TTDI residents fume over broken promises as developer gains ground

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People attend a protest against a proposed condominium project that would encroach into Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. ― Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 ― Over 300 people attended a sit-in protest at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) today over continued inaction by authorities while a threat to the green lung grows more imminent.

Some attendees were irate that there has been no update from the authorities, especially when Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor pledged during a November 3 town hall meeting to confer again with concerned groups.

Instead of another meeting, however, they learned that the  Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has given the developer of the offending project approval to build a showroom, even as a lawsuit by some residents to stop the development remains before the courts.

Save Taman Rimba Kiara group co-ordinator Leon Koay said they have tried repeatedly to contact Tengku Adnan to follow up on the matter, but to no avail.

“We feel perplexed by their silence. When we were at the forum, the minister seemed serious in exchanging information with us on Taman Rimba Kiara; however, now it seems that is not the case,” he said. Read more

Airline cabin crew trained to spot human trafficking victims

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The fight against human trafficking will literally take to the skies with airline cabin crew being trained to spot possible victims.

“They can be our eyes and ears,” said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic), adding that the cabin crew and ground crew would be trained to identify possible victims of human trafficking and alert the authorities.

“This is one of our steps to combat the ever-growing threat of human trafficking,” he told a press conference at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation yesterday.

The training would be done by Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Council (Mapo), starting with Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air in the first quarter of next year.

“They will be trained to ask relevant questions and look at the body language,” said Nur Jazlan. Read more

NRD to better serve the public

Source: The Star Online

Pic from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) will now be able to better address public needs through new powers under the amended Births and Deaths Registration Act (Act 299).

Among key changes made to Act 299 were to make it easier to register newborns, relaxing the time frame for registering births and deaths, plus obtaining a presumed death certificate in the case a body could not be found.

“Based on thorough analysis of the records of these three laws, they were never amended since their implementation,” said the NRD, referring to Act 299 and the corresponding Registration of Births and Deaths Ordinances that applied in Sabah and Sarawak.

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MP: Does freedom of speech also mean you must speak?

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 ― A deputy minister’s claim that freedom of religion did not equate to freedom from religion was “utter rubbish”, said a federal legislator when noting that the same liberty to speech did not compel a citizen to exercise the right.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua also questioned how Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki arrived at his controversial conclusion that atheism was illegal in Malaysia, which the latter made this week in Parliament.

Pua then used the constitutional guarantee of free speech to debunk Asyraf’s position, and explained that a liberty only meant the ability to pursue an action if a person so desired.

“When the Constitution says under Article 10, ‘every person has the right to freedom of speech’ and “every person has the right to assemble peacefully without arms”, would the deputy minister with a doctorate also interpret it as ‘everyone must speak (and hence cannot remain silent)’ and that ‘everyone cannot refuse to participate in peaceful assembly’? Read more