Monthly Archives: April 2011

Media Statement

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The office of Menteri Besar Perak wishes to rebut the article headlined “Perak Tak Cadang Haram: Tiada cadangan sekat artis tidak bermoral” (Perak doesn’t prohibit immoral artistes) which appeared on page 3 of Malay daily, Sinar Harian dated Thursday, April 28.

There was no such statement made by the Menteri Besar at the press conference following the Executive Councillors’ Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, as mentioned in the article.

The state government continues to observe guidelines given by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture insofar as dressing and presentation by artistes are concerned.  The state authorities have no problem implementing these rules.

Hj Nizamuddin Hj Mat Isa
Press Secretary

PTA Retreat: Dato Hamidah (2nd from left), Mohd Odzman (extreme right)

Local Authorities not Promoting Tourism Industry

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Dato' Hamidah with officers from the state tourism departments

State tourism chairman , Dato’ Hamidah Osman, took local authorities to task for not contributing to the improvement of the tourism industry in their districts.

“Only 2 local authorities, Taiping and Manjong have made the effort to develop their tourist industry,” and added that Kampar and Grik with strong tourism potential are not doing enough to tap the tourist value. She gave the example of Hulu Perak which had excellent tourist products of Belum Rainforest and Temenggor Lake, poor logistics made it difficult for tourists to access the products.

Hamidah also commented that “Ipoh City Council too could do more” to improve its tourism sector.

Hamidah made the statements after closing the “Perak Tourism Retreat – The Way Forward” event organised by NGO body, Perak Tourist Association (PTA). The two-day event was attended by related government departments, NGOs and industry players.

PTA Retreat: Dato Hamidah (2nd from left), Mohd Odzman (extreme right)

According to PTA President Mohd Odzman, the objective of the retreat was to identify the areas for product development based on the current tourism theme “History and Nature”.

The participants identified three areas whereby priority should be given to promotion. These are 1) Belum Rainforest and Lenggong Valley to be promoted for nature, 2) Taiping and Kuala Kangsar for history, and 3) Ipoh promoted for both history and nature.

Odzman also proposed that the State Tourism Action Council, which was stopped last year, be re-activated so that representatives from the private and public sectors could sit together to execute common programmes. The association would “compile a report of the retreat to forward to the government” and would “do a follow up subsequently”.

JAG

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International Hockey Tournament

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The 20th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, an annual international hockey tournament, will be held here from May 5 to 10. Seven teams, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, India, Pakistant, South Korea and Malaysia, will participate. They are among the top 10 teams in the world.

The opening ceremony will be held at 8.00 p.m. on May 5, followed by a match between Malaysia and England. Earlier on that day match fixtures will see New Zealand play Pakistan (4.05 p.m.) and India against Korea (6.05 p.m.)

Perak Hockey Association President and Malaysian Hockey Federation Vice President Dato’ Abdul Rahim Ariff, who was handing out tournament car stickers and goodie  bags to motorists at the Ipoh South Toll booth, encouraged the public to attend the event. Admission is free throughout the tournament and lucky draws will be held daily.

JAG

12th State Assembly in Brief

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The fourth session of the 12th Perak State Assembly held over four days from April 12 to 15 went on with few hitches. Notwithstanding that, the sitting, a follow-up of the postponed March session, which was construed as an attempt to deny Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen the opportunity to canvass in the Sarawak state election on April 16, had its fair share of hiccups.

Some of the matters debated and heated exchanges recorded between the two opposing sides, following the royal address by the Regent of Perak, DYAM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, are as follows:

MACC Probe on Senior Exco. Dato’ Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS-Pasir Panjang) claimed that a senior executive councilor was detained and questioned by the MACC for corruption. Nizar alleged that the exco’s sister and a relative were similarly questioned. He had documentary proof to substantiate his claims. The allegation, however, was refuted by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir who said that he was unaware that there was such an investigation by the anti-corruption commission. “I cannot comment because the matter was not brought to my attention. They (MACC) didn’t brief me,” he told reporters.

Land for Squatters and Civil Servants. Giving land to eligible civil servants to build houses under the Structured Housing Plan (Racangan Perumahan Tersusun) would not deny squatters’ rights, said Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

“Priority is given to squatters while the remaining lots are given to those in the middle income group, including civil servants,” he said when winding up debate on the royal address.

Zambry was responding to a question from Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Sitiawan) who questioned the merit of giving land to civil servants as they could well afford to buy their own houses.

Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali (BN-Pengkalan Hulu) said that the practice should not be discontinued as it did not entail corruption.

Bus Service and Flooding. Ong Boon Piow (DAP-Tebing Tinggi) highlighted the poor and non-existent bus service in Tebing Tinggi. Loke Chee Yan (DAP-Kepayang) raised the problem of flooding in Kepayang due to the bottleneck below the Fair Park Bridge. “No solutions seem to be forthcoming,” he lamented.

Visit Perak Year 2012. Nolee Ashilin (BN-Tualang Sekah) enquired about plans for Kampar District for Visit Perak 2012. The spill-over, she reasoned, would benefit her constituency especially its home-stay programme which she helped developed.

Two Amendments Approved. The assembly approved two amendments – the Menteri Besar Corporation Enactment 1951 (Amendment 2011) and the State Agriculture Development Corporation Enactment (Amendment 2011). The amendments concern the appointment of qualified Perakeans to the post of CEO of the corporations. Zambry allayed fears by the Opposition that the posts would be filled by cronies of the Establishment. “They will be given to deserving Perakeans,” he remarked.

Situation Under Control. In spite of the many heated moments, Speaker Dato’ Ganesan seemed to have the situation well under control. His constant reminder to assemblymen to stick to the issues at hand and the allotted time limit had the desired effect.

