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26-12-2002, 07:10 AM
<font size="+1">2002 Top 10 Issues in Subang Jaya</font>

We are advocating an open society.

Using this thread, please contribute ONE issue pertaining to
Subang Jaya - positive or negative - that you think deserves to
be listed in the Subang Jaya Top 10 list.

We would then put the finalists of Top 10 Issues into a poll, to
determine their ranking.


26-12-2002, 07:35 AM
To give you an inkling of what Malaysians perceived as the Top
10 Issues in 2002, here's a complilation by <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200212250018708.php"target="new">Malaysiakini</a>:

<font size="+1">1. Mahathir resigns, Fadzil Noor dies</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/mahathir%20resign%20fadzil%20die.gif" align="left"> The issue: Two of the longest-running political careers were wound up, causing after-shocks for the second-rung hierarchy in Umno and opposition party PAS.

On June 22, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad stunned the nation when he tearfully and unexpectedly announced his resignation from both Umno and government posts after 21 years in power. The next day, however, party leaders said his retirement would take effect only after the Organisation of Islamic Conference in Kuala Lumpur next October.

The morning after Mahathir’s announcement, PAS president and Opposition Leader Fadzil Mohd Noor died, two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. Deputy president and Terengganu Mentri Besar Abdul Hadi Awang was appointed acting leader until party elections next year. He was later appointed the Opposition Leader.

<font size="+1">2. Terrorism trail linked to Malaysia</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/terrorism%20malaysia.gif" align="left">The issue: Malaysia first landed in the international spotlight on terrorism activity when a January Newsweek report claimed that the country was a launchpad for the Sept 11 attacks in the United States.

Several subsequent reports hinted at a Malaysian link although its precise nature has not been fully explained. Notably, reports said that key leaders of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network — Indonesians Abu Bakar Bashir and Riduan Isamuddin aka Hambali — had spent a decade in Malaysia while in exile and had established several religious schools. Three students from these schools have since been arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of masterminding the Bali bombing in October.

<font size="+1">3. Educating Malaysians</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/education%20malaysia.gif" align="left">The issue: As with previous attempts on educational reform, a huge uproar erupted when Dr Mahathir proposed the revival of English-language education in primary schools. When even Umno rejected his plan, it was modified to cover the teaching of Science and Mathematics.

On a related front, meritocracy was accepted as the criteria for entry to public universities this year, moving the tertiary education system away from the dual examination system used to assess bumiputra and non-bumiputra candidates respectively.

<font size="+1">4. Islamic state in the making</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/islamic%20state.gif" align="left">The issue: Terengganu's PAS-led legislative assembly passed the Hudud and Qisas Enactment in July. Enforcement is pending. Menteri Besar Abdul Hadi Awang said a delegation would be sent to the Middle East to study implementation.

In June, the DAP launched its nationwide ‘No to 929' campaign to protest an announcement on Sept 29, 2001, when Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad described Malaysia as an Islamic state. DAP leaders were repeatedly arrested for distributing allegedly seditious material, but were not charged.

<font size="+1">5. ISA: In bad faith</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/isa%20bad%20faith.gif" align="left">The issue: The infamous Internal Security Act (ISA) came under intense public scrutiny this year after the Federal Court ruled in favour of six reformasi activists in September, declaring that they had been unlawfully detained by police for interrogation over 60 days under the ISA. However, as the Home Affairs Minister had already signed the order to detain them for two years, they were not freed. Opposition parties and civil society groups lambasted the government and the courts. However, the ruling gave fresh impetus to the anti-ISA movement.

<font size="+1">6. Flip-flop foreign-worker policy</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/flip%20flop%20foreign%20worker.gif" align="left">The issue: In August, a new immigration law was enforced, allowing for the jailing and caning of illegal immigrants. This sparked an exodus of over 400,000 foreign workers who had no valid documents.

The vacuum created by the departing workforce brought the construction industry to a standstill. The government then issued over 400,000 work permits, drawing criticism of its flip-flop policy.

<font size="+1">7. People power revs up</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/peoples%20power.gif" align="left">The issue: Citizens in three localities mobilised to pit their willpower and political strength to reject three multi-million ringgit projects, and prevailed on two occasions.

