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It’s good to be back! I got back yesterday evening and went straight to bed.

Perth is nice. The weather is great, the parks are well kept and the seafood excellent. Greater Perth has about 2 million population and about 23,000 Malaysians living there. With YB Nik Nazmi and Melissa PKR Youth, we had a meet the community event with a small crowd of 30 people in a suburb 2 nights ago. I also took time off to visit my uncle and his family and also catch up with some friends.

 

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With Perth residents, YB Nik Nazmi, and Melissa Sasidaran.


I have a busy day today to catch up on work, TPPA issues, Parliamentary speeches and party preparations for Anwar Ibrahim’s final trial next week 28th and 29th October. It’s going to be a trying and challenging time for all as we have to prepare for the worst case scenario of losing our leader.

 

PKR Perth Lecture Tour

I am at KLIA 2 on the way to Perth for 5 days. Parliament is closed from tomorrow for 10 days. I will be attending a PKR event to meet Malaysians studying and residing there. I am also taking the opportunity to have some rest, catch up with relatives and friends living in Perth.

If you have friends in Perth do let them know that we will be having a forum on Monday night 7pm at Collins Street Centre, South Perth.

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Lastly, I will not likely be posting much the next 5 to 6 days. So here is an advance Happy Deepavali and Happy Awal Muharram to all!

 

Bar Council Anti-Sedition March

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Bersih and lawyers carried out their anti-sedition march to Parliament from Padang Merbok. Pakatan Rakyat MPs were on standby to receive them at the Parliament gate to sign in the leaders of the march.

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Supporters with YB Sim, YB Gooi, YB Darell Leiking, Akmal and myself

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The Bar Council representatives officially handed over the memorandum to Minister Mah, the minister without portfolio in the PM Department. Nice words were exchanged and Minister spoke for a minute and then said he will not join the press conference. Group photos taken.

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Selangor Select Committee on Deceptive Land Transfers and Re-zoning

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The Sun, 16 October 2014

 

Good news this morning for my constituents especially those living near the PKNS field. My friend Esham, a vocal resident and critic on the matter, should be pleased.

The Sun newspaper this morning reports that a powerful select committee on local councils will grill and expose deceptive land transfer and rezoning activities. The PKNS field fraudulent rezoning matter is widely reported and known, but the previous MB failed to take any actions on the matter in 6 years.

I congratulate the new MB Azmin Ali for standing up for truth and justice and I want the culprits involved in this fraud to be punished severely.

To safeguard the overall reputation of the civil service, it is time that we discipline the errant and corrupt civil servants at the very top.

In my one and a half years as MP, I find most lower ranking civil servants to be honest but I get a lot of complaints from them of funny dealings at the top. But back then the “best ever” MB Khalid had decided to support the civil servants and not allow politicians to “interfere”. As a result, the civil servants only report to him and if you demand action, they just laughed and ignored you.

In particular, I am extremely sore over the lift repairs in low cost flats in Desa Mentari which repair costs are RM120,000 to RM150,000 each lift! And it took them 4 months to approve the repairs. Last year, a simple cement walking track was also built in a common field and I was told it cost RM200,000. When I met local contractors they tell me they could do it for RM80,000.

The next thing MB Azmin Ali needs to do is to roll out a robust procurement policy for Selangor.

The Sun, 16 October 2014

The Sun, 16 October 2014

In the same Sun newspaper today, it is reported that the MACC is now investigating MB Azmin over his position in PKNS. Tit for tat? I think the federal government must be sweating bullets on how MB Azmin Ali has taken on his new job with vigour, Jokowi style.

Budget Forum

The forum last night was attended by about 200 pax. We ended the forum around 11.15 pm.

It went well but the venue was very very cold. The aircond was super powerful.

The forum has been given some coverage here.

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PR Budget Committee from left to right: Yin Shao Loong, YB Rafizi, YB Dr Dzul and YB Dr Ong Kian Ming

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