Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hari Mesra Family Day 2012

Attended Hari Mesra Family Day 2012 of USJ 4 Tudor

Good crowd, a wonderful opportunity to meet the residents

Bomba Subang Jaya did a demonstration and allowed children to learn how to put out fire

Cake cutting ceremony for USJ 4 Tudor's anniversary 


(All photos courtesy of SJ Echo)


Happy Harvest Festival!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Carnations for Mothers

With my volunteers

Article in SJ Echo - To mothers with love

SUBANG JAYA, MAY 13 2012: MOTHERS shopping or dining with their families at Subang Parade received a surprise Mother's Day flower from ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh.

Many of them were caught unawares when Hannah and her team of volunteers walked up to them and wished them Happy Mother's Day while offering a rose or carnation to celebrate the occasion.

'We spent almost 2 hours walking around the whole shopping mall distributing 1,000 flowers specially for the occasion.'

'This year, we decided to be different and chose the shopping mall as our way of reaching out to shoppers,' Hannah said.

Many shoppers took the opportunity to pose for photographs with Hannah during her walkabout.


All photos courtesy of SJ Echo












Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No to billboards in residential area



SUBANG JAYA, MAY 22 2012: JUST like mushrooms emerging after the rain, advertising billboards are popping up in Subang Jaya.

The latest billboard which was erected just over a weekend in SS18 fringing Persiaran Tujuan towers 40feet from the ground and is a mere few feet away from the barricades along the main road.

Prior to the placement and erection of the billboard, no notification was made to neighbouring homes and the required signboard on site with details of the project appears to be non-existent leaving ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh totally in the dark about this latest move to earn more for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council coffers.

"There was no prior consultation with residents of SS18 especially those whose houses face the billboard which towers over their homes."

"The billboard is located at one of the dangerous bends along Persiaran Tujuan where several serious accidents had happened recently," Hannah said at the site of the structure. She spent some time discussing with owners of houses adjacent to the structure with MPSJ councilor Dr KM Loi.

Hannah said billboard applications submitted to MPSJ should be scrutinised and public consultation must be sought before a decision is made on the location.

"The location of this latest structure creates an uncomfortable environment for homes around it. Even structures erected at commercial areas should also take into consideration the impact on the nearby shophouses."

"Billboards erected at commercial areas appear to be blocking the facade and signages of businesses there," she added.

Hannah said she was seeking more information from MPSJ president Dato Asmawi Kasbi on this matter, especially on proposed and existing billboards in Subang Jaya.

She wants the permit for the advertising billboard in SS18 to be terminated once its license which runs until the end of 2013 expires and structure removed.

Hannah also wants MPSJ to declare and make public the quantum of revenue generated from advertising billboards in the municipality.

"We understand that such billboards generate a revenue for the local council. The revenue earned must benefit residents living in the immediate area."

"I want the council to use the revenue generated from the SS18 billboard to be used to resurface the roads in the area and used to upgrade facilities in the immediate housing area," she added.

In recent months, several billboards had suddenly popped up in Subang Jaya namely in SS13, SS15 and USJ6 (which was illegal).


Meeting the residents in SS18 during the site visit yesterday

I'm requesting from MPSJ the followings:-

(1) For safety purpose, this unipole should be relocated. This bend on Persiaran Tujuan has seen at least 1 fatal accident recently. [The Timbalan YDP of MPSJ has informed me today that MPSJ is working on its relocation].

(2) Prior consultation to be done with stakeholders before future approval is given

(3) Revenue generated from these unipoles/billboards should directly benefit the stakeholders ie. resurfacing of roads in the vicinity

(4) MPSJ should declare and publish the revenue collected from these unipoles/billboards


WARTAWAN SINAR HARIAN
12 April 2012
Konvensyen Pakatan janji 4 tawaran 'Bersihkan Malaysia'


SHAH ALAM - Apabila sebahagian besar perwakilan PR dalam Dun Selangor terdiri daripada pemimpin muda, secara tidak langsung pandangan, keinginan, keperluan generasi muda di Selangor dapat diketengahkan. 

Peluang mengetengahkan isu berkaitan golongan muda jugalah menjadikan pemimpin muda dalam PR sentiasa berpeluang ke hadapan, kata Adun Batu Caves dari PKR, Amirudin Shari kepada Sinar Harian menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) yang disebut-sebut akan diadakan dalam waktu terdekat.

