Sunday, December 16, 2007

SUNDAY-16TH DECEMBER 2007-Villagers call for committee to be disbanded

Villagers call for committee to be disbanded

The residents of Kampung Bandulan near here yesterday urged the Information Department to disband the village’s Komuniti Bestari Committee, saying it had failed to deliver its obligation since its formation seven years ago. Some 180 residents from the village have signed and sent a petition to the department urging for a new committee to be elected to replace the existing one. The group’s spokesperson, Zawai Datuk Ahmad, stressed that the department should look into the matter and reform the committee based on the request of the majority. “The residents of Badulan are very disappointed given the fact that the committee has been receiving allocations from the Government but has not implemented any programme or activity,’ he said. Village Development and Security Committee chairman Ramli Ungking when contacted, confirmed that the petition had been sent to the Information Department and urged the department to appoint new members for the committee as soon as possible. “We regretted that this committee has been misused by irresponsible individuals. Rectification measures should have long been taken to enable the committee to truly benefit the village,” he said. According to Zawawi, they were made to understand that the committee chaired by Ismail Montiroi has been suspended by the department but the residents have yet to receive any formal notification letter regarding the matter.

SUNDAY-16TH DECEMBER 2007-New junction gives easy access to residents

New junction gives easy access to residents

The residents of Taman Sri Kepayan Phase 6, 7 and 8 now have easy access into their residential area with the completion of a new junction along the Kepayan By-pass. Kepayan assemblyman Datuk Edward Khoo said residents of the housing estate no longer need to make a “U” turn in order to enter the junction into Tanam Sri Kepayan. He said this after visiting the road junction which was completed about three months ago. Khoo who is also Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, said the residents had written to him about their plight. Previously, those who travelled from the city had to make a “U” turn before they could enter the junction to the housing estate.
“After receiving a letter about their problem, I made the proposal to the Public Works Department (PWD) to have a junction built and it was approved,” he said. Meanwhile, 21 low income families from Kepayan constituency yesterday received a special contribution from their assemblyman. The assistance was part of the special State Government allocation given to each assemblyman to assist the needy, including the poor in their respective constituency. Khoo said part of the financial aid had been given to students from poor families to lessen the burden of their parents. “For those who were not present today, we will send the assistance personally to them,” he said.


Keadilan Sabah praises police
Sabah Keadilan had nothing but praises for the police on December 14 when Bersih decided to hand over a memorandum to Head of State Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at the Istana. The memorandum which among others seeks a clean electoral roll, abolish the postal voting system and for a fair access to media, was received by the Governor’s deputy secretary, Ibrahim Mohd Asri. Bersih is an election watchdog and an umbrella organisation for 64 non governmental organisations and six political parties, including Keadilan. “When I read the report in the Borneo Post, I am so happy to note that the Bersih group was allowed to voice out their points contained in the memorandum by Acting City Police Chief Superintendent Rowell Marong and was allowed to head to the Istana to hand over the memorandum to His Excellency which was received by his deputy secretary. “I also like to congratulate Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim for his wisdom and patience. We have put meaning to Article 10 of the Federal Constitution which gives right to Malaysians to freedom of assembly,” said Sabah Keadilan information chief Dr Edwin Bosi ma statement yesterday. Commenting on the statement of Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan’s political secretary in a local paper (not the Borneo Post) on December 15, entitled “Sabah PKR: We don’t condone street demos”, Dr Edwin said that it is Kanul Gindol’s personal comment, and not the view of the party. “In the first place there was no street demonstration. It was a peaceful gathering with a very important mission to seek help from His Excellency concerning about electoral fraud. Sabah Keadilan believes in changing the Government via the ballot box. As stated by Keadilan Vice President Sivarasah a/l Rasah, all we want is a transparent election, not a transparent box.”

SUNDAY-16TH DECEMBER 2007-Govt fair in giving assistance: Rosnah

Govt fair in giving assistance: Rosnah

The Barisan Nasional (BN) Government has always been fair and transparent in providing assistance to the people, especially when it comes to helping them improve their socio-economy and standard of living. Papar Member of Parliament Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said to ensure the people’s problem and grouses are heard, the Government has appointed its agents such as the village chiefs and the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) to be its eyes and ears. “Therefore any problems should be forwarded to these agents as they can assist in finding the solutions as well as giving the rakyat the right information about the BN Government’s policies,” she said at a meet-the-people session at Kampung Limbahau here recently.