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水管阻塞樓層漏水‧柏瑪組屋民生問題待解

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 08:55 PM PDT

Source: Nan Yang San Pau

 


水管阻塞樓層漏水‧柏瑪組屋民生問題待解

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 08:46 PM PDT

Source: Nan Yang San Pau

 


TNB pay hikes sinful, says DAP

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 07:02 PM PDT

Source: Free Malaysia Today

 

Patrick Lee | June 2, 2011

Charles Santiago calls on the government to ensure that GLCs spread their wealth towards the bottom.

PETALING JAYA: DAP today censured Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for giving its directors hefty pay increases, describing the aggrandisement as "sinful".

Klang MP Charles Santiago said TNB's decision to give such dramatic rewards to the bosses was especially contemptible when one considered how little it was paying its general workers.

"This is sinful," he said. "TNB staff are some of the lowest paid workers in the country. What is Che Khalib Mohamad Noh doing to earn RM1.8 million a year?"

Che Khalib is TNB's executive director. FMT reported today that his basic annual salary for last year was RM1.2 million, double the amount he got in 2009. TNB's second executive director, Azwan Mohd, who was appointed in April 2010, received a total remuneration of RM755,320.22, including his basic salary of RM457,440.

These figures are available in the company's 2010 annual report.

In the same year, TNB kept its minimum wage at RM750 a month, only slightly higher than Pos Malaysia's RM635.

Santiago, an economist, said government-linked companies (GLCs) tended to be top-heavy and called on the government to cap salaries for the bosses so that wealth could be spread towards the bottom through better wage schemes.

He said this would encourage the GLC staff in their work and relieve the pressure on them to moonlight in second jobs or lean towards corruption in order to survive.

Union gets ultimatum

TNB employees said that it was a challenge getting their company to raise their salaries, even as it was enjoying rising profits.

The president of the TNB Junior Officers Union, Mohd Roszeli Majid, told FMT that the company's management was adamant on keeping their wages low.

"In the fourth round of collective bargaining yesterday, the management offered us a 6% salary increase," he said.

The union initially asked for a 25% increase across the board, but brought this down to 10% after several sessions of negotiation.

According to Roszeli, the management yesterday gave the union an ultimatum: take 7.5% or leave it.

TNB staff receive a monthly electricity subsidy of RM78, and Roszeli said the company was merely "considering" an increase from this amount following the recent electricity tariff hike.

According to the annual report, TNB Group in 2010 made RM30,320.1 million in revenues and RM4,182.7 million in operating profits.


水管阻塞樓層漏水‧柏瑪組屋民生問題待解

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 12:22 AM PDT

Source: Sin Chew

 

  • 查爾斯(右)與楊文來巡視面對漏水的組屋單位。(圖:星洲日報)

  • 柏瑪組屋的屋齡僅有6年,但早在2年前已開始出現排水管阻塞、漏水等情況。(圖:星洲日報)

  • 因樓上單位漏水,導致樓下的廁所頂上牆壁都"起泡"和發霉。(圖:星洲日報)

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(雪蘭莪‧巴生1日訊)綠林城鎮柏瑪(Palma)組屋居民投訴,一些單位出現排水管阻塞、樓層漏水等問題。

居民表示,樓層漏水的問題,主要是發生在廁所部份,且都是樓上的水滲透至樓下,以致廁所的牆壁都"起泡"和發霉。

查爾斯:儘速處理勿亡羊補牢

巴生區國會議員查爾斯在接獲居民的投訴後,今日連同巴生市議員楊文來、巴生市議會建築委員會主任阿里等人一起到現場巡視,而發展商管理層代表拉惹森甘較後也到來瞭解實況。

查爾斯吁請有關發展商,儘速處理這些問題,否則再10年以後,情況會更惡劣,屆時才亡羊補牢,相信為時已晚。

楊文來:過保證期發展商不理此外,楊文來也提到,發展商在接獲居民的投訴時,總是以房屋已過保證期為由,而不予理會。

他說,事實上,大馬的房屋法令存有很多弱點,並讓發展商有機會"竄"漏洞,這對購屋者很不公平。

發展商管理層代表回應:樓層漏水原因
或樓上裝修破壞結構

另一方面,針對居民面對的樓層漏水問題,發展商管理層代表拉惹森甘認為,可能是樓上單位進行裝修時,破壞了隔水層結構,導致水滴滲透牆壁。

他說,他將會指示組屋的聯合管理機構找出問題的症結,以及統計面對有關問題的單位,接著再致函給致使樓層漏水的屋主,要求維修。

"如果有關屋主拒絕進行維修,我們或可通過聯合管理機構與居民協商,使用管理費的基金進行維修。"

