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04-01-2003, 10:14 AM
<font size="+1">Subang Jaya emails to the Press (Jan 2003)</font>
Saturday, January 04, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Concern over rise in dengue cases</FONT>
I AM saddened that several people in my neighbourhood have contracted dengue fever.
For the record, we have also had fatalities. Among them were a Subang Jaya resident and a former Universiti Hospital eye specialist and associate professor, who was a shining beacon and friend to his colleagues and students.
Despite all the hype, propaganda and publicity on how e-savvy the Subang Jaya Municipal Council is, the township has the distinction of being singled out as the “dengue capital of the nation’’, especially in the “high-demand residential areas’’ in USJ.
It is a pity that a township has turned into a nightmarish concrete jungle – thanks to the incompetent enforcement, questionable and arbitrarily approvals for buildings and haphazard development.
The authorities, instead of mobilising a massive campaign to contain the outbreak of dengue fever, are telling us to be calm and saying we are “currently experiencing an increase in the number of cases compared to 2001, but it has not reached the epidemic stage’’.
How many body bags must we fill before it is to be classified an epidemic and worthy of a national alert?
In 2001, Malaysia posted 50 deaths and reported 8,669 dengue cases. The World Health Organisation five months ago warned countries in the tropical region, including Malaysia, to be prepared for an increase in the number of dengue cases because of present weather conditions.
It is a pity our local authorities have not adequately responded to the alert.
DR JACOB GEORGE,
07-01-2003, 10:03 AM
THE STAR Metro
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
<font size="+1">Raise road safety in Subang Jaya</font>
THERE have been cases of motorists crashing at the roundabout in Jalan Jengka/ Jalan Subang Utama, Subang Jaya.
Maybe it is because they didn’t expect to see one so close after coming down the flyover from Sunway.
There are only four small signboards to indicate a roundabout ahead.
These small signboards were originally made for use on a two-lane road.
The signboards should be made more visible to suit the wider roads.
This includes making the signboards larger and placing them at strategic points.
At present, some motorists are speeding on this stretch (Sunway/ Jalan Subang Utama).
Inevitably, a few of them were caught by surprise on seeing the roundabout, but it would be too late to brake and they ended up crashing into the roundabout.
Still on road safety, there is a dangerous spot in Jalan SS14/1, at the road bend next to where the Esso petrol station used to be.
Often, there will be a vehicle that cuts into Jalan SS14/1 from Sunway/Jalan Subang Utama rather suddenly at an unbelievable speed to get into SS14.
There have been many near misses and a few accidents at the spot.
It became more difficult to drive in the area when people started parking their cars indiscriminately, usually around the perimeter of the former Esso petrol station premises which will be taken over by a tyre service centre.
The structures at the premises also obstruct the view of motorists.
MPSJ had told Subang Jaya residents many times that there would be no more car workshops, tyre and air-conditioning service centres in SS15 and Taipan by the end of last year.
The existing ones should relocate their businesses to the light industrial area.
09-01-2003, 01:54 PM
Thursday, January 09, 2003
Improve postal system
THE POSTAL system in Malaysia appears to have sunk to new depths. A letter I sent to the UK took a month to arrive while a letter from Singapore took no less than three weeks to reach my house.
On a recent Sunday, I had trouble placing my letters in a post box in Subang Jaya as it was overflowing with mail.
The second post box, also in Subang Jaya, was overloaded with mail to such an extent that I could not insert my letters.
Whilst we progress in all fields, let us not lose sight of the basics, such as a decent postal service.
09-01-2003, 01:57 PM
THE STAR Metro
Thursday, January 09, 2003
<font size="+1">Too many jaywalkers in front of Sunway Pyramid</font>
Time and again the issue of road hazards have cropped up. And it is my sincere wish that the authorities will be more sensitive.
This never-ending menace to road users should constantly be monitored by the authorities and pro-active actions be taken to prevent the undesirable from recurring.
As a resident of Subang Indah, I have observed the following:
· There are too many jaywalkers crossing the road along the stretch in front of Sunway Pyramid. Why? I think the main reason is that the pedestrian bridge is located too far away from this popular complex.
How unsightly it is to see people scaling the divider with its high fencing, not to mention the dangers that come with it.
· There are two U-turns at the Subang Indah/Sri Subang stretch. Many times, cars are seen coming down the bridge from Subang Jaya at breakneck speed, endangering those making the U-turns.
Can the authorities build speed-breakers and put up warning lights?
