Tuesday, 30 September 2014

In defense of Forest City

Johor MB DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin yesterday defended the controversial Forest City project.


Here are reports by NST and Bernama:


No land acquisition for Forest City project



PASIR GUDANG: Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin has allayed fears that land in Kampung Pok and nearby villages will be acquired to give way for the controversial Forest City project.
He said certain parties had confused villagers by spreading rumour about land acquisition, hoping to create unnecessary fear and worries among the villagers.
"The blueprint of the project did not indicate any forms of land acquisition from the villagers. This includes land for the construction of an access road from Forest City which will pass by the villages.
"On concerns about land reclamation, I would like to stress that reclamation occurs everywhere, including Singapore.
"The Environmental Impact Assessment study has compelled the project developer to address several key issues related to pollution and the environment," he said.
Khaled was speaking to reporters after attending the ground-breaking ceremony of the Taman Seri Albion project here today.


Johor wants Forest City project developer to comply with EIA


Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pic) said it was important to ensure issues such as environment were given full attention and regulations were adhered to.
"We hope the developer complies with the requirement to submit an EIA report, which is very important for us to ensure all concerns, including from the environmental aspects, are given attention," he said.
He said this at a media conference after officiating the earth-breaking ceremony of the Se Albion Industrial Estate, which is developed by United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand), in Cahaya Baru, Jalan Kong Kong in Pasir Gudang today.
Last September 2, a public dialogue on the project's Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) turned chaotic when the developer was confronted with all kind of enquiries from the residents in Kampung Pok affected by the project.
They had generally expressed dissatisfaction for not being consulted before the implementation of the project, which involved the construction of a 1,600-ha man-made island, which was seen as polluting the environment and jeopardised the marine ecology that was also their livelihood.
Prior to this, sea reclamation to build the island, which was 30% completed, was voluntarily halted by the developer last June 15 despite never receiving any notice from the Department of Environment.
The project has generated a lot of public attention as there were claims that the villagers' land will be taken for the construction of 10 golf fields to complete the Forest City development project.
However, Khaled refuted such claims, saying that the government would avoid taking their land for building roads to Forest City and would inform them if it took place.
The Forest City project, which has gross developement value (GDV) estimated at RM600 billion on reclaimed land, is a joint venture between KPRJ, a Johor state government owned subsidiary and China-based developer Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd. – Bernama, September 29, 2014.

Now that Khaled had said that the villagers are not going to be affected by the mega project, I guess then it's all system go for it to continue.

I also guess that when earlier this month that super rich guy Daeng Malek and geng went to meet the orang kampung in the area, they were just there to sembang-sembang minum kopi or enjoy the famous asam pedas of Kampung Pendas.
Guess, they were not there to coax the villages to sell their land then.

Hmmmm....I must have got the wrong info...no?

Hahahaha....
  
Anyway, these are my previous posts on the issue:

Eight Malay villages worth one golf course in Johor

Gelang Patah villagers strike back at Forest City

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Loneliness



We need everyone onboard

I found this link in the Unspinners blog:

@KadirJasin Meroyan Lagi Mahu Jadi Hero Isu Kritikan Tun M Terhadap @NajibRazak??? 

excerpts:

Keadaan jelas menunjukkan seorang lagi blogger Tun M melakukan penipuan besar selepas blogger SyedOutsideTheBox kantoi dengan fitnah pertemuan Ketua Bahagian yang hanya 70 bahagian sahaja bertemu Najib sedangkan fakta sebenarnya kesemua 170 Ketua Bahagian sendiri mengambil inisiatif mahu berjumpa Najib bagi menyatakan sokongan padu terhadap beliau dan bukan sebaliknya seperti yang cuba di"spin" blogger pemfitnah pro Tun M dan dimanipulasi pula oleh media pembangkang seperti Malaysiakini.

The blog is called Kulaan Niring. It has a total page views of over three million since 2011.

I read it for the first time but I believe it's a relatively popular blog based on the page views count.

By comparison, my blog has only over one million page views since March last year.

Bahasa Malaysia sopo blogs always have better hits than English blogs of the same type in this country. It reminds me of that popular Papa Gomo blog.

I don't really read them though.

Anyway, I believe the quarrel is still ongoing between those who support PM DS Najib Razak and his critics who are backing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who recently withdrawn support from the administration.


