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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Press Statement re RTPJ ammendments

PRESS STATEMENT

MBPJ councilors are correct to put on hold and review the proposed amendments to RTPJ1 and RTPJ2

We the undersigned Members of Parliament and State Assemblypersons whose constituencies include areas within the city of Petaling Jaya support and endorse the decision of councilors of MBPJ  taken by majority vote at their special meeting yesterday to put on hold  the proposed amendments to the local plans RTPJ1 and RTPJ 2 pending a full review by MBPJ. The review will be done in consultation with the state government and taking into account the feedback given so far in the publicity conducted so far under section 13 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976.

Some of the proposed amendments have turned out to be very controversial to say the least.

We were surprised to see proposals to remove wholesale all the existing detailed guidelines for planning control from both RTPJ1 and 2.  This is wholly unacceptable. These detailed planning control conditions have been worked out over the years with detailed input from the public and are provide stability to town planning in Petaling Jaya.  If MBPJ is of the view that some of these planning control guidelines need improvement, then specific improvements can be presented for public input, not a wholesale removal as currently suggested.

The proposals to increase maximum plot ratios from 4 to 6 in seven “transit oriented development” areas around MRT and LRT stations needs rethinking given the impact on current traffic conditions, public amenities and quality of life in PJ. The current conditions in the proposals appear inadequate to ensure that such high-density developments will be fully integrated into the mass transit stations and not create further burdens and deterioration to the living environment in PJ.

The proposal to run the DASH highway through densely populated housing and commercial areas in Mutiara Damansara and Damansara Perdana  has evoked over a thousand written objections. The alignment of this proposed highway through those areas needs review.
We note that the entire RRI land in PJ consisting of about 1600 acres is now being proposed as “mixed development” with no detailed lay-outs whatsoever. This is simply not acceptable in the formulation of a local plan where the public expect to see the local planning authority’s detailed proposals on land use, plot ratios, densities, public amenities etc in order to give their views.  We are of the view that the entire RRI proposal should be removed and a special area plan prepared for the RRI land under section 16B of the Act as was done previously for the section 13 part of PJ.  The plan for RRI should be a separate process in itself considering the huge size of land to be developed with its corresponding impacts.

We note also that there is a proposal to convert the land use of the current Filem Negara site in section 12 ( which is Federal government land ) from public institutional use to commercial at a possible plot ratio of 6. Even if the Federal government decides to move Filem Negara to another site, that plot should be returned to the state government or the local authority for continued public use. Useful public amenities can be built on that land rather than develop it as another high density commercial site.

We therefore agree that the proposed amendments be revoked.  As proposed by the MBPJ councilors, a special committee should be set up to review all the proposals taking into account all the public feedback and present them again taking into account the public interest as the prime consideration.

Hee Loy Sian  Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Selatan
Tony PuaMember of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara
Sivarasa RasiahMember of Parliament for Subang
Wong ChenMember of Parliament for  Kelana Jaya
Rajiv RishyakaranState Assemblyman for DUN Bukit Gasing
Haniza TalhaState Assemblywoman for DUN Taman Medan
Lau Weng SanState Assemblyman for  DUN Kampung Tunku
Yeo Bee YinState Assembly woman for DUN Damansara Utama
Elizabeth WongState Assemblywoman for  DUN Bukit Lanjan
Nik Nazmi Nik AhmadState Assemblyman for  DUN Seri Setia

1st October 2014

For any further clarifications, please contact Peter Chong  ( pa to Sivarasa Rasiah ) at 012 905 9948.

Monday, September 22, 2014

ISU MB Sgor - Resolusi MPP PKR

RESOLUSI MAJLIS PIMPINAN PUSAT KEADILAN BERHUBUNG PERLANTIKAN MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

Majlis Pimpinan Pusat KEADILAN (MPP) telah mengadakan satu mesyuarat tergempar pada hari ini, 22 September 2014 berikutan perkembangan terbaru perlantikan Menteri Besar Selangor.

Berikut adalah resolusi yang telah diluluskan sebulat suara di dalam mesyuarat tersebut:

MPP mengambil maklum bahawa pada 22 September 2014, pihak Istana telah mengutuskan satu surat memaklumkan kepada Saudara Azmin Ali, Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN akan perkenan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan ke atas perlantikan beliau sebagai Menteri Besar Selangor. Beliau telah juga dijemput untuk upacara angkat sumpah pada 23 September 2014.

