team for working hard for the safety of their neighbourhood!

a park in SS17

a park in SS19

a park in USJ 4

a park in USJ 6

a park in USJ 12

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Open House

Last weekend my office organised the Christmas Open House for the Subang Jaya residents. The turnout was good! We had Christmas carolling, dances, quiz, songs and beatboxing too. A big thank you to our corporate sponsors - Subang Parade for the venue, McDonalds for sponsoring free nuggets and drinks, Big Apple Donuts & Coffee for discounts given on the purchase of donuts and Yamaha for the usage of their instruments.
A big thank you also to the police represented by Chief Inspector Sulaiman of SS17 police station for being present and the assistance rendered by officers of RELA. Not forgetting the residents of different races and religions who turned up with their families and friends. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the OKU residents from the recent OKU dialogue at the open house. Children were enthusiastic about answering questions relating to Christmas and the constituency.
The crowd listening to Christmas carols

Member of Parliament for Kelana Jaya YB Loh Gwo Burne and State Assemblyman for Kampung Tunku YB Lau Weng San were also present

Representatives from Sri Subramaniar Temple in PJS 7 together with committee members of Jawatankuasa Penduduk Zone 2, Bandar Sunway were also present

The music team from City Discipleship Prebysterian Church ("CDPC") leading the
crowd in singing Christmas carols


Dance item

My special assistant Timothy Ho performing with his band members

Kim performing her beatboxing number

Youth who volunteered their help serving donuts, nuggets and drinks to the crowd
This event would not have been successful without the help of CDPC - thank you to all of you from CDPC for bringing Christmas to the community. My appreciation also goes to Edward Ling, my political secretary who was also the Organising Chairman for this event and my team of assistants for working so hard to ensure the smooth running of the event.
In my speech, I thanked the people for their support all these months and I reminded them that transforming the society does not happen with just one person, it takes the entire community to play their role. Greater things are yet to be done in this city and greater things await us next year. Blessed Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Town Hall meeting at USJ 2

Here are some photographs taken at last week's Town Hall meeting with the residents of USJ 2:

Residents of USJ 2

I did a slideshow presentation on issues I've worked on since March 2008

2nd installation of Kiwanis USJ

Mr R. Nadeswaran, Senior Editor of the Sun Daily speaking on "your rights as a citizen"

Special counters by Malaysian Rare Disorders Society and Malaysian Dyslexia Association
I am very glad that I was able to introduce Kiwanis USJ to the Rukun Tetangga of USJ 2 and USJ 6 ("RT") and the residents present. Some of you may still remember the contributions made by both the Kiwanis USJ and RT to the family in USJ 6. The father of these children have now found a good job in an established institution and I have been informed that their eldest daughter will be finishing school this year and will also be able to work and assist in the finances of the family. The contributions given to this family will cease end of this month and we are glad that we have been able to make a difference in their lives. Thank you to both Kiwanis USJ and RT!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Slope rehabilitation works at Lafite Apartment

Few months ago, I chaired a meeting in MPSJ together with Sime Darby, MPSJ and Lafite Apartments Management Corporation (MC). It was decided in that meeting that Sime Darby would undertake slope rehabilitation works at Lafite Apartments in SS17. I was told by the MC that the condition has existed since 1999 and has worsened lately. You can read the full story here.

I called for a press conference yesterday morning at the site. Also present were the MC and residents led by chairman of MC, Mr TK Wong, MPSJ councillor Theresa Ratnam Thong and officers from MPSJ including engineering director En Adnan Derahman and Commissioner of Building Ms Tee. Sime Darby was also invited to be present at the press conference but no representative came. Purpose of the press conference was to inform the affected residents on the status and to urge Sime Darby not to further delay the works.

I urge Sime Darby to begin the rehabilitation works urgently to avoid any tragedy there. The Bukit Antarabangsa incident must be a lesson for all and not a one-off-passing-story-and-then-forget-about-it account.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Free Health Check for SS19 residents

Very recently, we had a health screening project organised by the volunteers of PAS (Kelana Jaya division) for the residents of SS19, especially the ones living at the flats. Many residents turned up to have their health checks done and the feedback received was very encouraging. Residents were asking - when is the next one? Many thanks to my friends from PAS who worked hard to make this event a success!
Dental checks


Blood test, blood pressue checks and etc


With residents of SS19


My team together with volunteers from PAS

Urgent Appeal for Blood Supply

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Open House

I got married January this year. This is my first Christmas celebrating it together with my husband. We were very excited about our joint assignment - decorating our first ever Christmas tree together.

