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Community centre gets cash aid

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry presented RM2,000 to a group of disabled participants of a food packing programme at Lembah Pantai community centre here, recently.
The donation was handed over to a representative of the centre by Datin Nafesah Raja Nong Chik, wife of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

She also presented a personal donation of RM1,680 to the centre.

“My heart goes out to them and it is time for us to give back to these people,” she said.

The rehabilitation in the community centre was established as a one-stop centre to register, provide reference and information as well as early intervention for the disabled.

The centre started its operation in January and has 15 disabled participants being trained in food packaging.

Among the items they learn to pack are tapioca chips, banana chips, sweets and pickled fruits. These items are packed in 20kg quantities and are sold wholesale to factories.

Each day they are able to pack five kilogrammes of the snacks for sale in the market.

This programme exposes the disabled to the working environmentand helps the rehabilitation centre generate an extra i ncome for the the operations of the centre.

Source: NST

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Puduraya Bus Terminal Opens On April 16

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (Bernama) — The scheduled re-opening of the Puduraya bus terminal on March 1 has to be postponed to April 16 as upgrading works at the premises have yet to complete.

As such, the temporary bus terminal at Bukit Jalil will continue to be operational for the time being, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said Friday.

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He said the decision was made following a discussion with UDA Holdings Berhad, which is the developer of the Puduraya Terminal, and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Friday.

“Facilities at this terminal have to be further improved. I am not satisfied because the ceiling at some places is very low, while the escalator, lift and others have yet to be tested and commissioned,” he told reporters after visiting the Puduraya Terminal here.

He was accompanied by the ministry’s Deputy Secretary-General (Planning and Development) Datuk Bakaruddin Othman, its Deputy Secretary-General (Urban Wellbeing and Management) Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan and Uda Holdings Berhad managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan.

Upgrading works at the Puduraya Terminal began in June 2009 at a cost of RM52 million.

Meanwhile, Jaafar said former traders at Puduraya who had moved to Bukit Jalil would be given priority in the allotment of business stalls at the Puduraya Terminal.

“For those who did not move to Bukit Jalil, we will compensate them for their loses in income by exempting them from paying rental for between six and seven months,” he said.

On the Integrated Transportation Terminal-Bandar Tasik Selatan (TBS-BTS) which will be opened on March 1, SPAD general manager and head of state operations and terminal licensing, Fuad Ahmad, said SPAD would cooperate with the Road Transport Department to overcome problems of ticket touts.

Source:  BERNAMA

Play golf, save an orphan – Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik attended a charity golf tournament at the Tasik Putri Golf & Country Club on last Saturday. Well, actually I think it is not a bad idea. And the tournament managed to raise RM30,000? Wow! Indeed, it’s much more valuable than a normal RM30,000 to the orphans in Rumah Ilham Yayasan Anak Yatim, an orphanage in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Charity Golf Tournament, Creative Idea To Raise Funds For Orphans – Raja Nong Chik

Direct giving away money is not the only way to help people in need, but with this kind of activity, many things can be archieved. Sometimes we heard about celebrities attended charity conserts, and that’s their way to show their concerns. And the rich people can show their concerns thru this activity.

Raja Nong Chik is a good minister?

Like i said last time, everyone can become Federal Territories Minister but it’s hard to find a minister who is always thinking about people and country like Raja Nong Chik.

While browsing a few blogs like usual, I found this blog.

http://zulhilmithebest.blog.friendster.com/2009/06/a-good-menteri-wilayah-persekutuan/

Maybe this is not the best way to show the readers how I appreciate a good minister, but at least I know (and now we know) how a small action from a good minister while he/she is thinking about the people and the country, will reflect back to how pure the intention is. I’m not overpraising here, coz we can read all the news about him around the internet and we can judge from that.

His website: http://rajanongchik.com/

His Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raja-Nong-Chik/79189052061

<– Oh! I already put up the links.

Lets hope that our leaders are all like Raja Nong Chik, always thinking about the people and country.

What Raja Nong Chik says..

