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SJKT Ladang Minyak gets 2 acre land from UMW as compensation

March 12th, 2012
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Good news amidst some bad ones, SJKT Ladang Minyak gets compensation land from UMW Holdings to construct new building.

Anyway, I thought that such redevelopment of estate land must incorporate proper settlement of ex-workers and relocation of schools, temples etc. Remember reading about it somewhere. Not sure if under state or federal policy.

10 acres were allocated, of which 8 was given as compensation to estate workers by handing over the land to RV Globals Sdn Bhd. Which sounds weird but maybe its some legal requirement to have an entity to represent the workers. This company will subdivide the land and built houses and other infrastructure for the 136 ex-workers.  It seems the chairman of LPS is also involved in RV Globals.

Below is the news on the 8 acres transfer ceremony done in 2007:

Dato’ G. Palanivel, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development today witnessed the signing of the transfer of 8-acres of UMW land in Serendah, valued at RM2.0 million, as compensation to ex-workers of the New Serendah Estate, through RV Global Sdn Bhd, which acts as a legal entity to represent the ex-workers.

The Transfer Agreement was signed by Dato’ Dr Abdul Halim Harun, UMW Group Managing Director & CEO and En Meor Mohar Azhar Abd Ghani, Executive Director, on behalf of UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd, whilst Mr A Ramarao and Mr A Kohilan Pillay, Managing Director and Director, respectively, signed on behalf of RV Global Sdn Bhd.

Also present at the ceremony were Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, UMW Group Chairman, senior MIC officials, representatives of New Serendah Estate and senior management of UMW Group.

When UMW acquired the New Serendah Estate Land from the Selangor State Government in 1992, there were 136 ex-estate workers occupying the workers’ quarters on UMW’s land. On compassionate grounds, UMW allowed them to continue staying at the quarters with free water supply and subsidized electricity.

Over the years, UMW went through numerous discussions and negotiations with representatives of the New Serendah Estate and other related parties, on how best to compensate the 136 ex-estate workers who were affected by UMW’s purchase of the Serendah land.

In August 2006, the UMW Holdings Board of Directors approved a proposal to transfer the 8-acres of land to RV Global Sdn Bhd, which will act for the interest of the 136 ex-estate workers. RV Global will undertake to further sub-divide the land for the construction of houses, as well as build a community hall and a playground for the ex-estate workers and their families.

In his speech on behalf of UMW Corporation, En Meor Mohar Azhar Abd Ghani said, “YB Dato’ Palanivel, in his capacity as the Hulu Selangor Member of Parliament, has been instrumental in enabling UMW Corporation and the ex-workers of Syarikat Ladang New Serendah Estate to reach a mutually agreeable solution to resolve this particular issue. In spite of his tight work schedule, as a Deputy Minister and a member of Parliament, he has made the time to ensure that this amicable settlement is made possible.”

He added, “On UMW’s part, the transfer of the land to RV Global signifies the fulfillment of our social responsibility to the Serendah ex-estate workers community. We are glad that the parties concerned have been able to resolve all related issues amicably.

source:  http://www.umw.com.my/news/PressReleases/Pages/070718_news_release.aspx

So, after 5 years, now the balance 2 acres has been given to the school.

AS PART of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort, UMW Holdings Berhad donated two acres of its land in Bandar Serendah, valued at RM800,000, for the purpose of building a Tamil school for the local community. The property will be transferred in favour of “Lembaga Pengelola Sekolah, SJK(T) Ladang Minyak, Bestari Jaya” in Kuala Selangor which will relocate the school to Bandar Serendah.

Previously, the UMW Holdings’ Board of Directors had approved the transfer of up to 10 acres of land as part of the resettlement of the ex-estate workers of the former New Serendah Estate. Eight acres of the land had been transferred to a legal entity known as RV Global Sdn Bhd, which undertook the responsibility of safe-guarding the interests of the ex-workers and families after UMW acquired the New Serendah Estate Land from the Selangor Government.

The transfer letter was handed over by UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd executive director Suseela Menon to Amaran Krishnan, secretary of Lembaga Pengelola Sekolah, SJK (T) Ladang Minyak, Bestari Jaya. The event was witnessed by Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor P. Kamalanathan and chairman of Lembaga Pengelola Sekolah A. Rama Rao. [MyNadi chairman is also present in the photo].

