Posts Tagged ‘Selangor’

RRI Indian workers for generations!

November 29th, 2011
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Just imagine this, generation after generation working away, and now left with nothing. All this while, quarters provided, got salary, and enjoyed at relaxing environment, but their future is very bleak without ownership of house nor any suitable skills for uplifting their economic status. Can you imagine what is the fate of their kids?  Did the previous generations ever thought of getting out of the vicious cycle or were they ever given a chance to do so?

Can imagine similar scenario happening for estate workers.

Hopefully in this case, the government is able to provide the families a piece of land or other award for their hard work and loyalty.


THE 86-year-old Rubber Research Institute of Malaya (RRIM) in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, will soon make way for a new integrated development in the Klang Valley and the 300 workers out of the 660 are worried that they would be forced to relocate to other research stations in various states.

The 1,348ha site, owned by the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) since 1925, is expected to be become a commercial, residential and transport hub under a joint venture between the Federal Government and the Employees Provident Fund.

The workers will have to be relocated to other research stations in Sungai Sari in Kedah, Bukit Kuantan in Pahang and Kota Tinggi in Johor.

Solid foundation: One of the oldest houses still standing within the grounds of RRIM. The 70-year-old house is now abandoned after the family moved out.

Some 243ha would be retained for RRIM facilities, which will include the headquarters, Centre for Excellence that houses latest research and development amenities, a business cluster to encourage foreign investments, the Royal Commodity College trains workers for the industry and a museum.

The site is one of the federal assets to be redeveloped under the Greater Kuala Lumpur Strategic Development Project, an initiative under the 10th Malaysia Plan to revitalise the city.

A. Vellaiamah, 70, worked as a rubber tapper at RRIM for 41 years.

The mother of four is suffering from an enlarged thyroid and doctors had advised her not to go ahead with the surgery as there might be complications.

Three of her children have died of cancer.

Her father Ayamuthu was the only chief security guard at RRIM in the 1940s. Vellaiamah’s husband, Kandhasamy, was a chief driver here who died 26 years ago.

Her son, Gunasegaran, who represents the family’s fourth generation, now works at RRIM.

“My paternal grandmother worked as a rubber tapper, too. I have spent most of my life in this estate. I am sad with the impending development as that would mean we would be displaced to other states and my grandchildren won’t have the opportunity to work at RRIM.

“This place holds sentimental values for me because the Indian community are the ones who made RRIM what it is today. I consider my family to be one of the pioneers of RRIM,” she said.

For Vellaiamah, she will mostly miss working in the serene environment as well as the freedom for her three grandchildren to play at the football field and spend time with other kids at the RRIM quarters.

Rubber estate takes up 939ha while the remaining area houses nurseries, laboratories, midstream and downstream pilot plant factories and staff quarters, two schools (a Tamil and Islamic religious school), a mosque, a Hindu temple and recreational facilities.

All in the family: Janaky (back row, left) and her grandchildren S.Sangeetha (from left) S. Thanabalan, S. Tines, S. Thineswary and S. Arnin who are living at the RRIM quarters.

R. Janaky, 58, who works as a general worker, will be retiring next year but wants to extend her employment until the age of 60.

“I don’t know where they will post us to next. I have worked at RRIM for 31 years. My husband. a supervisor, has also just retired. My son works as a general worker at RRIM, so you can see the tradition we maintain in the family because we love working here.

“It is close to impossible to find a beautiful green lung like this in Klang Valley in this day and age. We would like to remain here and I hope the management will listen to our plight,” said the mother of five and grandmother to nine.

P. Chinna has a year before he retires from RRIM as a field recorder.

The 58-year-old is a third generation from his family working at the estate.

“My grandfather and father both worked at the RRIM experiment station in Sungai Buloh.

“I was born within the grounds of RRIM,” he said.

The father of three brought up his children on the estate.

“There are a lot of good memories and we have built precious relationships with the people here.

“I am just worried that couples who both work at RRIM will be relocated to different states which could disrupt their family union.

“The management should at least consider retaining about 80ha to house the workers. The relocation move could prove stressful to a lot of us,” said Ramasamy.


52 aspirants for one state seat?

November 9th, 2011
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52??? Can’t believe so many people interested to stand for election in one state seat. It  means either:

1. plenty of candidates whom think they have the support from locals (maybe PKR presence is strong until got so many “qualified” candidates) OR

2. they think voters will vote for party instead of candidate and they want to try their luck.

I would like to believe its 1, but I think reality is 2.


Fifty-two PKR members have indicated their interest in contesting the Bukit Melawati state seat in the next general election.

