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orchipalar
14-12-2004, 12:54 PM
Tuesday December 14, 2004

Safety is focus of future city layouts

SHAH ALAM: The Town and Country Planning Department has been tasked to draw up urban designs for buildings, parking places, landscaping and public lighting aimed at reducing crime in cities.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the department would coordinate with the police, non-governmental organisations, universities, local authorities and professionals in this matter.

“This is in line with our Safe City Concept and the push to make it workable,” he told reporters after reading out Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's speech at the opening of an international conference on Environmental Design for Living Excellence: Contemporary Issues and Solutions yesterday.

Ong said existing guidelines such as building plans and planning approval would be reviewed, and added that attention would be given to make public areas safer by reviewing how the existing landscaping guidelines were implemented.

On hillslope development, Ong said action would be taken against officers who flouted guidelines in approving development in “sensitive” areas.

“Enforcement will have to be stepped up to ensure such projects conform to the Government's policy,” he said.

Najib, in his speech, called on planners to address the issue of congestion in towns and cities when drawing up environmental designs.

“Safety issues within cities and towns also need to be addressed.

“The Government needs town planners, municipal councils and engineers to address these issues by first implementing environmental designs to achieve zero opportunities for social degradation in the infrastructure of the society,” he said.

He said contemporary issues such as the need to recycle and preserve nature, must be addressed by architects, town planners, designers, engineers and town councillors.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/12/14/nation/9648611&sec=nation

Err...suggesting...planning...talking...n boasting....are so easy...ahem...everybody knows bluddy well...n talks bluddy well about these sorts of thingy...err...turun padang!....Come Unannounced!...have a look at USJ/SJ...so called Modern Township...see n observe how...MPSJ's official duties n obligations are being 'dispensed n implemented'...n then talk about how to make it work for once!...ahem...otherwise cakap cakap kosong saja!...what's the point!.... :rolleyes:

Joe Gomez
14-12-2004, 01:06 PM
No one is going to hold Datuk Seri OKT to this promise.
So does it really matter what he says.
Wait for the next General Elections and reduce the absolute majority.

Then see if OKT himself & his cabinet mate SV listen or not.

orchipalar
15-12-2004, 10:00 AM
Quality service my priority


PUTRAJAYA, Dec 14:
New Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan has given an assurance that quality service will be his priority apart from making the city world class.

He said his plans include a people friendly administration, clean city, speedy attendance to applications, ensuring public complaints are looked into as well as balanced development which would benefit people from all walks of life.

"Some may say it is an old vision and has been said by many previous leaders. Nevertheless they are still important issues involving those in Kuala Lumpur.

"Without the city folk, the city would be dead. Therefore the people in Kuala Lumpur need to be exposed to cultural, sports as well as community activities," he said after receiving his letter of appointment from Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad here today.

Also present at the function were Deputy Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique, Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Yew Teong Lock and secretary-general Datuk Dr Zulkarnain Awang.

Asked about his first task as Mayor, he said there were several issues which he had to standardise with the guidelines from the Federal Territories Ministry.

"Once they are standardised, we will be focused in our approach in making Kuala Lumpur a world-class city. In line with that, I will hold discussions with the minister and his deputy."

Ruslin said there are pros and cons on being appointed the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, "but having served under six mayors, I believe I have the necessary experience to carry out my duties diligently".

Isa, at an earlier function, said Ruslin’s appointment was not a last-minute decision and it will greatly benefit Kuala Lumpur.

He said the decision to replace Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek, 57, as Datuk Bandar was the sole prerogative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and it was endorsed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"The former Datuk Bandar had done an excellent job. His immense contributions will be remembered."


http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/20041215074645/Article/indexb_html

City Hall to light up Chow Kit backlanes


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14:
City Hall will light up the backlanes in Chow Kit to deter dadah addicts.

The plan follows the success City Hall had with spotlights to deter addicts at the San Peng flats in Jalan Loke Yew.

"After placing the spotlights, we received feedback from City Police that the number of addicts in Jalan San Peng had decreased," Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said.

Isa said City Hall will also close down the numerous cheap hotels and lodging houses along Lorong Haji Taib that have given the area its image as a red-light district.

