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See you in court, 8 KL residents tell DBKL over “outdated” flash flood plan

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:43 PM

EIGHT residents living in Kuala Lumpur will be proceeding with their lawsuit against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the local authority’s “outdated” plan to mitigate flash floods.

On Monday (Sept 19), the eight individuals sent a letter of demand (LOD) to DBKL to gain information on flood mitigation plan updates in the capital city.

This after the auditor-general (A-G) last month highlighted several failures on the part of DBKL to carry out flood mitigation projects proposed in its flood master plan for this year.

In response, DBKL on Thursday (Sept 22) issued a press statement to say that there is an existing plan for this year and that it, alongside relevant agencies, is mitigating floods based on this plan. 

In a statement today, lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, representing the eight, said DBKL’s Pelan Tindakan Banjir Kilat 2022 does not contain “adequately-detailed information” on its flood mitigation strategy for the city.

He said doing so would allow for meaningful engagement, scrutiny and accountability by the public. 

Lim Wei Jiet (Photo credit: The Star)

Besides that, the plan, which was published in May 2022, was drafted before the Auditor’s General’s Report 2021 was released in August 2022 – and does not take into account the multiple weaknesses identified by the A-G, which he said is crucial to mitigate flooding in Kuala Lumpur. 

“Simply put, the Pelan Tindakan Banjir Kilat 2022 is an outdated plan which is inadequate to deal with the incoming monsoon season,” said Lim.

“For the above reasons and due to the gravity and urgency of the matter, we have no choice but to file the suit in court.”

He added that the group hopes the judiciary will compel DBKL and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to provide them with the required information – for the sake of all Kuala Lumpur residents.

The eight individuals are former Malaysian Bar president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Kiu Jia Yaw, Muhammad Taufiq Mohd Razak, Farah Syahidah Shamsuddin, Safiya Spahic, P. Geethananthini, Shah Fariq Aizal Sha Ghazni and Nur Aneesa Mohammad Nizam. 

“What’s the latest on your flood mitigation plans?”

In their LOD, they noted that the A-G’s report concluded that only eight out of 104 (or 7.7%) flood mitigation measures proposed in the 2017 master plan have been implemented or are in the process of implementation by DBKL.

According to the A-G’s report, the problem of flash floods continued to remain unsolved because DBKL had not fully implemented proposed short-term flood mitigation measures (2018-2022) under the master plan.

 (Photo credit: The Star)

“Furthermore, there are weaknesses in aspects of programme management, including the appointment of contractors, contract administration, maintenance work as well as components and configuration of flood reservoirs and recreation ponds,” the audit report wrote.

As such, the eight residents want to know the current status of ongoing flood mitigation measures – such as five short-term ones that have not been implemented in the highly flood-prone areas encompassing Jalan Tun Razak, Persiaran Ampang Hilir and Jalan U-Thant.

The residents said such information is necessary in order for them and the public to scrutinise DBKL’s flood mitigation measures and ascertain whether they are adequate, and provide feedback if they are not.

“Such transparency of information is crucial for public awareness and to enable public participation which, in turn, is a cornerstone of good public policy-making. 

“This is especially important for an issue as serious as floods, which has caused untold destruction to lives, livelihoods and property in Kuala Lumpur in the past,” they said.

The last time several areas in the capital were hit by flash floods was in April and May following a downpour. – Sept 25, 2022



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“Will MACC probe PAS MP, local council for abuse of power over daughter’s wedding?”

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:42 PM

DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng wants to know if the anti-graft busters will probe a PAS lawmaker who requested a local council’s “help” to provide waste management services, tables and chairs and flower decorations for his daughter’s wedding.

The former finance minister also wants to know if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate the Kota Bharu Municipal Council (MPKB) for abuse of power.

In a viral letter, the service centre of Bachok MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz informed the MPKB president Rosnazli Amin about his daughter’s nuptials yesterday (Sept 24) in the car park of the Masjid Tok Guru and Sekolah Menengah Agama (Arab) Darul Anuar in Kelantan.

“In connection with this, the cooperation of the municipal council is requested to provide waste management services, chairs and tables, flower decoration and appropriate traffic control enforcement for the programme in question,” the letter, dated Thursday (Sept 22), read.

