How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Batu Gajah seems well known for development at the expense of convenience

The old market had a long history of unsuccessful proposed projects. When it was demolished many years ago, there was a proposed development for a multi-storey building to be built by Majlis Daerah Kinta Barat, which I gathered, was officially launched by Perak Sultan. Since then, it was shelved and used as a temporary car park. Recently, the surrounding buildings were painted a common colour and paved by Majlis Daerah Batu Gajah and the place named as Local Agenda 21.

"Councillor Yip Sze Choy noted that in time to come, the council would set up a booth at the parking lot to collect assessment fees, process licences and take down complaints from ratepayers.

“Ratepayers who rely on public transport have difficulty getting to the council to do their transactions as buses do not stop in front of the building, and it is a steep climb up to it.

“The booth will be convenient for ratepayers, especially old folks and the disabled,” he said."

(This is a clear admission that the multi-million Ringgit council building (see pic at the bottom of page) was built at a most inconvenient location! Just like the new railway station in Kg. Pisang which is 2 km. from the main road, and the under-used bus station, the most basic rule in property development of 'location, location and location' seemed to have escaped the decision makers.)

(Pic courtesy of The Star)

"THE LA21 (Local Agenda 21) parking lot, which requires motorists to only pay RM1, is gaining much popularity among Batu Gajah folks.

Batu Gajah District Council president Datuk Jamry Sury said many people were taking the opportunity to park their vehicles at the parking lot located between Jalan Batu Gajah and Jalan Pasar in the middle of town, as it is cheap and convenient."

(The cheap Rm1 parking fee for a whole day might seem like great social service but the revenue will not be able to pay parking attendants' salaries.)

Source: The Star Metro Perak: Motorists find relief in centrally located parking lots

Opposite the new market is an empty space which was tarred quite recently for traders. Now it is being hacked to be paved! MDBG must really take the cake in poor planning. But as my wife puts it, 'Otherwise how are the 'machais' going to get contracts?' Again, it is not an offence to be bad planners, is it?

Picture of the majestic new council building

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