Monday, 24 July 2017

SELANGOR'S "NO PLASTIC BAG" CAMPAIGN IS PLAIN STUPID

The giving away of free plastic bags by retailers for customers to carry their purchases was prohibited by the Pakatan state government of Selangor state since 1 January 2017, supposedly as a measure to "protect the environment", with the requirement that customers who need plastic bags must pay 20sen a bag or bring their own.

This no doubt has inconvenienced the "plaebian masses" of Selangor, many of whom now just pay the 20 sen for each plastic bag and Selangor state has collected RM1.87 million in plastic bag sales (or let's say 'penalities') since 1 January,

Yet, after nine years of ruling Selangor, the Pakatan state government has not introduced a comprehensive recycling programme - with awareness raising, recycling bins, conveniently located collection centres, deposit-return incentives and so forth to enable and facilitate convenient recycling by the public which I would fully support and which would do more to help protect the environment than to to require that shoppers pay 20 sen for a plastic bag.

Instead the Selangor government could have got especially the large retailers such as supermarkets, departmental stores, malls and so forth to participate in recycling efforts by setting up convenient recycling collection centres for plastic, paper, glass, metal cans, electronic waste and so forth, which would have been a positive move if implemented.

After all, the Selangor State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman in charge of this "no plastic bag" campaign is known to have been a rather passionate environmental activist during her student days in Sydney, Australia.

I wonder what she learned from her experience of recycling programmes in Australia which could have been adopted by Selangor state under her watch.

Well it looks like not much, apart from this "no plastic bag" ruling and it looks like the Chairman is instead proud that Selangor state raked in RM1.87 million as a result of this.

Article in Free Malaysia Today follows.

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RM1.87 million collected from 20-sen charge on plastic bags 
Bernama | July 24, 2017

SHAH ALAM: A total of RM1.87 million has been collected from shoppers in Selangor through the 20-sen charge for each plastic bag since the “No Plastic Bag” campaign was implemented in the state on Jan 1 this year, the Selangor assembly was told today.

State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the collection only involved supermarkets and food premises that had informed the state government, through their respective trade associations, about their collection of the 20-sen charge between January and May.


“Of the total, 63.98% of the collection was made from supermarket operators and the rest by operators of food premises.”

She said this in reply to Lee Kee Hiong (DAP-Kuala Kubu Baharu) who wanted to know the collection made by traders following the implementation of the campaign in the state.

Wong also said that as of June 30, the state government had spent a total of RM213,678.30 for the purchase of posters, buntings and reusable non-woven bags in connection with the campaign.



Below are some of the comments by readers to the above article and none so far defend the "no plastic bag" ruling, whilst some have suggested more practical and effective methods to encourage recycling and better protect the environment, instead of this token measure which inconveniences the Selangor public.



That last comment by Roger Mao is so true - it's a STUPID move.

Here's to you, Pakatan state government of Selangor:- (Free plastic bag courtesy of National Parks, Singapore)

How about using such free plastic bags to "ta pau" (pack) cooked food to carry home to eat. You can pick some of these up for free when you next visit Singapore.


FYI, I generally bring my own carry bag when shopping, so I have not had to purchase a plastic bag but sometimes I forget and  end up carrying my purchases in my two hands.

Yours trully

SELANGOR SCHEISS
http://selangorscheiss.blogspot.my/

Friday, 22 April 2016

RAPE THE GREENERY, RAPE THE GREENERY, RAPE THE GREENERY

I have not posted on Selangor Scheiss for a while now until the two articles following after the photos I took caught my eye today.

Firstly writing in Free Malaysia Today, Scott Ng asks Selangor chief minister Azmin Ali why he does not listen to Selangor residents' concerns with clearing of greenery or what's left of it in Selangor to make way for "development".

Secondly, The Star's report on the unrestricted clearance of the slopes of Penang Hill in Penang by farmers.

Then on Sunday 10 April 2016, I took these pictures of land being cleared beside the Capa Residency gated housing estate in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajan, Selangor state. I was informed by one of the residents of Capa that it is to make way for a development of hi-rise blocks of up to 20,000 condos. 

