PETALING JAYA: Goodbye Selangor, hello Malacca.
That sums up the fate of the proposal by Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) to build the new Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus in Serendah as ownership of the 448-acre plot, where the campus was to be, has now reverted to the Selangor government under controversial circumstances.
YBK chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom told The Malay Mail the deadline set by the State government for the foundation to settle outstanding quit rent of RM5.6 million expired last Friday.
This was despite the offer made by Yayasan Melaka to settle the foundation’s quit rent as the offer came a little too late, since the Selangor government had already rejected the foundation’s application to extend the quit rent payment deadline.
Zainal Abidin said the foundation was informed last Friday evening via a letter from the State government that their application to extend the payment deadline was rejected.
All is not lost for the foundation’s plan as the Malacca government has already approved a 200-acre plot in Kampung Seri Mendapat, Mukim Semujuk, Jasin to build the UiTM campus there.
The Malay Mail learnt that the deal was approved by the Malacca government on Jan 21.
The foundation would now conduct discussions with Yayasan Melaka for a joint-venture project to develop the land. Only then would the foundation decide if it should proceed with the proposed UiTM campus project there, originally planned to be handled by its subsidiary, Permodalan YBK Sdn Bhd.
“I am thankful to Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Yayasan Melaka for their concern and assistance,” said Zainal Abidin.
On efforts by the foundation to seek help to settle the quit rent arrears earlier, he said the foundation tried to seek help from government-linked companies and private institutions but they had to pull out for various reasons.
Although the Selangor project has been cancelled, Zainal Abidin said the foundation would continue with their legal suit against the State government for defamatory claims as well as to claim due loss.
Last Friday, YBK had lodged a police report against the Selangor Menteri Besar’s office for alleged defamatory statements on the charitable body and its trustees.
The State government had allegedly used the inability of the foundation to settle quit rent arrears for portions of its 1,642-acre land bank as “bargaining chips” to get the Selangor MB and State exco member Rodziah Ismail appointed to YBK’s board of trustees.
In justifying the State government’s demands, Selangor MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had stated the government’s involvement in YBK would ensure transparency and accountability in managing resources handed over to the foundation.
YBK has since appointed a team of lawyers to look into the matter and its legal panel head, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, had recently said YBK’s trustees were not empowered to appoint another trustee to the board as it is a private trust board created under the Trustee Incorporation Act 1952 and the trust deed.
Even the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has entered the picture and are studying whether there are possible elements of power abuse in the State government’s post-for-project demand in YBK.
The State government had retaliated last Friday by issuing a statement saying that they are determined to ensure transparency in YBK by declassifying information relating to all assets and funds given to YBK.
“The police report by the foundation’s chairman Datuk Zainal Sakom will not derail the State’s efforts to unveil the foundation’s activities, ownership of property and land, methods of obtaining them and all its programmes,” said the statement released by Khalid via his political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
It also stated the MB’s office has been receiving and collecting numerous documents from various government units and agencies to compile and summarise the assets, funds, projects and activities regarding YBK into documents which will be released as soon as possible.
Despite losing the 448 acres to the State government, Zainal Abidin told The Paper That Cares that the foundation still owns the remaining 900 acres in the area.
“This land belongs to us as long as we are paying taxes to the Selangor government. I hope we will be able to do whatever we want with the land without their intrusion.”
Alleging unfairness, Zainal Abidin said: “There are lots of other undeveloped plots of land whose owners have not paid due taxes to the State government. I hope the Selangor government would be fair and will not only target YBK land.
“I am sorry for the Selangor people, especially the people in Serendah, for not being able to develop the land.
“As a son of Selangor, I am disappointed as the foundation’s plan could have brought much benefit for the people there. But, what can we say if the State government itself is not willing to co-operate?”
YBK CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
Jan 6: Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) rejects an order by the Selangor State financial officer, Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman, in a letter dated Dec 7, to appoint Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail as trustees of the foundation. This results in YBK’s Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus project on a 448-acre site in Serendah, Selangor, not getting the green light to take off. In its letter to the State government, YBK explains that it needs the State’s go-ahead for the project so that it could pay off its quit rent arrears.
