Friday, December 27, 2013

Woman claims police allow Ah Long to hold keys of her stolen car

Tang standing with Lim (L) showing the police report lodged
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 27): A woman has claimed that her car was stolen in a hotel car park in Genting Highlands and ended up in the hands of loan sharks, who want her to pay off a RM10,000 debt to get the car back.
Tang Poh Lin from Ipoh, went to Genting Highlands for a family holiday on Oct 19. Her car, a Honda CRV was left in the hotel car park for a week until she realised it had gone missing.
Tang said she did not lock her car and the car keys were left inside the vehicle. The car was allegedly stolen, along with important documents in it, including passports, birth certificate of her child, SPM certificates, car insurance and car loan documents.
When asked why was her car not locked with the keys left inside, Tang insisted that she forgot to lock her car. She also said she carried her important documents with her as she travelled around alot.
She lodged a report at the Genting Highlands police station on Oct 26.
Tang said on Nov 18, she received a phone call from a police officer stating that her car was found and told her to collect it at the Bentong police station.
"Sergent Shamsudin told me to come to Bentong to collect my car. When I got there, I waited for an hour before he told me that the car had been pawned to Ah Long (loan sharks) for RM10,000," she said when met at a press conference with DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
"The sergent told me harshly to deal with the 2 Chinese Ah Long at the police station canteen. They (Ah Long) accused me of borrowing RM10,000 from them, but when I denied, they changed their story."
Tang said the loan sharks second version of the story was that, an unknown man had sold the car to them and they paid RM10,000 as deposit payment.
"Now, the Ah Long said they paid for the car and want the money back. But they cannot even produce any ID of the said man. No name, telephone number, photostat IC or anything. Again, I denied all of this and they want me to find the man responsible for the alleged transaction," she said.
Tang said the loan sharks also forged her signature and thumbprint on a vehicle ownership transfer form of Road Transport Department as evidence, but all the other particulars were not filled.
"I argued with them, I told them many times that it is not my thumbprint nor did I signed the form. The signature is completely different from mine! If I really did take their money, they wouldn't let me go that easily," she insisted.
Tang said her protest was dismissed at the police station and Sergent Shamsudin did not carry out any verification measures of the said "evidence" produced by the Ah Longs.
She claimed that the police allowed the Ah Long keep her car keys until the matter was settled.
"In fact the sergent told me if I don't cooperate with the Ah Long and pay up, he threatened to charge me for making a fake police report," she claimed.
"For the police to let the Ah Long walk away with my car keys is absurd.
"The sergent is clearly covering up for the loan sharks. Who knows, he might have a stake in that RM10,000 payment. For me, I will never pay."
Tang also said the Ah Long only returned her passport as requested.
Tang works as a bird's nest post-production specialist and travels frequently between Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Johor. With her only car held hostage, she commutes via coach to deal with her job in different states.
She said since meeting the Ah Long at the police station in Bentong, Tang had not received any word on how her case was progressing. She also said there were no phone calls from the police or the loan sharks.
At the moment, her car is stranded at the Bentong police station while loan sharks are holding her key for ransom.
Tang has lodged another police report at the Taman Johor Jaya, Johor police station to express her dissatifaction of how her case was handled and to clarify that she had never taken any loans from the Ah Long.

She has also sought help from Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and called for a press conference to bring the issue to light.
Lim said he wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for assistance but received lackluster respond.
"Bukit Aman (police headquarters) called me to ask what does 'GH' mean in the report number. I told them it stands for Genting Highlands, where the car was reportedly stolen."
"This is the standard of our police force," Lim lambasted.
Lim also said a complaint will be lodged at the newly established Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) which is under the purview of the prime minister's department if no further action was taken.
"We will get the word out first and see if the authorities take action. Otherwise, we'll complain to PCB."