The Star should fly its camera drone over this area.

Now why oh why this continued raping of greenery and hill slopes under a Pakatan state government, which has been ruling Selangor since the 2008 general elections?

When they won Selangor from the previous Barisan Nasional state government of Selangor, I expected that this destruction of greenery and building craze would end but it has continued unabated.

Now Pakatan, shut your gap over 1MDB, RM2.6 billion donation or whatever, Altatantuya, transparency, accountability, integrity, Scorpene submarine, overpriced littoral combat ships, overpriced MRT project, yada, yada, yada, when you approve the routing of the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway through the Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara residential areas and construction of the Sungei-Besi Klang Highway against residents' objections and allow continued "development" which robs of of whatever greenery we have left.

These high-falutin issues do not affect us plaebian masses directly, whilst the destruction of our greenery does. 

We are suffering from a prolonged, intense heat wave due to an abnormal El Nino effect this year and fewer green areas will make our plight worse.

Yours truly

SELANGOR SHEISS
http://selangorscheiss.blogspot.my/

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Here are the Free Malaysia Today and The Star's articles

Azmin, why don’t you listen?
Scott Ng  | April 23, 2016
Come election time, Selangorians will remember the rape of their forests and the broken promise about tolled highways.


When Selangor MB Azmin Ali took power after a protracted struggle with his predecessor, Khalid Ibrahim, he promised he would get down to brass tacks and work for the public’s benefit.

He gave out his number so that people could inform him of unsightly garbage dumps and promised that the people would be heard over the Kidex issue.

He was young, energetic, the right hand man of Anwar Ibrahim himself, and much was expected of him by the people of Selangor who, by the way, had voted in Khalid’s administration, not Azmin’s.

And yet, Selangor’s forest reserves keep getting degazetted to make way for more and more highways in defiance of the public’s deep resentment.

Selangorians have long objected to the destruction of our forests for the benefit of state coffers. And now the Bukit Cherakah and Bukit Sungei Puteh reserves have been identified for degazetting to make way for the Damansara-Shah Alam and the Sungei Besi-Ulu Kelang highways. This is despite Pakatan’s and Azmin’s noises about “no more highways”.

Despite years of widespread and vocal opposition to new highways, Selangor is criss-crossed with them and residents are beginning to get irritated with Azmin.

Many parts of Selangor are undergoing rapid physical development as the government races to realise its Greater Klang Valley vision.

Perhaps many of us share the vision, but cannot understand why it can’t be realised without raping our forests. Our forest reserves should be regarded as sacred, especially when there is so little left.

The Lanjan reserve, for instance, is little more than a strip these days.

There is indeed a great appreciation for greenery among Selangorians, perhaps because development encroaches upon our lives ever more aggressively every day. It is not uncommon to hear Selangorians in coffee shops bemoaning council decisions to cut down tall, shady trees by the side of the road, or to click their tongues in irritation at the plethora of condos currently being built in Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

Each instance of physical development on the landscape reminds Selangorians that we cannot escape the inexorable march of modernisation despite our wish to retain close contact with nature.

One could also point out that Selangor has the most tolled highways of any state, which explains our somewhat less-than-welcoming position on the idea of yet more of the same.

Azmin has not been performing satisfactorily as our Menteri Besar for quite some time now. After a great start, he went back to business as usual. He had better be careful if he wants to continue sitting in his cushy chair.

Selangorians are the most informed of Malaysians. We are also the most demanding.

When we don’t want something to happen, we are not afraid to let you know. Azmin’s affiliation to PKR cannot help him if he is judged as wanting by the people of Selangor.

We’ll give him the boot if we have too.

Khir Toyo received laughs instead of sympathy when he pleaded with the people for mercy, and the same can happen to Azmin if he refuses to listen and then come crawling back in two years’ time to ask for our votes.

Engage us, Azmin, and find a way to work with us or face the possibility of losing your seat come GE14.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2016/04/23/azmin-why-dont-you-listen/




Saturday, 23 April 2016

Penang Hill getting bad to worse


GEORGE TOWN: The clearing of land on Penang Hill is far more widespread than previously thought.