Jan 8: YBK says it will seek legal advice on whether to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the State government’s post-for-project demand. Its panel of lawyers advises that this be done. The Selangor government explains that a seat for it on the YBK board will ensure the foundation’s transparency and accountability in handling funds.
Jan 9: The Malacca State government offers YBK an alternate site in Jasin for its UiTM campus project.
Jan 11: A non-governmental organisation called Bersih Bangun Selangor (Bebas) files a report with the MACC against Abdul Khalid over the UiTM campus project issue. Bebas chairman, Mohd Abdul Raof Mokhtar, says the report is to ensure the matter will be investigated by the commission.
Jan 13: The Selangor State government demands audit reports of YBK’s financial accounts and administration matters for the past five years. The foundation responds that it need not submit such reports to the State government, but only to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Jan 18: YBK says it is willing to sell its 1,300-acre plot of land in Serendah — part of which is for the UiTM project — to the Selangor State government at half the price if the land indeed costs RM540 million as alleged.
Jan 21: YBK’s legal panel poured cold water on Abdul Khalid’s demand that the trustees appoint him as foundation chairman because the trustees don’t have the power to do so.
Jan 29: YBK lodged a police report against the Selangor Menteri Besar’s office for allegedly spreading defamatory statements on the body and its trustees. The foundation learnt their application to extend the deadline for quit rent payment has been rejected by the Selangor State government via letter.
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SHAH ALAM, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim today proposed for the Poverty Eradication Foundation (YBK) to join forces with the state government in carrying out poverty eradication programmes in the state.
He said as the state government was also implementing poverty eradication programmes, joint cooperation would ensure that the programmes were managed well.
“It will be beneficial for the foundation to work with us, just like we are working with MAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Council), so that we can focus on helping the poor and avoid overlapping programmes.
“The state’s resources are limited, and we have a lot of poor people to help. By cooperating, we can better manage our resources and that of YBK,” he told reporters after chairing a Selangor Economic Action Council meeting here today.
The state government had earlier stated its wish to appoint Abdul Khalid as YBK chairman and Selangor Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Rodziah Ismail to the board as the state government’s representative to ensure transparency and sound management of YBK.
SELANGOR-FOUNDATION 2 (LAST) SHAH ALAM
YBK chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom was reported as saying that the organisation would have to immediately pay RM6 million in quit rent arrears if they did not accept Abdul Khalid as chairman, which would delay the development of a UiTM campus on the foundation’s land in Serendah, Selangor.
Abdul Khalid also refuted a statement made by Zainal Abidin that the organisation’s financial audit reports were published on its official website since 1999 for public display.
“I never said YBK did not have projects, but there have been no annual financial reports for YBK yet. If they were given property or land, they should submit the annual reports to the state government, but they haven’t,” he said.
In another development, Abdul Khalid said the state government would give the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) two weeks to resolve the issue of relocating the bus and taxi operations from the old bus terminal in Klang town to the Klang Sentral Station in Meru.
“The MPK has informed me that the problem is almost resolved as most of the bus and taxi operators have agreed to move, and tomorrow they will discuss with the councillors to find the best solution,” he said.
January 13, 2010 19:48 PM
Selangor To Issue Detailed YBK Report
SHAH ALAM, Jan 13 (Bernama) — The Selangor state government will prepare a detailed report on the funds, assests or land that had been contributed to Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) (a poverty eradication foundation) since it was set up, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
The report was to clarify the status of the state government’s participation in the welfare body, he said at a news conference after chairing the state executive council meeting here Wednesday.
He said the report was expected to be ready by the end of the month as he had to declassify documents related to YBK including (minutes of) state exco meetings that were under the Official Secrets Act before the report could be made available publicly.
Abdul Khalid said: “The report is also to clarify the state government’s committment to ensure the funds and assets given to YBK really benefit the poor.”
Besides that the information regarding projects given to YBK as to how much money had been spent and who had benefitted from the projects would also be stated, he said.