柏瑪組屋共有14座,1千400個單位,據瞭解,面對樓層漏水問題的單位主要是在G座,但相信其他座的單位也有共同問題。


In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 12:12 AM PDT

Source: The New York Times

Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The Chugoku Electric nuclear power plant in Kashima. A third reactor is currently under construction.

By and
Published: May 30, 2011

KASHIMA, Japan — When the Shimane nuclear plant was first proposed here more than 40 years ago, this rural port town put up such fierce resistance that the plant's would-be operator, Chugoku Electric, almost scrapped the project. Angry fishermen vowed to defend areas where they had fished and harvested seaweed for generations.

Fishermen in Kashima, on the Sea of Japan, fiercely resisted plans for a nuclear plant 40 years ago. Now, many embrace the largess it provided.

Two decades later, when Chugoku Electric was considering whether to expand the plant with a third reactor, Kashima once again swung into action: this time, to rally in favor. Prodded by the local fishing cooperative, the town assembly voted 15 to 2 to make a public appeal for construction of the $4 billion reactor.

Kashima's reversal is a common story in Japan, and one that helps explain what is, so far, this nation's unwavering pursuit of nuclear power: a lack of widespread grass-roots opposition in the communities around its 54 nuclear reactors. This has held true even after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami generated a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi station that has raised serious questions about whether this quake-prone nation has adequately ensured the safety of its plants. So far, it has spurred only muted public questioning in towns like this.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has, at least temporarily, shelved plans to expand Japan's use of nuclear power — plans promoted by the country's powerful nuclear establishment. Communities appear willing to fight fiercely for nuclear power, despite concerns about safety that many residents refrain from voicing publicly.

To understand Kashima's about-face, one need look no further than the Fukada Sports Park, which serves the 7,500 mostly older residents here with a baseball diamond, lighted tennis courts, a soccer field and a $35 million gymnasium with indoor pool and Olympic-size volleyball arena. The gym is just one of several big public works projects paid for with the hundreds of millions of dollars this community is receiving for accepting the No. 3 reactor, which is still under construction.

As Kashima's story suggests, Tokyo has been able to essentially buy the support, or at least the silent acquiescence, of communities by showering them with generous subsidies, payouts and jobs. In 2009 alone, Tokyo gave $1.15 billion for public works projects to communities that have electric plants, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Experts say the majority of that money goes to communities near nuclear plants.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg, experts say, as the communities also receive a host of subsidies, property and income tax revenues, compensation to individuals and even "anonymous" donations to local treasuries that are widely believed to come from plant operators.

Unquestionably, the aid has enriched rural communities that were rapidly losing jobs and people to the cities. With no substantial reserves of oil or coal, Japan relies on nuclear power for the energy needed to drive its economic machine. But critics contend that the largess has also made communities dependent on central government spending — and thus unwilling to rock the boat by pushing for robust safety measures.

In a process that critics have likened to drug addiction, the flow of easy money and higher-paying jobs quickly replaces the communities' original economic basis, usually farming or fishing.

Nor did planners offer alternatives to public works projects like nuclear plants. Keeping the spending spigots open became the only way to maintain newly elevated living standards.

Experts and some residents say this dependency helps explain why, despite the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the accidents at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear plants, Japan never faced the levels of popular opposition to nuclear power seen in the United States and Europe — and is less likely than the United States to stop building new plants. Towns become enmeshed in the same circle — which includes politicians, bureaucrats, judges and nuclear industry executives — that has relentlessly promoted the expansion of nuclear power over safety concerns.


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