· On Wednesdays, indiscriminate parking is the order of the night along the stretch in front of Subang Indah when the night market traders open for business.
Hopefully, the authorities won’t be oblivious to the incessant problem of road hazards be it specifically at this location or elsewhere.
09-01-2003, 10:26 PM
THE SUN Valley
Thursday, January 9, 2003
<font size="+1">Get rid of two roundabouts in Subang Jaya</font>
AS A frustrated resident of Subang Jaya, I am asking other residents and road-users to join me in an appeal to MPSJ to improve the road traffic system in the area. The two roundabouts at SS14 and SS15 (next to Metropolitan College) simply do not work during peak hours.
On returning from work, I have been caught in traffic jams at these two roundabouts several times. Traffic literally came to a complete halt and it took me about 45 minutes to pass through.
It is about time the traffic engineers realise that:
roundabouts don't work when traffic is at its peak, i.e. during rush hours, as the "give way to the right-hand traffic" system does not apply. The traffic flow is continuous and unless one pushes forward, there us virtually no chance of getting through;
it is important to learn from past experiences as the constantly-jammed KL-Puduraya roundabout was eventually removed and a traffic light system is now in use. Likewise, the two roundabouts in Subang Jaya should be removed and a new traffic light system introduced; and
the upgrading of Jalan Kewajipan and Jalan Jengka into a three-lane carriageway does not help relieve motorists from traffic jams at the roundabout.
Hopefully, MPSJ can start the new year with this proposal as its priority!
10-01-2003, 09:32 AM
THE STAR Metro
Friday, January 10, 2003
<font size="+1">Be concerned about passengers’ safety</font>
I am a regular passenger who commute on the Metrobus No. 11 or 13 to work.
I used to wait at the bus-stop opposite the Subang Jaya Medical Centre from 8am to 9.15am but lately there has been no bus at all at this hour.
After work, I would wait for the Metrobus No. 10 at the bus stop in front of Shell petrol station to get down at Metropolitan College in Subang Jaya.
I had to wait from 6pm to 7.30pm and still there would be no bus.
The worst part was that one appeared but it just went past us without stopping.
Most of the Metrobus drivers speed and drive in a very dangerous way.
I do not understand how these drivers can be employed by the bus company as they are not dedicated to their job and are creating a bad image for the company instead.
I hope the Metrobus drivers will be more passenger-friendly and concerned about the safety of passengers.
13-01-2003, 04:21 PM
3:39pm Mon Jan 13th, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">S’gor MB should seek cure for ineptitude</FONT>
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo must seek a cure for his inept decrees.
On several occasions, his reckless dispensing of authority and power as the head of the state government did not go down well with the people and their leaders. Worse, his words and actions hurt the rakyat's feelings and it took time to heal the wounds.
Last December, Khir gave those food and beverage outlets and restaurants not licensed to sell alcoholic drinks three months to take down all signboards that carry beer logos. He said such signboards could give tourists the impression that Selangor is a haven for boozers.
His decree created a ruckus. The Federated Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) described the directive as inappropriate for a multi-cultural country. Both mainstream Chinese newspapers, Sin Chew Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau, responded with stinging editorials questioning his motive, and his lack of consultation within the state executive council and with the affected communities, particularly non-Muslims.
In stark contrast, Menteri Besar Tajol Rosli Ghazali was quoted as having given his guarantee that such a policy would not be adopted in Perak.
As the heat of public opinion escalated, Khir resorted to his hallmark of twists and turns. From the initial blanket banning of beer-sponsored outdoor signboards, he meandered to taking objection to the indoor posters of scantily-clad women advertising liquor products. The loose cannon in him finally came full circle in pinpointing enforcement of licensing rules at the local government level.
No doubt, the Chinese community has had age-old affinity with a beer culture. However, it must also be realised that the top two breweries in Malaysia are also instrumental in raising funds for vernacular schools for buildings, facilities and IT projects through the proceeds of beer-sales or sponsored concerts and merchandising. By targeting the common denominator among the business communities, Khir risks colouring the socio-cultural fabric of non-Muslims and incurring the wrath of the masses.
Last July, Khir was embroiled in verbal sparring with another community when he short-circuited himself by blaming MIC for its inability in solving the Indian gangsterism problem in Klang and Petaling Jaya. MIC president S. Samy Vellu subsequently went to the media and blasted him for pitting MIC against the All Malaysian Indian Progressive Front over social problems plaguing the Indian community.
