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Saturday, May 31, 2014

MH370 tragedy: rescue national image, MAS and tourism

Today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Nasib says in Beijing about the unprecedented disappearance of MH370; it tests the relationship between Malaysia and China and the Government is trying it's best to continue finding the ill-fated aircraft. We need to help the relatives of the 239 victims.
     The MH370 tragedy affects the national image, the national carrier, MAS, and the tourism industry. What are the efforts to rescue these victims?

The MH370 disappearance remains a mystery

The acoustic ping believed to be from the black box of the ill-fated MH370 made Australia send the mini-submarine drone, Bluefin-21, to scour over 800 square kilometres of the seabed of southern Indian Ocean. But, Bluefin-21 did not find any trace of the aircraft. Thus, the disappointment sparks off outrage, uproar and more speculations, especially among relatives and friends of the 239 victims of the disaster.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EDF investment assets RM597. 02 billion

Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) investment assets increased from RM536. 55 billion to RM536. 02 billion at 31 March 2013. The employees' money must be managed well: transparent, accountable and truly professional.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freer media environment

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Nasib spoked at the Malaysia National Press Club awards yesterday. He  has given firm commitment to preserving the Internet as medium for free debate and open discussion. He says that the country needs a more open media environment. 

We need firm commitment on action consistent with words.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thomas Cup

In New Delhi, Malaysian badminton team played it's gut out, but lost narrowly to Japan.  Congratulations Japan.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Flagrant Violation of Legislative Assembly

On May 21, 2014, a group of protesters stormed the Penang Legialative Assembly. It was a Dark Day. Malaysians do not tolerate such a flagrant violation.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

2623 schools with fewer than 150 pupils each (SKM)

Malaysia has 7714 primary schools including 2623 SKMs, 1294 Chinese schools and 592 Tamil schools. 2623 SKMs face difficulties. All concerned must pay attention to them such as improving infrastructure and teachers.

Thomas Cup

Twelve years ago, the Malaysian badminton team was in the Thomas Cup final in Guangzhou. Yesterday, the team entered the final again. For 22 years, the country has not had the cup. We hope the team will return with  from New Delhi on May 25.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rivers of Life

The Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan exclaims to his people about the project 'Rivers of Life', costing RM3 billion. It is said that rivers such as Sg Klang, Sg Batu, Sg Gombak, Sg Jinjang and Sg Keroh will be transparent and clean. Some think of 'Rivers of Lies'. Ku Nan Will possibly assure the people that the project Is truly 'Rivers of Life', value for money.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Announce the total subsidies to Proton since 1983

Before Proton Holdings Berhad was established in 1983,  we told the Government that it was difficult to sustain the car maker. The main objective was said to create a downstream industry such as spare parts for a section of the community.
     In the past 31 years, how much public funds has been pumped into the company? We do not know. A figure of RM200 million has been mentioned as annual allocation for 'research and development'. Last year two figures were mentioned, namely RM74 billion and RM18. 8 billion, as subsidies to Proton.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Police must find and catch the murderer of nun

Two nuns, Sister Julianna Lim Nyo Nya (69) and Marie-Rose Teng (79) were attacked at the Church of Visitation, Seremban, on 14 May 2014. Yesterday May 20, 2012, Sister Julianna Lim died from injuries.

The police must find and arrest the murderer.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Museum, bonds and heritage

Today is International Museum Day with the theme of Museum Collections Make Connections. "Museum helps to create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world. It acquires, conserves, researches,  communicates and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and it's environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment (International Council of Museums, ICOM)."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Overcome Poverty, Racial & Religious Differences, corruption &bureaucracy.

In the Indian general elections,  BJP Narendra Modi won 282 parliamentary seats and Congress Party 44. We wish BJP well with the hope that it can overcome poverty, racial and religious differences, corruption and bureaucracy. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Solid waste (rubbish) saga

The solid waste (rubbish) saga in Malaysia includes four small incinerators as found in Pulau Langkawi, Pangkor, Tioman and Cameron Highlands which were late for over two years, up to 966 days. The incinerator project in Labuan has ended in the Tribunal; the site is overgrown with trees and shrubs. The Government has spent nearly RM200 million. Negotiated tender, technology and management are questionable. Meanwhile, the solid waste saga continues.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Stable Terengganu Government?

In the Terengganu State Assembly, PAS has 15 seats,  BN 14 and Independents 3. PAS should be given a chance to form a government. A new state election is a way of finding a stable government.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Buddhism means loving-kindness and moderation

Buddhism means loving-kindness and moderation. On Wesak Day, we wish all people well.