While some bald patches can be seen by the naked eye from the road at the bottom of the hill or by photographers using telephoto lenses, an aerial survey showed rampant hill clearings along the hill slope, especially in Paya Terubong.

The Star captured these images via a drone flying between 180m and 450m upwards from Jalan Paya Terubong.
The images revealed ugly hill slope clearings quite similar to that in Cameron Highlands and Lojing.

Those clearing the area are farmers who want to plant crops. They have also terraced the hill slopes.

Some of them own the land, some have temporary occupation licences while others may have cultivated the state land illegally.

There are some structures being erected on the hill slope above the cemetery in Paya Terubong.

A drone picture showed foreign workers doing construction work.

There was also a bald patch near a telecommunications tower, not far from the Kuan Yin Pavilion.

This can be seen clearly by motorists coming down from Lebuhraya Thean Teik near another cemetery heading to Bandar Baru Air Itam.

When the aerial pictures were shown to Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail and engineering department director Addenan Mohd Razali, Patahiyah said the council would issue a statement later.

“We are aware of the hill clearings. We have taken aerial pictures. Action is being taken,” she said.

However, when pressed, she did not elaborate on the type of action taken. Patahiyah said farmers were violating the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 if they had not obtained approval from the council first.

“If they disturb the soil for cultivation, they must apply for earthworks approval. This means they cannot clear the forest. It’s an offence,” she said.

On the buildings under construction along the slopes, Patahiyah said the council would need to check whether any plans for earthworks and building had been submitted.

Patahiyah said there must be a concerted approach by government departments to check on hill clearings.

“The council can only use the Street, Drainage and Building Act.

“We need the Lands and Mines Office and the district office to the National Land Code 1965 to investigate the hill clearings,” she said.

Asked whether the council had shared its aerial pictures with either the Lands and Mines Office or district office, Addenan said no.

“We keep them for own record. But we share the pictures with other departments in the council, such as the Building Department to check whether a particular structure had been built without permission.

“But if the Lands and Mines Office and district office want the pictures, we can share with them,” he said.

Addenan said the council would work with other departments such as the Survey and Mapping Department when taking enforcement action.

“We need to know the lot numbers of the land in question. We usually conduct site visits with several departments so as to get their input as well,” he said.

A Penang Agriculture Department spokesman said they did not encourage farmers to cultivate along steep slopes as this would cause soil erosion.

He added that they would report to the Land Office if they came across forest land which was suspected of being cleared illegally for cultivation.

“Farmers have been planting vegetables and other crops on the slope of Penang Hill from the time of colonial rule.

“There is nothing much we can do about it now,” he said, adding that they do not have enforcement powers.

“But when farmers request for aid, such as fertilisers or equipment, we will visit the farm and check whether the site is suitable. If it is on a steep hill slope, the request will be rejected,” he said.

Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohd Idris was outraged after seeing the aerial pictures.

“It appears there is a free-for-all on Penang Hill. Farmers are still clearing hill slopes as they please despite the umpteen press statements by the authorities on action against hill clearings.

“Buildings are also being constructed on the slopes. Is the council doing anything about it? If they are aware, what action have they taken so far? he asked.

Idris said Penang island was famous for its hills and natural beauty but these were being destroyed.

In November last year, Chief Mini­s­ter Lim Guan Eng had announced in the state assembly that the city council was using drones to check illegal land clearing.

He said the council also planned to install CCTVs to monitor illegal earthworks in hilly areas this year.

Lim said the council had identified 22 locations for the CCTVs.

Hilly areas that are not covered by CCTVs would be monitored using drones.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/04/23/penang-hill-getting-bad-to-worse-bald-patches-and-terraced-slopes-for-farming-clearly-visible-now/

Thursday, 12 February 2015

[Fwd: INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE CUM SITE VISIT]

Apologies the late notice.

Selangor Scheiss


-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: David KC Foo 
To:

Subject: INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE CUM SITE VISIT
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:12:31 +0800

Dear members of the media, councilors, elected representatives, and respected rate payers,

INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE CUM SITE VISIT



An initiative for sustainable development of Petaling Jaya will take a look at the way development takes place on the ground by visiting some construction sites in the city. In conjunction with the site visits, a press conference will be held.



