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Old October 5th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #181
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Scania regional delivery hub in Shah Alam
By Roziana Hamsawi Published: 2008/10/06
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The Swedish firm expects more Malaysian operators to upgrade their trucks to take advantage of newer technology that promises better fuel consumption

SWEDISH truck maker Scania AB said it is setting up a new delivery centre in Malaysia to supply its vehicles to other markets in the region.

“We have started work on the regional delivery centre,” Scania (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Peter Sjöblom told Business Times in an interview.

Malaysia is home to Scania’s regional office, which covers the markets of Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

The office in Shah Alam, Selangor, also houses a regional training centre as well as provides market support to its Asean subsidiar ies.


Sjöblom said the company has manufacturing plants in Europe, Russia and Latin America, while its vehicles in Malaysia are locally assembled at its assembly plant in Port Klang.

Meanwhile, Scania which sold its first truck in Malaysia in 1971 to Kontena Nasional Bhd, is optimistic on the local heavy truck and bus segments.

“With rising operating costs due to an increase in fuel price, we see more Malaysian operators upgrading their trucks to take advantage of newer technology that promises better fuel consumption and lower operating costs in the long term,” said Sjöblom.

He added that as the transport industry becomes more competitive, operators will need trucks and buses that are more reliable, offer higher uptime or availability, and increased payload.

“Malaysia has an extremely high potential for growth in the heavy truck and bus segments. The road infrastructure in Malaysia is top class, but there is still a pressing and immediate need for newer, more sophisticated trucks and buses to fill the need of transport operators in this reg ion,” he said.

Scania set up its sale, distribution, import, assembly and after-sales support for Scania vehicles in Malaysia in 2000.

Sjöblom said Scania felt the need for strong after-sales support for its premium products.

“All our eight workshops in Malaysia are wholly owned by us, with fully trained mechanics, adequate supply of Scania parts, and the latest tools and diagnostic equipment.” He said Scania will continue to improve its network, with its new state-of-the-art accident repair workshop in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam — the first in Asean — now fully operational, offering the highest quality and safety levels for accident repairs.

“We will also soon move into our new expanded premises in Kuantan to cope with increasing demand from our customers in the East Coast,” he added.

Sjöblom also said in Malaysia, Scania will focus on supporting customers to grow their business through constant improvements of products and comprehensive after-sales support.

He cited a recent example where Scania made breakthroughs to customers transporting fresh produce from Cameron Highlands.

“Our air suspension offering helped reduce wastage caused by the produce being crushed by the bumpy journey, and the Scania Retarder ensures a safe, steady progress on the steep descent,” said Sjöblom.

On its latest range of trucks launched here last April, Sjöblom said response from customers has been good with 250 units booked.

“We attribute this strong order book to our products’ reputation of high quality and lower operating costs in the long run, especially when it comes to fuel economy and uptime,” he said.

Today, Asia contributes about 10 per cent to the Scania group’s total revenue
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RM43mil state-of-the-art theatre complex opens in state capital
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID


Selangor’s very own state-of-the-art theatre is finally completed and all set to play a big role in promoting the performing arts in the state capital of Shah Alam.

The Shah Alam Royale Theatre, the latest landmark in the capital city, is located at Jalan Persidangan in Section 14, just behind the Grand Bluewave Hotel.

Construction of the RM43mil complex started in December 2004 and completed in July this year, after about a year’s delay.


Traditional elements: The six-storey theatre building, designed along the Malay-Bugis concept.

The six-storey theatre block, designed along the Malay-Bugis concept, was handed over to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) by the contractor Kembang Serantau Sdn Bhd during a ceremony on Wednesday.

“We will act as the caretaker of the premises for now but it is up to the state executive council to decide on who will manage the place. We hope to hand over the complex to the state government sometimes next month,” Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said.

The theatre is equipped with a main stage with a seating capacity of 800, easy-to-move stage, conference rooms, multipurpose hall, cafeteria, exhibition hall, management office and surau.


State-of-theart: The theatre also features latest technology in sound and lights.

There are also ample parking for visitors, including designated parking lots for the disabled.

The theatre provides another venue for the local theatre productions in the state, besides the MBSA auditorium and the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre.

Local performers and artists can also carry out their creative activity at the Laman Budaya at the Tasik Shah Alam, every weekend.


A place to chill: Where the cafeteria will be located.

“A place with such state-of-the-art facilities should be utilised by the theatre groups to help prevent it from becoming a white elephant,” Mazalan said.

