Sunday, December 30, 2012

Local plan: Taman Putra Prima, X2 Residency, The Peninsular Puchong

Although this local plan is not the latest plan, and subject to change in the future, but this will give you a rough idea of how this place going to be developed.

Best wishes to everyone in 2013!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Collapsed bridge in Puchong put motorists in danger

IT was a rocky year for road users this year with collapsed roads and bridges in Semenyih, Hulu Langat and Sepang.
In Puchong, a bridge along Jalan Pulau Meranti near Masjid Meranti that links Kampung Pulau Meranti to Cyberjaya, Putrajaya and Puchong has partially collapsed, cutting off a key access road for thousands of residents in the area.
Many motorists use the route to avoid paying toll for a highway.
The hole was estimated to be around 3.5m wide and 3m deep.
Residents said numerous complaints to the village chief about tell-tale cracks and small holes found along the bridge was made as far back as six months ago.
Residents said they complained to the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) five months before the incident, when they noticed erosion on the river bank where the bridge was sitting on.
The departments required six months to investigate the collapse and carry out repair works.
A temporary bridge was installed.
To make matters worse, an erosion occurred in Jalan Desaria, Puchong, not far from Jalan Pulau Meranti, a week after the bridge had collapsed.
Sungai Rasau overflowed during Hari Raya Haji on Nov 5, causing water levels to rise to knee-high.
Within 10 minutes, Jalan Desaria was submerged.
Taman Kipark management office had written a letter to the Sepang Municipal Council and DID about the erosion.
However, DID cited a lack of funds as the reason for not fixing the river’s embankment.
Meanwhile in Hulu Langat, a section of Jalan Sungai Tekali was closed after one of its lanes caved in.
This happened less than two weeks after the landslide at the Ampang Look Out Point, which was less than 10km away.
The road, used as an alternative route to Semenyih, has caved 100m to 150m in depth.
A few days later, a road collapsed near the Semenyih dam following a minor landslide in Jalan Kechau.
Five people, who were travelling along the road when the incident occurred, narrowly escaped death.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bolton to replicate Puchong success at Sungai Long

PETALING JAYA (Dec 25, 2012): Bolton Bhd, which is targeting RM1 billion in sales within two years, wants to replicate its success in Puchong with its proposed 252.9ha township in Sungai Long.
"Sungai Long is now ready to be changed, like what Puchong was 10 years ago. As you know, Cheras is quite stressed out, it is busting at its seams already and because Cheras began development easily 30 years ago, it grew continuously but infrastructure was not there from day one," said its executive director Chan Wing Kwong.
"Nowadays, it is different, people want better planning and better environment. Sungai Long is a big opportunity for us to do something special again. We'll not only transform the area but become market leaders in terms of trends and pricing," he told SunBiz in an interview recently.
Chan said it is now inviting planners, both local and foreign, to submit proposals, and it will evaluate the proposals and fine tune the numbers before introducing the concept to the market.
He said with the sizeable piece of land, plans will definitely include commercial, institutional and a mix of residential products but the percentage of the mix is yet to be decided.
"It will take us easily 10 to 15 years to develop Sungai Long. The early gross development value (GDV) is RM8 billion to RM12 billion, which will anchor our future earnings.
"We're still looking for more land but we're lucky because while many developers have to continuously look for land to replenish landbank, we've had sizeable landbank already to anchor the whole group's performance while the rest of the land that comes in are like icing on the cake that will give us the additional 'kick' in earnings," he added.
Bolton is looking to start work on Sungai Long some two years from now. The land, which is currently quarry land, was given to the developer under a quarry lease 20 years ago and Bolton has now bought over the land.
Chan said it is confident in transforming the area, similar to what it achieved with its 121.4ha Taman Tasik Prima in Puchong which began in 2001.
When it first started the project with the first phase of link houses in 2001, the area was quite "in the backwaters" with products such as single story residential and industrial units.
"It was not exactly the nicest part of town but Bolton saw an opportunity there. With 121.4ha, we were quite confident that we would be able to transform the whole area.
"Over the years, we've been building a lot of landed properties there. About five years ago, we started doing the townhouses and that market was doing well, selling at a good price, which gave us the confidence to change our plan," he said.
Taman Tasik Prima's initial plan included mainly residential units and limited commercial units, all surrounding a 80.9ha lake with a GDV of RM500 million.
"We redesigned the remaining land and a bulk of it was The Wharf. That was about 6ha with a few components – three-storey shops, flexi suites (2-in-1 units,
can be used for residential and commercial) and all share a multi-level carpark. On top of the carpark are three condominium blocks," he said, adding that there are a total of 1,200 condominium units.
These units are connected to a 530,000 sq ft shopping mall via a sky bridge. The neighbourhood mall supports daily necessities with eateries and a supermarket. The whole component, named The Wharf, has a GDV of RM600 million.
"From RM500 million, the entire GDV has almost tripled to RM1.4 billion after the changes we made in the plans. We will complete the whole project in three to four years' time, but even with completion, there are still pockets of land on which we plan to build different products.
"Because we were so aggressive in the area, we became a trendsetter there. Everyone looks at us in terms of setting the trend and what products to sell.
Secondly, we are also the price leaders," said Chan.
According to him, purchasers have been enjoying healthy capital appreciation of between 20% to 25% on a yearly basis while rental yields are also increasing.
Units launched earlier at RM350,000 are now selling at RM600,000 and while the first launch of three-storey shops four years ago was at an average price of RM750,000 to RM800,000, the latest shops are now sold at RM2.5 million.
"A lot of people who buy our properties come from surrounding areas like USJ, the upgraders and they are mostly from the upper middle income," he said.
Already in the last phases of Taman Tasik Prima, Bolton is now looking for more land in the vicinity.
"We have made a few offers but the sellers are holding out for better prices. We can be patient because there are other places that we can invest in," he added.
Its current projects are located in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. It also recently announced its maiden project in Sabah, a joint venture with Mobuild Sdn Bhd to develop luxury condominiums in Kota Kinabalu.


