1-hour parking rule stays
By JADE CHAN
MPSJ legal department director Anita Abd Jalil said the Draft Order Amendment for the Road Transport (Provision for Parking) MPSJ 2011 had been approved and would be gazetted in about two months’ time.
Once it has been gazetted, MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said the one-hour parking rule would be implemented fully in Taipan and possibly be extended to other areas where parking is a problem.
Anita said the council would also be provided with the legal authority to fully enforce the ruling.
The MPSJ had introduced the one-hour parking limit in Taipan as a pilot project in January last year to deal with traffic congestion and double-parking motorists.
“Besides improving the parking problem in Taipan, the traders have also responded well to the ruling as it promotes better traffic flow,” said Asmawi.
Meanwhile, Asmawi announced at yesterday’s full board meeting that the MPSJ would be extending the deadline for the Flat Rate Campaign for another month till Sept 30. The campaign offers a special rate of RM10 per offence to all traffic offenders.
“The MPSJ has collected about RM866,000 up till Aug 23, which amounts to only 11% of the overall RM100mil total arrears (before discount) or 1.2 million compound notices issued,” he said.
“We are targeting to collect fines from about 60% of the summons issued by the council, and urge the public to use this opportunity to settle their outstanding traffic summonses.”
All compounds that are not paid after Oct 1 will be charged a maximum rate of RM80 and no appeals will be entertained.
Security companies reminded not to hire foreigners as guards
KUALA LUMPUR: Security companies in the country have been reminded not to hire foreign workers as security guards at any premises.
Association of Professional Security Agencies (ASPA) president Datuk Mustapha Ali said companies still employing foreigners can be fined under the Private Agencies Act 1971.
"There is no need for foreign workers in the security industry because there are many local workers who can serve as security guards.
"Why do we still take in foreigners to take care of us and our homes? Are we confident with the training and experience they have? It is an offence to hire foreign workers as security guards," he said Thursday, when asked comment on the need to employ foreign labour to the point of incurring expenses to the Government in terms of management and costs.
Mustapha, who is also Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM) deputy president, wants all quarters including residential management not to compromise or use foreigners as security guards.
"We know foreign labour is cheaper than local but we must remember that lower cost does not necessarily promise security.
"We don't know the background of foreign workers and should they be arrested by police or Immigration, their employers can be charged. If anything happens, who will take responsibility?" said Mustapha, adding this differed from the construction sector which needed more foreign workers for national development. - Bernama
Aug 8, 11
I volunteer as a chairperson for the Social Concern Ministry of our church.
We do a considerable amount of charitable work which includes a toy library and family support for families with special needs children.
We also do free medical camps where we go into urban poor communities to provide medical consultations and medicines to those who require treatment.
In all of these we work with various NGOs, offices of state assemblypersons, and community leaders to provide various community services and support regardless of race and religion.
How can we, after all, distinguish by race and religion when doing community work.
Unfortunately, charitable work can be misconstrued as having strings attached. Some may feel that Christians try to proselytise and convert the beneficiaries.
I will explain why this is not true.
For the Christians, doing charitable work, is not for a better afterlife or for salvation or for going to heaven, because the Bible clearly says that good works are not able to save us.
So why then do Christians engage with the community in doing good works and in providing services to the community?
Christians are commanded by Christ not to forget the poor, the widows, and the marginalised among us.
Jesus himself summarised the 10 commandments to these two statements; "To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind" and the second, "Love your neighbour as yourself".
This means to love tangibly by caring for and meeting the needs of those in our community. This contributes to the society we, as Christians, live in.
The reason why Christians believe they are able to do this is because of the grace of God; the forgiveness and love which they have received freely from Christ.
In turn they are able to share this love with others around them.
Whether the beneficiaries of these charitable works see this as enticement or not is totally up to them and they have the right to receive or ignore such charity.
If they are interested or attracted by the faith, it is also entirely between them and God. Christians are called to love and charity and this is an age old belief practiced by Christians.
It is more commonly known as agape meaning Christian love for others corresponding to God's love for mankind.
As such the latest debacle involving a Christian church accused of proselytising will not deter Christians from serving and loving our community we live in.
Serving the poor and the marginalised in our community is part of the Christian faith.