“The large amount spent by the state government on the project should be seen positively as the efforts to make Selangor, particularly Shah Alam, a centre for cultural and performing arts and, at the same time, attract tourists,” he said.
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Plans to make Shah Alam international Islamic banking hub
By LAW KAI CHOW


SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government plans to turn Shah Alam into an international Islamic banking and financial centre, in the wake of slower growth in the state’s manufacturing sector.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said greater competition from lower labour cost countries had caused the state to make the services sector its leading engine of growth, with focus on information and communications technology (ICT), tourism and Islamic finance.

“We want Middle East investors seeking investment opportunity in Asia to consider Malaysia as the Islamic financial hub because we can fulfil their requirements in terms of technology and expertise in syariah-compliant banking infrastructure, accounting and legal framework.

“We will embark on the setting up of an Islamic banking and financial centre by the second half of next year if the world market volatility has subsided (by then),” he said after the launching of i-City International Park Shah Alam yesterday.


I-Bhd chairman Datuk Lim Kim Hong (left), Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (centre) and Multimedia Development Corp Sdn Bhd (MDeC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali (right) at the launch of the i-City International Park in Shah Alam on Monday. - Starpic by Raymond Ooi

A RM2bil project by I-Bhd, i-City sits on 72-acre freehold land in Shah Alam with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities such as super broadband with 20mbps speed, dual source of power supply and high performance integrated data centres. It has been endorsed as a MSC Malaysia Cybercentre, tourist destination and now an International Park.

The first phase of i-City, involving 44 office units, has been completed and sold with 50% bought by Al Rajhi, a Saudi Arabian banking group.

i-City has also attracted tenants from Britain and Singapore.

Local Government, Research and Studies Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said to qualify for International Park status, the development had to be of international class, in terms of buildings and ICT systems.

Meanwhile, Khalid announced that I-Bhd had committed a RM10mil fund for the next three years to work with the Selangor tourism unit to establish i-City and Shah Alam as “the focal point for ICT-related tourism destination.”

Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the additional fund created a win-win situation because I-Bhd would be able to showcase its technology while the state government could attract investment and tourist into Selangor.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 12:28 AM   #185
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Capital city with no government hospital
Friday November 7, 2008
By ELAN PERUMAL

IT is simply stupefying that Shah Alam, the state capital of Selangor, does not have a government hospital.

There is a state hospital in each of the capital cities of the country and, even in many small towns like Kajang, there are government hospitals. But not in Shah Alam.

The city’s half million residents, particularly the lower income group, have been waiting for the service of a government hospital promised to them a long time ago by the federal government.

The good news for the residents is that work to construct a 300-bed hospital has started near the existing government health clinic at Section 7.

The work on the RM30mil hospital, undertaken by the Works Ministry, started on Nov 15 last year and is scheduled for completion before the end of 2010.

According to Selangor state health committee chairman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, it is unbelievable that the residents of the capital city have been deprived of a government hospital since the establishment of the capital many years ago.

Xavier said that currently, Shah Alam residents had to travel nearly 20km to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang to seek treatment and hospitalization.

He said such an arrangement was an inconvenience, particularly for the poor who did not have their own transport.

Xavier said a life might even be lost in case of an emergency.

“The Klang hospital is crowded with outpatients and overloaded with hospitalized patients. Its medical personnel are having a tough time coping with the situation,’’ he said.

Xavier said that although work on the Shah Alam hospital had started a year ago, the state was concerned over the long period required for its completion.

He urged the federal government to expedite work on the project so that it could be completed faster.

“A hospital is a necessity in any city and I don’t know see why a state capital like Shah Alam has been deprived of such an essential facility,’’ he said.

A StarMetro team visited the existing government clinic at Section 7 recently and found it fully packed with patients.

Some of the patients told StarMetro that a government hospital was urgently needed in Shah Alam as the lack of such a facility had made life difficult for them.

Section 24 resident Kamariah Said, 56, said all her five children were born at the Klang hospital as there was no government hospital in Shah Alam.

Kamariah said despite much infrastructure development in Shah Alam, she couldn’t understand why the federal government had not provided a hospital facility for the people in Shah Alam.

“We need a government hospital very much,’’ she said.

Kota Kemuning resident Lim Kim Eng, 41, said that an hospital was a basic need for the people of the city and the current government clinic was not sufficient.

“The service at the clinic is good but it is not enough to cater for the need of the people, especially those who required specialist and long-term treatment since there is no ward here,’’ he said.

Section 16 resident K. Santha, 58, said the people of Shah Alam had been eagerly waiting for the hospital project to be completed for a long time.

She said that the city was not complete without a state hospital and hoped that the government hospital project would be completed without problem.

