Thursday, July 29, 2010

Unelected "Penyelaras DUN & Parlimen"

Right after the General Elections in 2008, Barisan Nasional has appointed unelected politicians to be penyelaras DUN and penyelaras Parlimen in Subang Jaya. I have been informed that these 2 MCA politicians, who have received NO mandate from the people of Subang Jaya are in control of funds given by the Federal Government. My questions to the penyelaras DUN have not been answered. Funds from Federal Government are taxpayers money. How can huge sum of money like this be given to any unelected ordinary man/woman to use? I challenge them for the spending of these funds to be released for public scrutiny immediately.

Below is the article from Harakah Daily :

SUBANG JAYA, July 28: The presence of a so-called "facilitator" in the Subang Jaya state constituency has raised the ire of its popular assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh (right).

Hannah has questioned whether the self-claimed representative received the BN Federal government's allocation of RM500,000 which is normally set aside for elected representatives.

Clearly not impressed, Hannah yesterday took to task MCA Youth's Lee You Hin, who was said to be performing his 'routine service' at his office in Subang Jaya.

“Who appointed you to be penyelaras (facilitator) in my DUN?” she asked in a Twitter post.

“Is it true MCA appointees like yourself receive RM500,000 a year from Federal Government? How you used the money? Can you please declare?"

Among many of Hannah's unanswered questions is whether the "facilitator" was under the payroll of the Federal government.

The revelation is set to raise questions over the way public money is being spent by the Federal government through unelected politicians in an effort to deny funds for Pakatan Rakyat-held constituencies.

Hannah also lamented the constant harrassment she faced in her capacity as an elected representative, including being sidelined for school visits in preference for unelected BN politicians.

She cited a recent incident in which two schools in Subang Jaya withdrew their invitations to her.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The complete restoration of Millennium Park

Year 2008
This was how Millennium Park looked like when we first took over the State Government in 2008. The former Barisan Nasional government spent millions decorating this open space with silver birds and trees which disappeared soon after and then they allowed this valuable open space to become an eatery, which was also abandoned.

In 2008, my office wrote to MPSJ and requested for the abandoned structures to be demolished.


Year 2009
On World Environment Day in June 2009, a huge tree planting exercise was carried out together with JKP Zone 1, SJRA, USJ RA, BSRA, corporate sponsors and MPSJ.

Residents participated in restoring the Millennium Park into a green area.



Year 2010Now that the place is restored, I organised a healthy living campaign for my residents. A qualified trainer will lead the residents all over DUN Subang Jaya every Saturday from 7:30am to 8:00am in an exercise session. This program will be on-going for half a year and is sponsored by my office using the annual allocation given by the Selangor State Government for less than RM10,000.

Early sunrise

Residents from all races and all ages (see kids in the pic) come out every Saturday for this exercise program. Last week, the group has grown to a size of 60 people. Most of them come from the SS13 flats nearby. Others from all over Subang Jaya, USJ and Bandar Sunway. Join us if you can!

I am a firm believer that taxpayers funds must return to the people for their benefit. BN spent millions and benefited only the recipient of the contract. We spent RM10,000 only for this exercise program and the residents walk away happy and healthier every week!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sejahtera Malaysia

Last Sunday we sang Sejahtera Malaysia in a church. This is the first time I have heard this song after I started my journey in politics. I used to listen to this song on TV when I was a school girl. Back then, these words had no personal meaning to me.

However, as the worship leader began to sing this song and invited the congregation to join in, my tears started flowing as I began singing each line :

SEJAHTERA MALAYSIA

Puji dan syukur pada Ilahi
AnugerahNya tiada terhingga
Kedamaian kemakmuran
Malaysiaku bahagia

Dengan tekad untuk berjaya
Berbakti pada nusa dan bangsa
Kami junjung cita-cita luhur
Perpaduan seluruh negeri

Seia sekata sehati sejiwa
Menghadapi cabaran
Kami sedia kami setia
Berkorban untuk negara

Bersemarak Malaysia tercinta
Kibarkan panji kebesarannya
Kami rela menjaga NamaMu
Sejahtera Malaysia


As Malaysians :

Let's continue to pray and ask God for His blessing upon this nation.

Let's stop complaining and start working.

Let us all contribute in nation building in whatever way we can.

Serving in politics now has taught me the issues we face as a nation. We have to un-do bad practices and learn good ones. Now, this song has come alive for me and the lyrics mean so much. There is hope.

As we approach 31 August 2010, this song will be on my lips. Speak life over this nation. May peace reign over Malaysia.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Freedom of Information

Both photos courtesy of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

Article from The Sun:

Selangor tables FOI Bill

By Maria J.Dass

SHAH ALAM (July 14, 2010): The Freedom of Information (State of Selangor) Enactment Bill 2010 was tabled at the state assembly today, paving the way for the public to access information at all state government departments.

Executive councillor in charge of consumer affairs, tourism and environment Elizabeth Wong, who tabled the bill which is a first in the country, said: "More than 80 countries have introduced freedom of information laws and we hope this move will improve the administration of the state because a transparent government is also one that will be more efficient and responsible."