Senior journalist Kadir Jasin became the subject of Kulaan Niring's post because he wrote a  rather controversial piece in his blog here;

Umno President is "Strong", Umno is Weak

excerpts;

10. The hypocrites and the apple polishers should stop treating the rakyat like fools by saying that they respect Dr Mahathir and support the PM. They should be replying to Dr Mahathir’s teguran. To say they respect Dr Mahathir and support the PM is not the answer. To say time has changed is also not the answer. Dr Mahathir’s teguran are about policies and they need serious replies.

11. Dr Mahathir is not demanding respect. He is asking them to listen to the rintihan of the rakyat, mend their ways, be less corrupt, work harder and make Umno strong and respectable again. They should be with members instead of tugging ministers’ coattail.

Kadir, who is a tokoh kewartawanan negara also wrote a list of grouses against the Najib's administration.

Kadir was backed by another popular senior blogger, Syed Akhbar Ali in this posting;

Kadiaq Ligan Lagi

As noted, Kulaan Niring had labelled the duo as "blogger pemfitnah pro Tun M".

I think that's a rather unfortunate thing to do.

Instead of labeling Kadir and Syed Akhbar in such a way, pro-Najib bloggers should rebut their arguments with facts.

For instance, explain to them that all those millions of ringgit spend on 1MDB is good for the people.

Prove to them that 1MDB is not a vehicle for some rich cronies to swindle the rakyat's money and that talks of those millions being hoarded in offshore accounts were not true.

They can get those facts from the PM's media handlers....or those media handlers can give those facts to the bloggers. Which ever ways...

I think that's the better way to engage the likes of Kadir and Syed Akhbar.

Once the questions they asked were answered, they will not be bothering the PM anymore.

The same goes with Dr Mahathir. As Kadir said, the old man wants answers.

Of course, the answers must come from those whose hands are clean.

There should really be no crooks doing the stealing as alleged.

If there are actually crooks hanging around, then the PM must get rid of them first.

I believe things will be easy after that.

And everyone will be onboard again to support Datuk Najib.

Looking at things are at the moment, I believe that everyone was needed onboard.

Let's not be arrogant, thinking that we can just kick out those that we don't want.

We need to win them over instead.

Otherwise, I believe it will be a repeat of GE13, or even worse three years down the road.

There's not much time left.

Okay, enough of my rambling for today.

Need to go out and find something to eat.

Hungry.

Been drinking only soybean since last night.

Cheers everyone.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A week's wrap-up, and two interesting blogs

Got my laptop back from the shop yesterday evening.

The Chinese boy who tried to fix it only managed to partially do it.

Several features were still not working, but at least I can write again.

Woke up just now, with my body aching all over.

Badly needed a massage.

Been working for about two weeks without proper break.

Totally exhausted.

I am off for today and tomorrow.

So, can rest a bit, clean up the place, do my laundry etc.

I missed writing lots of things these past few days because of my laptop problem.

Okay, let me see, the important ones;

1. Azmin Ali is now Selangor MB.

I think he is the most handsome MB now. He looks a bit like that Singaporean actor Aaron Aziz.

Not my taste though.

I also think that Azmin is very smart.

He deftly maneuvered himself throughout the Selangor crisis.

Unlike his mentor DS Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin never behaves like a superman and tries to fuck everyone.

Azmin knows when to apply the brakes when necessary.

If he plays his cards right, he will soon take over from Anwar as the boss of PKR.

Anwar was definitely angry and bitter because he failed to have his wife DS Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB.

Azmin knows this and has been playing the good boy these past few days.

Errr....but he may kick aside Anwar even as early as next month when the guy goes to jail for liwat.

2. Pas lost badly in Pengkalan Kubor by-election.

I had expected a BN victory from the beginning.

But I didn't expect BN's majority to increase from over 1,700 to over 2,600.

That's a lot.

Pas fought BN, or to be more exact, Umno, on its own and lost.

PKR and DAP didn't help them at all during the campaigning period.

They were pissed with Pas' independent stance over the Selangor leadership crisis.

I think with this defeat, Pas is in serious decline.

People see them as divided, weak and unprincipled.

They can't even seem to stand on their own without their coalition partners trying to screw them from time to time.

Well. what do you expect when you have someone like Mat Sabu as deputy president.

3. Pas also lost big time in the Selangor power tussle.

Despite all the saber rattling at their muktamar in Johor last weekend, Pas meekly accepted the reduction of its number of Selangor exco members from four to three.

It's so lame and spineless.

The way Pas president DS Abdul Hadi Awang was raving and ranting at the muktamar, I though his party was going to get the MB post.

But it turned out to be just hot air.

Not only they didn't get the MB post, but they also lost that one exco seat which will ensure that they can't pull another stunt of defying PKR and DAP like what happened in the ouster of TS Abdul Khalid Ibrahim case.

