PJ for DAP
- PJ Action Team
DAP 37th Anniversary Solidarity Dinner
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
(Petaling Jaya, Friday):
PJ is the home of our national
Headquarters. It's also the home of DAP Selangor.
And PJ used to be the stronghold of
DAP until the 1995 general elections.
Things have not been going too well
for the PJ people ever since DAP lost in the last two general elections…
The old and existing Damansara Road
was turned into a tolled road, causing a big burden to the PJ people in the
name of improving the traffic system.
The SJKC Damansara with more than 70
years history was closed down by MCA and BN Government without any
The BN elected representatives have
done very little or close to nothing for the PJ residents. (It's called
gaji buta in Malay). Leaving the PJ DAP alone burdened with the task to
keep the MPPJ in checks and balances.
Local MPs and ADUNs were seen busy
appearing in private and social functions, doing PR works with their
allocation of funds for schools and temples. Some of them even unashamedly
treated these allocations as if their own money.
We need your support to make a
We cannot allow the PJ people to be
treated like dirt any further. We must work to turn it around.
With your support, we hope to make a
comeback in PJ.
Immediately after the last general
elections, the DAP leaders and members in PJ heeded the call of the national
leadership to continue to serve the people despite our failures to win any
seats in PJ.
PJ Action Team and Shadow MPPJ
Besides the PJ Action Team which was
formed in 1995, we have also created the Shadow MPPJ in year 2000 to serve
PJ residents and to provide checks and balances to the local council. We
have been quite effective in highlighting various problems in PJ and helped
to resolve quite a number of issues for the PJ residents.
DAP PJ has highlighted the flaws and
weaknesses of the PJ local plan and submitted our objections and
recommendations o the authority. We have also given our support to the PJ
residents from Section 1 to Section 5 who brought the MPPJ to court over the
We have always maintained a good
working relationship with the MPPJ YDP and his colleagues although we were
quick to highlight their mistakes and shortcomings. They have been acting
upon our requests and demands to a satisfactory level.
Potholes were filled and rubbish was collected upon our complaints.
U-turns and roads were reopened (Taman Megah) and green fields (Taman Mayang)
were saved after our protests.
Flood victims received some compensation and irrigation was improved (Kg
Cempaka) after our persistent lobby with the MPPJ.
Hundreds of houses were saved (Sg Way) and leases were renewed (Sg Way,
Damansara, Kg Cempaka) after our relentless efforts and pressure.
End of last year, DAP PJ has helped to relocate about 400 Malay and Indian
families in Kg Penaga, PJ South to Kota Damansara and Lembah Subang amicably
with the full co-operation of the developers and MPPJ. They will move back
to Kg Penaga upon the completion of their low cost units in 2 to 3 years.
Rentals for premises and stalls owned by the MPPJ were reduced to a
reasonable level after our complaints and objections.
We have also given our support to the Taman SEA residents in the Projet
petrol station controversy. They have taken the MPPJ to court. The case will
be heard some time in March next year.
Memo to the YDP of MPPJ
Early this year, we have submitted a
memorandum to the MPPJ YDP personally, listing our demands and aspirations
to make PJ a better place to live. We have asked him to resolve the traffic
congestion, improve the environment and public amenities and upgrade their
overall service quality.
Reduce crimes in PJ
We have also worked with the PJ Police
to reduce crimes and the fear of crimes in PJ. We were very unhappy with the
increasing crime rate in PJ and the Klang Valley. We urge the PJ police to
go all out in fighting crimes and restore PJ as a save and peaceful
We will continue to make MPPJ, PJ
Police Department and the State Government accountable and responsible to
the PJ people. And to restore local government elections has always been our
PJ DAP has always been in the
forefront in the struggle of Damansara "Save Our School " campaign. We have
provided teachers, organised many campaigns and forums, collected many
signatures and even raised a lot of funds for the movement, with the help of
other DAP leaders and members all over the country. The struggle has entered
more than three years and we will continue to support the campaign until the
original SJKC Damansara is re-opened. MCA leaders were the culprits for the
closure of SJKC Damansara. We urge the PJ people to teach the MCA leaders a
lesson in the coming general elections. Together we should send a loud and
clear message to the MCA and Barisan Nasional leaders, that their decision
to close down the SJKC Damansara by force is a big mistake and blunder.
Every community deserves the school/
schools they need. We have no problem with a new school in Tropicana. PJ is
certainly a township that needs more Chinese primary schools.
We seek the support of the PJ people
to return DAP candidates to the Parliament and State Assembly in the coming
general elections. I believe the general elections will be held some time
early next year.
Return PJ to the DAP so that we have
more bargaining power. Because we want to serve you better.
Vote DAP for greater checks and
Vote DAP for a better PJ.
PJ for DAP.
* Ronnie Liu Tian
Khiew, DAP Selangor Chairman