“We have been facing a lot of inconvenience as we have to travel to Klang to visit sick people or seek medical treatment,” Santha said.

“A hospital is different from clinic and we hope the government understand our situation,’’ she said.
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Worldwide bangunkan Puncak Alam

SHAH ALAM 16 Nov. – Worldwide Holdings Bhd. (Worldwide), anak Syarikat Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), akan menjalankan projek pembangunan hartanah di Puncak Alam, di sini dengan nilai pembangunan kasar (GDV) RM230 juta pada suku ketiga tahun hadapan.

Pengurus Projek Worldwide (Bahagian Hartanah), Noor Azmi Ali berkata, pembangunan bercampur yang akan dijalankan di kawasan seluas 124 ekar (74.4 hektar) itu akan memberi penekanan kepada segmen kediaman.

‘‘Mengikut pelan asal, kami hanya memperuntukkan kira-kira 95 peratus rumah dan selebihnya unit komersial.

‘‘Bagaimanapun, ada syarikat yang menemui kami meminta dibangunkan kawasan untuk perniagaan seperti pasar raya besar di kawasan tersebut. Mungkin kami akan menambah 35 peratus lagi untuk unit komersial,’’ katanya kepada pemberita pada majlis pelancaran Laman Permai di Subang Bestari di sini, hari ini.

Selain mendapat permintaan tinggi untuk unit komersial, beliau memberitahu, pelan asal terpaksa diubah bagi memastikan jenis pembangunan yang akan dijalankan di kawasan tersebut sesuai dan mampu dimiliki dan ia memberikan keuntungan kepada syarikat dalam keadaan yang tidak menentu pada tahun hadapan.

Selain itu, Worldwide juga sedang merancang untuk membangunkan kawasan seluas 250 ekar (150 hektar) dengan GDV antara RM400 juta hingga RM500 juta di Sungai Kapar Indah, Meru, Klang pada 2010.

Sementara itu, sebanyak enam buah banglo dan rumah berkembar berjumlah hampir RM8 juta berjaya dijual sejak penjualannya dibuka pada Jumaat lalu.

Sebanyak 18 banglo (Zamrud) yang berharga bermula daripada RM1.1 juta dan 20 rumah berkembar (Nilam) yang dijual pada harga daripada RM805,035 telah siap dibina beberapa bulan lalu.

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The place is known as Puncak Alam in the Shah Alam municipality, some 35 km from Kuala Lumpur city center.
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Shah Alam extreme park to fully open soon
Updated: Thursday January 1, 2009 MYT 7:54:34 PM

SHAH ALAM The Shah Alam Extreme Park, a sports centre for extreme sports, is expected to fully open early this year, catering specially to youngsters keen on an alternative form of physical exercise.

The centre, sprawled over 5.2ha in Section 13 as part of the Shah Alam Sports Complex incorporating the Shah Alam Stadium, Malawati Indoor Stadium, Shah Alam GoKart Circuit and Lawn Bowls Complex, has already opened some of its facilities to the public.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Public Relations Officer Shahrin Ahmad said the centre was equipped with six futsal courts, a paintball activity area, a skateboard court, a cycling area, a rugby field, a boulder park and a wall-climbing facility.

The centre also had a family rest area and three fast-food restaurants, he told Bernama.

He said the council was now waiting for work on the futsal courts to be completed before fully opening the centre to the public. The wall-climbing and skateboard facilities are already open for use.

Shahrin said the cost of putting up the centre exceeded RM5 million and MBSA had allocated an additional RM100,000 under its 2009 budget to upgrade the facilities at the centre.

He said users of the facilities must abide by the regulations, including using proper attire, and must seek expert advice before indulging in any of the extreme sports activities.

A shop at the centre sells extreme sports gear while a kiosk has been set up to enable enthusiasts to rent equipment and gear at a nominal fee, he said.

Shahrin said the idea of establishing the Shah Alam Extreme Park was to enable youngsters to occupy their spare time with productive activities.

The centre has a huge car park and the fast-food restaurants have drive-through facilities to cater to a large number of people, he said.

Shahrin said the centre was in a strategic location, close to several institutions of higher learning and housing estates, and was looked upon as an alternative to several public parks, including Taman Tasik Shah Alam.

"Those who want to use the facilities at the centre have to register at the service office at the complex," he said, adding that this was for safety reasons.

The centre would be open from 10am to 11pm on normal days and from 8am to 11pm on public holidays, he said. - Bernama
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Swan song for flower market
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID


FOUR years ago, when the flower market was first introduced in Shah Alam, it was billed as one of the attractions in the capital city.

