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Monday November 3, 2008

Glitch, but residents still turn up for meeting

SUBANG Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh has urged residents not to spread rumours without first checking whether there was any truth to them.

“There have been many rumours lately concerning me and development in Subang Jaya, which are untrue,” she said.

“If need be, email me to ask and I’ll answer you,” Yeoh said, as she addressed the residents of SS18, Subang Jaya during the second town hall meeting organised by her office at the SS18 field on Friday.

Fielding questions: Yeoh (right) answering questions posed by a resident of SS18.

A disruption to power supply at the park a few hours before the meeting was due to begin did not deter the residents from turning up and making their voices heard.

Lights came on after a resident connected the equipment to the power supply of his home.

Instead of updating residents on various issues on which she was working, as she had done at the last town hall meeting, this time round, she got the SS18 residents to ask questions of general concern.

Also present were Chief Inspector Sulaiman Baputty from the SS17 police station, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deputy president Mohamad Yusoff Ghazali and MPSJ management service director Muhammad Azli Miswan.

Resident M. Vivekananda questioned Yeoh on the privatisation of the car park in SS15, Subang Jaya.

“As far as we all know, the car park area has always been part and parcel of the multi-purpose hall.

“But, now, the car park and the hall seem to be two separate entities, with the fencing around the hall.

“How is this possible when it was meant as a public car park so that people could park their cars to go for functions and weddings in the hall?” asked the 56-year-old.

Yeoh said she would look into the matter as the privatisation was done before her time as assemblyman.

Residents also brought up the issue of piping done by Syabas, claiming that it had left the roads damaged.

Yeoh told residents to inform Syabas about the damaged roads so that Syabas could undertake the repairs.

“The piping was changed to replace old pipes which caused dirty water,” she explained.

Another issue which irked residents was double-parked cars, which they termed as a nuisance and a menace.

“Everywhere in Subang Jaya and USJ, people are double- or triple-parking. Perhaps it’s high time to step up enforcement on this,” said one resident.

“At the same time, there are places with insufficient parking so drivers have no choice but to double-park. Maybe what can be done is to look into allowing a 15-minute designated time like what’s being done overseas, so cars get to park and then leave for other motorists.”

Yeoh admitted that parking had always been a problem, given the over-development in the township and the attitude of motorists who did not want to walk far to run their errands.

She also clarified on the Skim Warga Tua Emas (Senior Citizens Scheme), whereby senior citizens aged 60 years and above born in Selangor or had lived in Selangor for 15 years, are eligible to register for a payment of RM2,500 from the state government,

“There are a few criteria for this.

“The scheme states that upon death of the senior citizen, the next-of-kin will be handed RM1,000 within 24 hours. The balance would be given within 60 days of the passing to assist family members with the funeral expenses,” she said.

Subang Jaya residents who wish to find out more about the scheme can call Yeoh’s assistant Timothy Ho at 03-5631 2768 (Mon to Fri, 1pm to 7pm).

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