Selangor Continues to Curb Deviant Movement

SHAH ALAM, 19 Nov: The Selangor State Government will continue to curb ‘deviant movement’ (ajaran sesat) activities in the state to its roots with the cooperation of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).

Jais is now actively seeking evidence to act on groups violating fatwa and faith.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that during 2011, there were 11 reported cases of deviant teachings in Selangor and the case is being investigated under Section 12 (c) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995 for violating the fatwa.

“We will solve this problem. Jais will monitor the group and action to be taken if they are found to deviate from the faith,” he answered Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil (BN-Sementa) at the State Assembly session Selangor today.

Abdul Khalid also said the issue should be resolved altogether instead of pointing fingers and debating the matter

On the 1st of November last year, Jais raided a rally of over 3,500 people, believed to be held in conjunction with the 75th anniversary, of the late Al-Arqam founder, Ashaari Muhammad.

264 Infrastructural Projects Successful under Selangorku Grant

SHAH ALAM, 19 Nov: A total of 264 infrastructure development projects in the whole of Selangor have been built under the Selangorku Grant as of mid-October 2012.

This comprises of nine districts with an estimated cost of RM37.4 million already spent.

These includes, plastering, painting, road and drain repairs, installation and repairs of street lights, road widening, building of lanes, coastal plains, road reserves and the repairing of sewages to prevet blockage.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the following in his 2013 Budget speech.

“Administration and development of Selangor has been carried out in a somewhat different way from other states. The concept of State Revenue for the People is being spread throughout state administration.”

“Implementation capital does not merely come from the state budget. State Government has been creatively using other resources to increase investments in infrastructure development, “he said when commenting on the status of the Selangor Grant implementation amounting to RM300 million.

He added that for sports infrastructure, a total of RM30 million has been allocated and approximately RM6 million has been spent on the 35 projects approved in nine districts.

For non-physical programs, a total of 62 projects have been approved under the Selangor Grant with RM7.48 million spent.

These programmes include the empowerment of women, educational support, young entrepreneurship, rural development movement, workers welfare, corruption eradication and mismanagement, the introduction of the minimum wage, strengthening the culture and the strengthening of democracy.

“The implementation of programs under the Selangor Grant will also be intensified in 2013,” he said.

Selangor Beats Other States in Investment

SHAH ALAM, 19 Nov: Selangor has recorded the highest investment performance in Malaysia with RM6.08 billion January to July this year.

The total includes domestic investments of RM4.59billion and RM1.49 billion of foreign direct investments (FDI).

The investments have created 13,197 new job opportunities for the people of Selangor which include skilled workers, semi-skilled and less-skilled workers as well as professionals.

The figures were given by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

The Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the total amount of investments has increased since last September by RM7.7 million.

He said that, from January to July 2012, a total of 142 investment projects came in to Selangor.

Abdul Khalid added that from 2008 to 2011, Selangor is at the top with Penang being at second place in terms of the total amount of investments that has come in to the state with an average of RM38 billion over four years.

The value of investments that came into Selangor is RM11.87 billion (2008), RM6.76 billion (2009), RM10.64 billion (2010), and RM8.74 billion (2011).

Meanwhile the value of domestic investment (DDI) from 2008 to 2011 was RM2.87 billion (2008), RM2.75 billion (2009), RM5.49 billion (2010) and RM4.5 billion (2011).

For foreign direct investment (FDI), from 2008 to 2011 the recorded investment figure was RM9.0 billion (2008), RM4.01 billion (2009), RM5.15 billion (2010), and RM4.24 billion (2011).

“The number of projects which have been successfully undertaken in Selangor over the period of four years is as much as 302 projects (2008), 278 projects (2009), 325 projects (2010) and 263 projects (2011).

“The job opportunities that came out of the investments in Selangor during the period amounted to 30,890 people (2008), 22,753 people (2009), 27,865 people (2010) and 20,750 people (2011),” he said in his presentation of the 2013 budget in the state assembly today.

State Government to Inspect Batu Caves Condo Project Planning Permission before Making a Decision

SHAH ALAM, 14 Nov: Decisions regarding the condominium project in front of Batu Caves will be made after thorough inspection to prevent any negative effects to the rakyat and the Selangor Government.

Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that this approach is different from the Umno-BN Federal Government that is now promising to cancel the project although it was approved by the previous Umno-BN Selangor government.

He said that every project cancellation has to be done professionally, transparently and responsibly by following procedures to avoid negative consequences to the state.

It is being understood that should the project be cancelled without following procedures, the State Government will have to compensate the project developer, Dolomite Park Avenue.

“We are committed in fixing any carelessness and mistakes which had been made by the Umno-BN government before this.”

“However, this has to be done in order and in accordance with policies of the state government which is fair and just,” he said in a press conference after chairing the Exco meeting here, today.

Recently, the English language newspaper, The Sun, had exposed the approval of the 29 storey condominium project by the Selayang Municipal Council during the Umno-BN governance in 2007.

At the Batu Caves Deepavali celebrations last night, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had declared that Umno-BN will cancel the project should they return to govern Selangor.

In Abdul Khalid’s reply to Najib’s announcement, he said that the Umno president was not professional and that it was a cheap publicity stunt.

“Najib’s actions may bring about negative outcomes to the integrity and respectable administration because any cancellation to the project should be done according to procedure,” he added.

Simultaneously, Abdul Khalid has announced the appointment of Datuk N. Sadasivan as chairman of the Independent Taskforce to study the aforementioned project’s approval.

Abdul Khalid said that Sadasivan, who was the former Head of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) will be assisted by a group of professionals to work freely in the taskforce.

“Among taskforce’s scope of duties is to re-investigate all development projects which have been planned and carried out at Batu Caves taking several aspects into consideration such as, the people’s welfare, the Hindu community’s priorities and the law,” he continued.