“Sebagai pemimpin, keyakinan perlu ada dalam diri tetapi keadaan politik semasa perlu dilihat secara menyeluruh sebab orang muda juga ada kelemahan, selepas satu penggal ini, kita melihat bahawa pemimpin muda itu sebagai satu kelebihan. 

“Saya percaya kepimpinan PKR sendiri cuba ingin meletakkan lebih ramai calon muda yang bersemangat, jadi saya yakin jumlah kerusi akan bertambah. Paling kurang yang sedia ada akan bertahan dan percaya ada kerusi yang diwakili pemimpin muda muka baru,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun beliau menyerahkan kepada kebijaksanaan kepimpinan tertinggi parti untuk menentukannya.

“Persaingan sihat dan positif adalah penting bagi pemimpin muda dengan pemimpin senior. Mungkin ada pemimpin senior berpengalaman tetapi kadang-kadang mereka terperangkap dalam pengalaman itu. 

“Pemimpin muda pula, ada keupayaan mencuba, tetapi kemungkinan percubaan itu boleh jadi gagal kerana kurangnya pengalaman.Tetapi apabila digabungkan pengalaman dan keinginan mencuba, ia akan lebih kreatif,” katanya.

Katanya, pengalaman jatuh bangun dan susah senang bersama dalam menerajui Selangor sejak 2008 menjadikan pemimpin PR sama ada senior atau muda, lebih mudah bekerjasama. 

“Dari situ, kita dapat lihat tanpa ada kesepakatan bertulis pun kita boleh menyesuaikan diri dalam semua program, mesyuarat, aktiviti dan sebagainya. Begitu juga usaha memberi perkhidmatan kepada rakyat,” katanya.

Malah dalam barisan tertinggi setiap komponen PR, pemimpin muda diberikan kepercayaan dan harapan untuk memegang jawatan penting.

“Pemimpin muda berpeluang menyertai pemimpin senior dalam proses membuat keputusan hinggalah membuat keputusan untuk Kerajaan melalui Dun. Ada lebih 30 peratus perwakilan PR di Selangor terdiri dari golongan muda, ada di bahagian pembuat dasar, undang-undang, bajet dan ini jarang didengari sebelum ini,” katanya.


Pemimpin muda PR diyakini mampu bertahan

Pemimpin muda dalam PKR, Pas dan DAP dilihat lebih bertuah berbanding BN kerana pimpinan tertinggi ketiga-tiga komponen PR ini memberi peranan kepada pemimpin muda untuk terlibat dalam peringkat membuat dasar.

Ketua Pemuda Pas Selangor, Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan berkata, jika peluang terus diberikan, barisan pelapis ini (pemimpin muda) boleh ke hadapan sebagaimana pemimpin senior yang sedia ada dan sudah menunjukkan kebolehan mereka. 

“Kalau diberikan ruang insya-ALLAH pemimpin muda PR boleh mengambil alih tanggungjawab tersebut kelak dan meneruskan legasi kehebatan senior terdahulu,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau amat yakin kerusi pemimpin muda PR di Selangor akan bertahan dan tidak menolak kemungkinan untuk mengulangi kemenangan pada PRU12.

“Bila mana anak muda ini berada di peringkat pembuat dasar, bermakna mereka tidak mahu pemimpin muda sekadar berdiri di pinggiran dalam parti. Dalam kata lain, mereka mahu suara dan kehendak anak muda dapat pergi lebih jauh.

“Inilah ruang dan peluang yang diberikan PR kepada kepimpinan muda seperti kami. Kemudian, idea dan input yang segar perlu dibawa anak-anak muda ini untuk memenuhi selera generasi akan datang,” katanya.

Menurutnya, pemimpin muda yang agresif dan bertenaga akan lebih mudah didekati kerana mereka lebih bersifat santai dan ‘sempoi’.

“Dalam bahasa yang lebih mudah difahami, mereka mahu pemimpin muda yang ‘sesiapa sahaja boleh masuk’. Itu kelebihan pemimpin muda PR. Mudah didekati, saya yakin pemimpin muda dalam PR ini mampu mempertahankan aura dan kedudukan mereka,” katanya. 

Sebagai golongan muda yang masih jauh perjalanannya, beliau amat berharap jumlah kerusi yang dimenangi pada PRU lalu dapat dikekalkan walaupun dari sudut permintaan anak muda adalah tinggi. 

Katanya, walaupun pengundi yang akan membuat keputusan, cadangan, pandangan serta permintaan golongan muda dapat dipertimbangkan pimpinan PR disemua peringkat terutamanya Pas.