Also present at the ceremony were management representatives of the UMW Group and representatives of MIC and Gerakan.

UMW has always believed that a company, a community or a nation can only stand strong and continue to grow and thrive, if it is supported by a strong pillar of knowledge and education.

UMW embarked on this programme because the group believes that education should not be a privilege limited to a few, but a basic right that should be easily accessible and available to all.

It is hoped that the development of this school, to be located on the former New Serendah Estate land, will greatly benefit and further enrich the minds of the children of the ex-estate workers and the local community.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/3/12/central/10883559&sec=central

Hopefully the school will be allocated sufficient funds to construct the new building within the acceptable timeframe.

SJKT St Helier, SJKT Serdang, SJKT RRI Sg Buloh building problems

March 7th, 2012
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While in recent days we’ve seen Samy Vellu launching new wing of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SRJKT) Ladang Henreitta in Padang Serai (refer here), and  PM announcing proposal provide allocation for 3 new block at  SJKT Simpang Lima anda block at  SJKT Methodist Kapar (refer here), we are also saddened by incidents in three other schools recently – SJKT RRI Sungai Buloh, SJKT Serdang and SJKT St Helier.

You can read about SJKT Serdang classroom roof collapse here, while news on the other 2 schools are below.

 

SJKT RRI Sungai Buloh

THE parents of the 500 pupils in SRJK (T) RRI Sungai Buloh are concerned over poor conditions at the school following a freak storm last week.

They said the school’s roof was heavily damaged during the storm.

Parents’ and Teachers’ Association (PTA) chairman P. Suresh Kumar said the more than 70-year-old school was in dire need of repairs.

Cleaning up: Suresh (right) and another parent gathering the broken shelves from the library.

“About 50 kindergarten pupils were attending class when the storm hit and they had a big scare.

“It happened at about 3pm on Wednesday and the class had to be postponed,” Suresh said.

According to him, the school’s roof had last been replaced 25 years ago.

Suresh added that bookshelves in the library had also been damaged by the water leaking in through the damaged roof.

“A lot of of books were also damaged,” he said

Suresh said the school needed about RM200,000 to repair the damage.

He said he had also submitted an application for a new plot of land for the school through the Prime Minister’s Department.

“I submitted the application last year but have not received any feedback,” he said, adding that the area was up for development and the parents feared losing the school.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/3/7/central/10859837&sec=central

SJKT St Helier

Makkal Osai reported that 288 students boycotted classes while their parents staged a demonstration in front of the St Helier Tamil School in Bahau on Monday over the school’s building safety.

Classes for the 120 affected students would be conducted in the St Helier estate until the repairs are done

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/7/nation/10865586&sec=nation

There’s some action being taken, says ADUN VS Mogan (though its still at level of “akan memohon bangunan baru jika didapati berisiko”:

 