Netizens have criticised the lawmaker’s decision to request MPKB to provide such services through his service office – paid for with public resources – when it was a private event.

In a statement today, Lim noted that Rosnazli has confirmed receiving a request for cooperation from the Bachok MP on the matter.

“However, Rosnazli has piqued public interest by refusing to confirm a simple question as to whether MPKB had approved the request for cooperation by Nik Abduh,” he said, referring to a Malaysiakini report that quoted the MPKB president on the matter.

Besides that, Lim said Nik Abduh’s request gives rise to the “disturbing question” of potential abuse of power since he used his official letterhead as Bachok MP for such a request. 

Lim Guan Eng (Photo credit: Bernama)

“Explain what you meant, YB”

“Nik Abduh should explain what he meant by requesting cooperation from MPKB for his daughter’s wedding,” Lim said.

The Bagan MP noted that such services can be provided for a fee or at specified rental rates that are offered to all.

However, Nik Abduh did not offer to pay any fees or rental rates in his official letter, which raises warning bells. 

“There was no need for Nik Abduh to use his official letterhead and status as Bachok MP to seek MPKB’s cooperation for a private family event not related to his public duty to his voters,” Lim added.

“That is why MACC should investigate Nik Abduh and possibly raid MPKB to see whether there is any abuse of power by Nik Abduh or whether MPKB is trying to cover up (the matter).”

Lim also said the MACC must show that it does not practise double standards between MPKB and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), referring to the recent MACC raid on MBSA’s headquarters on Monday (Sept 19).

According to Sinar Harian, a PKR lawmaker who wished to remain anonymous, speculated that the raid was in connection with a flood mitigation project.

MACC investigations division senior director Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hashim has since confirmed that three people were arrested during the MBSA raid – two city council officials and one contractor. – Sept 25, 2022


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Report: M’sia to hire 10k Bangladeshis, “syndicate” to blame for slow hiring process

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:41 PM

MALAYSIA wants to hire 10,000 Bangladeshi workers to tackle the existing labour shortage in the country – a process that is dragging on due to an alleged syndicate in the South Asian country that is in charge of providing foreign workers here, The Business Standard (TBS) reported.

The Dhaka-based newspaper said the 10,000 workers would enter the country through Government-owned manpower export agency Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL).

BOESL general manager (overseas employment) Banani Biswas said Malaysian authorities had contacted the agency to recruit workers from Bangladesh. 

“As soon as we get the demand letter, we will start sending the workers,” he told TBS.

TBS also quoted a letter from the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) on Friday (Sept 23) as saying that the Human Resources Ministry is implementing a one-off project for the recruitment of foreign workers from Bangladesh through Government to Government (G2G) cooperation.

“The fees payable at the source country is about RM2,100 per foreign worker depending on the exchange rate at the time,” the MEF letter reportedly added.

Malaysia moved to the new one-off project as the previous recruitment process through 25 private Bangladeshi agencies was unable to send sufficient numbers of workers.

TBS also quoted Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan as saying that an overdependence on a small number of source countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia is the cause for delays in the entry of foreign labour into Malaysia.

Datuk Seri M. Saravanan (Photo credit: Bernama)

“The problem is that employers prefer to recruit only Indonesians and Bangladeshis because of issues of language, religion and so on,” he said during a press conference on Thursday (Sept 22).

“Syndicate”, Saravanan at fault

However, TBS quoted industry insiders as saying that the “syndication” of only 25 recruiting agencies was the main reason for the slow hiring process of Bangladeshi workers for Malaysia.

The insiders also blame Saravanan for his alleged involvement in the syndication “that is now performing low”, according to TBS.

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) secretary-general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman reportedly said the 25 agencies are “not performers”.

“Most of them have never sent a large number of workers in the last five to 10 years, according to their business profiles. This means they have a major deficit in terms of experience.”

He implied that this is why only 1,200 Bangladeshi workers have gone to Malaysia since a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between both countries in December.

According to the MoU on the Recruitment of Bangladeshi Workers signed on Dec 19, 2021, five million Bangladeshi workers would migrate to Malaysia in five years from 2021 to 2026.

