Thursday, January 28, 2010

SJK(C) Chee Wen and its Board of Governors

A new DAP branch in USJ 1 is being established and under the leadership of DAP Selangor, this new branch is planning a fund-raising dinner in March 2010. We were looking for a suitable venue for the dinner and the idea of having it at a hall in the only school in USJ 1, SJK(C) Chee Wen was considered. It had a suitable hall which would be able to accommodate the dinner crowd and the rental of the hall would go some way towards the school's building fund. I approached the Advisor of SJK(C) Chee Wen's Board of Governors (BOG) Dato' Lee Hwa Beng to find out if the school hall would be available for rent.

Dato' Lee was very helpful and he assured me that any party, as long as the rent is paid, should be able to use the school hall. I also spoke to the school principal and we were told to fill up the booking form. We then submitted the booking form, made a deposit payment of RM1000 and received an official receipt DS No. 00124 from the management of the school.

Several days later, we were informed by the school that its BOG has decided to block us from using the hall. I spoke to Dato' Lee and he graciously assured me that he would speak to the BOG again. I received a final call from Dato' Lee that the BOG will not change its mind and that we would still be unable to use the hall.

Parents of the school must hold the BOG to a professional standard in managing the affairs of the school, and not allow such politicking to override the best interest of the school. Many parents and well-wishers contributed to the building fund of the school irrespective of their individual political beliefs. Schools are not tools to be used to serve the shallow interests of certain politicians sitting in the BOG. I've said this before, I'll say it again now - 'Set our schools free!'

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Joint Statement from Pakatan Rakyat Kelana Jaya

Pakatan Rakyat stands together to condemn the latest act of attack on Masjid Taman Dato Harun and Masjid Taman Seri Sentosa. These acts of defilement and attacks on our places of worship must stop. PKR, DAP and PAS of Kelana Jaya stand together in unity against such acts.

We call on the police to maintain peace and order and to apprehend the culprits who are out to cause dissension and hatred between the communities. We remind all to remain calm and not to give in to the provocateurs.

    PAS, DAP, PKR

    Tn Hj Izham bin Hashim (Ketua PAS Kelana Jaya), Hannah Yeoh (ADUN Subang Jaya), Tn Syed Shahir (Ketua Cabang Kelana Jaya)


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SELCAT hearing resumes

SELCAT has started its public hearing again. Watch the live streaming here. This is a continuation on the use of state allocation by state assemblymen.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Coming soon!

Come join us for a night of great music this coming Chinese New Year celebration! There will be line dancing, performances by resident groups, unique stalls and of course special performances by Juwita Suwito & her band and HT Long : the golden voice of Elvis Presley! Joining us will be the Honourable Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly YB Teng Chang Khim and our own MP YB Loh Gwo Burne. Bring your family, friends and picnic mat and just enjoy your Chinese New Year evening in style. Remember, admission is FREE!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Back-to-School program

Every year, Subang Jaya Buddhists Association (SJBA) organises their Educare program for the needy children of Subang Jaya. Last year I was invited to participate in this program and I find this program worthy of support - more than 500 children from schools all over the Subang Jaya constituency received aid from SJBA. I allocated RM8000 from the state allocation to support this program.

Children of all races benefitted from this program

Children received school bags and school shoes

Volunteers from SJBA assisting the students with their new school shoes

The Selangor state government also provided 700 school bags for the needy students in the Subang Jaya constituency. With the assistance from resident groups, we gave out school bags to deserving children of SJK (T) Tun Sambanthan, SS13 and SS19 flats, Good Year Court 2, Bandar Sunway and Pangsapuri Angsana in USJ 1.

My office also provided uniforms for 200 students from the Tamil school in USJ

Students from SJK (T) Tun Sambanthan posing with their new school bags

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Farewell to Robert Lam

Today we bid farewell to a fellow Subang Jaya resident - the late Robert Lam. My deepest condolences to his wife, children and family members. I am thankful for the opportunity to visit him twice in the hospital. My two favourite sms-es from him will not be erased from my phone because they remind me of his confidence and positive outlook on life despite being stricken with cancer and I want to share that with you:

"Thks hannah 4 the uplifting exhortation. Yes, i know He is my refuge n strength. Robert"

and

"Great to hear frm u Hannah! I'm getting stronger altho feeling vomitish. Doc says my test readings show my biological age is 55 instead of my actual 63 yrs! PTL! Robert"

I used to attend English lessons at his English Language Centre in SS15 when I was a young girl. Many of us grew up watching him on TV. I am just really grateful for the privilege of hearing him read news and for the honor of meeting him personally in the last few months of his life.

