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PUTRAJAYA – The Opposition has often been giving misleading statements to the people pertaining to court decisions, as if they have won every case, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He cited a statement by Taiping Member of Parliament Nga Kor Ming who claimed that the decision by the Ipoh High Court to allow his application to set aside a KPKT circular was a victory for the people.

“He said the decision was a moral victory for the people whilst the court had just allowed his application but had not decided on the case,” he told the media at the ministry’s Hari Raya Open House here today.

He said another person who was often giving misleading statements was Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who had claimed that he had succeeded in preventing the Election Commission (EC) from carrying out its delineation exercise, especially in Selangor.

“We are well aware that the country comprises three regions namely the Federation of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak, and if we want to conduct a re-delineation it must involve all states in Malaysia,” he said.

“But from Azmin’s  statement, it is as if the delineation exercise was stopped and could not be carried out, when in actual fact the Selangor  delineation exercise was halted and the EC could not send a report to the Prime Minister, ” he said.

Noh, who is also Selangor Barisan Nasional chairman, also criticised  Azmin, who had earlier expressed his willingness to cooperate with the federal government but failed to attend the 71st National Council Meeting on Local Governments held last Monday.

“The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and should be attended by those at minister, chief minister and menteri besar levels… at the very least they should be represented by an executive council member but Selangor sent a division secretary,” he said.

He said this simply showed that the Selangor government had no respect for the Constitution, adding that the policies drawn by the federal government were to assist the state governments. – BERNAMA

 

 

IPOH – A total of 30 new fire and rescue stations are being built across the country to facilitate and enhance operations by the Fire and Rescue Department, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said today.

He said the new stations would be in addition to the 284 fire and rescue stations in operation in the country.

“The construction of more fire and rescue stations is to ensure the fire-fighters are highly- skilled and provided with suitable equipment

“It is also to reduce their response time,” he said in his speech at the opening of the national-level World Firefighters’ Day by of the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah here today.

In Perak, Noh said there were currently 32 fire and rescue stations in operation with three more to be built in Kampung Gajah in Perak Tengah, and Tambun and Trong in Taiping.

He said it had always been the aspiration and objective of the Fire and Rescue Department to further improve its service.

Currently, 80 per cent of emergency calls received nationwide recorded response time of less than 20 minutes by the fire and rescue team, he added.

He said in the Federal Territory, Putrajaya, Labuan, Penang and Melaka, the response time of within 20 minutes for the fire and rescue teams to arrive at locations during emergencies was nearly 100 per cent. – BERNAMA

TANJONG KARANG – The Selangor government has failed in its duty in maintaining the irrigation system that led to floods affecting over 40 hectares of paddy since early January, said Tanjong Karang member of parliament Tan Sri Noh Omar.

As such, he said Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali should not be proud of the state’s high reserves when the plight of farmers and paddy planters continued to be neglected.

“We cannot avoid heavy rain but it is the responsibility of the state government to clean up and maintain the irrigation system. The thing is, do they have the budget for that? If they do, why the floods and damaged crops?

“The federal government only provides infrastructure and the main (paddy) canal. Where is the duty of the state government which is supposed to care for its people?” he asked when met by reporters here today.

Noh said the majority of the affected farmers and paddy planters were the young people and this showed that this age bracket were now interested in agriculture.
The spirit shown by the young farmers and paddy planters must be taken care of and further assisted to encourage more such people to get involved in the sector seriously, he added.

Earlier, Noh handed over assistance from the Tanjong Karang Parliamentary Agricultural Development Council worth RM82,510 to 118 farmers and paddy planters affected by floods. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is willing to extend the rental period for the first batch of tenants of Rumah Transit 1Malaysia (RT1M) Pinggiran Bukit Jalil here till the end of the year, said its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said the two-year rental period for the first batch numbering 162 tenants was due to expire on March 31.

The RT1M is an initiative for newly-wedded couples earning a monthly household income of RM3,000 and below. The rental is very low so as not to burden them.

Noh said that so far, the ministry had received appeals from all the tenants to extend the rental period.

“We give an assurance on the extension of the rental period until the end of the year pending a new policy which will be announced later,” he told a press conference after meeting residents of the housing scheme tonight.

Also present was his deputy, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

Noh added that the rental rate during the extension period would not be raised and would remain at RM250 a month. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The proposed claim limit increase from the existing amount of RM50,000 under the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims will be considered, taking into account the current high price of houses.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar said any policy implemented by the government could be changed based on current needs and suitability.

“We (ministry) are in fact studying to increase the claim sum under the tribunal. The amount of RM50,000 does not correspond with the spiralling price
of houses currently,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Anthony Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Seremban) in the Dewan Rakyat, here, today.

Loke had asked whether the government planned to raise the claim sum limit to RM100,000 under the tribunal, taking into consideration the high price of houses.

The Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims was established on Dec 1, 2002 as an alternative to resolve disputes between house buyers and licensed housing developers by hearing claims not exceeding RM50,000.

The tribunal handles two types of claims, namely non-technical (such as late delivery of vacant possession of the property) and technical (for substandard work or non-adherence to the specifications stated in the Sales and Purchase Agreement).

Noh said that between 2010 and September, this year, 13,905 cases were registered under the tribunal and out this number, 13,611 cases were resolved.

He said the filing of the high number of cases showed increasing house buyers’ trust in the tribunal in resolving their housing disputes.

“This is a positive sign. Through the tribunal, house owners don’t need to resolve their cases in court but can go to the tribunal instead by just paying RM10,” Noh said. – BERNAMA