VS Mogan keluar dari kawasan sekolah selepas melawat keadaan bumbung bangunan SJK Tamil St. Helier, di Jempol, semalam.
JEMPOL 28 Feb. – Bumbung sebuah bangunan di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Tamil St. Helier dekat sini yang hampir roboh dan tidak selamat digunakan akan dibaiki segera.
Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Jeram Padang, Datuk VS Mogan berkata, Kementerian Pelajaran melalui Jabatan Pelajaran negeri telah meluluskan peruntukan sebanyak RM114,000 bagi membaiki bumbung serta tiang yang rosak tersebut.
“Bangunan yang menempatkan beberapa bilik darjah itu telah dibina pada 2002 oleh Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) sekolah berkenaan.
“Sejak beberapa tahun lalu, struktur tiang pada bumbung berkenaan mula rosak dan menyebabkan berlaku anjakan pada bumbung, yang kini dilihat tidak selamat untuk digunakan oleh pelajar di sekolah ini,” katanya ketika melawat sekolah itu dekat sini, semalam.
Mogan berkata, bumbung bangunan yang menempatkan 120 pelajar itu kini menunggu masa untuk roboh jika tidak dibaiki segera.
Beliau yang melawat sekolah berkenaan petang semalam turut meninjau keadaan bumbung di salah satu bangunan itu dan mengesahkan ia tidak boleh digunakan buat masa ini.
“Saya telah minta pihak sekolah tidak lagi menggunakan bangunan tersebut dan menempatkan pelajar dalam makmal komputer sehingga ia dibaiki dan disahkan selamat,” tegasnya.
Mogan yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Bertindak Hal Ehwal Perladangan, Sumber Manusia, Alam Sekitar dan Pengaduan Awam negeri berkata, pemeriksaan terhadap semua struktur bangunan di sekolah itu akan dibuat oleh pihak Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR).
”Jika kita dapati bangunan itu juga berisiko, maka kita akan memohon supaya dibina bangunan baru yang lebih selesa,” jelasnya.
Pada masa yang sama, Mogan meminta ibu bapa supaya tidak panik dan dapat terus menghantar anak mereka bersekolah seperti biasa.
Wonder if the “RM340 million allocated in last 3 years” is enough or has been actually spent. It was supposed to be for upgrading and maintenance of SJKT school buildings. It was meant to cover about 75 schools, but maybe we have far more school in dire conditions.

Letter by parent and ex-student on SJKT Serdang classroom roof collapse

March 6th, 2012
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Received the below from a forum member who is a parent of the student in SRJK(T) Serdang. So, who can answer his questions? Have “nambikai”?

 

SRJK(T) Serdang is located less than 1km away from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a mere 10 minutes’ drive from Putrajaya. The school was started in 1936 with one teacher and 40 students. The current enrolment is about 700 students and is one of the 132 fully aided schools from the total of 523 Tamil Primary schools nationwide. As a parent of one of the students of the school and as one of the former students from the same school, I would like to highlight the plight of the students and parents of the school, which also reflects the state of other Tamil Schools in the country.

[building launched in 1963]

[the same building in 2012]

Although the school is fully aided, we literally have to beg with the Education Department for everything, including the maintenance and repairing of the infrastructures of the school. At times, the PIBG will contribute some fund to do minor repairing works. The newspaper cutting above is from the year 1963, when the new building was officiated by the then Menteri Besar. The building was declared unsafe by JKR in 2002. Despite several appeals, the JKR never lifted their fingers and always come up with the standard answer “Tiada peruntukkan tahun ini” (No budget allocation for this year). It was a disaster waiting to happen and it duly happened at around 8am on the 16th February 2012.

The ceiling in one of the classes collapsed suddenly while lesson was going on and luckily, the teacher managed to bring all the students out from the class before it collapsed further, bringing down huge amount of debris. By God’s grace, no one was injured but the real drama started only after that.

The school is located is the Sri Serdang state constituency, under BN ( Datuk Satim bin Diman) and under Serdang Parliamentary seat, under PR. Datuk Satim, who won the seat by less than 50 votes in the last election, did not even bother to respond or visit. Meanwhile, politicians from PR were barred from entering the school compounds, as per one circular from the Educational Department in the 1990’s.

The school authorities contacted the respective departments and personnels. Datuk K Devamani immediately paid a visit, promised to build temporary cabins within two weeks for the students to study, with plans for another permanent building in future and bragged about the amount of money spent by BN in the past few years (in the region of few hundred millions at least) for Tamil Schools as well as some unrelated stuffs like ETP and etc. Some of my friends cheekily said that this a normal `Wayang Kulit’ show as he has no power to do anything. I realised it now that they were just telling the plain truth.

It is almost 3 weeks already and our children still don’t have classroom to use. Lessons are conducted at canteen and some empty space between buildings. The children are suffering due to hot weather and cannot concentrate on their studies. A lady officer from JKR visited the school recently and said that JKR is willing to build the new building but asked a funny question. `Siapa akan tanggung kos bangunan ini? PIBG atau LPS? (Who is going to bear the cost? PTA or The School Board?

Can someone tell this lady that this school is a fully aided school and it is the responsibility of the present government to provide the basic infrastructures? By right, we should sue your department for failing provide a safe building.

