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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008


    For the funeral parlour to still remain is inexcusable.

    When the system fails, the rot sets in
    by R. Nadeswaran, The Sun 8 Oct 2008

    IF all the enforcement agencies including the Anti-Corruption Agency
    (ACA) cannot prevent an illegality to operate unabated, the whole
    system has failed. When rules and regulations are not enforced and
    when the people entrusted with enforcing them become accomplices, the
    statute books can be thrown out of the window. When volumes have been
    written on that illegality and the powers-that-be close both their
    eyes to that wrongdoing, it just shows that in some instances, jungle
    law can prevail. If after 15 years, that illegality operates, defying
    reminders, warning and threats of prosecution, the public has a right
    to believe that money can be a great leveller.

    The ACA, which had investigated the issue of the illegal funeral
    parlour along Jalan Gasing in Petaling Jaya in 2005, re-opened the
    files after another complaint was lodged on Oct 3 last year.
    Subsequently, an ACA team visited the Petaling Jaya City Council
    (MBPJ) office and was given letters which the council had sent to the
    trustees of the Chin Kong Religious Malaysia Association, which claims
    to be the operator.

    On June 30, 2005, the MBPJ had issued a similar letter to Eight Eleven
    Funeral Services (M) Sdn Bhd which was then said to be the operator.
    Eight Eleven was given seven days to cease operations. However, the
    council’s attempts to shut it down when the deadline expired were
    thwarted by politicians who claimed that they were "appealing to the
    mentri besar to change the status of the buildings to commercial." The
    "appeal letter" to the council was signed by the then Petaling Jaya
    Selatan MP, Datuk Donald Lim.

    MBPJ called off the operation, and the whole issue came to a
    standstill until a ratepayer lodged the latest report to the ACA.
    Eight Eleven moved its operations but funeral services continued under
    the auspices of the association.

    On Sept 27 last year, MBPJ officials met the trustees again and a week
    later, a letter was issued to them, ordering that:

    » No chairs and tables be placed outside the premises, failing which a
    compound fine of RM12,500 will be issued;

    » All prayer or funeral services at the premises cease within two
    months failing which a similar amount in compound fines will be

    In short, all activities were supposed to come to an end on Dec 5. The
    trustees were also warned that they could be prosecuted under the
    Streets, Drainage and Buildings Act for using a residential house for
    purposes of business. But the funeral services continued with total
    disregard for the law. Who cares when the kau tim mentality can be the
    solution for all ills and ailments?

    Today, more than a year later, nothing has changed. The government may
    have changed. Local council elections were promised, but have not
    materialised. It was said that there would be fair representation of
    citizens and residents, but the council is now packed with politicians
    and those who have political affiliations. New faces have been
    appointed but the policy of not enforcing the law without fear or
    favour has not changed. Every day, we hear one excuse after another.

    Some samples: "The Chinese community needs a funeral parlour in the
    area." Why not move the parlour to the house next to that of wakil
    rakyat in the same area? "The temple people want an undertaking that
    the four plots will be amalgamated." – Stop the blackmail. Like
    everyone else, apply for amalgamation and let the law take its course.
    Don’t demand for special treatment!

    But our lawmakers are not ready to throw the law books at them. They
    have gone to the point of pleading and condescending. They want to
    "negotiate" and "negotiations" have been going on since March 8! What
    is there to negotiate? You are operating illegally and you have to
    stop it or face the consequences. But let’s not be naďve. If the law
    is enforced, then, the next time around, he or she might lose votes.
    This issue, to them, is not enforcement, but to remain popular – to
    stay as the Yang Berkhidmat for life – what a misnomer!

    The council has set up one committee after another to ensure there is
    a proper system. These committees are made up of professionals who
    should know better.

    Councillor KW Mak in his column in says: "Without
    checks and balances, a councillor, or senior council officers for that
    matter, would have far too much power and be tempted to abuse it
    because he or she can get away with it."

    That’s stating the obvious, but he qualifies: To ensure
    accountability, the MBPJ has set up an audit and corporate governance
    committee headed by councillor Michael Soon. The system is being
    scrutinised and fine-tuned.

    Soon explains: "The committee reports to the council directly. There
    are five committee members, of which two are accountants, one a
    lawyer, one from Transparency International, and one an IT specialist.
    We use the Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance as our template.
    Neither council staff nor the datuk bandar sits on the committee. I
    would like to have an architect or engineer in it, too. Within one
    month, we have had three meetings already."

    If this is the case, how come the funeral parlour issue has escaped
    its eyes? At three meetings, no one brought up the issue or did
    someone conveniently forget?

    It is a crying shame that this township which achieved city status
    (for whatever reasons) is unable to address a simple issue. By its
    inaction, the council has shown that the "new" bosses cannot order
    them around. After all, they are the little Napoleons and the little
    Emperors whose meetings are akin to secret society meetings.

    The new bosses, like their predecessors, can also dance to the old
    tunes. So, what’s this great talk of accountability and transparency
    being the cornerstones of good governance?

    R. Nadeswaran is embarrassed that the people he placed trust in have
    let the people down. He is, however, not surprised that little
    Emperors in local councils have no fear for the ACA. He is editor
    (special and investigative reporting at theSun. He can be reached at:

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    It's just like what I had written in another thread..the present PR government in Selangor is just voicing a lot of hot air but no concrete action against their miscreant staff including the Majlis Perbandarans. Clean out the rubbish. Even the Selangor PKNS staff had the gall to question the MB about his choice of a non-Malay acting GM. Kick them out if they constantly work against you. Would they do it when Khir Toyo was the MB?

  3. #3
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    Oct 2008


    The Sun reported that the MBPJ is negotiating with the Temple to relocate the funeral parlour. Apparently, this is located within the temple premises and considered as part of religious activity.

    Derek Fenandez, of the councillors stated that the matter have to be handled gingerly.

    I don't see what ginger has got to do with the issue. If they break the law, evict them. If not, announce it in the papers and let the matter rest.

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