Community leaders, councilors, elected representatives, and MBPJ officers have been invited for this initiative.



This event is organized as a result of the total silence on the part of the authorities, councilors and elected representatives to my earlier email (appended below) which was also copied to you. I quote a comment made by MBPJ’s director of engineering, En Ismail Shafie, last week on the non compliance of a stop-work order against Mangkubumi Sdn Bhd :



“They did not inform us about this work and there was no advanced warning about the traffic diversion either,”



It would be most appreciated it your newspaper could be present to cover the initiative to improve the good governance of the city’s administration.



DATE: 13th February 2015 (Friday)

TIME: 09:30am

VENUE : In front of Kompleks Kemajuan, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya.




Thank you and have a good day.


David Foo

012-6119001





On 19 January 2015 at 01:20, David KC Foo wrote:
LOCATION : JALAN 19/1 directly opposite Jalan 19/1B or Jalan 21/1, across the road from Kompleks Kemajuan.
A picture paints a thousand words and pains a million hearts.
These are genuine photos, cropped a bit otherwise not doctored in anyway, not photo-shopped.














Works carry on way past midnight on a regular basis.
Works going on on Sunday 18/1/2015, including cutting off access across that portion of Jalan 19/1 (about 6pm) for some works with a crane (the first photo).


MBPJ - DO YOU PEOPLE EVER BOTHER ABOUT WORK SITE MANAGEMENT? 


ISN'T THERE A NEED TO HAVE CONSTRUCTION HOARDINGS AROUND THIS WORK SITE?


WHY ARE PUBLIC ROADS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR PRIVATE CONVENIENCE? 


WHY THE MESS ALLOWED TO EXIST? WHAT'S THE CONDITION OF SUNGAI PENCALA JUST BEHIND THIS WORK SITE?

HELLO, PJ RATE PAYERS WANT AN IMMEDIATE STOP WORK ORDER FOR THIS FELLA UNTIL AND UNLESS WE ARE GUARANTEED THAT WORKS WILL NOT BE A PUBLIC NUISANCE, THAT MEANS INCLUDING NOT WORKING FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IMPECCABLE CLEANLINESS IN THE VICINITY TOO.



YB Councilors and ADUNs, can we please have a meeting with MBPJ before the end of this month to clarify the who-when-where-what-why-which-how of work site management and enforcement of regulations? 


DAVID FOO
Note to recipients by bcc: I am sharing this email with you in the believe that you may be concerned about the developments in your city and may wish to receive some occasional news from the public. If you do not wish to receive any more email of this nature from me, please accept my humble apologies and advice me by reply email so that I can remove your address from my mailing list. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: Other than the email addresses of public officers and the media, all other email addresses in my mailing list are and will remain absolutely private and confidential and are not for sharing without express consent from the owner.




Saturday, 10 January 2015

WHEN YOU CANNOT SOLVE ORGANISATIONAL AND PEOPLE PROBLEMS THROW A MOBILE APP AT THEM

My neighbours and I have been complaining to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and even the councillors over several issues in Petaling Jaya, such as the massive and prolonged disruption and damage caused by the laying of the Petaling Jaya North Sewer by contractor Mangkubumi, potholes, the unevenness and bumpiness of roads but the councillors seem almost paralysed by something more powerful than them, which could be the intransigence or inertia lower down their organisation.

Whilst the Petaling Jaya North Sewer is a project of the Federal Government which is under the Barisan Nasional, so the Selangor state government and MBPJ are limited in what they can do, I cannot accept that as an excuse to not being able to do more about it, especially when the works result in damage to surrounding houses and when land matters are a state jurisdiction.

As for the potholes, bumpy roads and so forth, this is something which the MBPJ can do much more about about.


For example my fellow Petaling Jaya resident David is really exasperated after having banged his head against the MBPJ wall for so long without results.

