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SJKT Fletcher 60 years without field or hall

April 11th, 2011
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The school’s located in KL area and can consider prime land. I hope if there’s a land swap, the school not relocated to near high tension cables, ex-dump sites, cemeteries or other similar “less suitable” location.

Of course, one wonders what the powers to be were doing for last 50 years. Or are we not supposed to ask these kind of questions?


THE 60-year-old SJK (T) Fletcher in Kuala Lumpur is seeking a venue to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary sports carnival.

The school does not have a field or a hall and for the past six decades its students have been celebrating sports day outside its premises.

“We are planning to celebrate sports day on June 25 but we have not got a hall or venue yet.

“The school and its Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) would like to make a public appeal for a place to celebrate our 50th anniversary Sports Day,’’ said PTA head Ramakrishnan Suppan.

According to Ramakrishnan, the school is also seeking funds to build a hall.

“For over 50 years, the children have had to stand in the hot sun during assemblies and school events. We held a charity night last year to collect funds but we were not able to collect much,’’ he said.

“We need a hall to carry out school functions in a comfortable manner,’’ Ramakrishnan said.

There are 350 pupils and 39 teachers in the school.

Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, who visited the school recently, pledged to do all he could to help upgrade some of the school’s basic facilities.

As a short-term measure, Zulhasnan, who is the Setiawangsa Barisan Nasional chairman, said he would look into upgrading the school’s store, relocate the school’s rubbish house to a more suitable location, repair the roofing of the computer lab and install an intercom system in every classroom and canteen to facilitate better connectivity.

“I am aware the school is more than 50 years old and requires attention.

“Not only is SJK (T) Fletcher a historical icon, it is also the one and only Tamil school in the Setiawangsa parliamentary constituency.

“I promise to bring the matter up with the Education Depart-ment and the Education Ministry and to expedite work to improve the basic problems the school is facing,’’ Zulhasnan said.

On the PTA’s request for a school hall and a covered assembly area, Zulhasnan said his service centre would find ways to make this happen.

Ramakrishnan expressed his gratitude towards Zulhasnan who also contributed RM10,000 towards the school hall fund as well an additional RM3,000 for school activities.

“We have a long way to go in getting our hall and we appreciate all the help we can get,’’ he said.

Ramakrishnan added that the PTA was holding a charity golf tournament on May 20 at Perangsang Templer Park to raise funds for the school hall.

Those interested in lending a hand can call him at 019-6625 852.




3 new sites approved for Sikh Gurdwara in KL

March 22nd, 2011
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The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry Tuesday approved three more sites to be developed as places of worship or gurdwaras for the Sikh community.

Letters of approval reserving government land for the three gurdwaras, namely in Sungai Besi, Jalan Padang Merbok and Cheras, were presented to the recipients by the minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Nong Chik said the approval would also prevent the sites from being misused for other purposes.

“The move is in line with the government’s policy of ensuring that non-Muslims can carry out their religious activities in comfort and an orderly manner,” he told reporters, here Tuesday.
He said to date, 11 lots involving 2.23 hectares (5.58 acres) for gurdwaras had been approved for the Federal Territory. – BERNAMA



Muniandy Muniswaran Temple Setapak gets new site

August 24th, 2010
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Finally, a bit of good news for the Muniswaran Temple in Setapak. But another two temples in the vicinity were demolished earlier, the Perianna Muneswarar Temple and Maha Kaliamman Alayam.

THE Sri Muniandy Muniswaran temple in Air Panas, Setapak, will be relocated to its new site near SMK Tinggi Setapak after an amicable agreement was reached between the temple management and relevant parties a week ago.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, who visited the old temple site, said they would be providing financial aid to speed up the temple relocation.

“We have asked the temple management to submit their building plan for the new temple to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as soon as possible. They may even get approval within a month provided they adhere to the guidelines,” he said.

Ahmad Phesal said a Chinese temple that was previously located in Jalan Ayer Tawar would also be sharing the site.

He also said the ministry along with the Federal Territories Lands and Mines Department took the initiative to reserve the new site for both places of worship.