With the combination of the soothing environment of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) park and the enchanting nurseries along Jalan Sungai Buloh, the market was expected to attract garden enthusiasts from near and far.

The flower market, located in front of the Kompleks PKNS in Persiaran Tasik, offers various flower species and gardening accessories amid the lush green ambience.


Filthy: Once a beautiful pond with carps and koi, it is now filled with dead leaves and rainwater.

Among the special features of the market are the tracks that wind around tall meranti trees and lead visitors to the various nurseries within the 2.5ha area.

Many have also come to the place for picnics with the family or to enjoy the entertainment and activities organised.

Yet over the years, like flowers that have wilted, the market has lost its attraction and the crowd is no more there.


Dangerous: An uprooted tree lying on top of one of the kiosks at the market.

StarMetro visited the place recently and found it in a dreadful and dismal state, almost abandoned and rotten to the core.

Flower pots, furniture and other garden equipment are scattered about in the kiosks abandoned by the previous owners. The kiosks are left to rot, with the walls and roof falling apart.

Instead of the chirping of birds that used to perch on the tree branches, it is the buzzing of mosquitoes that greet anyone passing by the winding tracks running through the lush greenery.


Past glory: A file picture of visitors admiring some of the flowers on sale at the Pasar Bunga Shah Alam when it first opened for business in 2004.

With the discarded flower pots and empty pools there, the place has become a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The pools and man-made water canals that were once filled with water and stocked with fish are now filled with dead leaves and rainwater.

At a first glance, many will think that the place is no longer operating.

However, despite its forsaken condition, some of the kiosks are still open and operating.


An eyesore: The owner of this kiosk has left some of the furniture behind to rot.

“Most people find it surprising that we are still operating here despite its terrible condition. But we have no where else to go and this is our source of income,’’ Norazmi Ibrahim said.

Norazmi is one of the few operators who has decided to continue operating at the market.

He said that only eight of the 14 original kiosks set up at the flower market were still operating.

All the kiosks are located at the main entrance of the premises, near the Kompleks PKNS.


Break time: (From left) Shukri Salleh, Rashid and Zulkifli enjoying their roti canai and teh tarik at the Flower Market in Shah Alam.

The operators have to do their own cleaning as the maintenance workers come only once in a while.

“It has become our daily routine to come in early in the morning and do our own gardening which also include sweeping and pulling out the weeds,” Norazmi said.

“It is not only a place to sell plants and flowers but also where we get some exercise in the morning. We are retirees and this is all that we have,” he said.

According to Norazmi, they usually come in at about 8am and start gardening and cleaning before taking a tea break at 11am. They call it a day at about 5pm before the place gets dark as electricity has been cut off in the area.

Another operator, Rashid Ahmad, said that safety is one of their main concerns.

The lack of maintenance has caused the trees to be uprooted and some have hit the kiosks.

Without electricity and a proper gate, the place is a good hideout for unhealthy activities, Vandalism and theft are also common here.

“Many of our potted plants go missing often. We try to prevent people from entering the place by closing the main gate but some sneak in after we have gone home in the evening,” Rashid said.

The flower market was previously managed by Pasar Bunga Shah Alam Sdn Bhd on behalf of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

The initial concept of the market encompassed three elements - recreation, shopping and education.

It was introduced to cater to the needs of the Shah Alam residents who were encouraged by the previous state government and the MBSA to landscape and beautify their homes.

But now, the operators feel that they have been abandoned by the authorities after the project failed to meet their expectations.

There had been meetings and talks about relocating the flower market to a new site but nothing concrete has been decided so far.

Although the kiosk operators have attended several meeting with the local authorities, they are still in the dark about the future of their business.

“We have invested time, effort and our hard earned money into this place,” said Zulkifli Mohd Affandi, who is one of those still operating a stall at the market.

“Now we do not know where we are heading with business going slow. We are still paying instalments for our bank loans,” he said.

“We are hoping that the local authority will tell us what we should do,” Zulkifli said.

Hesaid most of them invested about RM50,000 each to start their business a few years ago.

He said they had attended several meetings and were served with several relocation notices by the MBSA.

The latest was issued in September 2008, informing them about the new location in Section 13, opposite the Shah Alam Bazarena, the Sunday open market near the Shah Alam Stadium.

“We were told that we would be relocated there but nothing has happened. There is no sign board or anything to indicate that the site is ready for us to move in,” Zulkifli said.

He said they were left in the dark and did not know whether they should prepare themselves for the relocation or stay put.

On whether they would prefer to remain at the current site or move to a new place, the traders unanimously said they will accept whatever decision made by the MBSA.