We will miss your golden voice, Robert and I know you are now safe at home with the Lord.


Friday, January 22, 2010

MACC must act in good faith

KENYATAAN AKHBAR


21 JANUAR1, 2010


KERAJAAN SELANGOR MENGINGATKAN SPRM AGAR BERTINDAK

SECARA BERHEMAH

SHAH ALAM: Kerajaan Negeri berharap beberapa serbuan yang dilakukan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di pejabat Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri baru-baru ini tidak bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan maruah pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor.

Dalam pada Kerajaan Negeri memberi sokongan penuh terhadap usaha membendung perbuatan rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa dalam kalangan ahli politik mahupun kakitangan lainnya, sebaliknya Kerajaan Negeri tidak bersedia bertolak ansur terhadap mana-mana pihak yang dengan sengaja cuba mengganggu kelancaran pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri menerusi pelbagai cubaan untuk memalukan kakitangannya.

Dalam hubungan ini Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Selangor ingin menjelaskan di sini iaitu Pekeliling Kerajaan Negeri bertarikh 28 Julai 2009, mencatatkan bahawa sekiranya SPRM berhasrat melakukan siasatan terhadap kakitangan Kerajaan Negeri maka perjumpaan tersebut hanya boleh diadakan dari pukul 8.00 pagi ke pukul 6.30 petang, dan dengan kehadiran seorang peguam yang dilantik oleh Kerajaan Negeri.

Bantahan tentang kesahihan kandungan pekeliling tersebut oleh Peguam Negara Tan Sri Gani Patail masih dalam kes mahkamah. Maka dalam hal ini pegawai-pegawai SPRM sewajarnya menghormati pekeliling Kerajaan Negeri itu, yang melindungi hak seluruh kakitangannya.

Perlu juga dijelaskan di sini iaitu sehingga saat ini beberapa siasatan SPRM terhadap segelintir Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Selangor termasuk terhadap Menteri Besarnya, dilihat hanya berfokus pada isu-isu remeh. Ini sebagaimana diperlihatkan pada serbuan kelmarin di pejabat YB Yaakob Sapari dengan penahanan reman terhadap pembantu eksekutif beliau, Haji Hussein Ahmad.

Kerajaan Negeri juga terkejut dengan perkembangan terakhir siasatan tersebut dimana SPRM telahpun menggeledah rumah Haji Hussein tanpa waran geledah yang sah. “ Kerajaan Negeri mahu SPRM Selangor memberi penjelesan mengapa perkara boleh berlaku,” kata Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Tambahan pula, penyiasatan SPRM melibatkan sebuah syarikat yang tidak tersenarai dalam pemberian kontrak aktiviti pelombongan pasir. Tuduhan SPRM bahawa pemergian seorang pegawai ke China ditanggung oleh kontraktor tertentu juga tidak benar kerana Kerajaan Negeri yang sebenarnya membiayai kos kunjungan dua hari Haji Hussein itu yang menelan belanja sebanyak RM3,295.

Justeru itu, pihak kerajaan negeri berhak meragui akan motif dan integriti siasatan pegawai-pegawai SPRM terhadap isu-isu remeh yang berlaku dalam kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor sedangkan pegawai-pegawai SPRM sewajarnya menggunakan masa dan tenaga yang sangat berharga untuk menyiasat penyalahgunaan wang rakyat yang bernilai ribuan juta ringgit termasuk RM1.7 juta oleh mantan menteri besar Selangor dan rombongannya semasa melancong ke Disneyland di Amerika Syarikat dan di Peranchis.

“Jadi, apakah keutamaan SPRM? Badan ini sepatutnya menentukan keutamaan dan lantas menyiasat isu-isu besar yang melibatkan penyalahgunaan ribuan juta ringgit wang rakyat atau penyalahgunaan kuasa oleh pihak-pihak tertentu yang sudah sekian lama berlaku dalam negeri atau negara Malaysia seluruhnya. Hal ini mesti diutamakan oleh SPRM agar tindakan SPRM dilihat tidak sebagai alat politik untuk memuaskan hati pihak-pihak tertentu di Putrajaya sahaja. dalam hal ini, sekiranya SPRM bertindak secara profesional dan bebas, kerajaan negeri dengan senang hati bersedia memberikan bantuan yang sewajarnya, “ kata Tan Sri Abdul Khalid.