Khir wriggled his way out by saying he was misquoted by the press. The rhetoric made its rounds, Khir regained his moral high ground but the gangsterism issue simmers on.
Looking back further, Khir went on record in October 2001 as saying that the state government had identified 30 Hindu temples for demolition. The issue became acute after the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) demolished the Sree Veera Bathra Kaliaman temple in Bandar Sunway when the Hindus were in the midst of observing the 10-day Navarathri period of fasting and prayers. It was seen as an act of insensitivity to a minority group.
Again, Samy Vellu was obliged to express his displeasure on behalf of the community. However, Khir rationalised that there had been complaints the state had too many temples that were located too closely together.
Khir said the state's policy is that a place of worship can be built in an area if there are between 2,500 and 5,000 followers there. "The ratio is the same for every religion. We are only going by the book," Khir was quoted as saying in The Star.
Interestingly, we don't see new churches being built in places like Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, but the stand-off with MIC at least earned the 30 temples targeted for demolition a three-month reprieve, which remains perpetual till today.
What more can Khir do in attempting to live up to his cliche of "going by the book"? Will the day come when he decrees the closing of all gaming outlets, as excessive presence of the 4G, Big Sweep and Sports Toto signboards could, based on Khir's rationale, give the impression that Selangor is a haven for gamblers?
The lessons learnt from Khir's latest antics over beer logos is that the process of mesra rakyat (people-friendly) and consultation he preaches has been bleached. He seems to favour form and rhetoric over substance, and it appears that he does not hesitate to flaunt his power and authority whenever he pleases.
For now, Khir may think he wears the emperor's new clothes and his decree shall rule the day. But in the short history of Selangor in Malaysia, it's evident that the state carries the Menteri Besar, never the other way round.
13-01-2003, 04:55 PM
THE STAR Metro
Monday, January 13, 2003
<font size="+1">Improve park at USJ2/4</font>
The park at USJ2/4 urgently needs improvement and upgrading for the following reasons:
· the walk path (brickslabs) are broken and pose a danger to walkers and joggers, the old and young (especially near the mosque and tai chi area);
· when its rains, various parts of the walk path are flooded;
· some people drive their vehicles into the park, thus breaking the brickslabs and causing muddy puddles;
· the drains in certain parts of the park have collapsed and cause blockage;
· various parts of the park and playthings are also flooded when its rains;
· all the chairs or benches have rotted or broken except for one; and
· the wooden huts are leaking and broken down.
I would like to suggest to the authorities the following:
· improve the lighting in the park;
· provide a hut at the tai chi area; and
· have more facilities, especially for the teenagers such as basketball court, bicycle lane and outdoor exercise equipments.
This will foster closer ties among the residents and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
We hope the authorities concerned will look into the matter soonest possible.
USJ 2/4 RESIDENT,
13-01-2003, 04:58 PM
THE STAR Metro
Monday, January 13, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Subang Utama stretch is under NPE</FONT>
I refer to the letter in Star Metro on Jan 7 titled “Raise Road Safety in Subang Jaya” from Mr Lau Bing.
We are aware that an accident had taken place at the roundabout in Subang Utama.
I wish to clarify that the stretch of road from the roundabout leading to the New Pantai Expressway is managed by NPE. It is proper that road signboards and other matters that concern the development of the road be referred to the right party.
While it is true that the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) wished to relocate workshops in the town centre of SS15 and Taipan to the light industrial area, the renovation works being carried out on the former Esso petrol station in SS14 are illegal.
I wish to inform that on Dec 26, MPSJ had issued a stop-work order to the owner.
ARPAH BINTI ABDUL RAZAK,
Subang Jaya Municipal Council.
13-01-2003, 09:24 PM
THE SUN Valley
Monday, January 13, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Traffic lights may not be the answer in Subang Jaya</FONT>
I UNDERSTAND the frustration of S.P. Lin (theSun Valley, Jan 9) who proposed that two roundabouts in Subang Jaya be replaced with traffic lights.
Having traffic lights in place of roundabouts may be a good idea or a solution for some townships or countries but, certainly, not for Subang Jaya/USJ.
If you don’t believe me, go during any rush hour and take a look for yourself at any of these traffic junctions and crossroads, namely the one in SS19, on Jalan Tujuan/Jalan Subang Utama, or the one that you usually use to get to the Giant Hypermarket (Persiaran Murni/Jalan Kewajipan).
All you need to do is spend say, 10 minutes, at the vicinity and you will get to see strange things happening at any of these places.