Friday, December 20, 2013

DAP reps buy 40 bricks for Malaysiakini's new home


DAP's 38 parliamentarians and two senators have all bought a brick each to contribute to Malaysiakini's new building in Petaling Jaya.
The party's treasurer, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun yesterday handed Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran a cheque for RM40,000 for the bricks.
The handover took place at Malaysiakini's office in Bangsar Utama, where Fong, with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik and Seremban MP Anthony Loke, had their first look at the bricks on which their names will be etched and installed at the new building.
Loke, who is the DAP parliamentary whip, told Malaysiakini that all 40 DAP representatives agreed last month to contribute one brick each to the portal's 'Buy a Brick' campaign.
"Malaysiakinichanged the media landscape by providing independent news. People now are so used to it that it has become a daily routine to read Malaysiakini," Loke said during his visit.
"That's why I think we must contribute to ensure that Malaysiakini'soperation continues," he added.
Meanwhile, Premesh said he appreciates DAP's support and he believed the online portal would do better in carrying out its mission when it moves to its new office.
"We shall continue to hold all politicians accountable," he said.
To add to the festive mood, Segambut MP Lim donned a Santa Claus cap during the visit to Malaysiakini.
RM730,000 raised so far
Malaysiakini has set an ambitious RM3 million target in the 60-day campaign, where supporters can buy a brick for a contribution of RM1,000.
The campaign runs until Jan 15 and the money will be used to supplement the RM6.1 million cost of the new building to be named @Kini.
With 27 days of fund raising to go,Malaysiakini has sold more than 500 bricks worth RM730,000. The campaign also offers corporate sponsorship packages of RM25,000 and RM50,000.
Each supporter will have his or her name embossed on a brick, which will be displayed on an ‘appreciation wall' in the new building.
In addition, supporters will receive Malaysiakini subscriptions and advertising equal to the amount contributed.
The new building is located in Section 51 of Petaling Jaya and will have nearly double the space available at the existing Malaysiakinioffice. It will also provide space for public forums, training programmes and exhibitions.
Please click here for more information on how you can get involved.

MPs and groups: Revised assessment rates will further muddy the waters

KUALA LUMPUR: The revised assessment rates announced by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor will further muddy the waters, said KL MPs and residents’ associations. 
In a further twist to what is already a sore subject, Tengku Adnan yesterday announced that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had agreed to reduce its property assessment rates by 2% to 3%, although the new property valuations would remain. 
Setiawangsa MP Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari said the percentage of reduction is not significant to make a difference. 
“Rate increase should only be a last resort…” he said. 
“It will create more problems,” he added. 
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the announcement by Tengku Adnan would cause more confusion among ratepayers. 
“I can definitely expect more calls from residents who will not understand what the decrease in assessment rates would mean for them. 
“All this while we have been against the 200%-300% increase in property valuations, but to suddenly say that residential properties will be now charged a 4% rate while commercial properties will be charged 10%, down from 6% and 12% respectively, will leave many confused. 
“I hope that DBKL will not make further announcements until and unless the matter is clearly resolved. 
“They should hold off until the public hearings on the objections end in March next year,” Lim said. 
Bukit Bandaraya Resident Association Chairman Datuk M. Ali said the reduction was welcomed but it was still very confusing as there were many loopholes.
“To offer an avenue to appeal is also going to be very confusing as one wonders, how are they going to be fair,” he said. 
Taman OUG Residents Association chairman Wong See Tin said the suggested decrease was too insignificant to make a difference. 
“Even though the rate has been reduced, residents will still end up paying more than 50% of their previous assessment charges. 
“For example, last year we were paying RM300 in charges. But with the re-evaluation, and taking into account the revised rates, residents will have to pay RM450. 
“This is still too high,” he said, adding that a 10% to 15% increase from the previous charges was reasonable.
Related news: Rate hike: Ku Nan confusing people
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/12/20/rate-hike-ku-nan-confusing-people/

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MPs: Message clear although only 20,000 letters submitted

Photo: Roketkini
THE message is clear and it does not matter if the numbers are small, said Kuala Lumpur MPs from Pakatan who led the gathering at Dataran DBKL yesterday.
“We are here to deliver a message that the assessment fees are too high and should be dropped.
“It may not be 500,000, but 20,000 (objection letters) is a significant number to collect from residents.
“I hope the Government gets the message to do something to ease the inflationary rates,” said Batu MP Tian Chua.
Both Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said the number of Kuala Lumpur residents who turned up at the DBKL headquarters was encouraging.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who submitted more than 8,000 letters from Seputeh residents, said it was a good turnout especially among the senior citizens from her constituency who came in two buses.
More than 20,000 objection letters were handed over to the mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib at the City Hall headquarters yesterday.
Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said DBKL’s insufficient funds might be a cause for the local authority’s inefficiency.
He said this in response to outcry from Kuala Lumpur residents and opposition MPs over the proposed hike in assessment that is set to be implemented come Jan 1, 2014.
“It is not the assessment rate that is being increased but the valuation of rental. We have not come up with the amount that is going to be charged.
“As we have said, we will look into residents’ complaints and a special panel will evaluate it. Only then will the new fees be decided,” Tengku Adnan said during an event yesterday.
He said that the opposition were confusing the public by spinning the issue.
“We are running a local government. Yes, I accept that may be we are still inefficient, but the question is also why. Perhaps we do not have the funds to be fully efficient,” he added.
When asked why the assessment charges have not been increased for 21 years, Tengku Adnan said: “Perhaps we have overlooked this before. But residents need not worry as we will come up with an amicable sum that will not burden the people. “