MPP melahirkan rasa yang amat kesal dengan layanan yang telah diberikan oleh pihak Istana terhadap pencalonan Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yang telah memenuhi kehendak Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Selangor dengan sokongan majoriti 30 ahli Dewan Negeri. MPP juga tidak bersetuju dengan cara pihak Istana menangani proses pencalonan yang melibatkan Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sehingga beliau langsung tidak dipanggil mengadap walaupun mempunyai sokongan majoriti yang jelas.

Oleh itu, MPP berpendapat bahawa proses memperkenan lantikan Menteri Besar Selangor yang baru ini tidak mengikut kehendak Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Selangor dan bertentangan dengan amalan prinsip demokrasi berparlimen. Ia juga menjejaskan kemuliaan institusi raja berpelembagaan.

Walau bagaimana pun, MPP juga mengambil kira keperluan menyelesaikan isu perlantikan Menteri Besar Selangor ini secepat mungkin demi menjaga kepentingan rakyat.

Makanya, MPP telah memutuskan untuk menghormati permintaan Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail untuk beliau menarik diri dari dicalonkan agar isu ini dapat diselesaikan segera. Berikutan itu, MPP juga bersetuju dengan cadangan yang dibawa oleh Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail agar Saudara Azmin Ali dikemukakan sebagai calon Menteri Besar supaya pencalonan Saudara Azmin Ali itu adalah dari parti mengikut tuntutan amalan demokrasi. 

Ini selaras dengan pendirian MPP bahawa kemuliaan perlembagaan dan keluhuran undang-undang perlulah dipertahankan sepanjang masa. MPP menegaskan juga bahawa proses yang tidak menepati kehendak undang-undang ini tidak boleh dijadikan satu duluan (precedent) di masa hadapan.

MAJLIS PIMPINAN PUSAT KEADILAN

22 September 2014

Isu perlantikan MB Selangor

Adakah nasihat DYMM Sultan Nazrin bahawa raja-raja secara rasmi melantik (dan tidak memilih) perdana menteri-perdana menteri, menteri besar-menteri besar dan ketua menteri-ketua menteri difahami dengan betul di Selangor?

Dalam syarahan umum di Hotel Raffles di Singapura pada 27 Julai 2004 anjuran Institut Pengajian Asia Tenggara (Institute of South-East Asian Studies), Raja Nazrin Shah (sekarang DYMM Sultan Nazrin Shah Perak) dalam penjelasan terperinci mengenai sistem raja berperlembagaan Malaysia dengan jelas berkata seperti berikut (dalam Bahasa Inggeris):

“The Agong formally appoints ( but does not select) the Prime Minister…. Correspondingly, the Rulers at State level appoint the Chief Ministers.”

Kata-kata DYMM ialah pernyataan mudah difaham mengenai prinsip utama bahawa sokongan majoriti di dewan undangan adalah pra-syarat asas bagi pelantikan Menteri Besar sebagaimana yang diperuntukkan dalam Perkara 53 (2) (a) Perlembagaan Negeri Selangor. Dalam mentafsirkan peruntukan yang sama dalam perlembagaan negeri Perak dalam kes Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin v Zambry Abdul Kadir [2010] 2 CLJ 925, Ketua Hakim Negara Ariffin Zakaria memetik dengan kelulusan penyataan berikut yang dibuat oleh Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan Raus Sharif seperti berikut (dalam Bahasa Inggeris):

“The DYMM Sultan of Perak in exercise of His Royal Prerogative under Article XVI(2)(a) of the Perak State Constitution is at liberty to appoint another Menteri Besar to replace Nizar. But His Royal Highness must appoint someone who has the command and the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly” (penekanan kami)

Kenyataan undang-undang ini merangkumi prinsip asas politik - bahawa rakyat yang memilih pemimpin yang dipilih mereka dan dalam sistem raja berperlembagaan Malaysia, bahawa ia adalah majoriti wakil rakyat yang kemudiannya memilih perdana menteri mereka, menteri besar atau ketua menteri sebagai mana yang berkenaan. Dan, secara konvension atau amalan, di Malaysia dan di negara-negara lain dengan sistem yang sama, ia adalah parti-parti politik yang menguasai majoriti di dewan undangan yang dipilih yang memilih nama baru perdana menteri, atau menteri Besar atau ketua menteri untuk negeri-negeri.