On Mon, 2015-01-05 at 01:41 +0800, David wrote:

All those in this mailing list except for MB Azmin Ali and YB Ean Yong would have had received my photo story which targeted the way Maxis has NO RESPECT for road conditions and laughed at my captions on my DIG-I CAN photos. They would also have had been privy to my berating MBPJ for the holey Jalan Timur and Jalan Gasing. More recently, I brought to their attention the metal stumps which stick out of roads and curbs when the original poles are removed. All of us reading this must surely be aware of how atrocious I find the conditions around the old-Sentosa redevelopment project.

And now, to add to the list, I am just making a passing mention of the pathetic attitude of MBPJ and the developer of the project along Jalan 19/1 opposite the junction of the road coming down from Sea Park.

Yes, there is not very much that these people don't know about.

But do they care? Do they know their job?
I guess if the print media were to promise them a photo of attendance at some site visits, somebody will speak up.

But will there be action?
No, our rate payers have been systematically and maliciously conditioned to religiously believe that our elected and appointed representatives are meant to be holding brooms and tearing down posters and patching potholes and posing for media photographers.

And our elected and appointed representatives are playing to the tune. they have to. For political points. For election points.

For all my ranting, plus the hell fire and brimstone rained on our reps by other rate payers, I would have had expected our reps to wisen up. I would have expected them to drop their tools for the streets but take their flame thrower to MBPJ. I would have expected them to be managing people - to send down the lightning and thunder on people like the Mayor (thank God we do not have the last one with us now) and her full time employee-team in MBPJ.

Woe behold, it seems to me that there is a major and critical communication gap or fear in this respect.

Half a century of experience, even though it may have been Barisan controlled for much of the time, has taught me to be very pessimistic about a positive change in the system.

So do brace yourself for more bumpy rides, what with more lands in our-once-upon-a-time-sustainable-city being disintegrated by relentless, irrational and irresponsible redevelopment.

DAVID

David had replied to my earlier e-mail to the MBPJ councillors, the Selangor state Chief Minister and the Selangor exco for local government, also posted on my Selangor Scheiss blog.

Over the years, such potholes have contributed to greater wear and tear on my car's suspension, thus requiring more frequent repair.

It was like this when the Barisan Nasional controlled the Selangor State Assembly and remains the same, if not actually worse in the nearly seven years Selangor has been under Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact) rule. Basically, the song remains the same, to paraphrase that Led Zeppelin song.


Initiatives like this MyCleanCity app which relies on information technology, hoping to improve the quality of service of organisations without first dealing with inherent problems within the organisations is one of the very reasons why I go by the psuedonym "IT.Scheiss" because this is exactly what this is - IT scheiss (shit in German).

This is like putting more computers with educational software into schools expecting that they will reverse the decline in our education system, rather than address the root causes of the problem within the education system itself.

"C4 director Cynthia Gabriel said the objective of the app was not so much about pot holes, or getting illegal dumping resolved but about improving accountability in local government."

I see. so down to earth matters that immediately concern us residents are "not the objective of the app" but more highfalutin stuff about "accountability in local government".

“It’s about knowing as ratepayers, to get our urban services sorted out.

“The point is for us to start sharing our own problems online using technology, smartphones, to start filing complaints via this app and website.”

This plebeian with an A in English in my Malaysian Certificate of Education (O Levels) does not quite get that highfalutin stuff Cynthia is going on about, though I can somewhat make out that that it is about everything except getting practical action and actual results.

Look! If a letter, telephone call, e-mail or fax will not work to get action, believe me - a mobile app will not either.

Dealing with such matters needs a big stick to whip civil servants into compliance or purge the recalcitrant ones from the organisation, not some mobile app, web portal, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp group or whatever.

"Prayut gives civil servants three months to show results"

"Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would give civil servants three months to deliver work results as per government policy and those found to be slacking would be "dealt with".

Now that is the kind of stand which gets results.


Meanwhile, columnist R. Nadeswaran of The Sun criticised the misplaced priorities and false expectations with regards this MyCleanCity app, as reported by The Malaysian Insider in the article below.

IT.Scheiss

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MyCleanCity app will only work if councils embrace change, says columnist

The use of mobile apps to push forward public complaints to local councils will not work if the mindset of council leaders remains unchanged, theSun columnist R. Nadeswaran told a forum last night.