The state government had earlier stated its desire to appoint the Menteri Besar as Chairman of YBK and the proposal was based on status and not personality, and that Welfare, Women Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation exco, Rodziah Ismail, be appointed as a board member and the state’s representative, to ensure transparency and the foundation management’s reponsibility, he said.
“I do not know how many people had been helped by YBK and the costs involved,” he said when asked whether the body had not been transparent in its operations.
The reason for the state government to be involved in YBK was because the state government allocated land and funds for welfare.
That is why the state government had interest in YBK, he said.
YBK was estbalished in 1990 under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952. It was officially launched in April 1990 by the then Selangor Menteri Besat Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.
SHAH ALAM, Jan 12 — The Selangor government has asked the Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) or Poverty Eradication Foundation to prepare an audit report detailing its financial flow and asset management.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (picture) , political secretary to the menteri besar, said based on the state government’s monitoring, YBK had never issued an audit report on its financial accounts and administration over the past five years.
“In fact, YBK has not issued any report on how the money allocated for the poverty eradication programmes was spent,” he said in a statement here today.
In view of this, he said the state government is willing to provide an allocation to enable the audit report to be prepared immediately since hundreds of millions of ringgit in assets and financial aid had been given to YBK.
He said the state government also hoped that all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would support the effort to ensure that YBK would implement its programmes in a more transparent and responsible manner.
“We are now trying to ensure that YBK’s poverty eradication programmes are properly implemented to benefit the deserving regardless of their race, religion or political sentiments,” he said.
Prior to this, the YBK is reported as having disputed the Selangor government’s imposition of a pre-condition for the approval of a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus project on a piece of land owned by the foundation in Serendah.
Its chairman, Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom, is reported as saying that the dispute arose after Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim asked the NGO to appoint him (Khalid) as the new YBK chairman as a pre-condition for approval of the project.
Zainal Abidin said the state government also demanded that YBK pay up arrears in quit rent amounting to RM6 million if it did not agree to the pre-condition. — Bernama
7 JANUARI 2010
PENGLIBATAN KERAJAAN NEGERI DALAM YBK AKAN JAMIN KETELUSAN
SHAH ALAM : Keputusan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk mengambil bahagian dalam operasi Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) adalah untuk memastikan ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban dalam mengurus tadbir sumber negeri yang diserahkan kepada yayasan tersebut.
Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri telah membuat keputusan pada 20 Oktober lalu untuk melantik dua wakil daripada kerajaan negeri supaya duduk di dalam Lembaga Pengarah YBK dan berpendapat Dato’ Menteri Besar perlu dilantik sebagai pengerusi YBK dan sementara Exco Selangor yang memegang portfolio kebajikan dilantik sebagai anggota lembaga.
Keputusan ini diambil kerana kerajaan negeri khuatir dengan masalah ketelusan dalam memastikan sumber kewangan yayasan itu diurus tadbir dengan baik dan memberi manafaat kepada golongan miskin di Selangor. Sumber kewangan ini termasuk 448 ekar tanah di Serendah.
Memandangkan kerajaan negeri telah memberi tapak tanah yang nilainya berjuta ringgit kepada yayasan tersebut, kami perlu memastikan orang miskin di Selangor mendapat faedah daripada penggunaan tanah tersebut. Ini bukan keputusan bermotif politik, tetapi satu langkah untuk memastikan sumber negeri diuruskan dengan telus dan bertanggungjawaban,” kata Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Khalid berkata kerajaan negeri boleh mengambil bahagian dalam entiti bukan kerajaan yang menerima dana kerajaan. “Ini bukan konsep baru. Persatuan Bola Sepak Selangor juga bukan satu entity kerajaan tapi ianya dipengerusikan oleh Menteri Besar juga menerima dana kerajaan.”
Tambah Khalid lagi, pembabitan kerajaan negeri tidak akan mengganggu program membasmi kemiskinan di Selangor yang dijalankan oleh yayasan tersebut. “Melalui kerjasama semua pihak, kami akan bertambah baik dan akan wujud ‘check and balance’. Malah dengan pembabitan Kerajaan Negeri, kami boleh memberi lebih banyak sumber kepada yayasan itu,” kata Menteri Besar.