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tan Kok Wai is new Federal Territories DAP chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai has taken over the helm of the Federal Territory DAP replacing Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw after internal elections Sunday.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun was appointed as deputy taking over the position previously held by Kok Wai.
Former Selangor DAP chairman Teresa Kok, who stepped down from her position in the state,  was co-opted into the Federal Territory committee as vice-chairman. 
The former Kinrara state lawmaker did not contest in Selangor in the May general election but retained her Seputeh parliamentary seat which is in Kuala Lumpur
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng retained his position as Secretary while Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw was appointed as a committee member. 
Newcomer Chan Su Sann was appointed treasurer while Pooi Weng Keong was appointed as organising secretary. 
Related news: DAP polls: Tan Kok Wai heads new FT line-up
http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/political-news/267663-dap-polls-tan-kok-wai-heads-new-ft-line-up.html

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pakatan Rakyat tuntut penjelasan 1,860 MyKad hilang setiap hari

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/pakatan-rakyat-tuntut-penjelasan-1860-mykad-hilang-setiap-hari (OLEH DIYANA IBRAHIM, 4/12/2013)
Ahli Parlimen Segambut, Lim Lip Eng menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) menjawab isu peningkatan jumlah luar biasa kehilangan MyKad yang dilaporkan pada tahun ini iaitu sebanyak 565, 157.
Beliau berkata, jumlah yang didedahkan oleh Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar semalam direkodkan bermula Januari hingga 31 Oktober 2013 dengan peningkatan 32% lebih tinggi berbanding tahun lalu.
"Kita hairan kenapa setiap tahun berlakunya peningkatan dalam kes kehilangan atau kecurian MyKad.
"Bayangkan jumlah itu bersamaan dengan 1,860 sehari kes kehilangan mykad dilaporkan maksudnya setiap minit lebih satu kes kehilangan direkodkan dan situasi ini begitu tidak masuk akal," katanya kepada media di Parlimen hari ini.
Malah, katanya, angka kehilangan MyKad yang luar biasa itu seolah-olah mempunyai kaitan dengan kes pengundi hantu yang dilaporkan pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).
"Kini menjadi tanggungjawab kerajaan untuk memberikan penjelasan munasabah dengan memberi kita fakta bagi membolehkan tindakan diambil dengan segera.
"Kita juga menggesa kerajaan mendedahkan semua butiran terperinci kes kehilangan kecurian MyKad seperti daerah, negeri dan mukim," katanya.
Katanya, kegagalan menjelaskan kepada rakyat mengenai isu itu akan menyebabkan rakyat semakin tidak yakin kepada kerajaan.

Related news: ‘Why 32% spike of MyKad lost in GE year?’ http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/12/04/why-32-spike-of-mykad-lost-in-ge-year/Segambut MP asks Home Ministry to disclose details of 565,157 missing MyKads http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/04/lost-mykad-explain-segambut.aspxMP demands lost Mykad statistics’ breakdown, hints of GE links http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mp-demands-lost-mykad-statistics-breakdown-hints-of-ge-linksMP demands breakdown for lost Mykads http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/political-news/266178-mp-demands-breakdown-for-lost-mykads.html

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Parliament: Government Has No Plans For Independent Ombudsman

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 (Bernama) -- The government does not propose to set up an independent ombudsman institution as it already has a Public Complaints Bureau to deal with public complaints.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said the government had decided to upgrade the bureau and enhance its effectiveness.
"The bureau has already been instructed to make certain improvements such as a facility to access documents at every ministry, and an integrated mobile counter at public programmes," he said, replying to a question from Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) at the Dewan Rakyat here Wednesday.
-- BERNAMA

Monday, December 2, 2013

Poor city folk against rate hike

Source: http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/poor-city-folk-against-rate-hike-1.418086 (By HALIM SAID AND FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR | 2/12/2013)
TOO MUCH: Low-income earners, retirees and those without stable incomes are concerned that they won’t be able to pay their assessment come Jan 1
KUALA LUMPUR: THE proposed increase in the assessment rate has  low-income salary earners, retirees and those without  stable incomes worried that they may not be able to afford to pay their assessments  come Jan 1.
About 200 Taman Sri Segambut residents who are unhappy with the steep hike recently recorded their objections at the night market in their neighbourhood.
Pensioner Kernial Singh, 61, said he was shocked to receive a notice which stated that the valuation for his property was RM14,400. He figured that the new assessment rate would be around RM880.
"I am working at a security firm and I only get paid about RM1,000 per month. I urge City Hall to reevaluate the proposed hike and consider the plight of low-income earners," he said.
Pensioner Kamal Abu Bakar, 65, said City Hall could increase the fees in line with the rise in property values but it must be reasonable.
"We have to bear with the high cost of living in the city, especially after the fuel and sugar subsidy cuts," said Kamal, who has been living in Segambut for about 50 years.
Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng said more than 1,200 people in Segambut constituency had recorded their objections to the hike.
"We will hold a peaceful rally to protest against the assessment hike in front of City Hall on Dec 16 at 11am," said Lim.
More than 100 residents from the Mutiara Magna low-cost flats in Taman Metro Prima Kepong also signed a petition against the hike.
Residents felt that City Hall had not take into account the hardship that would be faced by low-income salary earners, pensioners and retirees when they announced the hike.
Abu Bakar K.K. Ibrahim, a 48-year-old civil servant, said it would put more pressure on the middle income group who were already burdened with a lot of bills and expenses.
"We are still paying for our home. That is already over RM300," he said.
"Then there is the maintenance fees, car loan, children's schooling, utility bills and other things.
"With little left to put in our savings how can we afford to pay the assessment rate if it is too steep?
Tiu Eng Hua, 74, said he was uncertain over how he was going to pay his assessment bill next year.
"I am old and so is my wife, and we are childless. At this age, I am surviving doing odd jobs and it is just enough as it is but if they (City Hall) expect me to come up with hundreds of ringgit, I do not know how I am going to get it," he said.
Mutiara Magna residents' association Ahasrap Khan said there were about 1,200 residents living in the flats and the majority were opposed to the steep increase.
"We will collect all the objections and submit it to City Hall before the deadline," he said.
Kepong community service centre head Yee Poh Ping who was also at the peaceful protest rally said City Hall should come up with a reasonable rate which everyone would be happy to pay.