CM: Use State Reserves to Build Third Bridge in Klang

KLANG, 11 Nov: The State Government will proceed with the construction of a third bridge to overcome congestion in Klang if the Federal Government failes to do so next year, said Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

According to Abdul Khalid, the State Government will use the Selangor-owned reserves to implement the project which had been promised by the Umno-BN Government previously.

He said, during the reign of the former Umno-BN Government, they promise the people of Klang to build the bridge, they had even placed the foundation for the bridge construction.

However, he added, it now is just seen as an empty talk.

“The people of Selangor are the largest contributor to Malaysia. Therefore, next year we will be holding a variety of programs for people in this state. The people of Selangor is the largest contributor to the national economy, now is time to return the yields to the people.”

“Next year, if the third bridge is still not built in Klang, we will build it using state reserves. That way we can implement equitable development in Selangor,” he said while attending the Deepavali Celebrations at Jalan Tengku Kelana, this evening.

Before this, the Central Government had promised a third bridge in Klang worth RM230 million to benefit the community in the area.

The construction of the bridge which began in 2007, has however, still yet to be completed till now by the appointed contractor who is taking his time.

MB: Muslim Entrepreneurs Should Be More Brave

KLANG, NOV 10: Selangor Chief Minister (Menteri Besar) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim advised Muslim halal industry entrepreneurs to be more daring in exploring other areas of production that has a high demand other than food.

Other areas for example would be production of ingredients, cosmetics and pharmasuitacals.

He said, based on the statistical count of Halal Certificate applications, non-Muslim companies go into these fields and non-Malay entrepreneurs are monopolising the food and beverage production as well as the slaughter houses in the country.

“We must learn to be Muslims who are more advanced in these areas in order to accommodate local demand,” he said when at the Halal Festival opening ceremony at Masjid As Sharif, here.

In relation to that, he asks Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to come up with measures to help entrepreneurs develop the industry.

“I also hope this program will be continued and spread in other mosques around the country,” he said.

Up till 2011, as many as 4,787 halal certificates have been issued to factories, premises and slaughter houses in the country.

A total of 701 companies have been approved Halal certification to export production overseas.

At the Halal Festival at As Sharif mosque that went on for three days, a total of 30 outlets exhibited food, drink and clothing.

The festival that was organised by JAIS was the extension of the Halal carnival in the Selangor State last year.

Selangor Government Denies Developing Selangor Foundation Land.

Klang, 09 NOV: Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid deniesd charges of former Selangor Foundation alumni regarding a plot of land belonging to the said Foundation in Klang which is to be developed as a Chinese Cultural Centre.

According to him, the State government has yet to decide on any plans regarding the development of the said land.

Also, it is clear that the 7.49 hectares of land officially belongs to the State government.

He explained that previously, the land had been given to a private company in 2002 by the Umno-BN government at the time.

Since the company failed to develop the land, the Selangor government nullified the deal and reclaimed the land.

Abdul Khalid also denied permission had been given to develop the land into a Chinese Cultural Centre.

“The company empowered by the Selangor Foundation failed to develop the land privately.”

“Additionally, five to six people including individuals from Umno has written letters to me requesting to develop the land,” he explained in a press conference following the opening of the Halal Fest at Masjid As Syariff, here.

Obviously, the deal was nullified due to its one-sided nature.

“It is stated in the deal that the Selangor Foundation had transferred its powers to the company.”

“We will develop the land except that we have no plans at the moment,” he said.

One newspaper reported that the Children of Selangor Foundation Acting Members Chairman, Badrulzaman claimed that the said land belongs to the Foundation and will be developed as a Chinese Cultural Centre.

They also claimed that permission had been given in a rushed manner to back up the Selangor Foundation.

AES Cameras in Selangor Not Legal, PAS Will Help Those Summoned

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 NOV: Selangor road users who have been summoned by the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras in Puchong and Kajang can request help from PAS to resolve the summons.

This followed the government of Selangor’s decision which does not approve of the installation of AES cameras in Selangor because they doubted the intentions of the system’s implementation which has been accused of benefiting certain companies instead of reducing accident rates.

Selangor’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the two AES cameras installed in Puchong and Kajang were not legal because they had not been approved by the Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT).

“So, because of that, erecting the structure is not legal and if you are summoned in the state of Selangor, you can go to PAS to be brought to court,” said Abdul Khalid to the audience at the Jalajah Merdeka Rakyat talk at Flat Sri Labuan, Cheras last night.

Abdul Khalid said the Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negeri Selangor (MTES) decided yesterday to delay the implementation of Automatic Cameras (AES) in Selangor until the government of Selangor are satisfied with the way it is implemented.

“The second issue that I have informed the Jabatan Pengangkutan about is that privatisations do not help the people.

“Privatisations are not for reducing accidents, but as a way to get payment and enrich people who gain concessions from said privatisations. We must stop this,” he urged.

According to Abdul Khalid, the concessionaire of the AES project will receive a large profit of at least 17 percent a year.

Meanwhile, Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mehfuz Omar also said the Jabatan Undang-Undang dan Hak Asasi Manusia (JUHAM) and PAS Youth will prepare free legal services to anyone who has been summoned by AES cameras.

According to him, PAS will open counters for any victims of AES to receive free legal advice on the 21st of November at the PAS headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.

“If you do not want to pay the compound but want to bring it to court, our lawyers will provide free service,” said Mahfuz.

Mahfuz also said the two concessionaires which manage the AES will earn as much as RM 384 million a year, outright allowing them to profit as early as their second year of operation.

Aside from Abdul Khalid and Mahfuz, last night’s Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat talk program also featured PKR’s parliamentary leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.