The deal allows for the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in all sectors, including plantation, agriculture, manufacturing, services, mining, construction and household services.

Dhaka previously said two million workers will go to Malaysia each year, with their minimum salary being RM1,500, in tandem with the minimum wage in Malaysia. – Sept 25, 2022



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“My GE15 wish list: Allay PAS’ hypocrisy at all costs for a better M’sia” By S. Shashi Kumar

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:41 PM

MALAYSIA has many political parties that are either race-based or multiracial in nature but PAS stood out as the only religious-centric party that is undermining non-Islamic practitioners and believers.

S. Shashi Kumar

With their long-term objective and goals to create an Islamic state, PAS had in the past been associated with attempts to create hudud law and mooting an array of bans ranging from the traditional Malay dance theatres (i.e. wayang kulit) to the enforcement of female dress codes, advertisements depicting women whose aurat (sensitive body parts) are exposed, cinemas, concerts and karaoke to pressuring non-Muslim women to wear headscarves on certain occasions or even enacting the death penalty for Muslims who attempt apostasy.

We can see PAS’s hypocrisy and double standards when they want to ban cinemas and theatres but PAS Youth chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari was seen at the screening of Mat Kilau in Kuala Lumpur (in this instance, watching a movie in the cinema is not haram or forbidden because PAS supports patriotic local films).

The Pasir Mas MP was most notoriously remembered for being a vocal proponent of the proposal to build a new cinema in Kelantan in 2016. At that time, he claimed that cinemas were a source of maksiat (social ills).

Slew of show-offs

Ahmad Fadhli Shaari

In recent times, Ahmad Fadhli again threatened nationwide protests unless scheduled concerts featuring international artists are cancelled, claiming that such events encourage hedonism and were incompatible with the norms and values of Muslim life in Malaysia.

Isn’t this an extremist view while portraying as if PAS Muslims are the only group of people living in Malaysia while others have to oblige to their demands or have no rights on the matter?

Moreover, party president Tan Sri Hadi Awang’s statement which claimed that the “root of corruption” lies with non-Muslims and non-Bumiputeras is evident of his fanaticism and hatred against non-Muslims or non-Islamic practitioners.

Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang

In all probability, PAS leaders lack intellectual wisdom and education.  Here we can see the arrogance of PAS leaders with Hadi’s refusal to apologies for his remarks.

Obviously, PAS has not been aligned with our Federal Constitution, especially Articles 3 (Religion of the Federation), 4 (Supreme Law of the Federation), 5 (Liberty of a Person), 8 (Equality) and 11 (Freedom of Religion).

As of Oct 15, Malaysia has been elected as part of the UN’s Human Rights Council. Prime Minister Ismail Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob himself has stated that Malaysia will work closely with the UN to enshrine, comply and oblige with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

With all this, PAS has become an obsolete political party with no direction, objective, vision or mission for Malaysia or Malaysians. Their only product is to create propaganda that Islam is under threat and to protect Islam from its enemies.

Zero contribution to nation building

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

That is the only way for them to stay relevant with little to no progress in terms of a track record of fostering economic development.

What the party does best is to fan hatred, fanaticism, racism and extremism. They have not done anything good or worthy for Malaysians except complain and create disharmony.

In all fairness, political parties such as PAS are irrelevant to Malaysian standards and culture. Having PAS in the government of the day would only create further damage to the nation economically with many more investors eventually pulling out of Malaysia, thus creating economic and job crisis upheavals.

Malaysia has gained its independence 65 years ago by becoming the most popular multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious society in the world. Malaysians of various ethnic groups and creeds have co-existed peacefully and harmoniously.

According to the Global Human Rights Federation’s (GHRF) vice-secretary and spokesperson for Sarawak, Peter John Jaban, PAS is at best unwelcomed in Sarawak. PAS spread its wings to Sarawak in 1996 but has yet to win any seat since its first participation in the state election in 2001.

The Islamic party has never won a single seat in Sarawak because they like to harp on insensitivities towards non-Islamic religions. In the previous 14th General Election (GE14), PAS has not won or obtained any state or parliamentary seat in the state.