Ia juga jelas dalam pernyataan undang-undang ini bahawa sokongan majoriti mesti ditunjukkan pada masa pelantikan itu.

Laporan media mencadangkan bahawa tiga ADUN, Iskandar Samad, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (kedua-duanya dari PAS) dan Azmin Ali (Timbalan Presiden PKR) baru-baru ini “ditemuduga" di Istana berhubung dengan pelantikan sebagai bakal Menteri Besar Selangor. Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Presiden PKR yang telah secara terbuka menunjukkan sokongan majoriti 30 ADUN-ADUN bagaimanapun masih menunggu dengan sabar untuk mengadap DYMM Sultan Selangor.

DYMM Sultan Selangor sudah tentu akan menerima nasihat undang-undang mengenai tugas- tugas dan kuasa-kuasa beliau di bawah Perlembagaan Negeri.
Sebagai penasihat undang-undang kepada PKR, saya kata sekali lagi sebagaimana ramai yang lain telah menyatakan, kedudukan undang-undang adalah jelas. Saya berbuat demikian kerana, dengan anggapan ia adalah benar bahawa ketiga-tiga ADUN-ADUN telah sesungguhnya telah "ditemuduga" untuk jawatan Menteri Besar, maka soalan yang serius timbul sama ada DYMM Sultan Selangor sedang dinasihatkan dengan betul mengenai kedudukan perlembagaan yang benar.

Dalam kes Perak pada 5 Februari 2009, calon Barisan Nasional bagi Menteri Besar Zambry dapat menunjukkan kepada DYMM Sultan Perak selepas mengadap dengan kehadiran 30 ADUN-ADUN lain bahawa dia mempunyai sokongan majoriti 31 ADUN-ADUN dan Nizar, yang penyandang Menteri Besar, telah kehilangan majoriti dengan sokongan hanya 28 ADUN- ADUN selepas tiga ADUN-ADUN PR mengalih sokongan kepada BN. Mahkamah Persekutuan dengan itu memutuskan bahawa DYMM Perak telah melantik Zambry dengan betul mengikut Perlembagaan Negeri dan undang-undang.

Adalah jelas kepada fakta yang tidak disangkalkan di ruang awam untuk keadaan Selangor yang tiada di kalangan tiga calon-calon yang kononnya setakat ini telah mengadap DYMM Sultan Selangor telah memenuhi syarat asas sokongan majoriti. Calon-calon PAS yang namanya telah dikemukakan hanya oleh parti mereka hanya boleh yang terbaik menuntut sokongan daripada 13 ADUN-ADUN.

Azmin adalah dalam keadaan yang luar biasa kerana namanya tidak dicadangkan secara rasmi oleh mana-mana pihak dan beliau sendiri telah secara terbuka menyatakan sokongan untuk Wan Azizah dan menyokongnya dalam bentuk suatu akuan berkanun bersumpah. Pada masa ini, Azmin juga, tidak dapat secara terbuka menunjukkan sokongan majoriti.

Saya merayu kepada DYMM dan penasihat-penasihat undang-undangnya untuk mengambil kira tafsiran yang jelas yang diletakkan di atas peruntukan yang sama di dalam Perlembagaan Perak oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan dalam memutuskan siapa yang dilantik Menteri Besar Selangor yang baru.

Jika Wan Azizah dinafikan pelantikan beliau sebagai Menteri Besar yang baru, ia sepatutnya perlu ada sekurang-kurangnya penjelasan mengenai peruntukan Perlembagaan Negeri yang mana sedang digunakan untuk menghalang beliau daripada dipertimbangkan untuk dilantik dan mengapa.

Sivarasa Rasiah
Ahli Parlimen PKR untuk Subang
21 September 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Appointment of the Mentri Besar

Is HRH Sultan Nazrin’s advice that the rulers formally appoint ( and do not select ) prime ministers, menteri besars and chief ministers properly understood in Selangor?

In a public lecture at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore on 27.7.2004 organised by the Institute of South-East  Asian Studies, Raja Nazrin Shah ( now HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak ) in his exposition on the Malaysian monarchy lucidly said as follows:

“The Agong formally appoints ( but does not select) the Prime Minister…. Correspondingly, the Rulers at State level appoint the Chief Ministers.” 