Zulkifli said that one of the main complaints received by the operators currently was on insufficient parking.

The current flower market is also tucked away in a nook and hidden from public view and hence not many people know about the market.

“The new proposed site is strategically located near the Giant hypermart and the Shah Alam Stadium and both have ample parking space,” Zulkifli said.

“Unfortunately, we have not received any information about relocating there,” he said.
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The new trading site in Section 13


THE relocation of the flower market in Shah Alam is final and it will be open for business by this month.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) park and recreations director Mohd Tahir Man said the operators still trading at the flower market located near Kompleks PKNS will be relocated to Section 13, opposite the Shah Alam Stadium.

The new site is near main roads with ample parking space and deemed as most suitable for the flower market.

“We have cleared the new site and will start the relocation process soon,” Tahir said.

He said the decision to relocate the market was made during a meeting in September. The operators were also present at the meeting.

There are plans to turn the current flower market into a public park.

He said the city council would repairthe existing facilities at the market, including the kiosks and huts.

It would also be properly lighted to discourage illegal activities and picnic tables would be set up to enable the public to enjoy the park better.

“We also plan to turn the park into an orchid enclave in line with it being the city’s official flower,” he added.

At the new site, Tahir said the city council would provide security, electricity and water for the operators.

However, they have to construct their own kiosk or shop to sell their products.

“The first three months will be rental-free but subsequently they have to pay RM250 per month,” he said.

Tahir said the city council would help the operators to relocate.
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MBSA faces huge financial burden in maintaining sport facilities
SALINA KHALID at the MBSA full board meeting


THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is literally at a loss when it comes to the question of maintenance of the sports complexes and facilities in the city.

Both the Shah Alam Stadium and the Melawati Stadium are landmarks in the capital city but the cost of their maintenance and operation is increasingly becoming a big financial burden to the MBSA.

Both facilities are not generating sufficient income to cover the cost of upkeep.


"If it is just the ringgit and sen, yes the city council is at the losing end"- MAZALAN MD NOOR
But Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said the main problem was not just about ringgit and sen.

“If it is just the ringgit and sen, yes the city council is at the losing end. But we have to consider many other aspects in having the stadiums. It is for the people and it is only appropriate for Shah Alam as a capital city to have such facilities,” he said.

Mazalan said this when replying to questions posed by some councillors during the MBSA full board meeting on Tuesday on the maintenance cost of the two stadiums.

The councillors had said that the staduims should be surrendered to the state government as the cost of maintenance was too high for the MBSA to handle.

In addition to the two stadiums, the MBSA is also managing the Aquatic Centre and the newly completed Shah Alam Royal Theatre in Section 14.

The MBSA has to spend about RM5mil annually to maintain the sports complexes. About RM20,000 is needed monthly just to take care of the Shah Alam Stadium’s grass carpet and its other facilities.

The MBSA manages to collect only about RM3mil annually from the complexes, which means it is losing RM2mil each year.

Asked whether the sport complexes were a burden to the MBSA, Mazalan said: “In terms of money, yes it is a burden. So we are hoping that the state government will help us out.”

Mazalan said a paper would be submitted to the state government early next year, asking for financial assistance in the form of a grant to cover the high maintenance cost of the sport facilities.
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Extreme Park dibuka sepenuhnya tidak lama lagi


Gelanggang basikal lasak antara yang telah dibuka untuk digunakan di Shah Alam Extreme Park.

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SHAH ALAM 4 Jan. - Sebuah pusat sukan yang berorientasikan aktiviti lasak yang dikenali sebagai 'Shah Alam Extreme Park' dijangka dibuka sepenuhnya awal tahun ini sebagai medium alternatif bagi golongan muda mengisi masa lapang mereka dengan lebih berfaedah.

Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), Shahrin Ahmad berkata, pusat sukan itu yang dilengkapi pelbagai kemudahan untuk sukan lasak, dibina khusus untuk golongan remaja beriadah.

Katanya, kemudahan itu dibina di kawasan seluas 5.2 hektar di Seksyen 13 di sini dan merupakan sebahagian daripada Kompleks Sukan Shah Alam, yang turut merangkumi Stadium Shah Alam, Stadium Tertutup Malawati, Litar Go-Kart Shah Alam dan Kompleks Boling Padang.

Pusat sukan ekstrem itu dilengkapi enam gelanggang futsal, sebuah medan aktiviti paintball, sebuah gelanggang papan luncur, 'wall climbing', 'boulder park', gelanggang basikal, padang ragbi dan sudut rehat keluarga serta tiga buah restoran makanan segera.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya kini hanya menantikan kerja-kerja menyiapkan gelanggang futsal disiapkan sebelum taman ini dapat dibuka dan digunakan oleh orang ramai tidak lama lagi.