Walk Out. The entire 4-day sitting proceeded smoothly until the very last day when the whole opposition bench staged a walkout, minutes before recess. This happened when Speaker Ganeson announced that the Rights and Privileges Committee had suspended Dr Khalil Idham Lim (Pas-Titi Serong) on the first day of the next state assembly sitting.

Khalil was cited for accusing a BN assemblyman of bringing a bomoh into the august house during the 2009 assembly sitting. Khalil rejected the committee’s decision claiming that it had contravened the house standing orders.

Adjournment. Ganeson adjourned the sitting sine die on Friday, April 15 concluding a comparatively tame fourth session of the state assembly.

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A Welcome Relief

A Welcome Relief

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Moi Yuen Sing, 38, owner of a shoe-making factory at Bukit Merah, Lahat, can heave a sigh of relief. She was granted micro-credit worth RM20,000 by Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). Moi is thankful to YBU for coming to her aid.

A cheque for the said amount was presented to Moi at her factory-house in Bukit Merah by Nur Syakrin Abdul Fauzi, the officer-in-charge of micro credit on Wednesday, April 6. “I plan on improving production by buying new machines,” she told Ipoh Echo.

The enterprising lady started her shoe-making business about three years ago assisted by her husband, Yeong Lee Fong, 38. Her efforts to expand her business were curtailed by poor returns. There were no economies of scale, as production costs far outstripped income from sales. No financial institution was keen on giving the couple a loan. As if to add insult to injury, Moi was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to spend a substantial amount of their savings on treatments.

“This is all behind me now,” said Moi, “I can now concentrate on fulfilling my dreams.” She will repay her loan after two months with a monthly instalment of RM345 over a period of 5 years.

RM

Spreading the Goodwill

Spreading the Goodwill

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Dato' Veerasingam

Seventeen non-governmental organisations representing charities and welfare homes in Perak received cash donations worth RM200 each during a ceremony at YMCA, Ipoh recently. Dato’ S. Veerasingham, advisor to the Perak Menteri Besar, gave away cheques to representatives of the NGOs on behalf of Persatuan Wira Kinta (Kinta Heroes’ Society).

“The poor, the handicapped and the underprivileged need to be cared for too,” said Dato’ R. Thambipillay, President of Persatuan Wira Kinta to Ipoh Echo.

Thambipillay took the opportunity to thank the state government for its RM10,000 contribution to the Ipoh Cenotaph Remembrance Committee. The money will be used to organise this annual memorial service scheduled for in June. The service is dedicated to those who died while defending the country during the two world wars, the Malayan Emergency and Confrontation.

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Example of a Dedicated Councillor

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On a Wednesday morning when I went to open the gate of my house I noticed that the road in front was littered with cow dung and the place stank. For the past few months I have been complaining to MBI about the stray-cow problem in my area and no action has been taken. My complaints have fallen on deaf ears. As a last straw I decided to call my councillor and at 9.00 a.m. I phoned Dato’ Daniel Tay Kwan Hui and explained my problem. He said that he would make an appointment with MBI and when would I be free. When I said I would make myself available anytime, he called back by 10.00 a.m. and told me to meet him at the MBI lobby.

When I met him, he had already phoned a number of enforcement officers. In the morning all the enforcement officers were on their rounds and no one was in the office. However, we managed to meet En Razak and Dato’ Daniel Tay requested him to solve my problem.

Many friends have told me that it is very difficult for them to contact their councillors and even if they manage to speak to them, he/she would tell them that they are too busy to attend to their problem. In the midst of such people we do have a dedicated councillor. All councillors should emulate Dato’ Daniel Tay and try to solve the problems of helpless residents.

A. Jeyaraj

KPJ ISH’s Second Baby

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KPJ ISH Baby hatch

KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital (ISH) Baby Hatch received its second baby at 12.45 p.m. on April 5. The adorable baby boy, estimated to be about 3-4 days old, weighing 2.4 kg, was found active and in good health. The baby, believed to be a Muslim, was found with a copy of the Surah Yassin. The baby has been examined by the hospital’s consultants and has been certified healthy and normal, and will be surrendered to the safe hands of the Social Welfare Department.

A baby hatch is a place where mothers, who are unable or unwilling to take care of their babies, can leave them in a safe environment where they can be cared for in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department of Perak (SWD). Many of these babies die in places such as toilets and dustbins; they are innocent and have a right to live. The Baby Hatch is equipped with various facilities and supported by the management of KPJ ISH and its medical consultants. KPJ ISH is the first hospital within the KPJ Healthcare group to set up a baby hatch.

Vaisakhi Nite

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Vaisakhi, a Sikh religious festival, marks the beginning of a new solar year and a new harvest season. It falls on the first day of the Baisakh month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar, which corresponds to April 13 in the Gregorian calendar. It also comme-morates the establishment of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh. In India the day is marked by ritualistic bathing in sacred rivers like the Ganges.

In Malaysia, however, the festival is celebrated on a much smaller scale by both the local Sikh community and well-wishers, where the participation of all races is encouraged.

Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, the management of the Ipoh City and Country Club, celebrated Vaisakhi by organising “Vaisakhi Dance Nite 2011” within its premises on Friday, April 1. Participants were feted and entertained to Bollywood and bhangra dances, music and songs performed by a bhangra troupe from Penang.

“We want the uniqueness of Vaisakhi to be felt by all and sundry. It helps in unifying our society,” said Dato’ Wan Azahari bin Yom Ahmad, the club’s public relations committee chairman in his welcoming remarks. It was a fun-filled night for the 500-odd audience consisting of members, their families and guests. Many walked away with prizes won during a lucky draw.

Ed