Pas had been castrated. Plain and simple.

The only good they are to PKR and DAP is to break the Umno's Malay vote bank. That's all.

4. DAP don't give a shit.

They have the solid support of the Chinese community and triad gangsters.

The rest doesn't really matter to them.

It's business as usual for the party.

Handsome boy Guan Eng even had his weekly sue a newspaper exercise a few days ago.

Offending article on page 14, correction and apology done by the newspaper on page 8, he demanded it on page one. Newspaper thinks that too much. So, he sues lah.

Like that also can sue....tsk tsk tsk....

Petty boy la you Guan Eng. I don't know how Betty can tahan you.



Okay, thats about it as far as politics were concerned these past few days.

I am adding two more on my blog roll.

1. Economics Malaysia

This one was recommended by my mother who thinks that I need to be more knowledgeable in economic issues.

2. Here and There | A travel blog: tales and thoughts on the road

I have always wanted to put this one on my blog roll but it had been dormant for more than a year. This very good travel blog however became active again this month. The writer, former journalist Lam Li used to be based in JB. She however writes this blog mostly in Chinese.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Computer breakdown

Someone called me just now asking why I have not been writing over the past few days.

Actually, it was because my laptop had gone kaput.

I am writing this using my phone.

Bloody troublesome.

I got no time yet to send my laptop for repairs.

Been busy at work.

I wish I can buy a new laptop but my finances are currently not so good.

Not all pro-establishment bloggers are rich, okay.

And no, I have no sugar daddy to buy me a new laptop....hahaha.

Hopefully my laptop can be repaired.

Well, until then, I simply have to stop blogging.

You all take care, okay.

Cheers.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Gelang Patah villagers strike back at Forest City

The other day I wrote about the massive Forest City project and its impact on the Malay villagers in Gelang Patah,

Eight Malay villages worth one golf course in Johor

Today, Malaysian Insider got a story related to the issue written by former NST Johor bureau chief Sheridan Mahavera.

Normally, I wouldn't pick up any report by Malaysian Insider due to its pro-Pakatan spin,  but since it's written by Sheridan who is quite a credible journalist, I am putting the whole article here.

By the way, Sheridan is also quite handsome.









Johor villagers vent anger at mega reclamation project 

BY SHERIDAN MAHAVERA
Published: 21 September 2014

Irate villagers of Tanjung Kupang in Johor vented their anger at the developers of the biggest land reclamation project in the state, arguing during a public dialogue today that it will lead to the loss of their land and livelihood.
About 200 residents from about a dozen villages around Tanjung Kupang also accused the developer, Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGP), of bulldozing the project through their area without their knowledge even though it could have a huge impact on their lives.
NGOs, independent experts and political parties who also turned up at the dialogue questioned the developers on details which they claimed were lacking in their Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA).

