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Raja Nong Chik: Puduraya upgrading to be completed by year-end

KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday 24 August 2010 (Bernama) — Upgrading works at the Puduraya bus terminal cannot be completed in time for Hari Raya due to a wrong estimation of the structure and works involved, said Federal Territories and Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin today.

He said once the project had started, the contractor appointed by UDA Holdings realised that more time would be required to complete the upgrading works to ensure it lived up to the expectations and needs of the public.

“UDA Holdings had initially hinted that the project would be completed and used two weeks before Hari Raya Aidilfitri but instead two weeks ago, I received a call from UDA (Holdings) that since the structure needed to be reviewed to include lifts and a number of other inclusions, it will be delayed,” he said.

Due to the recent development, the terminal would only be ready by end of the year as per what was stated in the initial contract, said Raja Nong Chik after handing out Hari Raya contributions of RM300 and dates to 400 low income families registered under the e-kasih programme.

Source: Sin Chew Jit Poh

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Tubuhkan konsortium untuk dapatkan pekerja asing – Raja Nong Chik

Lagi mengenai pekerja asing. Ada pihak yang menentang keras mengenai isu pekerja asing, tapi ada juga yang menyokong kerana mereka memerlukan pekerja asing supaya perniagaan mereka berjalan lancar. Senang kita berkata apa saja, tapi apa kata kita dengar pendapat semua pihak. Buka menutup sebelah telinga, dan melantangkan suara.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan peniaga Pasar Pudu, di sini, dicadang menubuhkan konsortium bagi memohon supaya pekerja warga asing dibenarkan bekerja sebagai pembantu di premis mereka, kata Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Bagaimanapun, katanya perkara itu bukan di bawah bidang kuasa Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) tetapi perlu dikemukakan kepada Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) untuk mendapat kelulusan.

“Jika ikutkan dasar kerajaan, kita memang tidak galakkan pekerja asing bekerja sebagai pembantu di pasar ini tetapi kerana ada permintaan daripada peniaga dan kita faham ada kerja di pasar ini yang tidak mampu dan tidak mahu dibuat oleh warga tempatan seperti buat kerja berat dan angkat barang.

“Oleh itu, saya fikir penggunaan pekerja asing ini boleh dipertimbangkan dan saya akan sokong permintaan peniaga di pasar ini yang mahu mengambil pekerja asing tetapi perlu dibuat secara terkawal dan sah dan bawa ia kepada KDN.

“Peniaga di pasar ini boleh mengambil contoh Pasar Borong Selayang yang menggunakan kaedah ini (menubuhkan konsortium) untuk mendapatkan khidmat pekerja asing. Bagaimanapun, sebarang kelulusan, terpulang kepada KDN kerana isu pekerja asing ini adalah isu sensitif,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas mengadakan lawatan ke Pasar Pudu, baru-baru ini.

Hadir sama, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.

Raja Nong Chik berkata, setakat ini seramai 300 pekerja asing berkerja di Pasar Pudu untuk menjalankan kerja berat yang tidak mampu dilakukan oleh pekerja tempatan.

“Kita bukan mengecualikan mereka yang tidak mengikut peraturan ini, tetapi kita cari penyelesaian terbaik untuk mengatasi masalah ini. Oleh itu kita cadangkan ditubuhkan konsortium.

“Bagaimanapun, bagi kes yang jual lesen kepada warga asing, memang kita tidak akan bertolak ansur, kita akan ambil tindakan tegas mengenai kesalahan ini iaitu menarik lesen peniaga yang terbabit.

“Setakat tahun lalu hingga tahun ini, seramai 579 peniaga di Pasar Pudu ini sudah ditarik lesen mereka kerana melakukan kesalahan seperti melantik pembantu tanpa kebenaran,” katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata, Pasar Pudu juga akan dinaik taraf selewat-lewatnya awal tahun depan bagi memberikan kemudahan yang lebih baik kepada peniaga dan persekitaran yang lebih selesa kepada pengguna ketika berkunjung ke pasar berkenaan.

“Kita akan lakukan kerja naik taraf longkang di pasar ini, terutama di kawasan gerai yang menjual daging khinzir bagi memudahkan pengaliran air sekali gus menjadikan pasar ini lebih bersih.