“We have had six discussions with the temple management and relevant parties since March 19 to find an amicable solution,” he added.

The relocated temples are making way for a RM7.86mil DBKL development called the Air Panas Setapak Neighbourhood Park under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

“This project involves 10.5ha of land, including a water retention pond. The park will be for the residents in the area,” Ahmad Phesal said.

The project that began in June 2008 was supposed to be completed end of March this year but was delayed for more than a year due to the problem of relocating the temples.

Temple management vice-president Veerayah Seeneevasagam said they were happy to get a plot of land which is near bus stops and along the main road.

“Now we have a permanent place and we are thankful to get the land, especially in the city,” Veerayah said, adding that Hindu custom had not allowed them to move between July 7 to Aug 15.

They have already planted a arasamaram tree at the new site and expect to bring plant eight more trees behind the Public Housing Project Sungai Bunus soon.

“We are also happy with the 1Malaysia concept of the new site with the Chinese temple nearby,” Veerayah said, adding that their requirements for a new temple included a 12m by 18m hall.

Currently, the temple is housed under a temporary tent at the new site.

This is problem already started since early last year. According to Deputy FT minister Saravanan:

Twenty-eight out of 29 Hindu temples sitting on disputed land around Kuala Lumpur have agreed to relocate by May.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said all 28 temple caretakers had agreed to relocate to several locations provided by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) except for the Sri Muniaswarar Temple in Jalan Air Panas, Setapak, which remained adamant in staying put.

“It is the government’s policy not to demolish any house of worship without first giving it an alternative area to relocate to.

“To those who refuse to relocate, they will be given 30 days and an alternative location, following which we may proceed to demolish the building,“ he told reporters at the Buddha Miao You Temple in Setapak yesterday.

Saravanan said the temples had been given notices to relocate last year but many refused to do so until the DBKL issued the last notice on March 1.

“We did not force them to move out without giving them another place to go; several alternatives had been suggested,” he said.

So, it took about 17 months to settle the relocation.

Who can solve Bukit Jalil estate workers problems?

August 3rd, 2010
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Its a pity that we have to read this problem every few months. You can search just in this blog and find that Bukit Jalil estate workers issue already started in 2007 itself. 3 years of ding-dong. MPs came and went. DPM came and went. One MP even shed tears. MIC came and went. HRP came and went. DBKL came and talk and talk and talk. Opposition also came and went.

And surely you remember the school to be located into cemetery vicinity? Yeap, the same area. Malaysia Boleh!

Somewhere in April this year, FT Ministry gave out compensation to some of the workers:

ONLY two former Ladang Bukit Jalil Estate workers have come forward to claim compensation from the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry.

The two workers — P. Malliga, 47, and her mother, D. Thanabakkiam, 64, are among the 93 workers from the estate near Jalan Puchong. The estate was taken over by the government in 1980s and operations ceased in 1992, forcing the workers to lose their jobs.

The remaining 91 workers could not attend the cheque-presentation ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters on April 22 due to unforeseen circumstances.

Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said RM734,160 had been put aside for these workers but only 29 would receive the money during the first phase.

“These 29 workers have proper documentation to successfully claim the compensation but I urge the remaining workers to come forth and claim their money,” he added.

The workers are advised to visit the DBKL headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut next Thursday to speed up the process.

“The rest of the workers will be given the compensation as soon as the documents and statutory declarations are complete,” Saravanan added.

Workers with the estate for seven and a half years are entitled to RM6,370 while those with 15 years of service and more will be given RM11,620.

Development work on the land have not begun as some 40 families are still residing on the grounds of the former estate.

Thanabakkiam and her daughter are among the few who shifted into PPR Muhibbah five years ago. Thanabakkiam said the estate was also home to dangerous wild animals.

“Once I felt something on my feet and, thinking it was my pet cat, I shook it off only to see a cobra slithering away. We use to have wild boars and monkeys wreaking havoc in our homes as well,” said Thanabakkiam, who served at the estate for 40 years.

Malliga added that flash floods were very common and their homes were in a terrible state. She also said the move was a blessing in disguise for them.