“Harapan saya juga, sebagai pemimpin muda dan ahli muda dalam parti, kita kena tonjolkan bahawa kita boleh diberikan kepercayaan, tanggungjawab dan mampu melaksanakannya amanah yang diberikan. 

“Kita mestikan lakukan yang terbaik agar pimpinan melihat bakat dan potensi yang ada pada kita, anak-anak muda Pas. Kami mengharapkan pimpinan memberikan ruang dan memimpin untuk diketengahkan sebagai pelapis pimpinan masyarakat,” katanya.


Tampil calon muda dalam kalangan wanita

Dalam usaha mengekalkan kerusi yang sedia ada di Selangor, mungkin pimpinan tertinggi PR boleh mempertimbangkan agar lebih ramai pemimpin muda dalam kalangan wanita untuk menjadi pemimpin rakyat.

Adun Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh berkata, usaha menambah wanita dalam barisan kepimpinan mungkin salah satu usaha positif yang boleh memberikan kemenangan kepada PR dalam PRU13 akan datang.

“Selepas PRU 2008, ramai pemimpin muda PR dilantik rakyat di Selangor. Adun muda seperti Jenice Lee, Gan Pei Nei, Amirudin Shari, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Ean Yong Hian Wah, Lau Weng San dan saya diberi peluang dalam beberapa Jawatankuasa Terpilih Dewan dan juga menjadi Pembantu Exco. 

“Jadi, saya berharap lebih wanita muda akan diberi peluang untuk memimpin di semua peringkat dalam PRU akan datang,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kerusi DAP tertakluk kepada jawatankuasa tertinggi pusat dan berdasarkan banyak keputusan mereka selama ini, mereka sentiasa memberi ruang kepada pemimpin muda untuk berkembang dan bertukar idea.

Bagaimanapun katanya, segalanya diserahkan kepada rakyat kerana mereka adalah penentu sama ada mereka masih mahu memberi peluang kepada generasi muda untuk memimpin.

Katanya, pemimpin muda DAP tidak perlu menandingi pemimpin senior sebaliknya mereka perlu menghormati jasa dan pengalaman mereka.

“Pengalaman pemimpin senior merupakan pendorong yang banyak memberi semangat dan sokongan kepada kami pemimpin muda untuk terus meningkat naik bagi memastikan kemenangan dalam PRU13 kelak,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu katanya, hubungan rapat dengan PKR dan Pas menjadi kekuatan kepada DAP untuk terus berdiri kukuh.

Abide by campaign rules


WARTAWAN SINAR HARIAN
5 Mei 2012
100 bendera diturunkan

Anggota penguat kuasa MPSJ menurunkan bendera parti politik yang digantung di kawasan Putra Height.
SUBANG JAYA – Belum diumum tarikh pilihan raya umum, ratusan bendera parti politik sudah megah berkibar di tiang lampu sepanjang jalan raya.
Sikap ‘tidak sabar’ sesetengah parti politik itu akhirnya membawa padah apabila Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) bertindak menurunkan lebih 100 bendera parti politik yang digantung secara haram sejak sebulan lalu.
Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan berkata, beliau menerima aduan daripada penduduk yang mendakwa terlalu banyak bendera dipasang di beberapa laluan di Putra Heights di sini sehingga ada di antaranya yang didakwa menutup simpang jalan.
Menurutnya, beliau kemudian memaklumkan perkara itu kepada pihak majlis untuk tindakan selanjutnya.
“Sekarang ini bukannya waktu berkempen, justeru bendera mana-mana parti politik tidak sepatutnya digantungkan di mana-mana tempat.
“Tindakan menggantungkan bendera parti ini sama seperti menampal iklan ah long,” katanya.
Beliau berkata, pimpinan parti politik harus menghormati bahawa sekarang bukanlah masanya untuk berkempen dengan menaikkan bendera mereka di tiang lampu sepanjang jalan raya.
“Kalau bukan untuk tujuan tunjuk arah sekiranya ada majlis dianjurkan parti politik tidak kira parti apa pun ia satu kesalahan,” katanya menjadi kesalahan jika tindakan menggantung bendera tidak mendapat kebenaran majlis.
Menurutnya, beliau memaklumkan kepada majlis selepas menerima aduan daripada penduduk.
“Kita adil dan mengambil tindakan kepada semua bendera dipasang tanpa mengira ia parti politik apa,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Timbalan Yang Dipertua MPSJ, Abdullah Marjunid berkata, dalam beberapa operasi dijalankan sebelum ini sebanyak 63 bendera Barisan Nasional (BN) diturunkan manakala selebihnya adalah daripada parti Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
“Sebanyak 16 bendera yang diturunkan adalah daripada parti DAP, 28 daripada PKR manakala enam adalah bendera Pas. “Pihak majlis memberi pengecualian menggantung bendera sekiranya parti politik menganjur majlis tetapi selepas itu ia perlu dibuka kerana menjadi kesalahan menggantung bendera sebelum kempen pilihan raya,” katanya.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Unity Walk