Before

After

My husband did the set-up for the tree together with its lighting while I put up the decorations. We are quite pleased with the outcome :)


This Christmas, my office will be having our Christmas Open House in Subang Parade. A big thank you to Subang Parade for allowing us to use its venue.

Date : 20 December 2008 (Saturday)
Time : 5pm to 7pm
Venue : Subang Parade

As you watch and listen to the special Christmas carols performance by the musicians of City Discipleship Prebysterian Church from Subang Jaya, you will be treated to some yummy refreshment. Come and let's do some sing-a-long Christmas carols together!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Combatting Crime

Very recently, the USJ Residents Association organised a Crime & Security round table dialogue. Community leaders from all around USJ were invited to participate in the dialogue, with me as the moderator. The issues discussed were on ways to combat crime, success stories on gated and guarded schemes, neighbourhood watch and etc. Dato' Fuad of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation who has vast experience in crime prevention having served as Senior Officer with the Royal Malaysian Police also joined us and provided his thoughts. Each community leader shared his/her story of the security initiatives in their respective USJ neighbourhoods and exchanged ideas on how the community can move forward with these initiatives.
Round table dialogue on Crime & Security

The USJ Residents Association also organised an appreciation hi-tea event for the police and the fire & rescue teams that are serving in the community. Policemen and firemen from stations in SS17 Subang Jaya, USJ 8, Taipan, Bandar Sunway and even Putra Heights came together for this purpose. You may have read this in The Star yesterday.

I got to know the Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar a little better. We had a good chat on how the community and the police can function better together while the policemen and firemen took part in a small karaoke competition. But just before I left, me and OCPD Zainal were coerced into singing a duet! I am not good at singing and what was even more difficult and challenging was the fact that the OCPD chose a P. Ramlee song! It's bad enough that I can't sing, now we're about to sing a song that I do not know. But I gave it my best shot and thankfully the song had a catchy melody which I could pick up midway through the song.
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar and I doing our duet together

But that day wasn't just about singing some songs with the police. I believe it's very important that I do all that I can within my capacity as an elected representative to ensure that the people and the authorities are engaged in a healthy and productive relationship. Despite some recent events whereby some of my comrades from Pakatan Rakyat and citizens alike were subjected to arrests and persecution by the police, I will not hold any grudges against any of the police officers. I do believe that in our midst, there are competent and able policemen. The misgivings that the majority of Malaysians have with our police force are not to be directed at these policemen but at the powers that are directing these men. And I see it as my duty at this present time to work alongside good men who are serving in the force in my constituency, while we await for greater change in the federal government that will usher in real reforms to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Town Hall comes to USJ 2

This month our Town Hall meeting will be at USJ 2. This is an opportunity for us to meet with the residents of USJ 2. Kiwanis USJ is sponsoring the logistics of this Town Hall meeting for the benefit of the residents in USJ 2.
Date : 13 December 2008 (Saturday)
Time : 9:30am onwards
Venue : Park located at USJ 2/4 (beside Masjid Al Mukminun)
Malaysian Rare Disorders Society and Malaysian Dyslexia Association will also be there. There will also be a special appearance by Mr R. Nadeswaran, Senior Editor of the Sun Daily. He will be speaking on your rights as a citizen. Kiwanis USJ will also be conducting the installation of their 2nd President on that day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

SJBA Educare Programme

Last weekend I was at the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) to give out school items for needy students. This is an annual programme put together by SJBA. 500 needy students from schools in and around Subang Jaya received school items like school bag, shoes and stationeries. Needy school children were identified by their respective schools and the names were then given to SJBA. Children of different races and religions received assistance from SJBA. This is a worthy cause and for those who wish to support this programme financially, you may contact Mr James Khoo of SJBA directly at 03-5634 8181 or 5631 5299 or email sjba@streamyx.com
School children with their new school bags

The students listening attentively when speeches were given

The crowd waiting for their turn to collect the school items

SJBA members assisting the school children with their new pair of shoes