Friday, November 29, 2013

In Memory of Murugan @ Murugeshu a/l Arumugam, Senior Selayang Counsellor and Politician:

Murugeshu passed away peacefully yesterday morning, he was my first political assistant. I never thought I would cry while writing this. I should have insisted on visiting him last month. My comrade, you will be missed dearly.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

22,320 foreigners allowed to stay in Malaysia as of Aug

KUALA LUMPUR: As of August, 22,320 foreign nationals have been allowed to stay in Malaysia under the 'Malaysia, My Second Home' programme (MM2H).
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said they were from 22 countries, including China, Japan, Bagladesh, United Kingdom and Iran.
The majority were from China (4,187), Japan (2,880), Bangladesh (2,603), United Kingdom (2,016) and Iran (1,266), he said in a written answer to a question by Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), distributed at the Parliament lobby today.
Yesterday, Lim had asked for statistics on foreign nationals who migrated to Malaysia under MM2H since it was introduced in 2002, and the proposal to increase conditions for participation in the programme.
Mohamed Nazri said the ministry had no plans to change the criteria for MM2H in the near future.
The programme was promoted to allow foreign nationals who met certain conditions to stay in Malaysia, as long as they wanted by using the multiple-entry social visit pass.
Initially, the social visit pass is for a 10-year period and renewable, but a foreign national who marries a Malaysian does not qualify and must obtain a spouse permit. -- BERNAMA

Lim: We may hold protest


Dewan gelak timbalan menteri kata tak semua perkara pakai logik

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kepong factory value up 886% in DBKL assessment revision exercise

"DBKL's property revaluation exercise is a mess."
DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said this when revealing that a factory owner in his constituency received two property re-valuation notices, with the value raised by a whopping 886% in one notice and 540% in the other. The property was originally valued at RM9,000 and now from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has come out with two different valuation - RM79,800 and RM48,600. Both notices were issued on Nov 18 and the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is unsure as to how much assessment he should pay.
When Lim brought the case to DBKL's attention, officials said it is merely a 'proposed value" and asked the owner to submit his complains if he disagreed.
"So many irregularities have arisen from this re-valuation exercise. Houses on the same row are given different value, the methodology of re-valuation is unclear, owners getting conflicting notices.
"And DBKL can't even afford to hire a professional valuer to do the job! This proposal should be withdrawn altogether, " said Lim.
After the recent meeting among KL MPs, city mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Sri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, city dwellers were told that the new valuations were determined by DBKL officers posing as potential tenant enquiring for rental rates, sales advertisement and input from real estate agents.
Lim has set up a booth to help residents fill up their complaint letter to DBKL, protesting against the assessment hike they deem "unreasonable". He collected over 500 letters within a few hours. The 1976 Local Government Act stipulates that DBKL must conduct an inquiry for each objection submitted to it.
"DBKL said that it has issued 507,800 notices, even if only half of the recipients object, which is about 250,000 people, is City Hall even capable to look into every case?
"Until and unless our country has reached high income nation status, there shouldn't be any increase in tax rate, not even a single sen. We want rates to remain statue quo"
He said that under the same legislation, assessment tax is capped at 35%.
"Although the federal territories minister said that assessment on residential areas will remain at 6%, commercial buildings at 12%, who knows if he will keep to his words?
"After all, the law allows them to collect as high as 35%. "
Moreover, the power to determine assessment rates is vested in the mayor and not the minister, Lim said,
"so how come Tengku Adnan is telling everyone that 'I will decide'? "
Lim also slammed DBKL for behaving in a "hush-hush" manner and keeping people in the dark on the decision making process.
Meanwhile, Taman Bukit Maluri Residents Association chairperson Ng Kok Piew said the new value determined by DBKL for single and double storey terrace houses in the housing estate located in Kepong were higher by 119% and 97% respectively. For one double- storey corner unit, the valuation has skyrocketed to 424% of its original value.
"This is way too much, we urge the residents to pick up a copy of complaint letter from their nearby guard house and send them to DBKL without further delay," said Ng.
Meanwhile, Bandar Tun Razak MP Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim also received scores of forms bearing signatures of residents in his constituency who are protesting the assessment rate hike. Speaking to the constituents, Abdul Khalid said people should not be subjected to more than 10% increase  in their assessment rates for the next five years. He said most people do not intend to rent or sell their houses, so the revaluation does not benefit them. Khalid, who is also menteri besar of Selangor, said he will try to advise the KL mayor based on his experiences in governing the state. "Inflation is not an excuse for assessment hike. If it is dependent on inflation rate, our country's Consumer Price Index which is around 3%... in 10 years should be 30%, not 300% like what DBKL have suggested."  
Abdul Khalid said DBKL's governance is weak because it did not conduct sessions to clarify the matter and disclose the revaluation method.
"The fact they don't take into account how the hike will burden the people and simply justify it with 'outdated rates' is not right.
"I will make sure the mayor channels tax revenue to improve lives of the people of Kuala Lumpur. I urge everyone to protest and demand for better services from DBKL." 