Kerajaan negeri berharap isu ini tidak akan dipolitikan lagi kerana keputusan telahpun dibuat atas dasar kepentingan rakyat Selangor.
PEJABAT DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
MACC TO PROBE YAYASAN FIASCO?
PETALING JAYA: Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (Selangor Darul Ehsan) will be seeking legal advice on whether it should lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against the Selangor government’s post-for-project decision.
Foundation chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom told The Malay Mail this morning that the State’s directive to appoint Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail as chairman and trustee respectively along with two other State government representatives was a clear indication it plans to take over the foundation.
“The board of trustees cannot have more than six board members. As the State government wants four of its representatives on board, then it is clear that it wants to take over the foundation,” he said in refuting Rodziah’s statement that the State government just wanted to add and not replace the trustees (see accompanying report).
He also refuted a claim by Rodziah that the land bank under the foundation belonged to the State government and it, therefore, must get involved to monitor its usage to prevent misappropriation.
“The 1,642 acres of land in Serendah awarded to the foundation in 1995 does not belong to the State. We have already paid the premiums on the land and we own the title. How can she say that the land belongs to the State?” he asked.
Zainal, who rebutted claims that the State government had given the foundation 3,000 acres of land, also refuted Rodziah’s claim that the State government wanted to prevent misappropriation.
“The UiTM project is the first one we are going to develop. There is no way we have misappropriated anything as all the land is still an undeveloped forest. It is only now that we are going to start developing the land,” he said.
Zainal said the foundation had built 1,000 housing units for the poor on land provided by the State government or private land, other than the 1,642 acres awarded in 1995.
On Rodziah’s statement that the State’s involvement will allow them to assist the foundation on aspects such as management and administration, as well as planning of poverty eradication programmes, Zainal said: “We also know how to do management and administration. We have been doing this on our own and we are capable of doing this on our own. We have also been in the land business for 20 years.”
Yesterday, The Malay Mail had reported that YBK, and its subsidiary Permodalan YBK Sdn Bhd, could not proceed with the development of the UiTM campus because it had refused to bow to pressure from the State government.
The State government, it was learnt, had used the inability of the foundation to settle quit rent arrears for 1,642 acres of its land as a “bargaining chip” to get Khalid and Rodziah appointed to YBK’s board of trustees.
The foundation, which has had its numerous appeals to pay off the arrears by surrendering some of its land turned down, had wanted to settle the arrears with its earnings from the UiTM project — which is slated to accommodate 5,000 students.
The project was awarded a Letter of Intent by the Federal government’s Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in 2008 and Permodalan YBK was subsequently issued a letter of approval by the Hulu Selangor District Council.
The council, however, had stated that the project could only go ahead if the foundation obtained the final approval of the State Planning Committee, something that was never given.
We just want to add, says Rodziah
PETALING JAYA: Rodziah Ismail, when contacted, said when the foundation was set up during former Selangor MB Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s tenure, there was coordination between the foundation and State government.
“However, after he resigned as the MB, the foundation was left on its own and became like a private entity,” she said.
“Aside from allowing us having a say in the foundation’s programmes on eradicating poverty, it will also allow us to monitor and control other aspects of the foundation, such as administration and planning.”
Rodziah said it was also necessary for the State government to protect its own interests, especially in regards to land matters, as the State had awarded YBK a lot of land over the years to fulfill its purpose.
“As the land still belongs to the State, we need to ensure that its use is monitored to avoid misappropriation,”
“The State government’s involvement is not political. There is nothing political about this, nor do we have any personal interest in the foundation. We have no intention to taking over or replacing the board of trustees.
“We’re just asking for two additions: the MB as chairman and I as a trustee because I am in charge of welfare in the State,” Rodziah said, adding that the Selangor government had the right to do so since YBK owed the State more than RM5 million in quit rent arrears.
She does not see any problem if YBK wants to surrender some of its land to settle its quit rent arrears.
However, she did not address the issue of why requests by the foundation for the State government to accept this contra deal were not entertained.