Malaysians have moved away from that terrible episode in history of 13 May 1969 where our differences were magnified and race-based governance was established. This Unity Walk is for Malaysians in 2012 and in particular the community of Subang Jaya to begin ushering the dawn of a new Malaysia. We walk in support of true unity and freedom from race-based politics. Malaysians of all ages, see you there!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day



Moms - Keep building your homes. They are the cornerstone of this nation. You are loved!

BN promised but PR delivers

Some of you may remember this promise made by Barisan Nasional just before the General Elections in 2008 for a pedestrian bridge to be built over Persiaran Kewajipan. Click here to read the news article. 4 years went by and despite more than 1000 signatures collected and submitted by devotees of Subang Jaya Buddhists Association and Kuil Sri Varatharajah Perumal, JKR Federal replied with no good news. 

I went to see JKR Selangor and after writing in to them, I received news that JKR Selangor would be building the much needed pedestrian bridge using state allocation. Below are the details:-

Projek: Membina Jejantas Pejalan Kaki di Persiaran Kewajipan SS14, Subang Jaya, Daerah Petaling, Selangor

Harga Kontrak: RM 1,352,213.15

Peruntukan: Kerajaan Negeri Selangor
                   P12 0209 2090000 01004
                   (Meningkatkan Aspek Keselamatan Jalan Raya Seluruh Selangor)

Tarikh Mula: 27 Disember 2011

Tarikh Siap: 24 Disember 2012

Kontraktor: Aminsa Bina Sdn Bhd

Jenis Tender: Tender Terbuka

On Wesak Day this year, our Dato' Menteri Besar launched the ground breaking ceremony of the pedestrian bridge.



Article in The Star - Devotees relieved as pedestrian bridge begins to take shape


DEVOTEES of Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) and Sri Varatharajah Perumal Temple at SS13, Subang Jaya, can now breathe a sigh of relief as the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Persiaran Kewajipan has begun.

The good news was announced by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim during Wesak Day celebrations at SJBA on Saturday.

The state government has allocated RM13.5mil [note: it should be RM1.35mil] to the Selangor Public Works Department (JKR) for the project, after a fruitless wait by the devotees for the federal JKR to build the bridge.

“It will be completed on Dec 24 this year,” Khalid said.

Preparation for the construction started last December and piling works have already been completed.

The contractor for the project is Aminsa Bina Sdn Bhd.

SJBA president Chim Siew Choon said they were promised the pedestrian bridge before March 2008, and they were shocked when they discovered that the project did not materialise.

“We submitted 1,600 signatures to the Works Ministry but received no reply,” he said.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said the federal JKR cited lack of funds as the reason for not building the bridge.

“It said it would try to apply for funds in the next Malaysia Plan.

“It also said the signalised pedestrian crossing at the Kewajipan interchange at the Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas) was sufficient, but we found it was too dangerous,” she said.

Yeoh said Khalid was invited to the site and subsequently, the state government approved the funds for the bridge to be built in front of SJBA.

She added that besides ensuring the safety of the pedestrians, who had to risk their lives trying to cross the 10-lane Persiaran Kewajipan, the bridge would also help reduce traffic congestion in the area.

During the press confeference, Khalid added that a 929 sq m plot of land near SJBA had been reserved for a Sikh temple, the first in Subang Jaya.

At the press conference with our Dato' Menteri Besar (pic courtesy of KL Loke)

Ground breaking ceremony with Mr Chim Siew Choon, President of SJBA 
(pic courtesy of KL Loke)

Meeting residents of Subang Jaya on Wesak Day (pic courtesy of KL Loke)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Details of allocation spending for year 2011

In line with our commitment to transparency and accountability, we have once again published details of our allocation spending here.

Taxpayers money must always be accounted for. That is why we have published details of our spending every year on my blog. 