Nadeswaran, known for his column “Citizen Nades” in the local daily, hailed the effort by Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) in launching the MyCleanCity app but stressed that there was a need for a mindset change at the leadership level to ensure that changes were embraced.

“Unless there is mindset change, nothing is going to happen,” he said, as one of the speakers at the forum “Terrain-ing transparency and advancing accountability in local government” in Petaling Jaya last night.

One of the examples, he said was in 2006, when the Sultan of Selangor called Petaling Jaya, one of Selangor’s oldest city, “billboard city”, but the rebuke was ignored by the council.

“The problem is that nobody cared. No one is scared, they are not afraid of losing their jobs and they don’t care if you take disciplinary action against them.”

Thus, Nadeswaran said, in order for things to work, the mindset change must come from the leadership level of the council itself, not from C4 or the people.

Earlier, Selangor exco for local government, Ean Yong Hian Wah (pic) launched the MyCleanCity app, a pilot project in Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) that would function as a tool to help local councils to respond more swiftly as well as be more transparent and accountable.

The smartphone and web-based app allows Petaling Jaya residents to snap photos, tag locations and upload pictures into a virtual noticeboard.

Another speaker, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said it was not really about the app but the process of how to open up spaces of accountability and transparency at the local government level.

“For democracy to work, it’s really about the people and the participation, the system can be perfect, but without the people having access to decision-making, it is pointless,” he said during his presentation of BetterPenang app, which allows the public to lodge complaints to local council in three simple steps – snap, tag and post.

He also gave the example of Waze, GPS-based geographical navigation application involving the largest community-based traffic report, with live updates on what’s happening on the roads.

“Waze is crowd-source content, crowd source content is participation, and participation is democracy in a way, to simply put it.”

He added that the MyCleanCity app should be seen as alternative and in addition to what the council had been doing.

All Petaling Jaya Residents Association (APAC) president Johan Tung Abdullah said MBPJ and its politically appointed councillors had not lived up to their promises.

“Many see it as their failure to deliver transparency, proper enforcement of existing rules, and accountability,” he said, raising issues such as illegal advertisements by loan sharks and below par road maintenance works.

“Those in power must adopt more proactive measures to deliver more transparency and accountability,” Johan said, highlighting the importance of local council elections, seat allocations to professionals and six-month assessments on councillors.

“All councillors must be made to attend courses on the roles and duties of city councillors as well as to possess working knowledge of the Local Government Act.

“Those voted into power must make the difference for positive changes.”

C4 director Cynthia Gabriel said the objective of the app was not so much about pot holes, or getting illegal dumping resolved but about improving accountability in local government.

“It’s about knowing as ratepayers, to get our urban services sorted out.

“The point is for us to start sharing our own problems online using technology, smartphones, to start filing complaints via this app and website.”

MBPJ officer Lee Lih Shyan who was present as speaker said C4 has set up a good platform on building the app and he believed both MBPJ and residents could benefit from it.

Residents who attended the forum said it was also vital to address policy issues to avoid the app from being neglected. – January 10, 2015.





Sunday, 4 January 2015

Re: Pot holes and bumpy roads in Petaling Jaya

Dear Councillors of the MBPJ,


My car ran over a pothole with a big bang whilst turning left into Jalan Utara at the top of the exit ramp from the Federal Highway adjacent to Menara Axis.

The stretch of road along Persiaran PP Narayanan after you turn left from Jalan 14.48 is terribly uneven and dangerous.

A stretch of road on Jalan Templer is also similarly bumpy and uneven.

If the DBKL can make utility companies hire its approved contractors to resurface roads after they have dug it up, why can't MBPJ do the same for us?

Also, why not coordinate these telecoms and utility companies to do all the work they need to do at each location at the same time and save us residents the misery of having to put up with roadworks after road works?

Petaling Jaya has become a glorified middle class slum of late.

Do you have the courage to take the bull by its horns or will it be business as usual?

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DBKL to hire its own contractors to avoid shoddy road repairs

UTILITY companies are no longer allowed to hire their own contractors to dig roads and patch it up after laying underground cables in Kuala Lumpur as their work is shoddy.