"Bagaimanapun, ada beberapa bahagian yang kami telah buka kepada awam seperti wall climbing dan gelanggang papan luncur," katanya.

Shahrin berkata, kos pembinaan kompleks sukan lasak itu adalah kira-kira RM5 juta dan MBSA memperuntukkan tambahan RM100,000 menerusi Bajet 2009 untuk menaik taraf kemudahan riadah yang disediakan.

Beliau berkata, mereka yang menggunakan kemudahan di situ perlu mematuhi peraturan yang ditetapkan termasuk memakai pakaian yang sesuai dan mengikut nasihat pakar sebelum melakukan aktiviti sukan lasak yang disediakan.

Selain itu, kedai kelengkapan peralatan sukan lasak dan sebuah kios yang menyewakan peralatan juga dibuka.

Katanya, di samping bertujuan menjadikan Shah Alam Extreme Park sebagai pilihan golongan remaja bagi mengisi masa lapang mereka, pusat sukan ekstrem itu juga sesuai dijadikan pusat riadah keluarga dan dilengkapi tempat letak kereta yang luas.

Shahrin berkata, lokasi pusat sukan itu juga strategik kerana berdekatan dengan beberapa institusi pengajian tinggi dan kawasan perumahan serta beberapa pusat beli-belah.

"Mereka yang berminat untuk menggunakan kemudahan riadah di kompleks sukan berkenaan perlu mendaftar di pejabat perkhidmatan yang disediakan di kompleks berkenaan bagi tujuan keselamatan," katanya.
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A walk in the park in Shah Alam
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID


IF Kuala Lumpur has its Bintang Walk, Shah Alam steps up with the Shah Alam Walk, a pedestrian-friendly area that is one of the attractions in the the city.

Covering 0.3sq km and stretching over Jalan Majlis and Jalan Institusi, the Shah Alam Walk became a city landmark in 2004.

Lush greenery is laid out throughout the area, providing shade to benches and tables that transform into quiet nooks for city dwellers to catch their breath after day-long shopping expeditions at nearby shopping complexes.

With rows of palm trees and Balinese lights casting a soft glow in the evening, it is no surprise that the Shah Alam Walk has become a favourite meeting point for Shah Alam residents.


Meeting point: Dataran Shah Alam is also a part of the walk.

Unlike the Bukit Bintang hustle and bustle, the Shah Alam Walk exudes serenity, especially at night, with the sound of water from the numerous fountains in the area.

“The area was created to provide a friendly environment for pedestrians.

“Vehicles still have access but the road system is done in such a way that they have to slow down while plying the area,” Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad said.

For the safety reasons, the MBSA had also installed a CCTV system in the area.

“The system is linked directly to the Shah Alam police station for monitoring purposes,” Shahrin said.


Hidden beauty: With rows of palm trees and Balinese lights casting a soft glow in the evening, it is no surprise that the walk has become a favourite meeting spot.

He added that since its opening four years ago, the Shah Alam Walk had become a trademark for the city.

The project was a joint venture between the MBSA and the Selangor Government, which shared the cost of RM9mil.

The MBSA’s Landscaping and Parks Department, which is responsible for maintaining Shah Alam Walk, is constantly upgrading the facilities in the area from time to time.

Strategically located near Hotel Quality, Plaza Alam Sentral and Dataran Shah Alam, the place also has plenty of kiosks and restaurants offering a variety of food ranging from local delights to Western selections. Business is quite good in the evening as many patrons come to enjoy their kueh and teh tarik al-fresco.

There are also mamak shops nearby for nasi kandar fans.


Watery delights: Fountains add to the ambience along the walk.
The Shah Alam Walk complements Dataran Shah Alam where a host of activities are held on weekends.

Visitors can shop at the Alam Sentral Shopping Complex and PKNS Complex or walk across the street to the Shah Alam Lake for a quieter environment.

It is also a stone’s throw from the Galeri Shah Alam and Laman Budaya where cultural performances are held regularly.

No parking is allowed in the area and the council will tow vehicles that are left there.

Enforcing the towing in the area makes it more pedestrian-friendly and visitors can park at the nearby Alam Central, Quality Hotel or SACC.

Yet, despite the signboards being placed all over the area, there are still motorists who leave their vehicles on the roadsides.

“I hope people are more sensitive to the signboards and do not leave their cars on the roadside.

