Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sorry, the people object | theSundaily


Sorry, the people object

Posted on 29 April 2014 - 08:34pm

R. Nadeswaran

 they were events in the Olympics, Malaysians would have got that elusive gold medal years ago. When it comes to conjuring ideas and methods to make quick money or go on a rent-seeking exercise, our guys are always quick on the draw.

From privatisation of security ink to printing of currency notes, there're cronies and supporters with creative ideas with middlemen lurking in the background.
That is why when years ago, this columnist wrote in jest that someday, someone would send in a proposal to air-condition the beach front in Port Dickson, it was taken seriously.

"Acquire the land, lend us the money at dirt-cheap rates, give us a subsidy and allow us to collect the spoils for 60 years," is one of the many mantras used when someone wants a slice of the public transport system.

The Kinrara Damansara Skyway (Kidex) – a 14.9km elevated highway starting at the New Klang Valley Expressway's (NKVE) Damansara toll plaza and terminating at the Bukit Jalil Highway may not fall into this category. Its promoters are pushing it as one project that would ease the traffic congestion in the city.

They argue that Kidex is the best way to ease congestion in an area with a rapidly growing traffic as it will complement public transport improvements, but not only will it cost RM2.42 billion, but more than 300 buildings will have to make way for this elevated monster.

Hundreds of thousands road users and residents in Petaling Jaya are joining the objections against the project and their voices are becoming louder. Concerned residents have claimed that the proposed super-elevated Kidex highway would run close to familiar landmarks in the state and, at up to 24m high, obstruct existing views.

Among the areas that could be affected by the project are Tropicana Mall, SS2 Mall, Rothman's traffic lights, Section 14, Amcorp Mall, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Datuk Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.

When the Damansara-Puchong (LDP) and Sprint highways were built, we were told that these two would alleviate the massive traffic jams.

However, these are already bursting at the seams with the LDP running on 130% capacity. Call it bad planning or the lack of it, development had been approved (on both sides of the highways) without taking into consideration the infrastructure, hence the massive traffic build-up during peak hours.

But Kidex gives a different form of headache for PJ residents, especially those whose homes will be compulsorily acquired or affected by depreciation in property value.

Core to the issue is freezing of 3,784 land lots from being traded on July 18 last year. These land lots are within 100m of the highway's proposed corridor. All in all, up to 300 houses will be compulsorily acquired.

But fundamental to any project that affects the people is consultation, which has been conspicuously absent. At a time when the federal government claims it has abandoned its "government knows best" principle, the state government has forgotten its "abolish tolls" promise.

Although there is a consultation mechanism as pointed out by the Works Ministry, shouldn't it have been done BEFORE approval was given? Is it just a window-dressing to appease the people and claim there was consultation when the decision had already been made?

Two weeks ago, the Works Ministry assured Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo that Kidex must fulfil a "condition precedent" 12 months before the concession agreement is enforced and that a "public survey" is a necessary pre-condition.

The ministry's reply stated that the project cannot go ahead if public feedback is negative. The reply also said that construction work is slated to begin next year if there were no objections.

Now that there are objections from the most important of the stakeholders – the people – shouldn't there be a re-think of this whole exercise?

Or, is the government insistent on shoving such projects down the throats of its citizens whose lives will be inconvenienced by yet another concrete structure protruding above our normal roads? Or will that public survey be yet another eyewash?

R. Nadeswaran argues that the process of consultation, especially when it affects the people, cannot be dispensed with arbitrarily. Comments: citizen-nades@thesundaily.com

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Full speech | Obama: Democracy doesn't stop with elections

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Published on Apr 27, 2014
Full speech | In his speech at a
'town hall' meeting with young leaders from South East Asia at the
University of Malaya, United States President Barack Obama said
democracy is an ongoing process that should last beyond elections.

also said he plans to realize the decision he made several years ago
for the United States to play a bigger role in the future of Asean.

