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tan_r
14-02-2006, 12:13 AM
Reported via the Malay Mail (http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/MM/Monday/National/20060213103103/Article/index_html) that:

"The Selangor executive councillors will be watching over local councils in the State. They will now go on rounds to take pictures of clogged drains, potholes and illegal dumpsites to be submitted to local council presidents or heads of department for immediate action."

How the heck (http://mydailynuggets.blogspot.com/2006/02/selangor-exco-watching-over-local_14.html) is an Exco member going to do that considering the state duties that come under his portfolio? Has anyone thought of that?

pcyeoh
14-02-2006, 08:44 AM
This is the most ridiculous statement I have ever read. The residents here have been doing all that all the time without the desired results and what makes them think that they, who are high and mighty and who drive or being chauffeurred around in their gleaming Mercedeses and BMWs will go around such places doing all that. If they ever do, most probably they are there to see if there is any business opportunity to exploit. It makes me want to laugh out loud. Well, can't blame them for wanting to do that. If their Boss can raid shady joints, why not them? But, they have got all their priorities all wrong. We just want them in their decision making to be fair to the rakyat. Think of the plight of the people before they endorse any project. At this moment these EXCO members are thinking WITFM all the time. By the way WITFM is not a new radio station in town. It stands for What's In There For Me.

joker2107
14-02-2006, 12:52 PM
pc i m most ashamed that u did not reac btwn d lines! somebody wants a brand new d70 or e1 oe eos500d ...
how can like that orso u doenoe onw!!!!!!
rakyat take photo no value. newspaper print photo orso no value. must use latest gadget balu ada klass mah! ;)

Dr. J George
14-02-2006, 05:53 PM
And who watches them? :D

Rocky19
14-02-2006, 06:15 PM
And who watches them? :D
True DJG...they are all watching but no action..who watches them...MB?the story of the fox and the chicken comes to my mind..and we tax payers sufferlah as usual.

joker2107
16-02-2006, 12:42 AM
source :
http://epaper.sun2surf.com/main.asp?selPg=777&page=15_02_2006_018.JPG&page1=15_02_2006_010.JPG


Blinded by flashes of exco cameras

NOW, members of the Selangor Executive Council have another vocation * photography * and they will also have a legitimate reason to tell their wives why they are sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night.
They will soon go on secret operations to take photographs of clogged drains, potholes and illegal dumpsites which will be submitted to the presidents of local councils for immediate action.

If no action is taken, the exco members will have to follow it up with the presidents or heads of department.

Such a move, says exco member Datuk Lim Thuan Seng, is to improve services within local councils.

This is no less than an admission by a member of the country's first "fully developed state" that services are not up to expectations.

Instead of wielding the big stick against those tasked with providing services of the highest quality to their paymasters, the exco members will now be given infra-red cameras costing thousands of ringgit, a flak jacket, and perhaps be paid allowances and "rewards" for producing photographs.

Instead of pulling up the council presidents for abdicating their duties, these exco members will submit the photographs for appropriate action to be taken.

So, what happens when the pictures are filed and put in a steel cabinet? It will perhaps end there.

If nothing else, the exco members will drive from their Exco Villa in Shah Alam to, say, the Selayang Municipal Council to "follow up".

Surely this is a confession * no one can do anything to get the little emperors in local councils to get out of their air-conditioned offices to work for the people.

By wanting to "follow up" on complaints, Lim is, in fact, saying that council presidents and the heads of department have no fear for anyone * Lim and the other exco members included.

This idea, the New Straits Times quoted Lim as saying, was a directive from Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo last month, following complaints that no action had been taken by local councils to clean up clogged drains and illegal dumping grounds.

Have they all forgotten that contraption invented by Alexander Graham Bell?

It's called a telephone, but these days, there are more innovative contraptions such as mobile phones and there's hardly a Malaysian (council presidents and officials included) without one.

Key in the number and when the officials come on the other end, there's a thing that's called a direc tive, which can be issued immediately with an ultimatum.

So, what's all this fuss about secret visits, cameras and "follow ups"?

Potholes are there for all to see. Lim does not have to go far. He uses Jalan University and Jalan Semangat in Petaling Jaya to get to his constituency.

Three years ago, they dug up the roads bordering Sekolah Sultan Abdul Samad with a view to widening the road to ease traffic congestion.

Last year, work stopped and the road has been narrowed with all kinds of barriers.

Today, it causes traffic jams, and surely he need not go on a secret mission to discover such a wellkept secret! The road project has been abandoned; the cavity created by the road works has become an ideal place for billboards, and no councillor or elected representative has explained the reasons behind this fiasco.

Elsewhere, the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) tore down a used car outlet in defiance of a court order after which it faced contempt proceedings.

The matter was settled out of court, but the council president moves to another gover nment department on promotion! Then, the entire revenue from the licensing fees for billboards in Petaling Jaya has disappeared from its budget and yet, it's the same exco that approves the income and expenditure account.

It's just a case of gajah didepan mata tak nampak, kuman di seberang laut nampak. (You can't see the ele phant in front of you but you pick out the germs across the seas.) Yet, hardly a word has been said about the aborted trip to watch belly dancing in Egypt.

When the lawatan sambil belajar to be undertaken by Public Accounts Committee of the state government was publicised, there was an outcry from the public, but the silence on the part of the exco was deafening indeed.

Even when they wanted to crucify the whistle-blower, no one stood up. Perhaps the new cameras will come in handy when they themselves embark on study trips abroad.

They can return with quality fine prints to show their friends and family where they stayed, how they were treated on gondolas in Venice, and how they enjoyed the holidays.

By the way, theSun has ready-touse photographs for appropriate action to be taken by Lim.

We have photographs of a MPPJ councillor allegedly stopping a team of enforcement officers from closing down the illegal funeral parlour along Jalan Gasing.

And Lim should remember that this illegal outlet is in his constituency and that repeated appeals by the residents to him have fallen on deaf ears.

So, what is Lim doing about the ineffective council staff and the interfering councillor?

Why do you need cameras when most of the nonsense that is taking place is common knowledge?

The only consolation the Yang Berhormat can take is that when they come around campaigning for re-election, they can claim that they work day and night taking photographs on behalf of the electorate! By the way, this bird-brained idea must surely merit mention in that book of records for being the first fully developed state to arm their exco members with cameras!