“They should know that there is a reason why the area is designated as a no parking zone.

“Besides, unlike in KL or PJ, the parking fee here is minimal,” said Azizah Mohd Noor, a regular visitor to the Shah Alam Walk.

She also called for the local authority to step up enforcement so that motorists would adhere to the traffic rules and regulations, especially in such areas where it was supposed to be pedestrian-friendly.


Soothing: The walk exudes serenity, especially at night.

Meanwhile, some patrons felt that more activities should be organised at both the Shah Alam Walk and Dataran Shah Alam.

Shaiful Azhan Amir said although there were activities being organised occasionally, most of them are for specific groups of people only.

“They have to realise that Shah Alam does not have any cinemas, nightclubs or karaoke centres and we have to travel to nearby towns like Klang and Subang Jaya for that kind of entertainment.

“So the authorities should organise activities to make up for it especially to attract the youth.

“Now, most of the activities organised are done just for the sake of having something,” the 21-year old student said.
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Shah Alam Extreme Park to open fully soon


The Shah Alam Extreme Park, catering specially to youngsters keen on extreme sports, is expected to be fully open soon.

The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is waiting for work on six futsal courts to be completed before fully opening the centre to the public.

Other facilitities available are a paintball activity area, a skateboard court, a cycling area, a rugby field, a boulder park and a wall-climbing area.

There is also a family rest area as well as three fast-food restaurants which also offer drive-through service.

Some of the facilities are already open to the public, MBSA public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad said.

Sprawling over 5.2ha in Section 13, Shah Alam, the Extreme Park is part of the Shah Alam Sports Complex that includes the Shah Alam Stadium, Malawati Indoor Stadium, Shah Alam GoKart Circuit and Lawn Bowls Complex.

Shahrin said the Extreme Park was built at a cost of more than RM5mil, and MBSA had allocated an additional RM100,000 under its 2009 budget to upgrade the facilities.

He said users of the facilities must abide by the regulations, including being properly attired, and must seek expert advice before indulging in any of the extreme sports activities.

A shop at the centre sells extreme sports gear.

Equipment and gear can also be rented at a nominal fee at a kiosk.

Shahrin said the Shah Alam Extreme Park would enable youngsters to occupy their spare time with productive activities.

Shahrin said the centre was in a strategic location, close to several institutions of higher learning and housing estates, and was looked upon as an alternative to several public parks, including Taman Tasik Shah Alam.

“Those who want to use the facilities at the centre have to register at the service office at the complex,” he said, adding that this was for safety reasons.

The centre normally operates from 10am to 11pm, but starts at 8am on public holidays. — Bernama
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Selangor health department says healthcare facility will be ready by 2010




Soon: Rosnah says the clinic will be ready by middle of 2010. All settled:
THE Selangor State Health De**partment said in a statement recently that the Health Ministry has already planned for comprehensive healthcare services in Section 19, Shah Alam, having taken into account the rapid development that has taken place.

The statement, signed by state director Dr Rosnah Hadis, was in reference to the story Wanted - a public health published on Jan 15.

She said the construction of a health clinic was taking place in Section 19, to cater to the needs of the surrounding community and was expected to be completed by the middle of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has been providing mobile health services for the past three years in Bukit Lanchong and Section 18, Shah Alam.

These mobile clinics provide outpatient, maternal and child health services.
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Orchid park in a forsaken state
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID


THE Serendah International Orchid Park has been and is incurring major losses to the Selangor state government since its opening in 2002.

According to Selangor Public Account Committee (PAC) chairman Lee Kim Sin, the 172ha park, a privatisation venture between the Selangor Agriculture Development Corporation (PKPS) and Baytown Sdn Bhd, has not generated any revenue since its establishment.


Derelict: The orchid park stopped operations in 2007.

“The project has been suffering financial losses since it opened in 2002, accumulating a huge loss of RM15mil since then,” Lee said.

Lee said even maintaining the park now was costing the state a lot of money.

He said the project had involved a large amount of public funds and was a sheer waste.

Lee, who is the assemblyman for Kajang, said this during a visit to the park by the PAC members on Thursday. The PAC members present were Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim, Sri Muda assemblyman Shuhaimi Shafiei and Damansara Utama assemblyman Dr Cheah Wing Yin.

PKPS general manager Ali Ahmad and his deputy Aqmal Azam Ahmad were also present to brief the PAC members.


Desolate beauty: A lone orchid in bloom among dozens of plants in this file picture of the orchid park taken last September.

According to Lee, the state had an initial share of 40% of the joint venture while Baytown had 60%.

