THE Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project has certainly been the talk of many angry Petaling Jaya (PJ) residents these past two months. There has been much debate for and against the project. Its concessionaire Kidex Sdn Bhd says it will ease traffic congestion in PJ and have spillover economic benefits. PJ residents however fear increased noise, […]
Najib vs Anwar: Who makes a better PM?By Refsa
WHO will make a better prime minister? Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim? Refsa compares both politicians.
Is MBPJ trustworthy?Ampersand By KW Mak
Nobody in MBPJ seems to want to take responsibility for illegally converting a field in Kelana Jaya from recreational to commercial use. Former councillor KW Mak points to more evidence of how unaccountable and untrustworthy the council has become.
The Scorpene scandal and the long arm of the lawIn A Nutshell by Andrew Khoo
AS a party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, how well do our government ministers understand Malaysia’s obligations under this international treaty and local laws on international cooperation on criminal matters? Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent snubbing of the inquiry by a French court into the Scorpene submarines scandal suggest ignorance, at the very least.
A Matter of InterpretationAmpersand by KW Mak
As a councillor, I have come across some of the strangest interpretations of the law. This can be by council officers who are tasked with implementing the law, or by laypeople at the receiving end of the law. Along with their peculiar interpretations are mixed messages about whether the law works or not, or if […]
Superheroes needed in MBPJAmpersand by KW Mak
SOMETIMES, I get accused of playing hero when I go public with issues. The accusations stem from the notion that I supposedly do not go through official channels to resolve matters and that I’m only interested in the publicity that the issue generates. Are such accusations true? Perhaps the best way to answer this is […]
Why should we care what MBPJ does?Ampersand by KW Mak
MOST ratepayers are unlikely to know this. But according to the Local Government Act, if a local council incurs a debt it cannot pay, ratepayers can be compelled to pay up instead. Section 45 of the Local Government Act states that should the local council default in payment of a loan for three months, the […]
The arbitrariness of moral policingBy Shanon Shah
CRITICISMS towards moral policing in Malaysia are nothing new. Back in 2005, the Federal Territories Islamic Department came under fire after its infamous raid of Kuala Lumpur’s Zouk nightclub. After the Muslim detainees’ claims of sexual harassment and other abuse by religious enforcers, the government sought to curb moral policing, in rhetoric at least. In […]
“Is Chinese penis really that good?”By Shanon Shah
IN part two of stories about those who have encountered the religious police, freelance writer Nabila Nasir, 25, recounts the harassment and extortion she and a now ex-boyfriend experienced at the hands of moral guardians in mid-2007.
Allegations of low-cost flat abuse continueBy KW Mak
THE following is my second press statement on the matter of improper ownership of low-cost flat units. My first press statement dated 24 Feb 2010 revealed that I had found several senior Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) staff owning low-cost apartment units. This was despite them drawing a salary of more than RM2,500 at the […]