Sunday, October 01, 2006

Few Selangor Councils Rein In Cybercafes. Why?

Selangor has the most cybercafes and yet only two local authorities have by-laws controlling the operations of these outlets. Some leaders feel that even these laws are inadequate to stop illegal outlets from operating and to ensure the legal ones operated within the guidelines.

Selangor Information Technology Committee chairman Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng said Selangor had decided to call on Tenaga Nasional Bhd to cut power supply to rogue cybercafes. However TNB corporate communication (external communications) assistant general manager Sidek Kamiso said the company could not cut power supply on the request of an authority. “We can only cut supply if instructed by police and backed by a court order,” said Sidek.

**** Firstly I think that Datuk Ch'ng is taking the lazy man's approach when he wants power supply to these outlets to be cut. Giving local councils this kind of authority is sure to lead to abuse and even a simple complaint against the council may tempt them to direct the TNB to cut the power supply to the complainant's residence and office. Don't be surprised; these local authority crooks are capable of this and more.

One question that begs to be asked and answered is why when the council is so efficient in clearing squatter areas, sometimes at the risk of contempt of court, are they so lenient in this matter? Is someone or 'something' holding them back? Political pressure? Outright bribery? Who knows what this pond scum are up to behind the public's back. Even in the demolition of squatters' homes, because of 'extraneous' influences, the illegal immigrants are spared while our poor locals feel the full might of the Majlis. A very good example is MPAJ - The Evil Authority.

When "make as much as you can" seems to be the unofficial motto of the local council bosses and their underlings, there is really no surprise that so many cybercafes are operating with impunity. Throw your money at these majlis beggars and they won't bother you for a while is probably the logic of these illegal operators. And unethical beggars they are, who care a damn for the good of the rate-paying public as long as their deep pockets are regularly filled. This is what will happen when there is no proper control or the higher-ups take a share of the loot and people start considering these Local Authorities - Unaccountable, Unelected, Unwanted.

The government must take a lion's share of the blame by not wanting to introduce direct elections for local authorities. From time to time politicians give warnings and advice to them but it has been to no avail. Recently DPM Najib gave a serious directive to them but
Will Najib's Directive To Local Councils Be Heeded? Fat Hopes.

So, sad tales like this will continue to be related, the majlis folks will continue to loot and we the suckered public will continue to pay cukai or be fined. Semuanya OK!


Blogger shanghaistephen said...

Yes-lah Malaysian !!
There's so much truth in your posting today and yes , if you check with the ROC or ROB records there is bound to be some cronny or relative of these councillors. So there you go ...again ....we are all shooting in the dark and we can grumble till the cows come home... nothing will change !Semua nya OK !

5:54 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Right you are shanghaistephen. For all the noise we make and the objections we voice, the deaf fellows up there aren't going to listen and nothing, as you said, will change. It's really sad.

6:27 PM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

I have been following your postings for a while now. It seems there are only two or three recurring themes,ie

1. many of our elected reps are grossly incompetent
2. many are morally suspect
3. more are corrupt-cally inclined

Its a shame really considering that we are a Muslim country.....

or is it because of ......

A lot of the apparent political/social/economic/racial inconsistencies may appear confusing and/un-understandable/illogical but actually one or all of the 3 things i noted above can be used as a template to demystify them. what say you Malaysian ?

6:52 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Very astute observation tonixe. In fact I have off and on lamented on the futility of going on and on and at times sounding like a broken record and have taken consolation in R Nadeswaran's (The Sun) similar dilemma. Then the next day when I read more of the same type of injustice or abuse occuring, I get right back to where I started and the recurring theme keeps persisting. One gets used to it over time I suppose.

7:51 PM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

somebody must do it ( to try, n never give up !) and that I am happy to say is you.

u have my support !
Keep on shooting bro !

8:45 PM GMT+8  

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