Although in the initial stages the state was a minority owner, it ended up with a bigger financial responsibility. Baytown, meanwhile, was responsible for developing, operating and managing the place.

“The state’s hands were tied then and there was nothing much it could do because of its status as a minority partner,” Lee said.

Since then the state has managed to acquire a bigger stake of the joint venture and has injected more funds to sustain the project. Now, the state owns a 70% stake while Baytown’s share has been reduced to 30%.

According to Lee, there are many questions about the project that needed answers, including why there were no proper studies of its feasibility and its impact on the environment (EIA).


Hands on experience: Lee picking some star fruit at the Selangor Fruits Valley.

He said a thorough investigation was being conducted on all aspects of the project and legal actions would be taken if irregularities were uncovered.

“We have identified a failure in the previous management and are planning to take legal action against those responsible for it. We have appointed a legal firm to handle the matter,” Lee said.

He said all the parties concerned with the park venture would be called in for a special meeting to enable them to hear their views, opinions and explanations.

When work first started on the park in the middle of 2001, it was acclaimed by its developer and the state authorities as the first of its kind in the country.

It was completed and opened to the public in 2002 with 49ha dedicated for an orchid farm. The other 123ha, allocated for a homestay programme, has been left untouched till now.

During the initial stage, orchids were seen blooming delightfully in a colourful sea of purple, pink, yellow and white, among some of the many striking colours.

The orchids were divided into types that grow in open space, shaded and even those that grow in temperate climate.

The developer was also quoted as saying at that time that there would be over 500,000 orchids from 100 hybrids and species in the first phase of development on the hillslope.

Travel websites, magazines and the media had also generously promoted the park as an orchid paradise.

There were high expectations for the park then, and there was even a proposal to set up a research and development centre within it for the purpose of developing new hybrids and different ways of growing the plants.

There were plans for overnight accommodation, involving the construction of homestay units and the provision of camping grounds.

However, about four years down the road, all the big dreams for the park turned into a nightmare, leaving it neglected and in a state of abandonment now.

But, during the PAC site visit, there seemed to be some improvement in the park’s condition, compared with its derelict and forsaken look a few months ago.

Lee said the park was currently closed to the public and there had been no commercial activity since 2007.

“In 2007, when there was a change of management, the board of directors decided to freeze the park’s operations. It has been closed since then with minimal maintenance only,” he said.

Lee said at present, RM9,000 was spent each month on the park maintenance and RM115,000 a month on servicing the bank loan.

He said the state was considering several options for the park, including putting it up for sale as trying to revive it was not feasible, given the high financial costs involved.

Lee said the decision on the park was expected to be made known soon, once the on-going investigations were completed.

The PAC members later visited the Selangor Fruits Valley in Bestari Jaya (previously known as Batang Berjuntai) and were impressed with the improvements made there.

Lee said the conditions there had improved since their last visit.
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Restaurants in Shah Alam can place tables outside as specified
Saturday January 31, 2009
By SALINA KHALID


RESTAURANT operators in Shah Alam can now place tables and chairs for customers outside their premises as the city council (MBSA) is lifting the ban on such practice.

Mayor Mazalan Md Noor said the city council was lifting the ban in adhering to the circular issued by the state government. The new ruling takes immediate effect.

“But it is not an automatic approval as restaurant operators have to get the permit from MBSA before they offer outdoor dining service to customers.

“We are looking at the applications on a case by case basis and will only approve those that meet all the conditions imposed,” he said.

Mazalan said this after chairing the MBSA full board meeting on Thursday.

He added that the new ruling was introduced to cater to the demand for outdoor dining in the city.

“We know that it has become a trend for city residents now to eat outside the restaurants. But we have to consider various aspects, especially the safety of patrons and the convenience of others,” he said.

He said until now, restaurant operators were not allowed to place tables and chairs outside their premises.

Mazalan said the restaurant owners would also have to include a layout plan of where the tables would be placed.

Among the locations that are suitable for such practices are sidewalks, endlots with space, non-busy roads, dead-end roads and road corners that are at least 10ft wide.

This, however, would not be suitable for restaurants that are located along main roads.

“Also, they can only place the tables outside from 7pm to midnight,” he said.

Restaurant operators could only place a maximum of 10 tables with four chairs each at the approved areas outside their premises.

The number of tables allowed depends on the location and size of the restaurant.

However, he said, restaurant operators had to be considerate to the surrounding neighbourhood as well. He said as some of the restaurants were located in residential areas, the operators had to consider the safety and convenience of the house owners nearby.

He said the city council had received complaints from these house owners on the move to allow the business operators to conduct business outside the restaurant.
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