Related news: Confusion over proposed hike in assessment rate http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/confusion-over-proposed-hike-in-assessment-rate-1.411008?cache=03/7.198169/7.54601/7.277585/7.286006/7.308059/7.480330/7.577604/7.577604/7.577604/7.577604/7.577604

DAP lawmaker raps City Hall for conflicting rate hike notices http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dap-lawmaker-raps-city-hall-for-conflicting-assessment-rates-notices

Get professionals in, MP tells City Hall over growing assessment rate storm http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/get-professionals-in-mp-tells-city-hall-over-growing-assessment-rate-storm#sthash.0DgJF56Z.ncczKsvB.dpuf


Friday, November 22, 2013

Packed food products must have label on calorie content: Subramaniam

Source: http://www.nst.com.my/latest/packed-food-products-must-have-label-on-calorie-content-subramaniam-1.407914
KUALA LUMPUR: It is compulsory for most packaged food products high in calorie content to bear energy value labels under the Malaysian Food Regulations 1985.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said under the regulation, the labelling of food covering energy content was compulsory for available food grains, bread and milk products.
Flour confectionary, salad sauce, light drinks, meat, fish and vegetables in can, canned fruits and special food such as baby formula, follow-up formula and others.
"However, food products which are not listed in the above categories can declare their calorie content by complying with the requirement stated in the related provision," he said in a written answer to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) which was distributed at the Parliament lobby here today.
Lim wanted to know if the government would make it compulsory for all food items to state calorie content and definition of obesity, according to age.
Dr Subramaniam said fast-food restaurants were also encouraged to give information to the customers on the calorie content in every food sold.
Meanwhile, he said the measurement for obesity in Malaysia for babies and children was based on the 'Body Mass Index' (BMI) chart for ages issued by the World Health Organisation.    
"A baby and child, aged 0 to five years, is obese when the BMI calculation exceeds the +3SD curve or line (z-skor). For a child aged five to 19, obesity is defined as the calculation of BMI exceeding the +2SD curve or line (z-skor)," he added.
He said the classification of obesity for adults was based on the BMI calculation, taking into account weight in kilogramme and height in metres.
"Those classified as obese have a BMI in excess of 30," noted the minister. -- BERNAMA

OSA surprise for KL MPs

Source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/887409 (By Soo Wern Jun and Pawan Al-Muzammel Ishak, newsdesk@thesundaily.com, 21/11/2013)
Tengku Adnan (centre in blue tie) and Ahmad Phesal (left) meeting Kuala Lumpur MPs today.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 21, 2013): When the 11 Kuala Lumpur MPs turned up at the City Hall (DBKL) tower for a meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, the last thing they expected was to be asked to sign an Official Secrets Act (OSA) form.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng stopped Tengku Adnan from starting with the meeting until an explanation was given.
"We are supposed to be discussing the planned assessment tax increment and the Kuala Lumpur City 2020 amended draft plan. Why were we asked to sign an OSA contract?
"We were there to discuss people-related issues. Don't tell me this is under the OSA," he said.
Lim also stated that the next assessment collection is estimated to give City Hall an additional RM400 million, over and above the RM400 million collected this year.
According to him, Tengku Adnan stated that the contract was to protect government officers during meetings.
However, when Lim asked to review the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 amended draft plan, he was not allowed to do so until he signed the OSA contract.
"It looked as though I was being held to ransom," said Lim, adding that the nine Pakatan Rakyat MPs refused to sign the form.
Lim also said he will raise this issue in the next Parliament meeting.
Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan said City Hall intends to make the city more self-sustainable.
"The federal government is giving us sufficient funds, but we'd rather raise most of our own funds," he said.
Ahmad Phesal gave assurance that City Hall will not burden Kuala Lumpur residents.
"We can legally increase the assessment rates up to 35% but we will not do it. We'll keep it at an affordable rate.
"Property owners have until Dec 17 to appeal if they find that the taxes are unfair," said Ahmad Phesal, adding that no decision has been made on the rate to be charged on property owners.
Related news: DBKL may reduce valuation amounts
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/11/22/DBKL-may-reduce-valuation-amounts-Ku-Nan-All-will-be-revealed-on-Dec-17-the-last-day-to-submit-obje.aspx