“Selain itu, memandangkan lot perniagaan sedia ada ini beroperasi di atas jalan dan tapak pasar agak uzur, jadi kita akan membina tapak konkrit untuk memberi keselesaan kepada peniaga dan pengguna supaya tidak berlaku becak atau air bertakung, terutama ketika hujan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, bagaimanapun tiada peruntukan khusus disediakan untuk kerja naik taraf pasar berkenaan tetapi kementerian akan berusaha mendapatkan peruntukan itu supaya kerja naik taraf boleh dijalankan.

“Kerja naik taraf longkang boleh dijalankan dalam masa terdekat tetapi kerja membina lantai konkrit itu mungkin mengambil masa, jadi saya jangkakan jika tidak dapat dijalankan pada penghujung tahun ini, selewat-lewatnya, awal tahun depan kerja pembinaan boleh dimulakan,” katanya.

Oleh Nor Azma Laila
norazma@bharian.com.my
(Sumber: Berita Harian)

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Raja Nong Chik: we need foreign workers

Believe it or not, Raja Nong Chik said that.

I’ve been busy with my job lately, so haven’t update this blog for quite sometime. But recently I’m attracted to this one issue. We often hear about the foreign workers that are said they keep coming to our country, legally and also illegally although the government keep punishing them and send them back. They came with the boatand all other means, and the last thing they could care is the risk of being drown in the middle of the sea and get hungry in the middle of nowhere. We, as Malaysians could never understand their desperateness, it’s either get to work in Malaysia or die in the middle of nowhere.

But in the other hand,  Malaysia will suffer some loss. Why? Because we put the people on the line of getting the danger either we could or couldn’t think of. If they bring disease (I said if, but let’s hope for the better) we will get infected. If they are bad people, they will harm us. So, it’s either they help flourishing our economics state or wasting our money by any means. If they are here to be alive, then I think we don’t have the right to stop them. What we can do is make them abide our rules so that we still in our safe zone.

Lets hear what people who worked with foreign workers. We will be suprised because most of cases, they are more hardworking than us. They are more diligent than us. They are not picky like most of our youths.

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ALTHOUGH foreign workers do cause certain problems, they are nevertheless needed to meet the manpower shortage in certain sectors, according to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin.

He cited as an example the Pudu Market in Jalan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur, whose business operations could be paralysed if foreign labour was barred.

Nong Chik said he supported the setting-up of a labour consortium like the one at the Selayang market, which would allow foreign workers to be employed for back and house duties such as loading and unloading of goods.

However, this would first require the approval from the Home Ministry, which has jurisdiction over the import of foreign workers.

“Many traders in Pudu are already old and have operated in the market for 30 to 40 years. Their children, meanwhile, are not interested or willing to work in the market,” Nong Chik said.

Nong Chik said this during a visit to meet the Pudu traders yesterday. He was accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail and other officials.

He said his visit was to see for himself the market situation following a report submitted by his special officer Dr Jeffrey Goh after a walkabout in the area about three weeks ago.

One of the issues brought up was on licensing, which had been highlighted by the Pudu Petty Traders and Hawkers Association chairman Jeff Tan and previously reported in StarMetro.

Tan had then said that it was difficult to transfer the ownership of a licence to the next-of-kin after an original owner had died or was too old to conduct business.

“So sometimes, during raids, traders are issued summonses for not having the licence under their own names,” Tan was quoted as saying in the StarMetro report.

The association had then handed over a memorandum to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) petty traders development and management department director Ramly Othman, with a copy forwarded to the minister.

Nong Chik said the ministry would help in such cases for ownership transfer of licence, but that the traders would have to show proof that the ownership of a licence was not being transferred to a foreign worker.

It is learnt that 30% of the Pudu traders are operating without licences or using a previous trader’s licence to operate.

“We’ll have to do a census first to determine whether these traders are genuine before licences can be issued,” Nong Chik said.

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He said the Pudu market definitely needed upgrading, from the flooring which would be laid with concrete, hopefully by early next year, while creating a storage area for storing of goods after trading hours.

“Also, basic infrastructure like the entire drainage system needs cleaning up and upgrading as it was designed more than 30 years back and does not suit today’s needs,” Nong Chik said.

The Pudu market is said to be the biggest in the country, with nearly 1,600 traders.

Source: The Star

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Why don’t we aim for a better nation as we could provide lots of chance to live and at the same time our economy will get better.