Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Profligacy, Thy Name Is Selayang Municipal Council.

IT LOOKS like local governments and councillors have not learnt anything from the recent negative publicity surrounding their actions. It has in fact become worse, especially where the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) is concerned.

It seems that the boardroom isn't good enough for it to hold its full board meeting and seminar. The Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort (AGHGCR) seems more suited for the three-day event beginning Sunday.

All in all, some 50 staff, including heads of departments would be attending the event and staying at the hill resort. The entire cost, between RM30,000 to RM40,000, is borne by the MPS.

A source said the council had booked 40 double deluxe rooms for the three-day, two-night stay in AGHGCR. The package comes with five meals a day and a convention room for the seminar.

Residents are fuming mad.

Ahmad Fadzil, 46, a resident in Pinggiran Batu Caves, wondered why was it so hard for MPS to understand that such trips were a waste of taxpayers' money. “There are several potholes and numerous streetlights are not lit in my area,'' he said. “The money should be to good use such as rectifying these problems, not on working holidays.''

DAP Selangor state exco member M. Batumalai, who is also a resident of Bandar Country Homes, Rawang, agrees. “The money could be used to help poor people in the area or even food problems in Rawang,'' he said. “It is unethical for MPS to abuse public funds like this,'' said the 39-year-old who has been a resident in the area for the past four years.

Bandar Country Homes Residents' Association chairman Soong Beng Khoon said it was fine to hold a seminar since there were six newly-elected councillors for the 2006-2008 term. “But full board meetings are where residents' issues are discussed. Why not begin this by making it more convenient and cheaper by holding it at the MPS building premises itself?''

MPS president Zainal Abidin Azim could not be contacted for comments. (TheStar)

***** So the gravy train goes on and on, unimpeded, uncorrected and undisciplined. Speaks volumes of the non-governance prevalent in Selangor today. These wastrels are spending thirty to forty thousand ringgit of the people's money AND no one can stop or question them! The MPS president remains nonchalantly unavailable for comment, perhaps until the gala event is over. After all the Auditor-General's query on this monumental waste will only come after five years, so why worry now?

What is the Capo di tutti capi of Selangor, Don Toyo doing about this? Or must even a council matter be referred to the PM before action is taken? When will the scourge of toyolism and its evil perpetrators be finally banished from the once pristine land of Selangor? The State and the residents have been inflicted with so much punishment over the years, I sometimes worry if the damage done is reversible.

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Anonymous Ted said...

Most of the BN politicians living in Selayang closed their eyes or blind. You can find potholes everywhere in Selayang.

One road in Selayang Jaya linking to Taman Intan Baiduri, you can find one pothole across the road and another sink hole nearby.

Malaysia boleh

8:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to realize that most council's in Selangor are achieving celebrity status......
They either ignore or arrogant about their roll of duty in either way..Many good things have happened in Selayang...Roads are built,housing areas sprouting just like mushrooms after rain,the country main market is there,a famous tourist area such as Batu Caves,Templer Park,Ulu Yam and many more nice things in Selayang...But at the same time it's among the worst place to stay lately..THe crime rate,the volume of traffic movement,the availability of public transportation,the road conditions, and many other dark sides of Selayang haunts many...

SO the existence of the council is very much in need to be in tandem with the fast moving pace of Selayang development...
But these guys aren't learning much about the mistakes the do often..Selayang council is among the richest council in Malaysia..But the way they increase taxes and quit rents,later incorporating it as for vacations in guise of Work visits,seminars and much more projects for self satisfying objectives won't go well with the tax payers.. There is a lot of ways to use the money spend...Use rakyat's money for the rakyat...But we should wait for the man in limelight to answer what happened before we pull the rope on him...If he continues to elude ,he is just following what his master Toyo* does best...Waste of our time and money...Maybe the cabinet can have a royal commission on the councillors of M'sia...Another good way to waste our money wat....

10:17 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.. MPS could have used the money to resurface some of the bad stretches in Seri Gombak - Pinggiran Batu Caves area.

I've stayed in Taman Seri Gombak since 1991. They have not resurfaced a stretch of road anywhare there except patchworks here and there.

And I have visited their boardroom, too. Its not all that bad. They could conduct the meeting / training there just as well.

9:30 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous botak said...

I don't see what's wrong with having a brain storming session outside the confines of one's working environment. I would have no issues if it's the quality of the sessions that you choose to debate on. Private sector does it all the time.

Ted, I agree with you - potholes are here to stay and only have high nuisance value. Yet how can we link training at Awana with potholes. Isn't it stretching a bi? to think the money saved from training can hep eradicate potholes.

9:30 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

selangor has the most number of corrupted PBTs in Malaysia. the people of selangor want to know where did their tax money go?

5:07 AM GMT+8  

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