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Parlimen: 70.8 Peratus Penjawat Awam Tanpa Ijazah - Shahidan

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Nov (Bernama) -- Sebanyak 70.8 peratus atau 801,871 orang menyertai kumpulan pelaksana dalam sektor perkhidmatan awam tanpa kelayakan ijazah sarjana muda, kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
Beliau berkata sebanyak 29.2 peratus atau 330,579 orang pula menyertai kumpulan pengurusan tertinggi dan profesional sektor itu dengan ijazah sarjana muda.
"Jumlah penjawat awam, tidak termasuk polis dan tentera, sehingga Oktober 2013 ialah 1,132,450 orang," katanya ketika menjawab soalan Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat, di sini Isnin.
Lim bertanya mengenai jumlah penjawat awam setakat Oktober 2013 mengikut bangsa, jantina, mahasiswa, bukan mahasiswa dan bilangan yang perlu ditambah setiap tahun untuk lima tahun akan datang.
Shahidan berkata jumlah penjawat awam mengikut kaum ialah 77.4 peratus Melayu, Cina (6.2), India (4.1), bumiputera Sabah (6.6), bumiputera Sarawak (4.3) dan lain-lain kaum 1.4 peratus.
"Jumlah penjawat awam mengikut jantina pula ialah lelaki sebanyak 45.5 peratus manakala wanita 54.5 peratus," katanya.
Shahidan berkata pada masa ini, pertambahan perjawatan adalah bagi memenuhi keperluan negara khususnya bagi keselamatan, pendidikan dan kesihatan.
"Pendekatan penugasan semula dan tukar ganti pula digunakan bagi memenuhi fungsi dan tugas agensi," katanya. -- BERNAMA
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

MPs appalled over plan to increase KL assessment fees, residents complain

THE assessment re-evaluation by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has got property owners upset over discrepancies in the proposed rates. Kuala Lumpur MPs have been besieged with complaints from their constituents who have been told about an increase of 100% to 200% in the original assessment.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said a resident in his constituency highlighted the difference in the valuation of his property between the Stamp Office and DBKL.
“When we buy or sell a property, we pay stamp duty so the Stamping Office will have a record of this year’s and last year’s valuation. A resident in Kampung Kasipillay discovered the valuation by DBKL and the Stamping Office does not tally,” he said.
According to Lim, the difference is “rather significant” and the mark up is more than 100%. Lim plans to request for a property valuation for terrace houses in Kampung Kasipillay to determine their true value. He said residents from many housing estates were planning to campaign against the hike.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said both residential and commercial units in his area were affected. “The rate of 6% for residential and 12% for commercial units is too high. Houses in old neighbourhoods such as Taman Seputeh and Taman Maluri would have cost around RM70,000 only 20 to 30 years ago. “Most of the residents are government servants and pensioners who cannot pay so much.
“The hike will also lead to an increase in rental rates,” said Fong, adding that he received complaints from a four-storey shoplot near Sungai Besi which now has to pay RM180,000 a year in rental compared to less than RM100,000 before.
Echoing his sentiments was Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai who said an increase of 200% was unreasonable. He said residents of low-cost link houses in Bukit Desa, Cheras faced an increase of 267%, while the rate hike for an empty shoplot in Tepian Loke Yew would be by 236%.
“Private housing owners in PPR Pudu Ulu are facing an increase of 192%. Property owners will not be able to absorb the new assessment rates and the burden will fall on tenants, whether residential or commercial.
“We would like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to intervene and put the review on hold,” Tan added.
Wangsa Maju MP Dr Tan Kee Kwong said a review should be done every few years instead of such a steep increase after 21 years. The announcement comes at a time when talk is rife that Tenaga Nasional Berhad is also planning to increase the electricity tariff. “Sugar and petrol prices have also gone up and the poor are suffering,’’ he said, adding that the increase should be reviewed and feedback obtained from all stakeholders.