For instance, motorists cutting out of the queue to get in front of another car or a couple of motorcyclists dashing across before the light changes.
Oh yes, there is also the chance that you might get to see some daredevil driving against the flow of trafflc to beat the jam.
Why do they do these things? Time is money to them and so they can’t afford to be late for business appointments with clients.
Add to that, those who are late for work or social engagements, and you have one big jungle.
Traffic lights are only useful in places with lighter traffic flows and, therefore, not workable for townships like Subang Jaya/USJ. it is more logical to have traffic policemen
to help ease traffic flows at roundabouts during the rush hour than having them turned into crossroads with traffic lights.
Do you know that the population in Subang Jaya/USJ is estimated to be around 480,000. Assuming that each family owns two cars, there would be about 320,000 car owners in both townships.
However, do bear a little while longer, with the inconveniences and frustrations that you now face during rush hours, because there will soon be three flyovers to ease the traffic flow.
I understand that the flyovers will be at the old Subang Airport Road, the Federal Highway and Kelana Jaya. There will also be a flyover for the two infamous roündabouts in Subang Jaya.
In the meantime, some help from the traffic police wifi be much appreciated.
13-01-2003, 09:28 PM
THE SUN Valley
Monday, January 13, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Flyovers for problem mundabouts being studied</FONT>
I WISH to respond to the letter “Get rid of two roundabouts in Subang Jaya”, that appeared in your paper on Jan 9.
I fully agree that roundabouts are out of date in urban areas.
Traffic jams wifi occur during peak periods, as at the two roundabouts in SS14 and SS15, Subang Jaya.
I have suggested to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) that they set up traffic lights at the Metropolitan Roundabout in SS15.
MPSJ will study my suggestion regarding the RM5O million flyover from the Subang Jaya Medical Centre to the Federal Highway and the Subang Airport Road.
There is also the problem of too many utilities like water pipes, telephone lines and electricity cables at this roundabout.
It will be too expensive to relocate them.
The Jengka Roundabout in SS14 is also under study by MPSJ.
It is ridiculous to have the Pantai Expressway start and end at this roundabout.
As such, the Highway Authority has asked the concession company, NPE Sdn Bhd, to build a flyover at this roundabout.
The construction of this flyover will take time. Meanwhile, there are daily traffic jams and accidents at this roundabout.
I have asked the Petaling Jaya traffic police to man this roundabout daily during the evening peak hours.
I have also asked MPSJ to consider setting up traffic lights here while waiting for the flyover (if ever) to be built.
Road upgrades take time and cost a lot of money. I hope S.P. Lim and Subang Jaya residents will be patient.
I shall try my best to push the various authorities to move faster.
Lee Hwa Beng
State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya
17-01-2003, 08:22 PM
7:02pm Fri Jan 17th, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Focus on more pressing wrongs than harmless letter</FONT>
I refer to the article <A HREF="http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200301170018930.php"TARGET="NEW">Umno Youth lodges police report against malaysiakini</A>.
It is common knowledge at home and abroad that there are many pressing issues confronting the nation — corruption, cronyism, lack of transparency, wastage of public money, billion-ringgit scandals, questionable projects — but Umno Youth have explicitly kept silent on all these issues.
Instead, Umno Youth have found it fit to lodge a police report against popular and award-winning malaysiakini for publishing a letter.
I sincerely doubt such comments in that letter will undermine the stability of the nation.
What I am more afraid of is the attempt by opportunistic politicians capitalising on the issue under the guise that it will "create chaos in the country" for their own political agenda.
I am sure most Malaysians are built of stronger stuff than that perceived by Umno Youth to put on war paints just because they found the letter disagreeable.
It is a crying shame when politically ambitious young men and women, instead of really working at the grassroots like our founding fathers and by the shining examples laid done by our Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, prefer to catapult themselves politically by shamefully highlighting irrelevant issues for private and personal gain.
Perhaps, there should be new penal provisions for such acts of political power play — what say Dr Rais Yatim?
Dr Jacob George
24-01-2003, 04:08 PM
THE STAR Metro
Friday, January 24, 2003
<font size="+1">Residents need to be more pro-active</font>
I refer to the recent letter by a USJ2/4 resident that appeared in the Metro Mail on Jan 13 under the title “Improve park at USJ2/4.”
I have been to the park and I am aware of the problems raised.
In fact, I had brought some Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) officials to inspect the area.