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been 100 days since Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin was appointed the Federal Territories Minister on April 14.

While he is focused on making Kuala Lumpur a world-class city, his main priority is still the improvement of the living condition of the poor.

He said his work is guided by the 7Ps — Pembangunan (development); Perumahan (housing opportunity for the poor); Penjaja dan Peniaga Kecil (hawkers and petty traders); Pengangkutan (transportation); Penyelenggaraan Prasana dan Kemudahan Awam (maintenance of infrastructure and public amenities); Perkhidmatan dan Penguatkuasaan (delivery of service and enforcement); and Prihatin (concern towards grouses and complaints by the public).

Raja Nong Chik said as the Umno Lembah Pantai division chairman, he still spends time with the people in the area but what used to be an hour-long discussion was now shortened to 15 minutes because of his tight schedule.

He meets the people at least three or four times a week and interacts with the public on the online social networking website, Facebook. He also has his own blog and uses Tweeter to keep in touch with the public.

In conjunction with his 100th day in office today, Raja Nong Chik shared his views on several issues which are close to his heart:

On improving living condition of the poor:

It is still my main priority to improve the living condition of the city’s poor, especially those with a household income of less than RM1,500 monthly. I am not only looking at providing them with a better place to stay but also an improved maintenance of low-cost flats and job opportunities.
This can be done by awarding them hawker’s licences to help them increase their income. We can also help them by providing them with a house which is near their workplace as they will be able to cut down on transport expenses. An improved public transport will also be a big help to these people.
We are also extending financial aid through the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territories Foundation) including to single mothers and the disabled and also those in need of medical aid.

On improving delivery service and enforcement by City Hall:

I have always stressed the importance of being promptquick in responding to complaints by residents. There are certain things that need time (for deliberation) before action is taken but we have to keep the complainants informed of the status of their reports.
City Hall needs to buck up in its enforcement, but they must do it with due consideration for the people.

On traffic jam and insufficient parking in the city:

There is only one way to overcome these problems — improve the public transport system. Currently, the ratio of people driving compared to those who use public transport is 70 per cent to 30 per cent. It is supposed to be the other way around.In order to reduce traffic jam, we have to increase the number of people taking bus and trains to travel, thus reducing the number of vehicles on the road. At the same time, it will also solve the insufficient parking space and indiscriminate parking in the city.

Transport is under another ministry, but we can help to achieve this goal by working closely with them by giving our feedback and facilitating the process. The same goes with issues involving other government agencies.

On the revival of the Plaza Rakyat project and the opening of the RM70 million integrated transport hub at Bandar Tasik Selatan:

We have to do something about the Plaza Rakyat project which has been stalled for years. We have given an ultimatum to the developer — either they resume work or we will find another company to do it. I hope to see some progress soon.
As for the Bandar Tasik Selatan hub, I have gathered some feedback from residents who are worried that the hub will worsenadd more traffic on the already congested road there. Once the project is completed next year, we will see about 500 express buses coming in and out of the area daily. City Hall is working on finding a solution to the problem.

On grouses raised by residents on the KL Draft Plan:
I have to admit that there were certain things in the draft plan which were done without consulting the residents. I have to focus issue by issue while still having the overall interest of the public in mind.
Take Kampung Padang Balang, for instance. It is a Malay reserve land, so the residents are obviously upset with the development plan which includes extending the light rail transit (LRT) line, which will take up some of the plots. Sure, the residents there as well as other KLites had the opportunity to voice out their grouses during the public hearing, but prior consultation should have been carried out beforehand.
I have to make sure that the residents’ rights to their land are not violated just for the sake of development. In making decisions on the draft plan, I have to look at what is being presented to me by the committee in-charge of the public hearing, get some feedback from the mayor, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail, and also from the residents.
I remember going to my parents’ house in Petaling Jaya and having to put up with the noise from an LRT project in their backyard. But it is for the benefit of the public and now I can hardly notice the train passing by whenever I’m there (laughs).