In essence, PAS will never ever be able to buy into the Malaysian PM’s much talked about “Keluarga Malaysia” concept. – Sept 25, 2022


Shashi Kumar is president of the Global Human Rights Federation (GHRF), a Kuala Lumpur-based NGO fighting against racism, supremacist policies, religious persecution, double standard law enforcement, discrimination and oppression of minority groups.


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Budget 2023: Sabah village heads want state’s infrastructure development, goods prices to be considered

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:40 PM

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 25 — Ahead of the tabling of the Budget 2023 on Oct 7, village heads in this state have expressed hope that it can focus on infrastructure development and ways to help address the rising prices of goods.

Many of them also hoped that through the budget, the government would take adequate measures to develop the state as promised a long time ago, particularly in the aspect of basic facilities in rural areas.

Head of Kampung Pinahawon, Mison Madamin, 58, said it was time for the government to prioritise developing Sabah by upgrading infrastructures such as paved roads and internet access.

“We know that the government has done many things to improve internet access to the rural areas in Sabah, including my village. Sadly, the existing roads are in poor condition and must be upgraded.

“For a long time, the people in our village have been hoping for a road to be built from Kampung Pinahawon to Kampung Kionsom, also in Inanam.

“This is very important because it will save travel time, and I hope the Budget 2023 will take into account the urgent need to upgrade the roads,” he told Bernama.

Meanwhile, the head of Kampung Lokub, Unus Limun, 53, said the issue of basic facilities and infrastructure, such as the supply of clean water and electricity, as well as paved roads, has been a significant problem in Sabah for a long time.

“These are prolonged issues, but the new issue that is putting pressure on the people now is the rising prices of goods in the market...that has become the topic of discussions at coffee shops every day,” he said.

In this regard, Unus said it is hoped that Budget 2023 will introduce effective initiatives to address the problem that has burdened consumers, especially involving food and daily necessities.

“We hope that in Budget 2023, the government can find the best solution because the issue of rising prices has been so significant of late. For example, the price of pork which used to be around RM22 to RM25 per kilogramme (kg), has now increased to RM45 to RM50 per kg,” he said.

Meanwhile, the head of Kampung Pinagon Baru, Martin Lotupas, 55, hoped that Budget 2023 would provide a huge allocation for the development of basic facilities such as more comfortable paved roads.

“As we know, the roads in Sabah have been in a pitiful state, and this is not only in rural areas but in urban areas as well.

“Many damaged main roads cannot be repaired quickly, which may be due to a lack of allocation. Therefore, we hope that the Budget 2023 can ensure that such problems can be solved for the sake of the people’s well-being,” he said.

He also suggested that Budget 2023 introduce initiatives to encourage more traders to carry out sales promotions of essential goods, such as the Keluarga Malaysia Cheap Sale Programme implemented by the government. — Bernama



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PM Ismail Sabri: Malaysia will wait for Dutch court ruling on MH17 before taking further action

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 7:40 PM

NEW YORK, Sept 25 — Any follow-up action by Malaysia regarding the downing of MH17 will only be made after the court in the Netherlands delivers the verdict on the case on Nov 17.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a meeting with his counterpart from the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, here on Friday, he voiced Malaysia’s stance of wanting to be fair to all parties associated with the issue.

“This case has already been at the court level and the decision (is to be known) this November. We will wait for the decision. We will take action after the court’s ruling as MH17 involved many Dutch nationals as well as Malaysians,” he said at a press conference here on Saturday.

The two leaders who were in New York to participate in the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) met at the UN headquarters.

The District Court of The Hague will deliver the verdict of the MH17 case on Nov 17. It involves four individuals who face 298 charges of murder for their role in shooting down a flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that there was pressure on Malaysia to join several countries in taking action against Russia which was accused of being involved in the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, but he remained firm in his stance to wait for the court’s ruling.

Ismail Sabri also said that the two countries agreed to increase bilateral relations, including trade and technical assistance to deal with the flood issue in Malaysia.

“We received advice from Dutch experts who came to Malaysia this year to help us following last year’s big flood. In the Netherlands, the land is below sea level, but they are able to control the flood,” he said.

In terms of trade, the Netherlands is the biggest buyer of palm oil in Europe while Malaysia imports a lot of agricultural products from that country, he said. — Bernama



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