SEKRETARIAT AKHBAR

PEJABAT MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A young Malaysian's dream

My young MP friend Liew Chin Tong from Penang has been reminding me to keep writing about hope. Hope. Hope because many in this country are again disillusioned about the recent events in this country.

Chin Tong recently launched his book "Speaking for the Reformasi Generation" and on the first page of my autographed copy, he wrote:
How would a better Malaysia look like for a young couple like us?

I imagine it to be this :
  • free of corruption;
  • lower costs of living ie. I don't have to pay so much for monthly car and house installments;
  • efficient public transportation, having a car will then be an option and not a necessity;
  • my children-to-be will be known as Malaysians only and not be identified by their race;
  • quality public education for them when they're young and the opportunity to study whatever course they so desire at a local university, one that adequately prepares them to compete globally;
  • affordable health care and quality public hospitals;
  • true freedom of worship;
  • able to trust what I read in the newspapers daily;
  • have confidence in the democratic system, the judiciary, the police, the MACC and other agencies;
  • safe environment : no fear of being robbed or houses being broken into and able to walk on the streets freely without grabbing my handbag tightly.
I do not think that the above is too much to ask for. Every taxpaying young working couple wants that for their new family. Many have migrated in search of the above in other countries.

My friends who live and work abroad come home yearly for holiday. To be honest, some days I do envy them when I meet up with them. They seem to be happier and find life and work more rewarding.

Each time I catch up with my friends, they will never fail to ask me, "So how's politics going for you?".

"I don't understand why you want to try so hard to change this country. I have given up hope".

"Any plans to migrate?"

Sure, we all want a better life. I know there are young Malaysians out there who feel the same as I do. You are frustrated with work. You are upset that after paying your monthly bills, you have very little left to pamper yourself. You covet the lifestyle of your friends working abroad. You just want to take the first flight out if you can.

My friends, I say to you again - hang in there! We are still undergoing the process of renovation for a better home, a better nation. When renovating, it is unpleasant, messy, dusty, inconvenient and often times, we cannot imagine the completed work. However, once finished and the smell of fresh paint is up, you will want to move in as soon as you can.

Each time I look at Karpal Singh and Lim Kit Siang, I stand in awe at their perseverance. They have been working and working and working tirelessly for years without fear to make Malaysia a better home for young people like you and I.

I, too must now do the same for our children and chart a new path for others to walk on. Don't give up yet. As U2 would sing it..."Walk on!"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Male doctors needed for Haiti

Calling doctors and nurses in Subang Jaya. I am assisting CityCare to spread this important announcement:

CityCare in Bandar Sunway is urgently calling for male doctors and nurses for the relief work in Haiti. Preferably those with US Visa. Our 1st medical team from CityCare Singapore is already in Haiti. We are planning another team from Malaysia to go on this Wednesday night (20th Jan) and expected to come back on 30th/31st Jan, for a period of 10 days.

The cost for the trip is around RM10,000 per person (to be borne by doctors). There are approximately 300 emergency cases admitted daily to the hospital in Haiti, therefore medical personnel are urgently needed.

For those who are interested, please contact David (012-3955 884) or Keith (012-6359 979).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Subang Light Industrial Park

Owners of factories in Subang Light Industrial Park organised a gotong-royong to clean up their surroundings. The gentleman wearing a blue cap standing next to me is Mr Richard Foo, the chairman of Persatuan Pemilik Hartanah Subang Light Industrial Park. This effort is a result of one Industrial Park Management Committee (IPMC) in MPSJ which I will blog about later. I invited Mr Richard Foo to be part of the IPMC in MPSJ. More than 100 factory owners are represented by this association.

About 50 industrial owners and their workers participated in this cleaning up effort. MPSJ officer, JKP Zone 4 members, Alam Flora workers and Bomba were also present.

Workers all ready to work

The start of cleaning


I was told by the owners that the area has not been cleaned for years! MPSJ was on site with me during the walkabout in the area and they will be taking action on the outstanding issues.