On the extension of the Keramat Mall:

We are in the midst of acquiring land to build an extension to the existing Keramat Mall. The Datuk Keramat hawkers and petty traders had previously refused to move into the new complex as they were unhappy with the layout. But we are now involving them in the design and planning.
We always must have the stakeholders in mind when making decisions. In this case, the stakeholders are the residents and the hawkers. If they are not happy with the development, then our efforts will go to waste. That is why it is important to get their feedback beforehand.

On Kampung Baru redevelopment:
I can’t say much at this moment as I have yet to meet the residents there. All I can say is that the landowners will not lose out.

On keeping in touch with the public through Facebook:

My children taught me how to use Facebook after getting my wife to sign up. It is a useful tool for me to get feedback, especially from youngsters, who mainly use the Internet. It also serves as a platform for me to gather suggestions and views from the public. I may not be able to meet everyone but I can reach out to them through this channel. I am on Facebook every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.
I have my own blog and I’m also active on Tweeter to keep the public informed of my activities.
As much as I want to spend more time meeting the people, I also need to do a lot of reading which will help me make informed decisions. If I spend too much time outside, I will not have the time to study the proposed plans and will end up making mistakes.

Source: NST

FT scheme to sell houses to tenants may be extended to other states

NUSAJAYA: The Government is looking at extending the concept of selling low-cost houses to existing tenants, currently practised in the Federal Territory, to other states.

“However, we need to fine-tune the scheme before it can be extended to other parts of the country,” Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha told a press conference during a working visit to Nusajaya yesterday.

Earlier, Kong and his deputy Datuk Seri Lajim Ukim attended a briefing in Iskandar Malaysia by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Iskandar Investment Bhd and the master developer of Nusajaya, UEM Land Holdings Bhd.

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that some 44,000 low-cost houses in Kuala Lumpur would be sold to the tenants.

Kong said the Government needed to look into several matters such as the price mechanism, loan payment term and other legal issues before it could introduce the scheme nationwide.

He said the implementation and the success of the scheme in the Federal Territory would be used as a guideline before extending it elsewhere.

“Mind you, there are over 72,000 low-cost houses nationwide,” said Kong.

Asked whether the 50% discount on licences for petty traders in the Federal Territory could be extended to other states too, he said it was up to the state governments because the issuance of these licences came under their jurisdiction.

Source:TheStar

Raja Nong Chik: Kampung Padang Balang tidak dipinggir

KUALA LUMPUR : Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Raja Nong Chik, berkata Kampung Padang Balang, kampung tradisi Melayu di daerah Gombak, di sini, tidak akan diketepikan dalam program pembangunan kerajaan.

“Kerajaan akan pastikan kawasan itu tidak akan ketinggalan sebagai kawasan membangun,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis pelancaran kerja pembinaan pojek jalur lebar berkelajuan tinggi di Taman Tun Dr Ismail, di sini, semalam.

Majlis itu dilancarkan Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

“Yang paling utama, kepentingan masyarakat di situ, kita tak akan abaikan. Yang kedua, pembangunan akan diberikan juga kepada kawasan itu dalam draf perancangan akan datang supaya kawasan itu tidak tertinggal,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, enam tuntutan utama yang dikemukakan penduduk kampung itu untuk dimasukkan dalam pelan pembangunan kawasan berkenaan masih dalam kajian dan keputusan hanya dibuat pada Ogos ini.

Menyentuh mengenai salah faham penduduk dengan kenyataan yang dibuat Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail, mengenai kedudukan penduduk kampung itu, Raja Nong Chik berkata, beliau sendiri sudah ke Kampung Padang Balang memaklumkan kebanyakan penduduk kampung itu penduduk kampung tradisi dan kampung rizab Melayu, tetapi kampung berdekatan adalah setinggan.

Raja Nong Chik turut mengarahkan pegawai DBKL mengadakan pertemuan dengan penduduk Kampung Padang Balang untuk memberi penjelasan mengenai salah faham berhubung isu hak milik tanah penduduk di kawasan itu serta pengunaan istilah peneroka bandar.

(Sumber: Harian Metro)