The task of hiring contractors for the job now falls under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the ministry had received many complaints on potholes appearing on the patched- up stretches of road in the capital city.

He added that the utility companies had been awarding contracts to unscrupulous contractors who were not resurfacing the roads properly after installing the cables, which had caused potholes to appear later.

“Sometimes the contractors even dumped cement into the drains.

“The utility companies now will have to refer to mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib who will appoint contractors for them,” he said during a press conference after flagging off DBKL’s Humanitarian Aid team to Kuala Krai, Kelantan at Menara DBKL 1 yesterday.

A City Hall source said it had stopped issuing work permits to utility companies for the past two weeks.

He said a meeting was held with the utility companies last week and they were told that representatives from the companies would have to be present during roadworks.

“We will cancel the work permit if we find there are no supervisors at the site when our enforcement officers and technical engineers go for their rounds to monitor the projects,” he said.

Tengku Adnan also said that they would also be relooking at DBKL’s own contractors who were appointed through tenders to perform maintenance work on city roads.

“Some of them are not doing the work they were hired to do. We will look into assigning contractors for certain areas and they will become our eyes in the area. We know Jakarta in Indonesia is using this method,” he said.

On the humanitarian aid, Tengku Adnan said they had sent 120 DBKL staff with 40 vehicles including lorries, water tankers and mobile offices to help in the cleaning works in Kelantan.

He said DBKL has also sent a mobile clinic and ambulances with the team. “After that, they will communicate with the National Security Committee for further instructions.

“We will also set up a collection fund, which will be launched next week, to collect money for flood aftermath needs such as cleaning, addressing health issues and rebuilding the areas that were flooded,” he said, adding they had sent 40 to 50 tonnes of supplies to the flood victims so far.

Meanwhile, on the flash floods occurring in Jalan Ipoh, Ahmad Phesal said they would remove the rocks from Sungai Gombak to help alleviate the rising waters.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2015/01/03/No-more-bad-patchup-jobs-FT-Minister-says-DBKL-to-hire-its-own-contractors-to-avoid-shoddy-road-repa/


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"IT.Scheiss"
Section 14
Petaling Jaya



On Sat, 2015-01-03 at 11:47 +0800, David KC Foo wrote:
Dear councilors of PJ,
(and especially residents of Section 10 and those going to Catholic High School)


Some claim that there is a silver lining in every cloud.

For PJ, perhaps the recent tragic misfortune of our east cost countrymen has complimented us with a little time favour. 


The weather may have, sadly and unfairly, impeded CWM and Mangkubumi in their open air works which involves partitioning off numerous roads in the city. Hence, to date, we still have some roads in the vicinity of public schools substantially narrowed down.

In view of the stark realities of traffic associated with the beginning school years, it is my humble opinion that all works on roads around and leading to public schools be stopped for two weeks from 12th January 2015. All holes must be covered up temporarily and all hoardings to narrow these roads should be removed not later than 10th January 2015 so as to enable the full availability of these roads.


I am making this call with a view to enhancing safety of those going to schools and work site people and facilities. This call is also to facilitate traffic and mobility and minimize wastage of time and fuel (which translates into foreign exchange losses).

Can we please make this happen in the next seven days?


Best regards


David



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

DEAR YB RAJIV AND ALL CONCERNED RESIDENTS

From: Sheikh Moqhtar *********************
Date: 29 September 2014 19:14:53 GMT+8
To: Rajiv Rishyakaran <dapbukitgasing@gmail.com>
Cc: ******************************************************
Subject: Re: Substitute rescue pit

Dear YB Rajiv and All Concerned Residents

I have had the opportunity to be a witness of the poor sewage construction works of Mangkubumi for the last 4- 5 months, highlighting their poor and shoddy laying of sewerage pipes via pipe jack methods which have left Road 14/15A damaged , gates and concrete fences and internal foundation of houses in this cul- de- sac Road cracking and damaged , residents experiencing noise pollution, inhaling toxic diesel fumes generated from huge machinery resting by the road side in conflict with EIA guidelines for three months , draining of underground water into the drains even up till now although the machinery and workers have left the work site and drains all clogged up and looking messy and in a shitty state.