The rush for the seat started about six months ago after a rumour was circulated within party circles that incumbent assemblyman Muthiah Maria Pillay, 63, would not stand.

Out of the 52 aspirants, it is believed that about 30 have sent formal letters to PKR headquarters offering themselves as candidates.

Party insiders say a senior party leader is also believed to be eyeing the seat for his daughter.

Although Bukit Melawati was regarded as an “Indian seat”, those who had shown interest were from all races, said the party insider.

He said the rumour could have been started to oust Muthiah as some felt that it would be easy to grab his seat as the assemblyman was not the confrontational type.

Muthiah said he had not indicated that he would not be contesting in the next general election.

“But I will not ask for the seat as it is against my principles to demand to contest because I feel it’s the party leadership’s decision,” he said.

Muthiah said there was even talk that he was gravely ill.

“Some people called to ask me if it was true that I was very ill and I jokingly told them that I was already dead,” Muthiah said.

Muthiah, who is an engineer by profession, said he had also not lobbied to contest in the 1995 general election where he won the Pasir Panjang state seat in Lumut under the Barisan Nasional ticket.

“Even then, I never asked to contest but was selected by the MIC,” said Muthiah, who was the MIC Youth chief between 1996 to 1999.

He left the MIC to join PKR in 2006.


Indian Cultural Centre in Klang?

October 20th, 2011
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 Interesting news indeed. Wonder when this Indian cultural centre will be completed and how exactly the state government plans to source additional funds from private sector.

BTW, what happened to proposal to set up Indian Cultural Centre in Batu Caves in 2008?


An Indian cultural centre will be built in Klang, Tamil Nesan reported.

The paper quoted Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar as saying that the state government had allocated RM2mil for the centre, with added funds to be sourced from the private sector.

A plot of land of about four to six hectares by the Klang river had been earmarked for the project, he said after attending the Navarathiri religious prayers at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Kota Kemuning.

The event marked an auspicious Hindu festival to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.

Dr Xavier said discussions were being held with the Indian High Commission as well as various cultural and religious organisations to ensure that elements of Indian culture and identity were reflected in the making of the centre.


Bangi ADUN and councillors oppose cinema plans

October 19th, 2011
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Just like Shah Alam, Bangi is another place I can’t relate with.  Just don’t have the feeling of belonging.

Talking about rights, sure, you want to protect your “easily swayed” followers from the sins of the world. Fine, but why deprive other residents? Why discriminate and force them to travel further to catch a movie? Why not you station your volunteers to stop your followers from patronising cinemas instead of punishing other residents?

Is this example of how minorities can be discriminated or marginalised? They have to incur more cost and waste more time. I shudder to think what will happen if we allow religious-based politicians or leaders to rule. Surely disaster as they only think their religion is the center of the world. We can talk till our voices go hoarse that “our religion is fair and just” but remember that implementers are humans who are definitely no saints. We have our own egos, arrogance, misplaced ideals and interpretation that will easily cause hardship.

And I just wonder how many of Bangi residents have their Internet access and downloading all kinds of movies? Or subscribing to Astro? Or buying pirated DVDs? So, you ban cinemas means all OK?

There are many, many movies that come from eastern countries with “eastern values”. Plenty of good movies from India, Iran, Korea and so on. Even western movies are also entertaining and some have good values. There are movies for children too, like cartoons and animations. So, I wonder what kind of councillors and ADUN are representing Bangi, a place with plenty of educational institutions.

If these people don’t want such entertainment, why don’t the relocate to say, Afghanistan, instead of causing misery to others? Win-win situation.

I hope the next time a proposal for cinemas arrives, those responsible will get opinion from experts before making decision. Don’t just rely on your misplaced and overrated wisdom.


PAS has again rejected plans for a cinema in Section 15, Bangi, saying there will be films not in line with Islamic and eastern values.

Bangi residents who want to watch a movie have to travel 18km away to the nearest cinema in Alamanda Putrajaya in Putrajaya or 25km away to the Aeon Cheras Selatan Shopping Centre in Balakong.

Kampung Aman Bangi Federal Village Security and Development Committee (JKKKP) member Law Siong Deng, an avid moviegoer, said he had looked forward to finally having a cinema in Bangi and was disappointed when he found out that it had not been approved.

“I had always hoped for a cinema here so that we do not have to travel far. It can cater to the students of UKM, Mara and other education institutions in the area.

“There was a cinema in Warta but only Malay movies were screened. We hope that companies like GSC or TGV would set up a branch here and provide more variety for cinema-goers,” he said.