She said the proposed enactment will help reduce corruption and boost accountability in the state’s dealings.

The debate that followed, however, clearly showed a division of opinion among Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen who supported the bill but pointed out the need for some refinements, and the Barisan Nasional assemblymen who described the enactment as "toothless" and one that contravened the Federal Constitution and other laws.

After debate, the bill will go through public consultation, research and study via a select committee, which will table its recommendations to the assembly for third reading. This is expected to be completed by April next year.

These were the arguments today:

FOR:

> Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya):

The word "opportunity" to access information should be replaced with the word "right". The definition of information excludes documents classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972. I hope this does not make the enactment redundant.

Exceptions should be made only if there are threats to health or safety of the state.

I laud the idea of oral information being released to those who are blind and illiterate as this espouses a caring government policy.

The 30-day time frame for information release should be shortened. Applicants for information should be told the status of their application even if it is rejected.

I hope the people in BN held constituencies will realise how much their assemblymen are opposing the right of the public to access information on how their money is being spent, and on the administration of the state.

They (the BN assemblymen) also fail to understand the enactment as they are talking about private pictures and videos being made accessible to all.

> Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia):

BN assemblymen should realise this is to their advantage as they now have access to documents and can use it to question us better.

The enactment seems to give the information officer more power compared to the information applicants and I hope that this can be exchanged.

The provision that states that the applicant can consider the application for information rejected if there is no response goes against the spirit of the enactment.

I hope the federal government will emulate us instead of classifying documents pertaining water and toll concessions that affect the public.

> Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku)

There must be a limit to the amount of fees imposed on applicants.

There needs to be some refinements in terms of copyright issues - on the information receives and whether it can be copied and disseminated.

What about information that overlaps with federal agencies and ministries? Who monitors the information officers? What is the definition of documents that can be released? Does it include correspondence or minutes?

AGAINST:

> Suliaman Abdul Razak (Permatang assemblyman)

My BN colleagues and I think it does not comply with the Federal Constitution and the relevant laws. What is contained in this enactment can be disputed in court. It will be toothless in terms of punishment and action against those who go against the provisions.

If I bring up the intention of PR tabling this enactment, I will be accused of being afraid of my own shadow. What about the privacy of the people, what happens when their private pictures and videos are made accessible to all?

> Ismail Sani (Dusun Tua)

This enactment goes against the federal constitution and laws. It is a game played by PR to show they care about transparency. This is a waste of time because the Mentri Besar now has the power to declassify documents under Section 2(c) of the Official Secrets Act.

The appointment to the appeals board is also questionable as the people appointed are bound to be political buddies of those in power. -- theSun

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Town Hall in USJ 1

Recently, we organised a town hall session in USJ 1. Many residents turned up to dialogue with me and ask questions pertaining to USJ 1.

Below is the article in NST on the issues discussed at the town hall:

SUBANG JAYA: Residents of USJ 1 are appealing to Kesas Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) to create an exit to the Kesas Highway.

At a town hall meeting with residents, Subang Jaya state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said three access points were completed last year and this year.

"One in Jalan TS 6/10A allows residents to get from USJ 1 to USJ 8. A slip road joins Kesas Highway to Persiaran Subang Mewah, while the other connects the highway to Jalan SS13/1K.

"The two slip roads only provide access from the highway into USJ 1," she said.

At present, said Yeoh, the residents can only exit through Persiaran Subang Permai.

As such, she added, they needed to have an exit from USJ 1 to the Kesas highway.

MPSJ councillor Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir was also present at the meeting.

Yeoh said the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) had asked for the Persiaran Subang Mewah slip road to be turned into a two-way access road to the highway, but the request was rejected.

"I urge the authorities to allow the additional exit point, or to suggest an alternative on how to alleviate the residents' daily traffic problem," she said.

With regards to the Subang-Kelana link, Yeoh said there had been no new developments.

Residents had complained that instead of easing traffic congestion at the Kewajipan Interchange it had made it worse.

"MPSJ will be providing lighting in 10 more parks this year, including one in USJ 1/2A," said Yeoh.

She said she was happy that funds allocated for infrastructure development were managed well.


"I recently went on a site visit with Health Ministry officers to identify potential sites for the first government clinic in Subang Jaya.

"To save cost, I suggested that the clinic be located at the shoplots opposite Giant Hypermarket in USJ 1.

"Some minor renovations can be done and the rest of the funds can be used to buy equipment."

Yeoh also urged the residents to keep their homes and neighbourhood free of potential mosquito breeding sites as many dengue cases had been reported in the area.

A group of parents brought up the issue of the need for a pedestrian bridge at SJK (C) Chee Wen. Yeoh said she was waiting for feedback from MPSJ's Engineering Department.

On the question of changing USJ 1's leasehold status to freehold, Yeoh said the state government was studying the landmark case of PJ Old Town.

Other issues raised at the meeting include illegal rubbish dumping, stray animals and the need for lighting in selected streets and a barrier along Jalan USJ 1/2 to stop outsiders from loitering at the playground nearby.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Appointment of councillors

The new list of MPSJ councillors has been released. However, some members of the public are unhappy with the selection. This posting is meant to clarify how the appointment took place and my views on it.