As late as last week my neighbour's automated gates just collapsed as they were shutting the doors behind them. What lies ahead of us is indeed frightening? All in the so called excuse of the Mangkubumi development or the D47 Greater KL project sanctioned by the Government. How the state of things will be line in future is a hefty Question mark,  more so as it has not even been commissioned or put on trial run. The stretch from Entrance of Road 14/15A to the pithole near Road 14/32 was halted because of a boulder/ huge rock along Road 14/15 and now excavation works and sheet piling to remove the underground boulder is in progress so as allow the pipe jack activities to be activated again. The earth in this part of Road 14/15A remained exposed during the night and traffic poorly manned and news has it that some machine got stuck in the process as there are telecom cables and Syabas water pipes laid just below the road. The boulder is located at 30ft depth, if I am not mistaken.

Was this communicated in the dialogue on the D47 development? The line is now being moved from the originally approved lines.  Definitely  a big NO! But who is even calling to explain to the poor residents living along this stretch of pipe jacking activity of the safety and health issues. Who? MBPJ  has a duty of care to all residents in the affected area. When it comes to rates collection , they are super fast but not when the interest and safety of residents are at stake.

So YB Rajiv, is it all good to just call for the issuance of MBPJ compound against Mangkubumi who's been issued on so many occasions because of this development in the D47 work area? YB may wish to affirm this with MBPJ. To Mangkubumi the paying of summonses is pittance. Should we not the least be entitled to a second briefing and explanation as to why there has been such a protracted delay in the laying of underground pipes in this worksite? And what additional safety and health concerns had been put in place to safeguard the interest and security of the poor residents living along Jalan 14/15 and Lorong 14/15A???

I do not think it is fair to say the least that it is a Federal project and that remedial lines can't be put in place if it becomes apparent that the interest and safety of residents as well as road users are at stake.

Appreciate your kind action on this subject matter.

Thanking you in anticipation .

Best regards
Sheikh
01*-*******
* Lorong **/***
46100 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Friday, 8 August 2014

OPINION OF A SAFETY ADVISOR ON LORONG 14/15A CRACKING

I showed a safety advisor with a main contractor for the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) extension project my blog about the cracking of houses on Lorong 14/15A due to work on the Petaling Jaya North Sewer.

Click here for the blog.

His job is to make sure that his company's sub-contractors abide by the safety regulations, abide by best practices, take the necessary precautions and so forth.

He said that the damage to properties on Lorong 14/15A is inevitable with any major underground construction, even in Singapore which has solid granite rock underground, and in some cases, the costs of restoration has eaten into the contractor's revenue and in some cases has made the contractor or sub-contractor bankrupt.

Thus, it's imperative that contractors must make every effort to minimise the occurrence of such damage, which is what part of his job is to ensure.

He also said that especially where the water table below is close to the surface of the ground, pumping out the water will cause soil subsidence and cracking due to sinking of the ground above.

Looking at the picture of the vertical, circular, concrete lined shaft, he estimated that the diameter of that concrete rings is not much smaller than the diameter of SMRT tunnels, which are around six metres, and that in the case of the SMRT tunnels, if studies of soil conditions, soil stability and the water table are not properly conducted, the water will try and flow through any crack or crevice and typically can damage buildings within 100 metres on either side of the tunnel, and result to loss of value of property, such as in the case of Wharton Estate in Singapore.

It's important to have a thorough analysis of soil conditions, soil stability and so forth before any underground work such as tunnelling is undertaken. The work most preferably be approved by a relevant authority, which in Singapore is the Ministry of Manpower, and managed by competent supervisors.  He also doubted the soil stability so close to a river, as in the case of Lorong 14/15A.

He also explained the pipejacking is normally done in soft soil, where the pipe is just pushed through the the soil without the need to bore a hole through the soil first.

He advised that affected residents on Lorong 14/15A should get permission of the relevant authorities to allow them or a qualified person to go down the vertical shaft to inspect what's at the bottom. 

IT.Scheiss
9 August, 2014: Singapore
http://selangorscheiss.blogspot.com