Happy Wesak Day.

Happy Wesak Day.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Leachate Treatment Plant in Taman Beringin Kepong?

For over 40 years, residents of Jinjang and Kepong face pollution and bad smell from open dumpsites and then solid waste transfer station and leachate in Taman Beringin, Kepong.

In 2002, the authority appointed Pollution Engineering San Bhd to build a Leachate Treatment Plant, treating 200 cubic metres of leachate a day at the transfer station. It did not work.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall appointed Worldwide Engineering Sdn Bhd in 2012 to construct a plant to treat 300 cubic metres of leachate daily. It also does not function properly.

Since last year,  the Housing and Local Government Ministry has taken over the transfer station and the leachate plant. It should ensure that both are working effectively, getting rid of the foul odour.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day.

Yearning for facilities in police stations and fair system of promotion

SAC Saiful from the police headquarters, Bukit Aman, says that there is nothing the police want more than having a force represented equally by all races. So far, there are 3314 applicants of Chinese descent.
     There is also nothing we want more than having adequate facilities in police stations and system of promotion which is fair to all.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Sanitary landfill must be truly sanitary

Today, we visited the Bukit Targar Sanitary Landfill, Selangor. It deals with 2500 tonnes of solid waste (rubbish) a day.  Hitherto, we have found it sanitary.
      How many sanitary landfills are there in Malaysia? Some say there are only three. Others mention there are 8. The Government must ensure that sanitary landfills are truly sanitary.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Race and religion in political games

In Malysian plural society, we encourage moderation and respect for religions. Some continue to use race and religion for political games.
     President of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) Ustaz Abdullah Zaik states that 'kedatangan pendatang Cina ke Tanah Melayu bersama penjajah British suatu ketika dahulu adalah satu bentuk pencerobohan'.
     When did aborigines' (Orang Asli's) ancestors settle in Semenanjung? When did Abdullah Zaik's ancestors arrive? My ancestors were in Kelantan before 1820.

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Chaos at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)

DAP MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Immigration Department, the Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and AirAsia to solve the congestion at LCCT and to ensure speed, efficiency and safety at LCCT and then at KLIA2.

MAHB looks at KLIA2 very differently from AirAsia. Hence, AirAsia decides reluctantly to move to KLIA2 from LCCT on May 9, not on May 2. To move from one place to another is complicated.

On May 4, 2014, there was congestion and chaos involving about 1,000 passengers at the LCCT. There were complaints.

Immigration Director –General Datuk Aloyah blames AirAsia for the incident as the latter did not shift to KLIA2 on May 2 and many personnel had been moved there. On the other hand, Senior Manager of MAHB Datuk Azmi Murad insists that everything went on as usual and the incident was due the peak hours from 3 pm to 5 pm when many planes landed.

The mystery of the missing MH370 has affected the image of Malaysia. Any signs of incompetence such as unusually long queues at the 17 immigration counters make things even worse.

The Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hisham says that KLIA2 is the biggest airport in the world for low-cost carriers. If KLIA2 including its immigration counters can provide the best service in the world such as speed, efficiency and safety, then the country may recover faster from the bad image.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Local Governments and dangerous trees

Planting trees is important. But, there must be effective maintenance. Some municipalities or city halls take a long time to act after receiving complaints about trees on the verge of falling. For example, two weeks ago, residents in Jalan 24/62B, Taman Menjalara, Kepong, told Kuala Lumpur City Hall  (DBKL) repeatedly that a tree was about to fall.  They waited. Two days ago, a storm caused the tree to fall on electricity or telecoms lines. DBKL cleared the debris on the road.
     Yestetday, a tree in Taman Kepong fell, killing a 41-year-old woman. This is near Menjalara. Only heavy damage and human casualties from falling trees prompt the authorities to take immediate action.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Emotional trauma of families of MH370 victims

Since the mysterious disappearance of MH370 on March 8, 2014, families of the victims have reacted in many ways. The emotional trauma is deep. The Malaysian Government would have to review the measures taken to help them.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Fairer Malaysian Labour Law

Today is Labour Day. The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib says that he is committed to modernising Malaysian labour laws to keep up with the time. We would like to see concrete action and fairer laws.

Fairer Malaysian Labour Laws

Today,  the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Nasib says that he is committed to modernising Malaysian labour laws to keep up with the time. We would like to see concrete action and fairer laws.

Condolences to the family of the late Seah Leong Peng

We offer condolences to the family of the late Seah Leong Peng, MP for Teluk Intan.

Happy Labour Day

Happy Labour Day