On whether the foundation’s refusal to comply with the directive from State Financial Officer Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman, in a letter dated Dec 7, to give the key positions in YBK to Khalid and herself had anything to do with YBK’s inability to proceed with its development of the RM300 million UiTM campus project in Serendah, Rodziah said: “We are very supportive of the development, but the issue is that YBK has not paid the quit rent on the land which it claims to own. If the basics can’t even be solved, how can we allow it to proceed?”
State government’s response
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government’s decision for Khalid to be made chairman of YBK and Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail a trustee is a strategic decision to ensure that its resources are properly utilised.
A spokesman for the MB’s office told The Malay Mail yesterday that “everything was done above board”.
The State government, she said, saw this as a strategic decision as it had given YBK some 3,000 acres of land worth RM300 million for welfare purposes and that its participation would ensure that the resources were properly utilised.
She said it was not strange for the State government to be involved in the running of non-governmental organisations, citing the case of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS), where the MB sits as president since funds for FAS come from the State, as an example.
She said the directive to appoint Khalid and Rodziah is also not specific to these two individuals per se, but their positions as MB and State executive councillor in charge of Welfare will continue even if the current government is replaced.
Malaysia’s vision of becoming a developed nation by the year 2020 will be delayed by 10 years, said the country’s best known economist, Dr KS Jomo.
According to Jomo, who is a senior United Nations official, the average GDP (gross domestic product) growth of 9 percent before the 1997/1998 financial crisis have been slashed to only around 5 percent.
He said private investments in Malaysian has significantly reduced and public spending is now becoming more prominent as the engine of growth.
Jomo, who was a professor of economics in Universiti Malaya before joining the UN in 2005, met with senior Selangor government leaders yesterday to give a private briefing on the global economic crisis and its impact on Malaysia’s most industralised state.
“Also attended the lecture at the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam were Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor economic adviser Anwar Ibrahim, members of the state executive council including Teresa Kok and Dr Hasan Ali,” said a statement issued by the MB’s office.
S’gor in better position than other states
Jomo argued that Selangor has an advantage over other states because of its location, existing infrastructure and the fact that it is already the preferred investment destination for many industry players.
He said it was imperative for Selangor to attract high value-added industries and create jobs with decent salary scale.
“He proposed for Selangor to focus on the developing strategies to attract these industries without using too much of the government’s resources,” said the statement.
During the briefing, which involved showing a number of slides, Jomo provided an example of the public-private partnership (PPP) model that benefits both the government and the private investors as one of the way to propel the state forward.
But he cautioned the state against embarking the old PPP model which promotes corruption.
The assistant secretary-general for economic development in United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who is in Malaysia for a visit, also gave a lecture on global economics to a packed hall two weeks ago.
PEJABAT MB ANJUR FORUM BINCANG KURSUS BTN
SHAH ALAM: Sekumpulan ahli politik muda dari pelbagai parti, budayawan dan pemerhati politik akan berkumpul di PJLA Theatre pada 7.45malam Rabu depan (23 Disember 2009) untuk satu forum bertajuk “Biro Tatanegara (BTN): Patriotik atau Perkauman?”
Antara panelis yang terlibat dalam forum tersebut termasuk YB Amirudin Shari (ADUN Batu Caves), Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dasuki (bekas calon Parlimen UMNO Tumpat), Eddin Khoo (Budayawan), YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Setiausaha Politik kepada Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor Selangor dan juga ADUN Seri Setia), serta penulis blog dan kolumnis Malaysiakini.com, K J John.
Forum tersebut yang dianjur oleh Pejabat Menteri Besar juga turut dihadiri oleh bekas peserta BTN turut akan hadir untuk berkongsi pengalaman mereka sepanjang penyertaan dalam program BTN. Ianya juga akan disiarkan secara langsung di TV Selangor (www.tvselangor.com.my)
Orang ramai dialu-alukan hadir untuk mengambil bahagian dalam forum yang bakal meninjau kewajaran pelaksanaan BTN dalam konteks perpaduan rakyat dan menilai keperluan untuk mengkaji semula modul kursus yang sedia ada ini.