IPMC is now focusing on educating industrial owners on the collection of production waste. Alam Flora only collects domestic waste. Industrial owners need to pay extra for collection of their production waste. Click here for more details.

Friday, January 15, 2010

2Malaysia

Logo courtesy of MChang

No amount of sloganeering and money-throwing can salvage BN's concept of "1Malaysia" any longer. The federal government has officially endorsed the practice of unequal treatment of East & West Malaysia by its decision to allow non-Muslims in East Malaysia to use the word "Allah", but a ban on the usage for non-Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia. No government should be allowed to use "Allah" to divide this nation and its people. This new ruling clearly shows that the "Allah" issue is a political issue championed by the BN government and not one about religion, race, language or culture. It is a ruling aimed at protecting the vote bank in East Malaysia, and shoring up the depleting BN power base in the Peninsular.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marriage Conference 2010


Family matters. My philosophy in life is: God first, family second and everything else is secondary. I think our society breaks down when family units and marriages are destroyed. It is so important for us to learn how to restore this. We must safeguard our marriages. My office is partnering with FamilyLife to bring this valuable teaching to our neighbourhood. Click here to read more about the Marriage Conference 2010.

This year, just like 2008 and 2009, we will continue to organise programs to strengthen families and build people up, resulting in a stronger community.

Here are the details:

Admission is FREE, so please register you and your spouse quickly as we have limited seats. Make it a priority to set aside just a day to enhance your marriage. It will be worth it!

Register online HERE.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Updates on Lagoon Perdana (uncompleted units)

Below is an official reply from Jabatan Perumahan Negara to one of the affected purchasers of the Lagoon Perdana project:

Merujuk kepada e-mail Puan yang ditujukan kepada Y.B. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan pada tarikh 25/12/2009. Untuk makluman Puan, mesyuarat terkini bersama wakil Syarikat Talam Corporation Berhad (TCB) telah diadakan di Jabatan Perumahan Negara pada 19 November 2009.

Selain daripada itu, pegawai-pegawai JPN telah membuat lawatan ke tapak projek ini pada 23/12/2009. Tujuan pemantauan ini dibuat adalah untuk memastikan pemaju menyiapkan projek ini mengikut tarikh jangkaan siap yang diberikan oleh TCB kepada JPN. Hasil daripada lawatan tapak yang diadakan didapati kerja di tapak pembinaan bergerak sangat perlahan.

Pada 04/01/2010, pegawai JPN telah menghubungi wakil syarikat pemaju iaitu En. Tan Bak Hai bagi mendapatkan status terkini projek. Bagi Blok 1,3 dan 8, pembinaan adalah 100% siap. Pihak TNB telah memulakan kerja-kerja untuk menyiapkan ’power supply’ dan dijangka dapat disiapkan dalam tempoh satu(1) bulan daripada tarikh semasa dihubungi ini.

Bagi Blok 7 pula, pihak Perunding pemaju telah mengemukakan “Ground Foundation Strengthening Design” untuk pembinaan sehingga ke tingkat 9. Selain itu, pihak pemaju juga telah melantik pakar untuk mengkaji semula kos-kos yang terlibat dan akan mengambil masa dua(2) minggu. Pihak pemaju juga menyatakan bahawa kerja-kerja ditapak dijangka bermula sebulan dari tarikh semasa dihubungi.

Untuk makluman Puan, pihak JPN telah memantau projek ini scara rapi dengan mengadakan mesyuarat berkala setiap bulan bersama pemaju bagi mendapatkan makluman dan kemajuan terkini projek. Oleh itu pihak JPN akan membangkitkan isu ini pada mesyuarat bulanan bersama pemaju yang akan diadakan selewat-lewatnya pada akhir Januari 2010.