HRH’s words were a simple restatement of the key principle that majority support of the state legislative assembly is a fundamental precondition for the appointment of the Menteri  Besar as provided for in Article 53(2)(a) of the Selangor State Constitution.  In interpreting the identical provision in the Perak state constitution in the case of  Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin  v Zambry Abdul Kadir [2010] 2 CLJ 925, Chief Justice Ariffin Zakaria  quoted with approval the following statements made by the President of the Court of Appeal Raus Sharif as follows:

“The DYMM Sultan of Perak in exercise of His Royal Prerogative under Article XVI(2)(a) of the Perak State Constitution is at liberty to appoint another Menteri Besar to replace Nizar.  But His Royal Highness must appoint someone who has the command and the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly” ( our emphasis)

This legal statement encapsulates a fundamental political principle – that it is the people who elect their elected leaders and in the Malaysian system of constitutional monarchy, that it is the majority of the elected representatives who then select their prime minster, menteri  besar or chief minister as the case may be.  And, conventionally,  in Malaysia and in other countries with a similar system, it is the political parties who command the majority in the elected legislative assembly who select  the name of the next prime minister, or menteri besar or chief minister for the states.

It is also clear in this statement of the law that majority support must be demonstrated at the time of the appointment.

Media reports suggest that three ADUNs, Iskandar Samad, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi ( both from PAS)  and Azmin Ali ( Deputy President of PKR ) were recently ‘interviewed” at the Istana in relation to a prospective appointment as Menteri Besar of Selangor.  Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, President of PKR who has publicly demonstrated a majority of 30 ADUNs however still waits patiently for an audience.

HRH the Sultan of Selangor will of course be receiving legal advice as to his duties and powers under the State Constitution. 
As a legal advisor to PKR, I point out again as many others have done, the settled  legal position. I do so because, assuming it is true that all the three ADUNs have indeed been “interviewed” for the Menteri  Besar  position,  then serious questions arise as to whether  HRH Sultan of Selangor is being properly advised as to the proper constitutional position.

In the Perak case on 5th February 2009, the Barisan Nasional candidate for Menteri Besar Zambry was able to demonstrate to HRH Sultan of Perak in an audience with the presence of 30 other ADUNs  that he had majority support of 31 ADUNs  and that Nizar, the incumbent  Menteri  Besar, had lost the majority with support of only 28 ADUNs after three PR ADUNs crossed over to BN. The Federal Court therefore ruled that HRH of Perak had properly appointed Zambry in accordance with the State Constitution and the law.

It is obvious on the undisputable facts in the public domain for the Selangor situation that none of these three candidates purportedly granted audiences so far by HRH Sultan of Selangor have fulfilled the fundamental condition of majority support.  The PAS candidates whose names were submitted only by their party can at best claim the support of 13 ADUNs.   Azmin is in an unusual situation as his name was not even formally proposed by any party and he himself has publicly declared support for Wan Azizah and affirmed it in the form of a sworn statutory declaration.  At this point in time,  Azmin too, is not able to publicly demonstrate majority support.  
I appeal to HRH and his legal advisers to take into account the clear interpretation placed upon the identical provision in the Perak Constitution by the Federal Court in deciding who to appoint as the next Selangor Menteri Besar.

If Wan Azizah is to be refused her appointment as the next Menteri  Besar, there ought to be at the very least an explanation of which  provision of the State Constitution is being invoked to prevent her  from being considered for the appointment and why.

Sivarasa Rasiah, PKR Member of Parliament for Subang

21st September 2014


 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Press Statement re: DASH

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN READY TO MEET RESIDENTS REGARDING DASH

I refer to the news report in the Malaysian Insider yesterday and the Malay Mail ( print version ) today 3rd November about residents raising their objections to the proposed DASH, Damansara Shah Alam Highway.

I fully support residents rights to voice their objections and to raise their concerns. 

However, I would like to stress that in our enthusiasm to raise our objections, we must remain rational and not misstate facts.