Seperti mana yang disebutkan oleh Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, forum tersebut bertujuan mendedahkan kepada orang ramai mengenai intipati modul kursus berkenaan dan sebagai langkah untuk memperbetulkan perlaksanaan kursus tersebut.
Pada 25 November lalu, Kerajaan Negeri telah membuat keputusan untuk menghentikan penyertaan mahasiswa Institut Pengajian Tinggi (IPT) milikan Kerajaan Negeri, pegawai jabatan dan agensi Kerajaan Negeri ke program BTN.
Langkah sedemikian diambil kerana BTN telah digunakan sebagai alat indoktrinisasi Barisan Nasional untuk membangkitkan sentimen perkauaman dan kebencian terhadap pemimpin pembangkang.
Pengisian ini bukan sahaja tidak langsung menyumbang kepada perpaduan rakyat, malah menggalakkan budaya fitnah terhadap pemimpin pembangkang yang bercanggahan dengan prinsip sistem dua parti.
Forum akan bermula pada 7.45 malam Sebarang pertanyaan, sila hubungi Saifullah 013-3005461 atau pejabat Menteri Besar di talian 03-5544 7017.
PEJABAT MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
December 18, 2009
MB Office Hosts Forum On BTN Course
SHAH ALAM: A group of young politicians from various parties, cultural activist and political observers will gather at PJLA Theater on Wednesday (December 23, 2009) night to discuss on the relevancy of the Biro Tatanegara (BTN) course.
Among those who will speak at the forum entitled “Biro Tatanegara (BTN): Patriotic or racism?” (BTN: Patriotic or Racist) are YB Amirudin Shari (Batu Caves assemblyman), Dr. Ashraf Wajdi Dasuki (former UMNO candidate for Tumpat parliamentary seat), culture activist Eddin Khoo, YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Political Secretary to Dato ‘ Menteri Besar Selangor and Seri Setia assemblyman) and Malaysiakini.com columnist KJ John.
Also attending the forum – organized by the Office of Selangor Menteri Besar – are former BTN participants who will share their experiences in attending BTN programmes. The forum will also be broadcast live on TV Selangor (www.tvselangor.com.my)
The public is welcome to attend to take part in the forum will review implementation of fairness in the context of national unity BTN and evaluate the need to review the course module is available.
As mentioned by the Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the forum aims to expose to the public about the essence of the course module and the implementation of measures to correct the course.
On 25 November 2009, the State Government announced its decision to discontinue the participation of students Institute of Higher Learning (IPT) under its control and government officers in BTN program. The step was taken after it was revealed that the course is used as a political tool.
It is felt that BTN does not contribute to national unity, but instead encourages a culture of persecution against opposition leaders and this is conflict with the principle of two-party system.
For more information please contact Saifullah at 013-3005461 or the Menteri Besar’s office at 03-55 44 7017
OFFICE OF MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
Sekretariat Akhbar Kerajaan Negeri Selangor
Tingkat 4, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Laman web: www.selangorkini.com.my, www.selangor.gov.my, www.tvselangor.com.
Tel: 03-55447456, Fax: 03-55135068
(Sebarang pertanyaan, sila hubungi Ketua Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Selangor, Ginie Lim 013-6276862)
RODZIAH ISMAIL, who is in charge of the Women’s Affairs, Welfare, Science, Technology & Innovation and Culture Committee says, “At least one per cent of government projects will also be offered to disabled people to ensure that they get a fair chance in business, too,” she added.
She said the idea had long been mooted and even practised internally but the announcement was not made yet to officially invite application from disabled people.
“Currently, disabled people take up only 0.3% of the posts in our administration throughout the state so we are at the same time offering education and skills training to prepare them for the posts,” she said.
Also, factories in the state have 18,000 jobs to be filled and the government had arranged for the disabled to sit for the interviews because they are skilled.
The state’s next step in improving the welfare for the disabled groups is to have a sign language interpreter at the front desk of government organisations.
“We also want the entire state to be barrier-free as we are having an increasing population of disabled people. So far, Selangor has 20,000 disabled people but many still have not registered with us.
“I would say MBPJ is the champion in making its city accessible to the disabled and it is indeed an excellent example for all other local councils to emulate,” she added.