On 28 September 2011, the Selangor State Government has decided to increase our annual RM500,000 allocation to RM600,000. Due to the fact that we were approaching the last quarter of 2011 when this announcement was made, the Petaling Land Office has allowed us to carry forward the balance of money to year 2012. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Bersih Story



So many people have written articles on their first hand account of Bersih 3.0. I was struggling inside me for days contemplating whether or not I should pen down my personal experience. I have tweeted how I was absent during Bersih 1.0 – I was still a very ignorant Malaysian back then. When Bersih 2.0 happened, I had just given birth to my first child and was on maternity leave. I was at home praying for a peaceful rally and that my husband, my dad and my brother would come home safely from the rally. Bersih 3.0 - I was there for the very first time together with my husband, my assistants, sister, cousin, brother-in-law, former schoolmates from SM Subang Utama, former employer, my father-in-law, friends and some residents. Many were there for the very first time. Many are NOT members of any political parties - and that’s a very good sign that truly the civil society has awakened!

When we got to the KTM station in Subang Jaya, there were many others who were waiting for the train in their yellow t-shirts.

When the train arrived from Klang and Batu Tiga, it was already packed with many Bersih supporters. Some clapped as the train stopped to pick up more Bersih supporters. I was like a little sardine fish inside the train.

When we arrived at the Kuala Lumpur station, I saw train after train brought in hundreds of other Bersih supporters.

When we got to Jalan Petaling, I was shocked to see so many young people have already gathered. The theme was “Duduk Bantah”. One of my assistants has often been teased to have obsessive compulsive disorder. As a housewife and chief-of-staff, she would never stop cleaning. On 428, she had no problem sitting on the street. Other friends were proud of her. Some schoolmates of mine hate to be under the hot sun. On 428, they stood for hours in the hot sun. And that was the message I received from so many others, they were willing to put aside their personal preferences and habits to send a strong message to the Barisan Nasional-led government – they want clean and fair elections.

When we got to Jalan Tun Perak, it was so crowded I was literally rubbing sweaty shoulders and arms with others. Some recognised me and I conceded taking photographs despite looking fatigued. By then, we had been standing on our feet for almost 5 hours.

When I got closer to the Masjid Jamek station, I saw Datuk Ambiga addressing the people but I was on the opposite side of the road and I could not hear the speech. The crowd then starting moving forward towards Dataran Merdeka. The next thing I saw were hands going up in front of me signalling to the rest of us to turn back and run. I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid of a stampede. Considering it was my first Bersih rally and after listening to horror stories of police brutality during Bersih 2.0, I decided to hold on to a lamp post. Yes you heard correctly. I was glued to a lamp post! My husband pulled me away and we started running into a back lane. I then realised that the police had shot tear gas at us and there were hundreds of people escaping into the back lane with teary eyes. I saw Malaysians of all races sharing salt, water and towels. At the end of the back lane, there were others running towards us, tear gas were being shot from the other direction too. We were cornered. It was chaotic. By then, I was coughing terribly and had difficulty breathing. Again, I did the unimaginable - I was sprawled over a parked car. I simply could not breathe! My friend Peter saw me and dragged me away from the car. A group of us managed to seek shelter inside a budget hotel nearby.

On the sixth floor of the hotel, an elderly Malay couple offered their room for us to wash our face. There were young people there who shared their packed food with us. It felt like post-war. Malaysians came together. Sadly we were not running away from war enemies, we were running away from our own police force even though we had gathered in peace to demand for clean and fair elections.

I condemn any form of violence that has taken place be it against the civilians, the journalists or the police. To me, the tear gas felt very deadly. To be cornered into a tiny alley with tear gas coming from both directions had left me in a very undignified position to the extent my husband could not recognise it was me that was sprawled over a car.

If the tear gas had such an effect on me, I cannot imagine how dangerous it was for senior citizens and for those with asthma. Bersih 3.0 wasn’t about Anwar-Azmin, even though the BN regime wants to pin all the blame on the both of them for the unruly behaviour of some. I have been to huge political and church rallies but I have never seen a crowd like that on 428. The testimonies of some 250,000 Malaysians at home, in the office, in mosques, in churches, in temples or in colleges cannot be discounted no matter how hard the BN-led government tries. If you had been on the streets of KL that day, you would know that no amount of censorship on Astro or spinning in the mainstream media can stop the testimonies of those who were present. And their Bersih stories will continue to pour in.