Some even suggested that we should approach the state government but I disagree. As far as I know, I have been paying taxes since 1993 to the Central Government under BN, just like all Malaysians so why the hell should I go around and begging people? Isn’t it BN’s duty to provide basic infrastructures as we pay tax to you? And don’t tell me that you don’t have enough money. 1% of the loan given to Sharizat’s family is enough to build a 3 storey building here. Imagine that this is happening to a fully aided school. How about partially aided schools? Don’t you collect taxes from them too? Why are you discriminating us, BN? The PM wants us to put `nambikkai’ (trust) on BN and I don’t have to give a better example on why we shouldn’t trust the BN government.

from: Gopal Thirumalai, via e-mail

This is the related article from The Star:

Partiban Muthusamy was at work when he received news that the ceiling of his daughter’s classroom had collapsed.

“Another parent called to inform me about the incident,” said the 42-year-old customer support executive who immediately rushed to the scene.

His seven-year-old daughter, Narmatha Partiban, was among the 29 Year One pupils of SJK (T) Serdang who were in the class when a portion of the ceiling suddenly collapsed at 8.45am yesterday.

Classroom panic: Premah and her pupils looking at the ceiling which had collapsed into their classroom at SJK (T) Serdang yesterday.

None of the pupils were injured in the incident.

Teacher Premah Ramasamy, 30, said she was conducting a Tamil lesson when the ceiling gave way, causing a huge pile of dust, debris and even bird’s nests to drop into the classroom, missing her and her pupils by inches.

“I panicked but managed to get all the pupils out of the class,” said a visibly shaken Premah, adding that a portion of the ceiling in another class also collapsed within a few minutes.

The school’s senior assistant for pupil affairs, Ganeswari Karuppiah, said a huge solid wood beam nearly fell on the pupils.

“We are thankful that nobody was injured,” she said, adding that the ceiling in many classrooms leaked whenever it rained.

Another parent, Anantha Rao, 46, said he was worried about the safety of his daughter who is in Year Four.

“We don’t know if it is safe to continue sending our children to the school,” he said.

Three of the affected classrooms have been cordoned off by the Fire Department, leaving 160 pupils without a classroom.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany, who visited the school, said he would ensure that the pupils were provided with temporary classrooms until a long-term solution was put in place.

He urged the Education Ministry to conduct an audit on the safety of Tamil schools nationwide as many of them were in poor condition.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/2/16/nation/10747821&sec=nation

Selangor State Govt Chinese New Year Dinner on Thaipusam Eve

February 2nd, 2012
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This is being compared with last year’s Parliament sitting on Deepavali eve by MIC and MIC-friendly folks.

The Parliament sitting was cancelled by Cabinet after some noise were made by various groups (and DAP reps sent a memo), as it was considered a disrespectful and insensitive move.  Read about it below:

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2011/10/11/parliament-sitting-on-deepavali-eve-issue/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2011/10/21/parliament-sitting-on-deepavali-eve-cancelled/

This time, its Selangor state government which is organising its Chinese New Year Dinner on 6th February (6pm till 11.30pm) at Rawang, which is on the eve of Thaipusam.  Refer here:

http://www.selangor.gov.my/main.php?Content=vertsectiondetails&VsItemID=423&VertSectionID=373&CurLocation=481&IID=

The difference between the two events are clear:

– one is an official “serious” event, the other is a official celebratory dinner.

– One involves all elected reps, govt staff and media, while other involves elected reps in Selangor and also includes public in addition.

– One is covering whole nation (imagine MP Bagan Serai balik kampung after parliament sitting) while the other is covering Selangor state. Probably the number of Hindus involved is very small (even the Selangor state EXCO don’t have Hindus).

– Deepavali eve is important as most Hindus will travel back to hometown. Thaipusam is not necessarily celebrated at hometown as some Hindus make pilgrimage to certain temples while other take opportunity to visit different temples for the celebration. Also, not all temples have chariot procession on the eve.

– Parliament sitting is usually arranged at beginning of the year. The dinner, was probably arranged few weeks ago.

– Deepavali came midweek, thus many other people will be working. Thaipusam this time around is on the end of a long weekend holiday (4 days if Saturday is off day), thus most people would have already made plans to travel elsewhere if they intend to celebrate Thaipusam.  The dinner may not be of consequence to them.