Abandoned flats in Jalan Kuching now a haunt for drug addicts

A view of the abandoned units near the Jalan Kuching PKNS flats in Jalan Jambu Mawar. 
Many units were in a horrible state of decline with glass shards, bottles, wood and old furniture strewn all across the floor.
RESIDENTS and business operators living in the remaining 200 units in the PKNS flats along Jalan Jambu Mawar in Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur are concerned about their safety and their property as almost 400 units in the area left abandoned have become a haunt for drug addicts and criminal activities. During a StarMetro visit to the area, many units were found to be in a deplorable condition, with waste such as bottles, broken furniture, used needles and other items strewn about. The metal piping and wiring in all the units have also been stripped bare by the vandals and addicts.
A motorcycle mechanic, who only wished to be known as Lim, said the units were abandoned about five years ago, and were now being used by drug addicts as their den, instilling fear among the remaining residents and business operators as there has been an increase in crime such as robbery, snatch theft and vandalism in the area.
“Even the telephone wiring to my shop has been stolen numerous times. Following complaints, Telekom Malaysia Bhd fixed new wiring but even this was ripped off.
“I was fed up and eventually disconnected the telephone service,” he said, adding that he had to also replace the water meter several times after it was stolen.
Rohit, 25, a sundry shop worker said this year alone, his shop had been robbed twice, once at knife point.
 “They took money, cigarettes and telephone prepaid cards. We are living in fear as they may strike again,” said the Bangladeshi worker.
Out of fear, most business operators in the area have resorted to closing shop by about 7pm.
The residents said they are also worried about their children’s safety. “After it gets dark, I keep them indoors, with the doors and windows closed.
“During the day, I warn my children not to play near the abandoned buildings,” said Sarimah Ibrahim, 44, a housewife.
When contacted, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said 15 blocks were built by the PKNS in the 1970’s, when the land was still part of Selangor. In 1975, 380 units were sold to the Defence Ministry and in 2008, the staff living in the flats moved to new quarters near Jalan Ipoh and the units have been left abandoned since then. Of the remaining five blocks, comprising 220 units, 216 were sold to the public, two units are still being rented out and two units serve as the PKNS site office.
He said the maintenance of the five blocks comprising Blocks E, F, G, H and J are still PKNS’ responsibility, while the 10 blocks comprising Blocks A, B, C, D, K, L, M, N, P and Q come under the Defence Ministry.
“I have written two letters to the then Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi in 2010 asking about future plans for the abandoned units but never got a reply,” he said.
Lim said he hoped Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor would take some form of action, such as getting Kuala Lumpur City Hall to acquire the land for re-development.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Government to continue supporting national car manufacturers

GOVERNMENT aid and support will continue to be given to national car makers Proton and Perodua as they are regarded as national projects which contribute towards the development of the local automotive industry, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
He said Proton had sold almost 3.6 million units of vehicles up to September this year, while Perodua sold almost 2.4 million vehicles as at September this year, since the Kancil model was introduced in 1994.
In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), Mustapa said assistance will also be extended to other qualified companies that manufacture or assemble automobiles, regardless of whether they are national car makers or otherwise.
Lim had asked the minister to provide the sales volume of car models produced by Proton and Perodua and whether the Government should continue to be involved in the two companies.
For Proton, Mustapa said the Iswara model recorded the highest number of sales with 1.139 million units sold since it was introduced to the market in 1985.

Govt justifies 200% assessment rate hike

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Police have successfully arrested 18,349 suspected gang members from various outlawed groups

These gang leaders or members were arrested between Aug 17 and Oct 13 under the Operasi Cantas Khas (Ops Cantas) crackdown, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a Parliamentary reply to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng in the Dewan Rakyat Thursday.
Lim had asked the Government to state the definition of 40,313 Malaysians who were listed as gang members and why they were not arrested yet.
In his reply, Ahmad Zahid said the police were still in the process of identifying the roles of these individuals in those banned societies or organisations.
“The total number of 40,313 in gangs refer to those who are part of the 49 gangs or society that were banned under the Societies Act 1966,” he said.
“The figure was obtained from intelligence as well as statements from gang members and heads after they were arrested under the Emergency Ordinance 1969 before it was abolished and through other police operations."
Zahid said as long as the authorities obtained adequate evidence against those arrested and it was agreed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, they would face charges in court.
“The allegation that the police have not arrested these gang members is baseless,” he added.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Reveal who submitted doctored photo, gov't urged

