Sunday, May 28, 2017

Towering Issue

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About 400 residents in Taman Mount Austin Phase Two in Johor are worried about a transmission tower which they claim suddenly sprang up within the water tank area of their neighbourhood.
   “The tower came up within five days. After the structure came up, outsiders kept coming into our neighbourhood and they are arguing with the security guards every day.
   “The outsiders, mainly from telecommunications companies, do not even have letters of authorisation from their companies.
   “When the security guards demand to see their identification and their reasons for entering the neighbourhood, they would argue that they have valid reasons as they must work on the tower,” said K.H. Wong, a spokesman from the Taman Mount Austin Phase Two Residents Association.
Wong added that it was all right if Syarikat Air Johor (SAJ) Holdings Sdn Bhd wanted to do work on the water storage area, but it was not right if telco companies were entering the neighbourhood and harrassing the guards in the process.
   The New Straits Times team visited the site and were also confronted by two men in an SAJ van who said that no unauthorised person should be in the vicinity.
   When asked if the tower was an SAJ project, the van driver denied it was their project.
   “If it was not SAJ’s project, then how can outsiders come in as and when they like, claiming that they have work to do at the site?” asked Wong.
   The residents have also conducted their own research on electromagnetic radiation health effects in exposed and non-exposed residents and found that based on a study conducted by academicians in 2014, those who lived within the radius of 100m from a telco tower suffered dizziness, irritability and loss of memory more than those who lived beyond the 200m radius.

  Tebrau member of parliament Khoo Soo Seang disputed the 2014 findings and said that based on other studies that he had come across, the electromagnetic radiation health effects from transmission towers actually affected those who lived further away from the tower than those living nearby.
  “It is a misconception that the radiation emitted from nearby transmission towers can pose a threat to health.
  “On the contrary, if the phone signal is weak, the phone user’s health is more at risk.
  “When there is a strong signal, the phone user is exposed to less radiation. You do not need to take my word for it, there are reports that prove this,” he said, adding that when the signal was weak, people would also complain about the telco’s service.
  Johor Baru mayor A. Rahim Nin said the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) would look into the matter and check the distance between the transmission tower and the houses and other buildings nearby, as there were guidelines on the approval of such towers

Friday, May 19, 2017

Harmony Run

I have not been consciously planting seeds for quite some time.  But today's press conference at the Sutera Mall in Johor Bahru, made me want to start planting again.

Planting and nurturing the seed till it bears fruition.  Thanks to Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd general manager Steven Shum's sharing that "times may be bad, but if you plant good deeds in fertile ground, the seed will bear fruit in due time", adding in jest that the "returns" is not guaranteed though.

Steven said this at a media gathering to announce the Harmony Run, organised in conjunction with the company's annual Muhibbah Night and Carnival, on September 16, 2017.

For the past two decades, Tanah Sutera has been organising events to build better communities, bringing residents of different races together.

The event also coincides with Malaysia Day, which commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on September 16 in 1963.

The run, which will be held at the Sutera Square, Sutera Mall, is targeting 10,000 participants and hopes to raise RM1 million for 5 beneficiaries ---

*Kiwanis Careheart Centre
*Persatuan Hospice Ark
*Calvary Victory Centre
*Fo Guang Shan HsingMa Si Education Centre
*I-Care Cancer Support Association

Besides helping the 5 non-governmental organisation to raise funds, Tanah Sutera also wants to create a wider awareness for the beneficiaries and encourage the public to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The run will be divided into three categories --- 5km (RM50) for individuals as well as (RM180) for groups of 4,  and 10km (RM70) for individuals.  Registration for the run is at the Sutera Mall sales booth at Level 2 from May 21 to Sept 2, 2017.

For more info, go to Harmony Run 2017 (Facebook) or email
Registration for the Harmony Run will be from May 21 to Sept 2, 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eighty Percent Of Accidents At Malaysian Construction Sites Go Unreported

JOHOR BARU: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has urged employers to report workplace incidents, even ‘near misses’, to the Department of Occupational and Safety Hazard (DOSH).
  NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said only 20 per cent of accidents at construction sites nationwide were reported to DOSH between 2009 and 2014.
  A review, carried out by researchers from NIOSH and two public universities, revealed that out of 31,347 accident cases which occurred in the construction sector in that period, only 787 were investigated by DOSH.
  "Employers tried to hide the cases and the big gap between the number of cases that occurred and the number that were investigated showed that many cases have gone unreported.
   "I'm raising this matter because this year's theme for the World Health and Safety Day, celebrated worldwide on April 28, is to ‘optimise the collection and use of Occupational Safety and Health data’," Lee said after launching the state-level World Health and Safety Day at NIOSH in Senai today.