Taman Permai Bangi resident K. Satia Nathan, who enjoys Tamil movies, heard about plans for a cinema in the new commercial centre last week and was also disappointed that it had been rejected.

“I go to the movies twice a month with my friends or my wife.

“It would be great to have one in Bangi so I do not have to drive 30 minutes to Metro Point in Kajang,” he said.

Bangi state assemblyman Dr Shafie Abu Bakar from Pas said a few years ago there were plans to have a cinema in Komplex Warta in Jalan Medan Bangi, Kawasan Perusahaan Bangi and near the district office.

“Both plans were rejected and earlier this year there was another proposal to build a cinema in Jalan Reko.

Six of us protested, including me and Kajang municipal councillors in Bangi. We want to uphold Islamic values.

Having a cinema will lead to vice activities and there will be films not in line with Islamic and eastern values.

“We do not want that here to corrupt the minds of our young,” he said.

Dr Shafie said most Bangi residents were against having a cinema in Bangi.

“Among those who want a cinema here are people looking to make a profit whereas we are looking out for the society,” he said.

When pointed out that there are movies with the “U” (for general public) rating, he countered that this was not a guarantee.

“We have to monitor it, hence it is best to not have it at all.

“Besides, there are cinemas not far from Bangi. We want our place clean, free from such elements,” he said.

Datuk Mohd Zaidi Md Zain, who lives in Section 3, Bangi, agreed that it is not wise to have a cinema in Bangi.

“There was a cinema in Bangi but it closed down eventually as there was no support from the people.

“This is not a political issue but the sentiments of the people. With academic institutions in Bangi, we worry about social problems should a cinema be built here,” he said.

Law said he disagreed with the statement that certain films can corrupt the minds of the young.

“It seems that we are moving back in time. Vice activities can happen anywhere.

“Just because there is no cinema does not mean that there will not be vice activities in the area.

“Others should not be deprived of watching a movie. It is just a cinema and a place families can go to, not just couples,” he said.

Bangi state coordinator Datuk Mohd Fathil Daud, who is also the Serdang Umno chief, shared his sentiment and agreed that having a cinema would be good for the community as Bangi residents do not have to travel far.

“With or without the cinema, vice activities will still take place,” he said.

When contacted, the director of the project’s developer, Richard Cheong, said he had no idea of the ban on the proposal for a cinema at the commercial project.

“I have heard of the ban on cinemas in Bangi, though. We do not have plans for a cinema at this stage,” he said.

The five-block commerical project includes a four-storey supermarket and office blocks.


SJKT Castlefield relocation problem

September 22nd, 2011
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This kind of SNAFU can happen, so just focus on the solution – get a new piece of land. The school need not worry because our DPM said vernacular schools are not marginalized. The government will fully cover the cost of relocating the school to another location, its the responsibility of MIC to ensure this.  Selangor government also said they take care of vernacular schools, so they will find a suitable land. Or Prasarana can help to identify a replacement land and state government can approve it. Its the responsibility of the federal and state governments, so I’m wondering what the school is being made to run around making applications to Land Office. Just be clear and insist on new buildings to be completed before any LRT construction is done. I don’t believe in temporary relocation because the “temporary” can turn out to be 3 years, 5 years, or even 20 years in cabins or shoplots!

Hendak seribu daya, tak hendak seribu dalih (where there’s a will, there’s a way).

SJK (T) CASTLEFIELD in Taman Perindustrian Puchong is in a tight spot after learning that the site it had identified for relocation has been taken up by another Chinese school.

Its board of directors chairman Nagamuthu Periasamy said the school had to be relocated because the proposed LRT project would have six pillars built within its current school compound.

The school had submitted an application to the Land Office for a 2.4ha site in Persiaran Indera, Pusat Bandar Puchong last September.

However, Puchong MCA has also identified the same plot of land for the relocation of SJK (C) Kheng Chee from Ladang Bukit Dinding in Karak.

On Monday, StarMetro reported that Puchong MCA announced that it was ready to submit architectural drawings to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) in late October and the school would be ready for the 2013 intake.

Nagamuthu said the announcement came as a shock to them.

“The Department of Environment confirmed that the LRT route would pose a health hazard for the children.

“Therefore, we have been looking at relocation. The Land Office is in the midst of getting the opinion of other relevant authorities, such as Public Works Department, MPSJ and Selangor Education Depart-ment, before granting us the approval,” he said.

SJK (T) Castlefield, with 500 students and 35 teachers, currently sits on a 1.01ha land in Jalan TPP 1/17 in Taman Perindustrian Puchong. It has been in operation since 1988.