Pihak kami juga memohon maaf di atas kelewatan menyediakan maklumbalas pertanyaan Puan berhubung hal ini. Perkara ini akan disusuli dengan pemaju memandangkan tanggungjawab asas yang perlu melaksanakan penyiapan projek ini adalah daripada pihak pemaju.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Bahagian Pemantauan Perumahan Swasta

Jabatan Perumahan Negara

Tel : 03-20998374

Fax : 03-20925807

I know many purchasers are anxious and want to get their keys as soon as possible. I have requested MPSJ to also monitor this very closely alongside Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT). I will provide more updates in days to come.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The price of our safety: RM500,000

Today we read of UMNO-BN's peace offering of RM500,000 to the Metro Tabernacle Church. And for those who have not realized it yet, this was immediately followed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) requesting churches to 'have their own security because there isn't enough policemen'. Only a day earlier, the IGP released a statement claiming that he had directed patrol teams to monitor churches nationwide, along with an explicit assurance that all Malaysians are safe. What sort of assurance is this if now the churches are required to ensure their own safety? What game is the Home Minister and the UMNO-BN government playing? It is completely unacceptable for the IGP to abdicate his responsibility in a time such as this. What price do you place on the lives of Malaysians?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jesus says...

Today I turn 31. Instead of celebrating it, I stand with the good people of Malaysia in prayers and in solidarity. Friends, let us display what our Lord has taught us to do "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven". "Enemies" refers to those who torched the churches. We shall not retaliate in anger. Instead, we lift up our eyes to heaven and pray for peace and blessing over this nation. By doing so, we learn to be perfect like Him.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Statement from Menteri Besar of Selangor on the attack on churches

KENYATAAN MEDIA

8 JANUARI 2010

SELANGOR KUTUK TINDAKAN SERANG GEREJA

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengutuk perbuatan mereka yang tidak bertanggjungjawab menyerang dan membakar beberapa gereja di Selangor dan sekitar lembah Klang.

Perbuatan tersebut adalah satu tindakan yang bacul kerana ianya boleh mengeruhkan keharmonian dan menimbul kekeliruan diantara masyarakat majmuk di Malaysia. Kami berharap rakyat Malaysia dapat bertenang sementara polis menjalankan siasatan.

Kami menyeru kepada pihak polis agar menjalankan siasatan yang profesional dan telus sehingga mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini dapat dihadapkan ke muka pengadilan. Adalah diharapkan pihak polis juga akan meningkatkan kawalan di semua rumah ibadat agar kejadian buruk ini tidak berulang.

Kami menegaskan bahawa sebarang serangan ke atas rumah beribadat tidak direstui oleh mana-mana ajaran agama. Saling menghormati dan toleransi adalah elemen penting bagi menjamin kestabilan dan keamanan masyarakat pelbagai kaum dalam negara seperti Malaysia.

TAN SRI DATO’ SERI ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIM

DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

Utility lands must be preserved

The appeal against the proposed 9 storey commercial building on Telekom Land in USJ 6 continues. On 21 December 2009, Gobind Singh represented the residents at Lembaga Rayuan and argued that the State Planning Committee has a statutory duty to consider the revocation of development order made by MPSJ. State Planning Committee has yet to endorse MPSJ's decision. Lembaga Rayuan then ordered a stay of proceedings until the State Planning Committee has made a decision on the matter.

Residents of USJ 6 oganised a protest at the development site and invited me to receive a memorandum on behalf of the Chief Minister of Selangor YAB Tan Sri Khalid. The memorandum will be forwarded to the Chief Minister's office this week. A few elected representatives came in support of the residents' cause. Tony Pua (Member of Parliament for PJ Utara), Khalid Samad (Member of Parliament for Shah Alam), Dr Nasir Hashim (State Assemblyman of Kota Damansara) and Edward Lee (State Assemblyman of Bukit Gasing) stood with the residents and defended the call to preserve utility lands in Selangor.

Also present to support the USJ 6 residents were USJ Residents' Association Chairman Melvin Lee, Subang Jaya Residents' Association Chairman AS Gill and his committee members, representatives from Bandar Sunway Residents' Association and USJ3ABCD. We hope that the State Planning Committee will make the right decision by endorsing MPSJ's decision to revoke the development order given. You can read more about this matter from the following articles:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

PDRM, sponsor of UMNO?

I was in Melaka for Christmas. This banner caught my attention. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the sponsors and their logos for this particular UMNO event. Polis Diraja Malaysia (PRDM) supposedly an impartial institution, was a sponsor for this particular ruling political party. We see for ourselves the political patronage system employed by UMNO-BN here. The federal government sets aside budget for the police force, and in turn, the police force returns the money/resources back to UMNO via sponsorship such as these. How will PDRM claim to be apolitical?