City Hall wanted to restore the image of Chow Kit as a popular shopping centre on par with Petaling Street here.

"The cheap hotels there are supposed to be for weary travellers but their owners have turned them into prostitution joints," Isa said.

"City Hall will continue its operation to close down these vice centres.

"On Jan 1, we will ensure the area is cleared of such activities."

He said this after chairing the Youth Consultative Council’s Conference at Kompleks Darul Puteri in Cheras today.

Present were FT Youth and Sports Division director Fathul Razi Bakri and FT Youth Council president Wong Kok Ken.

On Sunday, City Hall enforcement officers closed down five hotels and lodging houses while Selangor Water Board (Puas) officers disconnected the water supply.

They removed the furniture, including beds and mattresses, and pulled down the signboards before sealing the premises.

Police and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel, who were present, also arrested 14 prostitutes and transvestites who were plying their trade along the five-foot way and backlanes near the hotels.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/20041215074600/Article/indexb_html

Err...a big n new man with a big n new ambition...should be good news for KL folks...ahem...bluddy addicts are shooting up in broad daylight..err...a few spotlights intallation at Chow Kit would solve the problem...ahem...no sweat!... :rolleyes:

pcyeoh
15-12-2004, 10:09 AM
Hey Orchi, just wonder why wordings in bold outnumbered those in normal print. Normally we bold these words to stress their importance but when they outnumbered the normal, shouldn't those unimportant words be bold instead??? It makes reading easier. It reminds me of someone who is so fond of taking MC for the slightest problem. We label him King of MC." One day I told him "Why not apply for a work permit" when you are fit to work rather than apply MC for not being able to work. From that day onwards, he was the most deligent worker and we rewarded him with a dinner year end to celebrate is 100% attendance.

Joe Gomez
15-12-2004, 10:38 AM
" City Hall will continue its operation to close down these vice centres. "

Ladies & Gentlemen,
Nothing in City Hall has changed.
Both Rahman & Ramasamy ( enforcement officers ) are still there.

Only the top man has changed.

I have been told that the top man can make a difference ............
I have been told to believe this.
I believe this.
I must believe this.

Let me continue sleeping.
Just dont wake me up from my dream...... ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz.

orchipalar
17-12-2004, 09:12 AM
Friday December 17, 2004

Ignorance is no excuse, says Ong

KUALA LUMPUR: Ignorance of guidelines will no longer be an excuse for government officers who approve housing projects in environmentally sensitive areas like hillslopes.

In a move to cut down on excuses among these officers, the Housing and Local Government Ministry now requires them to attend courses, which will stipulate the guidelines before any approval is given for such projects.

Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said he had instructed his officers to plan for the courses yesterday.

“This is to make sure they follow the guidelines and prevent problems of development in environmentally sensitive areas,” he told reporters after opening the Chinese Export Commodities Exhibition and Investment Conference (Malaysia) 2004 at the Putra World Trade Centre here.

On another matter, Ong said his ministry would not condone any developers who used inferior building materials or failed to comply with specifications on the sales and purchase agreement.

Action could be taken under relevant laws, like the Housing Development Act, he added.

“Please submit your complaints to my ministry's enforcement unit.

“We (the ministry) have to investigate first,” Ong said, when asked to comment on reports of such cases.

Opening the event earlier, he said it would be a win-win partnership when Malaysia and China, with their different strengths, team up for overseas ventures, particularly in South-East Asia.

He added that China, with a population of 1.3 billion, has Malaysia as its largest South-East Asian trading partner, and the seventh largest worldwide.

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Wang Chungui, who supported the win-win partnership, described it as opening a new era of economic cooperation.

At another function in Sungai Petani, Ong said developers must not cheat house buyers of their hard earned money by delivering low quality or shoddy houses.

Stern action would be taken against such developers, he told reporters after opening the Seri Astana housing project here.

Ong added: “Many people can only afford to buy one house in their lifetime. It is their hard earned money and they have the right to demand for quality houses.”

He said the Housing Tribunal which heard complaints from house buyers had the right to order errant developers to compensate for any shoddy work or sub-standard houses delivered to buyers.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/12/17/nation/9684392&sec=nation