Thursday, November 27, 2008

DBKL Joyrides vs Selangor Bus ride

What was DBKL’s weekly activity for the past 33 months up to September 2008?

DBKL has gone overseas for 137 times during that period. Simple calculation would be more than one overseas trip a week!

How much of our money spent on these voyages? RM8,616,794.68!

Where has the richest state in Malaysia, Selangor Pakatan Rakyat state government, been after March election?

A bus ride to Singapore.

Lim Lip Eng

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Beat base not a must, says cop

(see my blog on 14 Nov 2008)

The Star by JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ Wednesday November 19, 2008

THE crime rate at Manjalara Sector 62 in Kepong is not alarming and there is no real need for a beat base. The police said this in response to a report in StarMetro recently on a vacant beat base in Jalan 3/62, which was said to be built by a group of residents at the request of the police about two years ago. Sentul OCPD ACP Zakaria Pagan said the beat base was a result of that meeting between the police and the residents.

However, he said there were no further discussions held with the police on the beat base. “It was the residents who came up with the idea and the police welcomed it and asked the matter to be discussed further. We appreciate the initiative taken by the residents. “But no discussion took place between then and now about the building and now we have a beat base and asked to patrol the area. “When a beat base is created, there are certain requirement which must be met and is based on the needs of the area. “Technically, the beat base is not ours,” he said at a press conference at the Sentul police station yesterday. “We will continue to patrol the area but there is no need to have a 24-hour watch,’’ he said, adding that since the beat base was already there, the police would work out the matter with the residents.

RM160,260-00 for a CCTV

If you have watched the recent hit movie “Eagle Eyes” then most probably you would agree with me that CCTV surveillance cameras are vital if not essential in curbing the KL’s ever increasing crime rate. So how many CCTV were installed in the city by the authority?

The Federal Territories Ministry answered me in Parliament that 255 CCTV cameras were installed in KL to monitor traffic flow with the cost of RM160,260-00 each camera plus installation, and from 2007 until October this year, 80 of the 255 CCTV cameras (almost 1/3) were damaged either by theft or motor vehicles. The ministry has to spend 8 millions ringgit to repair the damaged CCTVs and on some electronic boards called Variable Message Sign (VMS).

Maybe we should just blame it on the car drivers for crashing the cameras.

Lim Lip Eng

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Flood woes getting worse

The Star by JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ Tuesday November 18, 2008

FOR years, the residents from a few villages in Segambut have been putting up with flash floods each time it rained for more than 30 minutes.

The situation has now become worse with new up-scale development projects in the neighbouring areas.
Sometimes the water level is about 60cm high, flooding homes and damaging properties.
Due to the projects, the flood also brings in muddy water and dirt and this makes cleaning a chore.

Kg Masjid Segambut Dalam resident Imeran Mohamad, 54, said water overflowed fast from the drains in the neighbourhood.

Unhealthy level: A drain next to a house in Kg Masjid Segambut Dalam is filled with water.

“We have been dealing with the flood problem for about 15 years and the condition has gone from bad to worse,’’ he said during a site visit to the area with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng on Saturday.

This year alone, the area has experienced more than 10 major floods.
Imeran also said his car drowned in the floodwater several times with the last incident taking place about two weeks ago.

He added that numerous complaints had been made to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the years but that no action had been taken so far.
Meanwhile, another problem in the area is the bad roads brought about by construction lorries.
Jalan Segambut Dalam, which is the trunk road in Kg. Masjid Segambut Dalam, is used as an alternative route to access some of the construction sites at the end of the road, neighbouring Hartamas.

Resident Irwan Sabei, 32, said the roads were damaged by the heavy vehicles and complaints to the DBKL had not helped.

“We have also complained to the developer but they told us that the DBKL has not given permission to tar the road,” he said.
Besides all this, the area is also facing an increase in the number of illegal immigrants of many nationalities.

Segambut Keadilan deputy head Maswan Darjuh said the number of immigrants in the area exceeded the number of local residents.

“Some are renting houses in this area while others have just settled here without permission on reserve land. There have been raids periodically but the immigrants keep coming back,” he said.
Lim said he had forwarded the complaints to the DBKL, especially matters pertaining to the flash floods several times and hoped action would be taken soon.

“I will also bring up these matters during the closed door meeting that the DBKL is having with all the Kuala Lumpur MPs on Nov 19,” he added.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Petition Against Night Construction Works At Mont Kiara

Please help me with this petition and sent it out especially if you know of anyone living in Mont Kiara, in the hope of getting the developers to stop work in the evening. It has caused residents tremendous stress and discomfort.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Residents want police presence at vacant beat base

The Star Metro Tuesday November 11, 2008. By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ

FOR almost two years, the police beat base at the Bandar Manjalara Sector 62 in Kepong has not been manned by any police personnel.

And the residents are seeking co-operation from the police to provide the personnel.

The beat base in Jalan 3/62 was built upon the police’s request by the Bandar Manjalara Residents Association through funding from the former Segambut MP Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

However, the building has not been in use ever since it was built. Resident Simon Loong, 55, said the need for the beat base came due to the alarming crime rate in the area.

A waste: The residents and Lim (fifth from right) posing in front of the beat base.

Loong said after a discussion with the police, the police had requested for a beat base to make it easier for them to keep tab of the crime rate in the area.

“The crime rate in this area is alarming. There have been cases of break-ins, snatch thefts and car thefts in this area for many years.

“Before the residents association started the security guards system, I can say there were about 30 crime cases in a month.

“Last month alone, there were four cases and the residents are living in fear.
“That’s why we need the police presence here because we have done what we can,” he said in a press conferenceon Saturday.

Also present was Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

Lim said he wrote a letter to the Sentul police station in September requesting for police patrol in the area with regards to the unused beat base but have received no answers for them.

“There are 90,000 people in the police force in the country, including Sabah and Sarawak and of that, about 30,000 are based in Bukit Aman alone which is within the Segambut area.

“So technically there shouldn’t be any complaints from the police saying they are lacking in manpower especially in this area,” said Lim.