There are 5 JKP zones in DUN Subang Jaya and each councillor is assigned to a zone. For last year's term:

Zone 1 (SS12-ss19) : Theresa Ratnam Thong (NGO)

Zone 2 (Bandar Sunway) : Ken Chia (DAP)

Zone 3 (USJ 2 - USJ 15) : Rajiv Rishyakaran (DAP)

Zone 4 (USJ 1) : Roslan Shahir (PAS)

Zone 5 (Tmn Perindustrian Hi-Tech, Sime UEP) : Keshminder Singh (PKR)



For this new term:

Zone 1 (SS12-ss19) : *Name unknown yet* (NGO) [Appointment of NGO councillor is done by a committee comprising State Excos only]

Zone 2 (Bandar Sunway) : Ken Chia (DAP) [To be replaced by Edward Ling (DAP)(TBC)]

Zone 3 (USJ 2 - USJ 15) : Rajiv Rishyakaran (DAP) [No change (TBC)]

Zone 4 (USJ 1) : Roslan Shahir (PAS) [No change (TBC)]

Zone 5 (Tmn Perindustrian Hi-Tech, Sime UEP) : Keshminder Singh (PKR) [No change (TBC)]



Appointment of PAS and PKR councillors are done by their respective parties.

Some commonly asked questions and my answers below:

Have I given my feedback as ADUN Subang Jaya? : Yes

Do I support the re-appointment of Theresa Ratnam (NGO)? : Yes. In 2008, her nomination came from my office.

Does the selection of councillors need to be more transparent? : Yes

Have I raised this concern with the State Government? : Yes

Am I satisfied with the current selection system? : No. I believe it should be more transparent and a standard appointment process used on every councillor irrespective of their affiliations.

How can this be improved? : (1) Restoring Local Government Elections or (2) To be done by a select committee of the State Assembly through open interviews.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dialogue with industrial owners

Recently, my office organised a dialogue for the industrial owners to meet the District Officer of the Petaling Land Office to discuss on their land status and land tax owing to the Selangor State Government.

Below is the article which has been featured in the Star:

THE owners of factories operating in the Subang Light Industrial Park in USJ 1, Subang Jaya, are left in a lurch after they lost contact with the developer.

The developer owes about RM700,000 in quit rent and penalties since 2001, and the owners will have to take responsibility for the sum.

They recently had a meeting with Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh and Petaling District Officer Datuk Zulkepli Ahmad to highlight their plight.


Yeoh said the association of industry owners had obtained a court order on Aug 2, 2007, to act on behalf of the developer.

“There are now two master titles and one is freehold while the other is leasehold. The owners also want to apply for strata titles now,” she said.

For the land tax, Yeoh said some owners had been paying to the developer but had not received any official receipts, while some had stopped paying.

“The land office has issued Notice 6A to the developer and the association over the unpaid quit rent. The land will be confiscated if the developer fails to settle the outstanding amount by July,” Yeoh said.

Subang Light Industrial Park Real Estate Owner Association chairman Richard Foo said Zulkepli understood their predicament, so the land office would not take action just yet.

“Under the National Land Code, only the landlord can pay the quit rent.

“Since we have the court order now, we are requesting to pay the quit rent for our own lots,” he said.

Foo added that the association had appointed a surveyor and the next step was to apply for sub-division of the land.

The Association is now liaising directly with the Petaling Land Office to arrange for payment of the outstanding quit rent.

Grand Finale

Click on image to enlarge

Admission is free. See you there!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Launch of Toy Library


Toy Library and Resource Center for families of children with special needs


What is Makasih Toy Library and Resource Center?

Makasih is a support service for parents and caregivers of children with special needs in particular Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD and developmental delays.

We feature a wide range of toys that encourage imaginative play, gross motor, fine motor and communication/language development as as well as children’s books and videos. We also have a collection of books and reference materials for parents to borrow.

At Makasih Toy Library and Resource Center we also hope to provide a place where parents and caregivers can feel free to share and talk about their struggles and difficulties in providing the best love and care for their children.


Available for Loan to Members

Infant/Sensory Stimulation

Gross Motor Skills

Jigsaws and Puzzles

Matching, Sorting, Grading

Eye-hand coordination

Speech Language Development

Imaginative Play

Games and Leisure

Reading, Writing and Spelling

Musical Instruments

Early Mathematics

Children’s books, Audio Visual

Reference Books for parents /caregivers


Operating Hours :

Currently 1st Saturday of every month between 11am to 3pm

We will increase the days and hours when we have organised sufficient volunteers.


Charges :

Membership is open to all parents and caregivers with special needs at a nominal fee of RM30 per annum and a one time RM10 registration fee. Terms and conditions apply.


For more information call:

Yee Siew Meng 012-3885038

Tan Kwok Huey 012-3180110

Alicia Jackson 03-5621-2844


Location

Address : SG-13A-1 Concourse Subang Square, SS15/4

Official launch at 2:30pm, 4th July 2010