These included measures to reduce the damage to a field of sea grass that is an important nesting ground for the fish population which sits in the middle of the project and efforts to reduce backflow which could lead to flash floods in the area.
The Forest City project will see four man-made islands being built in the waters in Tanjung Kupang between south-west Johor and north-west of Singapore.
It was reported that the islands will have both residential and commercial lots and the project is expected to make a profit of nearly RM290 billion over the next 30 years for CGP. The Gross Development Value (GDV) will come up to RM600 billion.
CGP is a 66-34% joint-venture between China’s Country Garden Holdings Ltd and Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd, whose main shareholder is the Sultan of Johor.
Johor state company Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ) is also a partner in the project.
The controversial project entails 355ha of existing land along the Strait of Johor close to the Second Link to Singapore and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) and the reclamation of another 1,620ha.
The public hearing today is one of the terms of a DEIA on the project that CGP has to submit to the Johor government.
The project had initially been approved by the Johor Department of Environment in January but work at the project’s site was halted in June after CGP was instructed to submit a DEIA.
The project is being done off the coast of communities of fishermen and sleepy villages who make a living from sea produce and agriculture in the Tanjung Kupang area.
The hearing in the packed Kampung Pok community hall had proceeded smoothly until a consultant for the project started talking about a survey that was done among villagers.
A man who identified himself as Cikgu Hanafi immediately got up and started questioning the veracity of the survey since according to him, the villagers in the hall had never heard of it.
Explanations from the developer’s consultant that they had polled the opinions of 10% of the village’s population were disputed by the audience and the hall exploded in a hail of boos and shouts of “who did you talk to?”
Forest City project director Datuk Zamani Kasim then claimed that there was a focus group meeting with village representatives in June where the community’s leaders had supported the project.
But this further angered the audience who shouted back: “Who did you speak to?” and “What meeting?”
The company claimed it had surveyed 100 heads of households in the village. The survey showed 69.2% had agreed to the project while 71.3% thought it had more positive than negative impact.
CGP also claimed it had a focus group meeting with village heads and elders where they agreed to the project.
Hanafi then said if the company had surveyed 100 villagers, there were about 200 villagers in the hall who opposed the project.
Fisherman Anuar Musa of Tanjung Kupang told the company that no amount of money could compensate him for the shrinking catches he was seeing ever since reclamation works started.
“Your project is for 30 years and so for that long my income will be affected. How am I going to feed my children?”
Fishermen and fish farm operators have claimed that mass fish deaths in the area had been caused by the land reclamation works. This has been denied by KPRJ.
Anuar, along with some other residents, were unconvinced by the company’s promises that locals will benefit from more jobs, contracts and business opportunities once property construction began.
“These promises had also been given to us by PTP (Port Tanjung Pelepas) when that was being built. Until now, they have not been fulfilled.”
KPRJ executive vice-chairman Datuk Md Othman Yusof tried to calm the crowd and win them over with arguments that the people of Johor would benefit from massive project.
But residents would have none of it and shouted that they still rejected the project.
“You tell us we will benefit, but who are those homes you are building for? Singaporeans and foreigners, not Johoreans,” said a resident of Kampung Pok, who did not give his name.
Another member of the audience attempted to get KPRJ to confirm or deny whether CGP had been exempted by the government from having to build affordable houses.
The condition to build affordable houses in the state is applied to all other developers but CGP had somehow received an exemption, claimed the individual, who did not give his name.
“You will have to ask the government to respond to that,” said project director Zamani.
Vincent Chow of the Malaysian Nature Society claimed the DEIA lacked details on the impact of the project on the fish and other sea life of Tanjung Pelepas.
“The bed of sea grass is the biggest in Malaysia and is an important nesting ground for the fish population in the area. The DEIA does not explain in plain language for the villagers how the project will impact the sea grass area.”
Perhaps the most critical question came from Mohd Khaidin Azman, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners.
“How did a project like this start without a DEIA in the first place?” – September 21, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/johore-villagers-vent-anger-at-mega-reclamation-project#sthash.wyw9iVaY.dpuf.
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Lazy Sunday and a bit of Bob Marley

Totally exhausted from my outstation trip.

Reached home at 2am.

I am still in bed now, having woken up a bit late than usual.

Too lazy to get up yet.

It's after all a Sunday.

Been staring at the ceiling thinking what to do today.


Maybe a bit of shopping, doing my laundry and if there's any good one, a movie.

A massage will be nice too.

See lah how.

There is also an invitation for dinner from this one guy...but I am not really counting much on him.

He's the busy type. I think he will cancel it as always at the last minute.

By the way, the guy is Chinese.

Yup, Chinese were really not good with promises.

My mother is also like that...promised to pay for my trip to UK this year, but cancelled it the other day....hmnph....

Hahahaha...I know I am generalizing again...but I got stood up so many times by that Chinese guy la...

Well, never mind. Spending time on my own is not so bad. I'm quite used to it already.

Sorry, I'm just writing fluff today.

Too tired to write about politics or anything heavy.

I know, there are a lot of things to write about the just concluded Pas Muktamar, Pengkalan Kubor by-election and Selangor crisis....but I'm simply not in the mood today.

Just want to relax and recharge for another hectic week starting tomorrow.

I think all hell will break lose when Sultan of Selangor appoints a Pas guy on Tuesday.

An indication it will be a mess is that, PM DS Najib Razak is not in the country.

Somehow, bad things tend to happen on the political front when the PM is not around.

Well, I think I'm just going to wait. No point in getting all worried now.

Lots of that later when it actually happened.

For the moment, I just want to relax and listen to a nice song,



That 1973 recording is the first time Bob Marley appeared on TV.

He went on to become the greatest blacks nationalist singer of all time until his untimely death in 1981.

He had never been considered a racist despite singing songs to promote the betterment of the black people and occasionally whacking the whites for suppressing them.

Marley's mother was a black while his father, a white.

Lucky for him that his mother was not a Chinese and father, a Malay....and he sang Malay nationalist songs.

Surely he would be labeled a racist then.

Okay, I need to get up now.

Take shower, find something to eat, go out and do something out there....

Have a good Sunday guys. Cheers.