A basketball court is being constructed in this park on my proposal. The court can also be used for tai chi in the mornings.
There is no plan to build any hut or community centre in this area.
This is because there is no residents' association or neighbourhood watch committee in this area. Where there are, MPSJ has built better children playgrounds.
In some areas, I have also built community centres such as in USJ 1, USJ 5, USJ 13 and SS15.
The children’s playground needs an active residents' organisation to prevent vandalism, while the community centre will need such an organisation to hold activities.
The basketball court that is being constructed came from a proposal I received from a student in this area.
The student and his friends have promised to take care of the court and to form a team to compete in the Subang Jaya Basketball league.
Therefore, I challenge USJ2/4 residents to form an active resident committee and I shall try my best to ask MPSJ to provide the things requested.
Lee Hwa Beng,
Subang Jaya Assemblyman.
24-01-2003, 04:11 PM
THE STAR Metro
Friday, January 24, 2003
<font size="+1">State's decision on pubs too harsh</font>
I agree with Datuk Lee Hwa Beng that it is too harsh to terminate the licence of 15 pubs classified as entertainment outlets in Subang Jaya and USJ, especially when they have been operating within the law for umpteen years.
I also agree that the Selangor Government should freeze only new applications for entertainment outlet licence.
It is grossly unfair to pub owners to be ordered to close down despite having abided by the regulations all this time.
Closing down these pubs and entertainment outlets in townships like Subang Jaya and USJ is not a good idea in view of the present sluggish economy.
If the state government proceeds to implement the law regardless of appeals, there will be a glut of shops to let in the township and unemployment besides other direct and indirect losses.
This is not what shopowners would expect to happen to a model township like Subang Jaya.
As it is now, there are too many empty shops and unoccupied residential houses here.
Certainly, Subang Jaya residents don't want the township to turn into a ghost town.
By the way, what is so wrong about having a neighbourhood pub as long as there is no hanky panky?
It is a convenient place for residents to unwind and still be close to home. And there will not be any drink-driving because some of these pubs are within walking distance.
The bottom line is that the Selangor Government should review its decision on the licensed pub owners in Subang Jaya and USJ and allow them to continue with their businesses, in view of their good track record till date.
29-01-2003, 11:05 AM
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
<FONT SIZE="+1">Do not let racial polarisation ruin us</FONT>
DR JACOB GEORGE of Subang Jaya (via e-mail) writes:
I REFER to your report, “Malays more proactive,” (Sunday Star, Jan 26).
I cannot but strongly endorse Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s statement that Malaysia will disintegrate like Yugoslavia if racial polarisation sets in, with the Chinese, Indians, Malays and other bumiputras separating along religious and ethnic lines.
During our undergraduate days abroad, those of us who had the chance to visit Yugoslavia before the civil war and the horrors of ethnic cleansing saw its beauty and great achievements.
These included the hosting of international sports events such as the Olympics.
Today, all that was achieved through decades of hard work and sacrifices is lying in ruins. We do not want a similar situation in Malaysia.
This observation had been made repeatedly over the years by a “chorus of voices” from visionary and sensitive politicians, academicians, education policy analysts, social and consumer activists but few in the corridors of power made any concrete effort to address these legitimate fears.
Thus the deputy premier's statement at the opening of the Penang Umno Education Convention 2003 in Kepala Batas could not have come at a better time.
Polarisation is prevalent in our institutions of higher learning, civil service, corporate organisations and, sadly, in our sports organisations as well.
Abdullah was justified in saying there was a possibility of Malays being divided into two groups because of religious fanaticism and extremism. Recent events clearly showed a lot more needed to be done to address the problem.
Our founding fathers had, through sheer sacrifices and vision, laid for us a strong foundation which has seen Malaysia develop from an agricultural nation to one that has gone into heavy industries and is today standing tall among the developed nations of the world.
We have also hosted international sports events and conferences, wining praise from foreign dignitaries and nationalities for our excellent organisational skills and role as warm, caring hosts.
But like Yugoslavia, all that can be lost if we fail to foster “fair, pragmatic and holistic relationships” between all Malaysians, be they Orang Asli, Malays, Indians, Chinese or the indigenous populations of Sabah and Sarawak.
All efforts must be made to develop genuine relationships free from political, religious or racial influence and bias – the type enjoyed by many of us in the 1950s.
As Abdullah said, it is time we laid earnestly the “seeds of peace, harmony and mutual respect” for one another and what better way to do this than from the school level.
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