The federal government relocated the RM1.5 billion thermal incinerator plant from Kampung Bohol, Puchong, to Broga, Semenyih, thanks to intense public pressure. Residents threatened not to vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional
in the coming general election.

The Petaling Jaya municipal council was forced to amend almost three-quarters of the local plan draft after residents raised objections to it. Between their vocal participation in the consultative process and their connections to influential politicians, the residents forced the council to back down.

<font size="+1">8. Politics behind the media scene?</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/politics%20in%20media.gif" align="left">The issue: English-language daily The Sun retrenched some 300 journalists. Coming in the wake of publication of a story last December on a foiled plot to assassinate the prime minister and his deputy, the move implied that political pressure had been exerted because of the daily's critical coverage of issues. It is now a free sheet.

In September, Chinese-language daily Oriental Daily News had its publishing permit suspended on the day it launched its first edition. By December, it had agreed to the Home Affairs Ministry’s condition that several journalists be asked to leave, in return for re-issuance of the permit. The Chinese newspaper market is controlled by Sarawakian tycoon Tiong Hiew King’s Pemandangan Sinar and MCA investment arm Huaren Holdings.

<font size="+1">9. Realignment within political parties</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/realignment%20political%20parties.gif" align="left">The issue: If political parties suspect that an "invisible hand" determines their existence as legal entities, this appears to have been proven true in two cases.

In November, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) approved the registration of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party just three days after Sarawak National Party was deregistered. Approvals usually take much longer. Snap was deregistered after two factions scrapped over who had the right to be the office bearers.

<font size="+1">10. Winner takes all</font>

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/yearender2002/winner%20take%20all.gif" align="left">The issue: Election processes occupied the attention of voters as a record number of by-elections were held over the year, and a redelineation exercise was completed.

Four by-elections - three for state seats - were called due to the death of the elected representatives of Indera Kayangan (Perlis), Ketari (Pahang), and Anak Bukit and Pendang (Kedah). Barisan Nasional (BN) won all but the Anak Bukit state seat, which PAS retained.

This year, too, the Election Commission completed its redelineation exercise, giving the largest number of new seats to Johor, Selangor and Sabah. However, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah were not allocated new seats.

26-12-2002, 07:41 AM
<font size="+1">Considerations for 2002 Top 10 Issues in Subang Jaya</font>


1. Rhythm Avenue and Newgate Avenue abandoned projects

THE ISSUE: Thousand of buyers are affected, millions of dollars of buyers' money is involved, banks released up to 95% of end-financing loans while construction is alleged to have only reach 65% and 55% respectively.

Take it from there folks. Make it brief.

26-12-2002, 04:22 PM
I agree that the NG/RA issue tops the Top-Ten issues of Subang Jaya. The second, to my mind, is the poor piped water quality, though this is not a localized SJ issue.

The third is not a major issue but is a suggestion. As we know, USJ has been rated as one of the best residential areas, and each phase of the Sime UEP houses prides itself of having a padang. These padangs are, unfortunately, poorly maintained, and small in size. To me, it would have been better to have a big one instead of so many small ones. A big one will enable MPSJ to really maintain it to really good standard. Take for example, the so many mini ones, one each in USJ 11/1, USJ 11/2, 11/3, USJ 11/4, can be done with to combine into one but having the combined area of the 4 mini padangs. Other facilities can be included then. Of course for these 4 areas it is too late now because we just can't be demolishing some of the houses to make way for the BIG ONE. Perhaps Sime UEP can consider this suggestion for future phases.

As regards to the 4th, the 5th...., others may have their opinion.

27-12-2002, 01:16 AM
1. Smoother traffic

I would say the smoother flow along jalan subang utama after years of delay a significant event. I think it was completely completed this year allowing much smoother flow between subang jaya residents and sunway pyramid/lagoon. If only this flyover would extend all the way to Jalan Tujuan so that we can avoid the roundabout at Jalan Jengka ! I was also surprised that the road from the jengka roundabout to subang parade was widened from 2 to 3 lanes allowing very smooth traffic flow. It used to be notorious for traffic jams !!

2. Swimming pool in ss 13.