And as recent as June, DBKL said no eviction until discussion by FT Ministry and HR Ministry (MIC folks). Then, on July 20, the residents received eviction notice. Means what? Discussion over?

THE 41 families from Bukit Jalil Estate feel cheated by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over a promise made to them that they would not be evicted until their housing matter is resolved through a discussion.

On June 8, the residents received a letter from DBKL stating the city council would postpone demolition of the houses at the estate.

It also stated DBKL had received orders from the Federal Territories and Urban WellBeing Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan that the next course of action would only be taken after a discussion between Federal Territories and Urban WellBeing and the Human Resource ministers.

However, the residents received a final eviction order on July 20 asking them to evacuate their houses by tomorrow.

Resident S. Thiagarajah said the families felt that the letters were contradictory and it seemed like DBKL was not keeping their word.

“Now we are to move out by tomorrow and failure to do so will not stop DBKL from demolishing our homes. What about the promise made to us in the June 8 letter?” he said at a press conference yesterday following DBKL’s announcement on July 30 that the land would be converted into a cemetery.

Kajang councillor S. Arutchelvan said a local authority had the right to enter a piece of land and evict squatters after giving them notice under the Clearance of Squatters Regulations 1969.

However, former estate workers are not squatters, he said.

“Squatters are illegal as they build houses on private or government land, but former estate workers were given houses built by a company with the full knowledge of the Government,” he said.

Arutchelvan said although the workers were asked to move into the public housing scheme at PPR Muhibbah in Puchong and given the option to buy, it was not a permanent solution to the problem.

He said they should be given permanent homes.

He cited Ladang Braemar in Kajang, Ladang Bukit Tinggi and Ladang Sungai Rasa in Klang and Brooklands Estate in Banting as examples where workers were given permanent homes and compensation.

Federal Territories and Selangor Community Association (Permas) president and Subang Jaya councillor Tan Jo Hann urged both the Federal Territories and Urban WellBeing and the Human Resource ministers to sit down with DBKL and the former estate workers to discuss the matter.

Right now both ministries and DBKL are passing the buck to one another and the workers are the victims. This mixed development is not well thought out and the authorities should not use eviction notices on these people,” he said.

The issue of the estate workers also garnered interests from neighbouring housing areas, as residents feel converting the estate land into a cemetery was not a suitable option.

Alam Putra Residents Asso-ciation chairman R.S. Maniam said a cemetery in the area was not wise planning, and according to local agenda 21, the local authorities should get neighbouring residents’ input before a plan was carried out.

“We have the right to have a say but we were not consulted,” he said.

No wonder people from Kampung Baru to rumah panjang Subang to Kampung Jinjang Selatan Tambahan don’t trust these people in DBKL. Got black and white also no point, everything can be changed. (Not to mention, own minister word also worthless 🙂 ).

It gets worse here. The resident said Mayor PROMISED to postpone eviction:

THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is standing by its decision to evict the former estate workers from Ladang Bukit Jalil today despite the residents’ appeal to postpone the deadline.

The workers were told the eviction order dated July 20 was valid and they have to move out by today, as demolition works could be carried out any time after the deadline expires.

In a brief meeting between the residents and DBKL deputy director (services) Datuk Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz yesterday, Bandar Tun Razak MP Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s special representative Azman Abidin said he was informed the eviction order was valid, although a letter dated June 8 stated the local authority would postpone demolition of the houses at the estate.

The letter also stated DBKL had received orders from the Federal Territories and Urban WellBeing Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan that the next course of action would only be taken after a discussion between the ministers for the Federal Territories and Urban WellBeing Ministry and the Human Resource Ministry.

The ministers have not delivered what they have promised and until then, it is unfair to evict the residents because they are not squatters, they are former estate workers,” said Azman.

He said the ministers should address the issues in the area, which also involved a Tamil school and temple.

“These issues should be resolved first before the workers are evicted. I was told by Amin to ask Khalid to convince the residents to move out to the nearby PPR Muhibbah, but the residents do not want that,” he said.