Reporter: Prasadh Michael
Videographer: Prasadh Michael

Another Malaysian Fidiot Driver

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Upacara Penghormatan Negeri ‎Pulau Pinang Untuk Mendiang Yb Karpal Singh

Initial signal lost BUT keep it running as the video pic is restored.

Teoh Lee Lan in tears: 'Karpal helped us pro bono'

Published on Apr 19, 2014

Teoh Beng Hock's youngest sister
Teoh Lee Lan was in tears when she visited the late Karpal Singh's
family with her parents and elder brother.

She said her family
is forever grateful to Karpal Singh as he had helped her family in her
brother -- Teoh Beng Hock's case pro bono. Trying to hold back her tears
she said Karpal Singh had been the source of courage and hope for their
family for the past few years.

Reaksi pemimpin - pemimpin politik Malaysia di atas pemergian Karpal Singh

Pay Tributes to Karpal Singh

Published on Apr 17, 2014

late YB Karpal Singh earned millions
of respects and honours on his contribution to Malaysia Justice and
Democracy. Deep in our heart, he is the man who is true believers of
Justice. In memory, this video is recorded speech during black 505 at
Padang Kota Lama. Your greatest legacy is not the honour bestowed by
leaders or tributes by famous personalities overseas or locally. What
moves us are the tears shed by the many ordinary Malaysian who do not
know you and whom you never met but yet are touched by the sacrifices
you have made.

Rest In Peace -- you deserve to, after all you have done for the party, nation and people.

Karpal Singh - A man who is said to be Anti-Islam but defend 4 Malay stu...

Published on Apr 12, 2013

Karpal Singh puji PAS dan pertahankan Islam sebagai agama rasmi -

Karpal Singh talk about Anwar Ibrahim -

Singh (DAP's Chairman) has been said to be an Anti-Islam in Malaysia by
the government but he also the one who defend 4 Malay student in
Singapore for being put on veil in public.

He is a very well known person not just in Malaysia but also internationally.

Channel NewsAsia: Karpal Singh (1940 - 2014)

A Tribute to Karpal Singh - Never Gone 永远怀念卡巴星

Published on Apr 17, 2014

A Tribute to Karpal Singh - Never Gone

"Never Gone"

The things we did, the things we said
Keep coming back to me and make me smile again
You showed me how to face the truth
Everything that's good in me I owe to you

Though the distance that's between us
Now may seem to be too far
It will never separate us
Deep inside I know you are

Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are
Always close, everyday
Every step along the way
Even though for now we've gotta say goodbye
I know you will be forever in my life (yeah)
Never gone

No no no
I walk alone these empty streets
There is not a second you're not here with me
The love you gave, the grace you've shown
Will always give me strength and be my cornerstone

Somehow you found a way
To see the best I have in me
As long as time goes on
I swear to you that you will be

Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are
Always close (always close)
Everyday (everyday)
Every step along the way
Even though for now we've gotta say goodbye
I know you will be forever in my life (in my life yeah)

Never gone from me
If there's one thing I believe (I believe)
I will see you somewhere down the road again

Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are
Always close (always close)
Everyday (everyday)
Every step along the way
Even though for now we've gotta say goodbye (yeah yeah)
I know you will be forever in my life (in my life)

Never gone, never far
In my heart (in my heart is where) is where you are (you are)
Always close, everyday
Every step along the way

Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are

Lim Kit Siang pays tribute to Karpal

Published on Apr 17, 2014

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang paid
tribute today, to his lost comrade, Karpal Singh, whom he had gone
through many trials and tribulations with, including a stint under the
Internal Security Act, in their fight for a better Malaysia.

'Ramai nak jadi Anwar, tapi saya nak jadi Karpal Singh'

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Fidiot Malaysian

This is just one of the many fidiot Malaysian drivers who are typically selfish and self-centred.

Fidiot Malaysian

Many more of such fidiot Malaysians exist!