– Note that the last day of CNY would be on 6th February, thus the state could have organised the dinner on 23rd Jan, 24th Jan, 28th Jan, 29th Jan, or 4th Feb (maybe 4 is not lucky number?). 5th is Prophet’s birthday, so that’s definitely a no-no.  Those who are fasting (like for 10 or 30 days) would not be attending, so its likely that whichever day the dinner is organised, you’ll see lesser Hindus.

Similarities:

– both fall on the eve of a religious event.

– both are organised by governments.

– both are considered insensitive due to proximity to religious festival.

For me, even though the function is a non-compulsory “fun” event, the organisers could have chosen another day to do it, as perception of public is important. It would seem like the CNY dinner did not take into consideration participation of Hindus as majority Hindus are not expected to attend. Maybe its just targeted at the Chinese community.

Again, this maybe due to the lack of sensitivities among the officers in state government. Being from the majority race, probably they lack proper exposure to cultures and religious beliefs of others.  None may have thought of asking a fellow Hindu colleague/friend about the suitability of the date.

New Sikh temple in Section 18 Shah Alam

January 13th, 2012
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 Happy to hear that a Sikh temple is being built. Interesting to note that it took them 21 years to get the application approved after several rounds of negotiation. Quite fast eh? 🙂 Good luck to the community in building the gurdwara. Hope they will get sufficient funds from federal and state governments. Election coming soon, so better squeeze them for much fund as possible.

Also I hope the gurdwara doesn’t become an issue since I believe about 90-over % of the population in Shah Alam are Muslims.

 

SOME 400 Sikh families in Shah Alam can soon look forward to performing their prayers and carry out other related activities in a more conducive environment once their long-awaited new place of worship in Section 18 is completed in November.

The community, who had been holding their religious activities under cramped conditions at a corner unit of a low-cost double-storey house in Section 25, Taman Sri Muda since 1993, will no longer have to travel all the way to other gurdwaras in Klang or Petaling Jaya as the new premises will be sufficient to accommodate larger congregations.

The New Building Fund committee chairman Patminderjit Singh said work on the new place of worship began last month and some RM1.1mil had been raised to-date.

For a smooth-sailing project: Priests performing prayers before the commencement of the construction of the new Gurdwara Sahib Shah Alam project in section 18.

“The Sikh community desperately needs a new gurdwara as the present premises is unable to accommodate us. We have had to put up tents outside the present premises whenever the crowd was big,” he said.

Patminderjit said Sikh families were also unable to hold weddings or other major events such as Vaisakhi, which was the most important event in the Sikh calendar on a big scale at the present premises due to this.

“The residents here had also complained to the authorities several times particularly when we put up a tent to allow the congregation to partake in langgar (vegetarian meals),” he said adding that the Sikhs had never intended to inconvenience their neighbours but were left with no choice.

Patminderjit said the new gurdwara would be able to serve the growing Sikh community with more new townships opening up in surrounding areas.

Apart from Shah Alam, Sikhs from Taman Sri Muda, Bukit Rimau, Kota Kemuning, Bukit Kemuning, Bukit Jelutong and other nearby areas in Petaling Jaya, Kelana Jaya, Subang Jaya and Klang thronged the present premises during religious celebrations.

Soon to be ready: An artist’s impression of the new Gurdwara Sahib Shah Alam.

Patminderjit said the community would also be able to hold Punjabi language and music classes, particularly for the children once they moved to the new premises.

Sikhs, he said, first submitted an application for a parcel of land in 1984. After several rounds of negotiations with the state government, the present site was approved on Dec 20, 2005.

Patminderjit said the committee had also written to the Inland Revenue Board to seek tax exemption for those who donate to the cause.

“Piling work has been completed and work is in full swing now.

“We have now invited tenders for the main building and are hoping that more donors would come forward to help us,” he said, adding that the Sikhs had also written to the federal and state authorities for financial aid.

Those who wish to know more about the progress of the construction or to make donations can visit www.gssabuildingfund.com.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/1/6/central/10190913&sec=central