I wish to correct a statement made in the Malaysian Insider quoting one Joanne Ting ( as a representative for the Say No to DASH group)  as follows: " since early August they have all been uncontactable in their offices, service centres and contact numbers - calls, email and sms-es to them have all been unanswered. "

I have not received any emails or sms's from Ms Ting or others claiming to represent the DASH group since early August. Every Thursday night  from 8 pm weekly is my service centre night in Kota Damansara where anyone can walk in - my staff and I have not seen seen Ms Ting arrive in the last few weeks.

I have had a meeting with representatives of the group including Owen Chen sometime in June in Parliament House.

I was also asked about developments on DASH at a town hall meeting at the PJ library in June. I said then that nothing was happening yet as the process under the Town and Country Planning for the necessary amendments had not even started. 

Later in August, when the proposed RTPJ 2 amendments were first put on display was when I found out about DASH being included. I was concerned. Even MBPJ councillors were surprised at that development. 

As the MP of the area most affected, my staff and I will be preparing our comments and reservations on the proposal to MBPJ.

I stand by the residents on their objections. I firmly believe that building highways is not the only or ideal solution to traffic problems. If indeed highways need to be built as part of an overall masterplan, it must have minimal impact on residents and residential areas. The allignments must be carefully studied.

I echo the call by residents' spokesperson Mr Owen Chen,  that residents must also take the initiative to submit their objections and comments to MBPJ on the draft RTPJ 2 proposal. 

The public display is to inform residents of the proposals and is not an end nor the final draft. Therefore residents are urged to submit their objections and comments as provided for in the Town and Country Planning Act.

I have also written to the Mayor of MBPJ to consider extending the period for objections for a further month from 5th Sept 2014. I understand that an announcement will be made soon.

Sivarasa Rasiah

Member of Parliament for Subang

3rd September 2014


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Insiden kecelakaan MRT Kota Damansara

Kenyataan Media 19hb Ogos 2014

Saya ingin merakamkan ucapan takziah saya kepada keluarga mangsa kecelakaan projek MRT di Kota Damansara semalam.

Saya sempat melawat tapak tersebut pada jam 1:30 pagi untuk memantau sendiri kejadian tersebut.

Saya ingin juga merakamkan penghargaan saya kepada semua pegawai-pegawai agensi terlibat yang telah berkhidmat sepanjang malam. Begitu juga kepada semua rakan-rakan media yang berkhidmat membawa berita terkini kepada pihak awam.

Saya menyambut baik tindakan pihak MRT untuk serta merta menghentikan kerja tapak di keseluruhan pakej yang terlibat. Pihak MRT bersama pihak-pihak berkuasa juga telah mulakan siasatan mereka.

Sambil siasatan sedang dijalankan untuk mengenal pasti punca kemalangan, saya mendesak agar kerja-kerja diberhentikan untuk seluruh projek MRT ini, bukan hanya untuk kawasan kerja pakej ini sahaja.

Kita tidak boleh pandang ringan terhadap isu keselamatan dan kesihatan tapak kerja. Insiden ini merupakan yang kedua dalam tempuh masa dua bulan sahaja. Kedua-dua insiden berlaku dalam kawasan Parlimen Subang.

Pengguna jalanraya yang melalui kawasan tapak kerja MRT harus ada keyakinan keselamatan mereka. Kedua-dua insiden ini malangnya tidak memberikan sebarang keyakinan tersebut.

Maka sehingga keyakinan ini dapat dikembalikan melalui lapuran terperinci, saya desak agar kerja-kerja diberhentikan serta merta.

Saya juga mendesak agar MRT terima penyelidik-penyelidik professional lantikan PBT untuk turut menjalankan siasatan atas ciri-ciri keselamatan di tapak-tapak kerja MRT.

Saya juga mendesak agar siasatan terperinci dilakukan keatas syarikat-syarikat sub-kontraktor yang terlibat termasuk pengalaman dan kepakaran mereka mengendalikan projek ini.
Saya bersyukur insiden semalam tidak berlaku di tapak jalanraya besar.

Walaupun saya terima ini adalah satu insiden kecelakaan namun segala ciri-ciri keselamatan tapak kerja harus dihormati.
Begitu juga, keselamatan semua pekerja termasuk warga asing harus diutamakan.
Sekali lagi saya ucapkan takziah kepada keluarga mangsa terlibat.

Terima kasih.

R. Sivarasa
Ahli Parlimen SUBANG