PARLIAMENT The government has been asked to reveal the identity of the officer who had submitted allegedly fabricated evidence in the Batu Puteh international territorial dispute.
Debating the 2014 Budget in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) said this is because it may have undermined Malaysia's case resulting in the loss of the Batu Puteh, a rocky outcrop off the Johor coast, to Singapore.
"Who was this person who submitted the doctored photo as evidence at the International Court of Justice?" he asked.
Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported that former top cop Mat Zain Ibrahim had submitted a statutory declaration to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the bid to urge him to set up a royal commission of inquiry on the Batu Puteh fiasco.
Mat Zain said the Malaysian delegation to the ICJ led by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail had submitted as evidence a controversial photograph that was retrieved from an anonymous blog.
Gov't to respond to MPs
The photograph showed Batu Puteh's proximity to Malaysia but Singapore's legal team challenged its authenticity.
Mat Zain described the submission of the "concocted" photograph as a form of deception that had severely hurt Malaysia's case.
The dispute over Batu Puteh began in 1980. Eventually, Malaysia and Singapore agreed to resolve the matter before the international court.
In May 2008, the court comprising 16 eminent judges ruled in Singapore's favour.
The government is expected to address queries raised by MPs during the Budget debate in the Dewan Rakyat next week.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

300,000 – that’s the number of red IC holders in Malaysia, says Zahid Hamidi

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/300000-thats-the-number-of-red-ic-holders-in-malaysia-says-zahid-hamidi (BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY, 23/10/2013)
There are almost 300,000 people in the country who are holders of red identification cards with permanent resident’s status.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datoh) said today that up to September this year, the number of red IC holders with PR status numbered 295,601.
Out of this, 9,472 are Malays; 21,530 Chinese; and 30,619 Indians. Those categorised as “others” however make up the majority, numbering 233,980.
"The granting of a Malaysian citizen status to an individual is the highest accord from the Federal Government, which is not something given out freely to applicants," he said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut).
Ahmad Zahid said the citizenship is only granted to those who qualify as stated under Section 3 of the Federal Constitution.
"However, one has to note that the burden to prove their worthiness of citizenship falls upon the applicants themselves."
He said the government would only give consideration based on documents submitted as well as provisions in the law at material time. - October 23, 2013.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Locals fume over new incinerator, launch petition

The action group Kepong Jinjang Anti-Incinerator Committee launched a signature campaign today to press for greater public consultation over the government's plans to construct a waste incinerator in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
"The committee feels strongly worried and dissatisfied as this project involves the people’s health and will cause a great negative impact on the air quality.
"For this reason, we urge the related ministries to suspend the project to construct an incinerator in densely populated urban areas, review the feasibility of incineration and discuss the alternatives of non-incineration," said the group’s chairperson Martin Shek in a press statement after a press conference in Kepong this morning.
Invited to the press conference were Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
According to Shek, as part of the signature campaign, flyers will be distributed and small exhibitions will be organised to raise awareness among the residents about the harm produced by incinerators.
“We began the collection of signatures this morning at Kepong Baru Pasar Pagi. We will go to different places every day to collect signatures,” Shek said, adding they had not set a target for the number of signatures.
“We want to collect as much as possible. The more signatures, the louder the voice of the people,” said Shek.
Eight conditions
Shek said the group will send the petition to Parliament, hoping that concerned MPs will receive the petition and fight for their cause in the House.
The date of handing in the petition is yet to be confirmed.
Last June, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Taman Beringin, Kepong had been proposed as the location for the incinerator to be constructed. Kepong is a densely populated residential area in the northern part of the city.
Today the anti-incinerator committee demanded the related ministry fulfill eight conditions before proceeding with the project:
1. The project must be tendered transparently and the contractors must provide all details of the incinerator model
2. Publish the Environmental Impact Assessment report as soon as possible
3. Conduct dialogues with the people, seek the people’s opinion and take the people’s wishes as the highest priority
4. Develop a general environmental policy and first run recycling programmes to reduce the risk of toxic substances released through incineration
5. The processing method of the bottom ash must be made known to the public.
6. Ensure there are a number of professionals involved in the project to guarantee the safe running of the incinerator.
7. The operating cost must be announced to the public.
8. The location of the incinerator must be situated far away from densely populated urban areas at a minimum radius of 50km away. The project must also receive the consent of the residents in the area.
Many areas affected
Shek quoted a research that it is a common misconception that things simply disappear when they are burned. In fact, matter cannot be destroyed but merely changes its form. Incinerators convert waste materials to other forms. These newly created chemicals can then re-enter the environment as contaminants in gas forms. Some of the emitted chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer-causing), others such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide causes respiratory problems, and even contaminating local soil and vegetation with dioxins and heavy metals.
Those residing near incinerators are potentially exposed to chemicals through inhalation of contaminated air or consumption of contaminated agriculture produce. Exposure or living close to incinerators - such as Kepong, Selayang, Sentul, Gombak, Puchong, Ampang, Wangsa Maju, Mont Kiara and Petaling Jaya - could cause bodily harm, he warned.
Shek expressed his concerns and disatisfaction over the construction of the incinerator in Kepong and urged the people to join them to spread the awareness.
'We encourage everyone to join us as volunteers, to help us collect signatures and spread the news to every corner," said Shek.
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