Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thank you YB Khalid Samad and YB Hannah Yeoh. You have done us proud!

As the week came to a close, tw0 news items caught my attention. The first one was about YB Khalid Samad's visit to the Carlsberg factory, which I don't believe any of the msm has reported on this event; and the other, the restoration work on the Millennium Park in Subang Jaya, headed by Hannah Yeoh. Well done!

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad went against conventions and broke taboos when he organised a working visit to the Carlsberg brewery in Shah Alam recently.

carlsberg factory in malaysia 290904The PAS central political bureau member had gone to the beer factory yesterday afternoon on a 'fact-finding' mission on whether the brewery can move elsewhere.

Being one of the rare Muslim politicians to organise an excursion to the factory - where most of its products are haram - Khalid took even the Carlsberg people by surprise.

According to the lawmaker's blog, Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd deputy managing director Chin Voon Loong said that in his 30 years experience of working with the company, there had never been a visit like this.

Accompanying Khalid were 12 other Shah Alam councillors from various other parties and NGOs.

"Maybe the previous MP and councillors were happy to leave the brewery there and collect quit rent," he said when contacted byMalaysiakini.

He was at the 38-year-old factory to 'survey' whether the site would be a good alternative for the proposed Shah Alam bus terminal.

Klang move not viable

He had apparently proposed to Chin to move the factory to a bigger lot in Klang, since it would be closer to the port and that all their malt have to be imported, as well as half of their products being produced for export.

NONE"Although there would be some savings in transportation cost, it doesn't seem to be commercially viable for them to move," said Khalid.

"And after listening to (Chin's) explanation, it is clear that the chances of them moving is very small. Even if they do move, it will cost too much and will have to be borne by the state government.

"So although the spot is the most strategic, we will have to think of another spot for the bus terminal, somewhere close to the highway and commuter train station," Khalid wrote on his blog.

'Poor town planning in the 1970s'

The brewery sits in the suburbs of the Malay-majority Shah Alam. When it was first opened in 1972, it was nestled in the middle of a leafy forest area right next to the Federal Highway.

However, being the first recognisable building from the highway upon entering the capital of Selangor from Kuala Lumpur, the brewery has become a landmark of sorts for Shah Alam.

And despite its low profile - except for a one-storey-high signboard of the company's logo visible from the highway - it has been the centre of attention for politicians from across the political divide, daring each other to move the factory away from Shah Alam.

NONE"There was an evident lack of town planning when the factory was allowed to be built there. At first it seemed like the right spot since it was surrounded by forests but who would've known that the brewery would become so prominent after Shah Alam became more and more developed," he said.

When contacted, he also said that the Muslim workers in the brewery also should not be shunned by other Muslims simply because of where they work.

"Granted, it is not the most ideal place to work, but we still have to accept them as our brothers," he said of the Muslim staff who make up a 'sizeable' amount of the 300-strong workforce.

The issue of alcohol has also been a bone of contention even among the Pakatan Rakyat politicians themselves.

[Source: Mkini]

Now, let's see UMNO do something like this.


The Complete Restoration of the Millennium Park

Year 2008

This was how Millennium Park looked like when we first took over the State Government in 2008. The former Barisan Nasional government spent millions decorating this open space with silver birds and trees which disappeared soon after and then they allowed this valuable open space to become an eatery, which was also abandoned.

In 2008, my office wrote to MPSJ and requested for the abandoned structures to be demolished.

Year 2009
On World Environment Day in June 2009, a huge tree planting exercise was carried out together with JKP Zone 1, SJRA, USJ RA, BSRA, corporate sponsors and MPSJ.

Residents participated in restoring the Millennium Park into a green area.

Year 2010Now that the place is restored, I organised a healthy living campaign for my residents. A qualified trainer will lead the residents all over DUN Subang Jaya every Saturday from 7:30am to 8:00am in an exercise session. This program will be on-going for half a year and is sponsored by my office using the annual allocation given by the Selangor State Government for less than RM10,000.

Early sunrise

Residents from all races and all ages (see kids in the pic) come out every Saturday for this exercise program. Last week, the group has grown to a size of 60 people. Most of them come from the SS13 flats nearby. Others from all over Subang Jaya, USJ and Bandar Sunway. Join us if you can!

I am a firm believer that taxpayers funds must return to the people for their benefit. BN spent millions and benefited only the recipient of the contract. We spent RM10,000 only for this exercise program and the residents walk away happy and healthier every week!

[Source: Hannah Yeoh's blog]

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