Resident S. Thiakarajah said City Hall was labelling the former estate workers as squatters and wanted them to take up the PPR housing scheme.

Once we take it, we will be given RM1,000 and automatically we will lose our rights as former estate workers,” he said.

He added that the residents were disappointed with DBKL and the ministries, as there were no follow-ups or meetings after the June 8 letter.

“All of a sudden we receive an eviction order on July 20, although two days later, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail promised Khalid to postpone the eviction order during a meeting with the MPs,” he said.

If protest, kena from police or labelled troublemakers or pro-opposition. If keep quiet, then lose out.

So, who can help the estate workers? Don’t tell this problem also need PM Najib to interfere. Others do what then?

Sinthamani Ashramam to be demolished?

June 29th, 2010
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I was surprised to read this letter from HRP to PM Najib (who else?):

Extract from the letter:

We have been instructed to write on behalf of the Sintamany Orphanage, Jinjang Kuala Lumpur who has been served with a notice to demolish this seven year old Sintamany orphanage and the adjoining Hindu temple.

This home was founded by a 26 year old youth Praveendran a/l Balasamy who was moved to do so when he found a 13 year old Indian boy loitering by a rubbish dumpsite.

Today this home has 65 children with the youngest being an eight month old baby, thirty-five of these children are in primary school, 5 in secondary school, 2 old folks, three single parents and the rest being baby sitted at the home. This Sintamany home is also an orphanage to the abandoned, distressed, single mothers elderly and sickly Indians who have no where else to go.

This home is currently occupying an almost one acre unused land in Jinjang Utara belonging to the UMNO led Government of Malay-sia.

Last month some 50 UMNO policemen and welfare officers stormed this home bullied and harassed the occupants there to move out. Two children aged three and five become ill and were hospitalized as a result of this.

Other children sent to the government welfare homes are being forcibly converted to Islam like in the latest cases of Darshini and Banggarama (The Sun 25/11/2009 at page 4) .

Many of these orphans have been denied even their rightful birth certificates and this home is applying for the same for them.

It is the duty and responsibility of any government in any part of the world to take care of or orphans and One Malay-sia seems to be the exception in so far as the poor ethnic minority Malaysian Indians are concerned.

This home has never been assisted with a single cent or even a single cup of rice by the UMNO led Malay-sian government despite the RM 850 Million 2010 national budget as social safety net for the poor, disabled and senior citizens (News Straits Time 18/10/2009 at page 23). The pre existing poor local working class Rumah Panjang Indian community and other well wishers help maintain this orphanage. Why should the pre existing poor help this orphanage out financially when it is the duty and responsibility of the government.

This is a Tamil saying Mr . Prime Minister that if one cannot help the least one could do is not to do damage.

So please do not damage and demolish this Sintamany Orphanage on 30/06/2010 at 9.00 a.m.

Instead we urge your goodselves as not only the Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on the Indians but also the Prime Minister for all Malaysians not including and segregating the Malaysian Indians to grant this home RM 200, 000.00 per annum and also the land this orphanage is  sitting on to be alienated to this orphanage in order for the poor, powerless and politically voiceless up to sixth generation Malaysian born Indians a shelter and a roof they need over their heads.

IF we remember food, shelter and clothing are the basic necessities in the life of a any human being and is about the most basic economic theory.

I remember reading that the home was indeed on public land, but all this while there was no interference or indication of the land going to be used for other purposes. I think its only wise to relocate the home to another location. It will look very very bad on government, DBKL, FT Minister Nong Chik, FT Deputy Minister Saravanan, PM Najib, and 1Malaysia concept if such noble efforts are just brushed aside in the name of development or progress. It may well drag down the Indian community support (82% in mid May according to Merdeka Center) towards PM and 1Malaysia when news goes around that government is going around demolishing ashramam nowadays.

The ashramam has been benefactor of few charity drives. Even announced in THR Raaga, appeared in Star news paper, and got donations from big companies.

Oh, they are on Facebook as well.

I guess it will need intervention of MIC folks since the authorities won’t be listening to HRP any time soon (what a shame though).