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) fully supports the move by the police to arrest 16 police officers and personnel for dealings with drug syndicates and underworld figures.
  MCPF senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said police officers should be disciplined, committed in their fight against crime and honour the pledge they have taken.
  "The drug menace is the number one public enemy to a society and the action of the officers involved was a big disappointment.
  "Stiff action should be taken against the corrupt police officers," Lee said in response to a question on the recent announcement by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim on the major reshuffle in Bukit Aman's Narcotics Department.
  Lee was speaking to reporters after launching the state-level World Health and Safety Day at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Senai here.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

European Theme

Welcome to the European-themed service suite, recently launched by Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Capital World Limited.

The development, located in the Tampoi Industrial Estate, Johor Bahru --- next to Kilang Bateri and opposite the Country Garden Central Park --- will offer 630 units of service suites of European, Asian and American themes.

It also comprises a 6-storeys shopping mall and a hotel --- the Garden Inn by Hilton --- along with 690 units of service apartments to be launched soon.  The development includes recreation facilities and a convention hall.

The European-themed service suite

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BMW Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Senai

JOHOR BARU: BMW Group has expanded its presence in Malaysia with the launch of a new Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Senai here on Thursday.

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) chief executive officer Datuk Azman Mahmud said the opening of the centre was timely in capturing growing market opportunities in the region.

"The existing strategic free trade agreements and the upcoming Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) makes the investment timely and also shows that BMW is serious about its investments in Malaysia," Azman told reporters at the RM130 million facility.

BMW Group had initially set up a facility in the Port of Tanjong Pelepas in 2004. It has now tripled its capacity to 45,000sqm with the new facility, which employs 80 local staff.

"The group plans to expand the facility to 65,000sqm by 2025," Azman said.

The group currently also engages 55 local service providers with an annual contract value of more than RM25 million and of these, 20 are local logistics players.

"BMW's expansion plan shows that Malaysia has the infrastructure, people and capability for strategic foreign investment, and Malaysia has become an export-driven economy spurred by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive labour," he added.

The Johor facility is the only regional parts centre in the world besides the central distribution centre in Germany that is delivering parts to more than 20 countries.

Azman also said that MIDA is targeting more companies like BMW, to create more quality employment opportunities for locals, so that they do not need to seek employment in Singapore.
Meanwhile, BMW Group senior vice president (Asia Pacific and South Africa) Hendrik von Kuenheim said the new facility will be supplying the parts locally and to Singapore, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, among others.

"The group recorded a 5.3 per cent increase in 2016 compared to the previous year, by delivering 2.3 million BMW vehicles worldwide in that year. Of these, 745,000 vehicles were in the Asia Pacific region," Kuenheim said.

Also present was group vice president (parts logistics management) Wolfgang Baumann and group managing director Han Sang Yun

pics courtesy of BMW group

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mob Encounter

What Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said about people having a lack of tolerance and understanding which had led to the fracas outside a surau in Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Bahru, on May 5, was very true.

On Saturday night, I too had an unpleasant encounter with an angry group, but my encounter did not escalate into an altercation.

The mob was judgemental and very angry.

Today, I re-visited the carpark where the incident took place.

After dinner, I paid the parking fee of RM5 and headed straight to the car park.

After paying, the management allocates 15 minutes for you to take your car out.

As there were cars that were not parked inside the parking lots on Saturday and many more cars by the side, front and back, it took me a bit of time to get my car out.

Actually, a young man came along and helped me to drive my car out.  The handsome fellow had to drive in reverse.

And when I finally got to the gantry, I had to wait some time for the car in front of me to get out even though the gantry had lifted. The driver had to wait till the road was clear before he could move his car.

So this plus that and everything else, I probably exceeded the 15 minutes when it came to my turn and the gantry did not lift up.

One driver immediately jumped to the conclusion that I had not paid yet.

"Belum bayar nak keluar?" (You want to go out when you haven't paid yet?", he asked angrily.

Then, someone else joined in.

There was one driver who asked the others to reverse so that I could reverse but another driver refused.  He said that I should pay for all the cars too because I had probably caused them all to exceed the 15 minute time limit.

Meanwhile, the security guard took his time to come over, after I had pressed the intercom. He, too, was doubtful that I had already paid.

When tempers are flaring, it is best to keep cool.  The management should be more strict with drivers who do not park in parking lots as this causes inconvenience to others.

And people need to be more understanding and tolerant.

Like Annie says,

Be cool as ours is a tolerant multi-racial society

But in spite of the mob encounter, I still think it was a groovy Saturday as I got to enjoy dinner with my best friend.

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