LRT extension to be ready by 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The light rail transit extension project will only be ready in 2015.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd group managing director, Datuk Shahril Mokhtar, said it was originally scheduled to be completed in 2014, but faced a setback due to land acquisition issues in Puchong.
"The project is now 30 per cent completed, with main works carried out including relocation of utilities, construction of rail guideway and box girder (beam). Despite this, we try to manage the cost within the budget," he said.
The disputed land is located within the approved alignment at Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) next to SRJK (T) Castlefield and squatter houses there.
The RM7 billion project commenced early this year with the Kelana Jaya line extension.
On the company's plan, Shahril said a major corporate restructuring within the Prasarana top management would take place next month. He, however, did not divulge the details.

Land swap done to help school

SHAH ALAM: A vernacular school in Puchong is dismayed that some parties are attempting to sabotage a land swap carried out by the state for its expansion.
“We are very upset and disappointed,” Chai Yoon Peng, who leads SJK (C) Sin Ming’s board of directors, told reporters on Wednesday.
A local MIC politician had accused Selangor of carrying out a “lopsided” land deal when it exchanged a nine-acre state land with a private developer for a 1.8-acre commercial land next to SJK (C) Sin Ming at Batu 16, Puchong.
“The state is (just) trying to help the school,” said a distressed Chai at the press conference.
The school could not afford to purchase the 1.8-acre land directly from landowner Bukit Hitam Development Sdn Bhd, which had been valued at RM7.45 million (at the rate of RM95 per sq ft) by TD Aziz Sdn Bhd.
As a result, the state offered to swap a nineacre unconverted land in Bandar Bukit Puchong, valued at RM25 million (at the rate of RM63.77 per sq ft) by TD Aziz Sdn Bhd, with Bukit Hitam Development.
On top of giving up the RM7.45 million commercial land, senior executive councillor Teresa Kok said the developer also has to contribute RM25 million to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to build a sports complex.
The deal was approved by the MPSJ full board in July 2011 and the Selangor executive council in November 2011.
Kok estimated that Bukit Hitam Development would have to pay anotherRM6.25 million to the state to convert the nine-acre land to industrial status and invest another RM6.75 million on infrastructure.
She pointed out that the land swap is hardly a sweet deal for the developer.
On Monday, English daily The Malay Mail had published on its front page MIC Puchong Perdana chief and former MPSJ councillor B Awthar Singh’s allegation that the land swap was “lopsided”.
SJK (C) Sin Ming director Sia Lian Sem is now worried that Bukit Hitam Development Sdn Bhd may pull out of the deal due to the bad press. The developer had signed a memorandum of understanding with MPSJ but had yet to ink the final agreement with the local council.
Sia said the school had already raised RM8 million from public donations to build a multi-purpose hall and new classrooms on the1.8-acre land.
The new facilities will enable the primary school to accommodate another 1,000 students on top of its existing 1,800 pupils.
Construction had begun in March and the work is scheduled to be completed in mid-2013. “It’s already 50% completed. What will we do if the developer refuses to swap the land now?” said Sia.
MPSJ councilor Ng Sze Hang, who was also present at the press conference, urged MIC and other Barisan Nasional component parties to stop spreading misinformation on the land swap.

Source: Selangor Times

New interchange along LDP

PUCHONG: A new interchange to ease worsening traffic congestion from the Puchong Barat Toll towards Klang will be opened along the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) from 12am this Saturday ( Dec 22).
This new traffic management system, called the Subang Jaya South Interchange, consists of a 500m elevated bridge built alongside the existing highway.
Previously, there was no direct route towards Klang and all motorists hadto go through Subang Jaya, thus causing jams along the LDP.
“Before this there were only three lanes from Klang to the toll plaza but none going the other direction.
“Now we added on three more lanes on the other side of the bridge, heading towards Klang,” said MCT Consortium Bhd head of architecture department Shawn Chong.
Only two lanes will be open this Saturday. It is scheduled to be fully opened in February.
Construction of the RM60 million bridge started in October last year.
Chong urged motorists heading towards Subang Jaya to keep left while those going to Klang, Shah Alam and Hicom should stay right onto the new interchange.
“We will also try our best to create awareness by hanging bunting on pedestrian bridges and banners on streetlight posts along the LDP highway before the interchange,” he said.
Motorists passing through the toll plaza will also be given flyers informing them of the change.
The new interchange will also cater to the upcoming 77 acres mixed commercial development called One City which will be fully completed in 2018. .
The MCT development will include office blocks, a shopping mall and retail shops.
Joining him at the press conference was Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd head of engineering Francisco Anthony, who explained that the cost of this bridge is funded by MCT as part of the infrastructure works to compliment their new development.

Source: Selangor Times

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paya Indah Wetlands @ Dengkil

Paya Indah Wetlands is a recreational park in Dengkil (nearby Putrajaya) that revolves around the conservation efforts of the area's peat swamp forests and freshwater lakes' ecosystems. There are 14 lakes in total and some lead to the Kuala Langat river.
In the past the whole place used to be an abandoned tin ore mining area until 1997, when a private company took over to convert the place to be a park which was subsequently opened in year 2000. However, just 3 years into operation, the park closed in 2003 and remained so until 2005 when Jabatan PERHILITAN (Department of Wildlife and National Parks) took over the reigns of the park's management. After some major refurbishment works, the park was reopened to the public in Oct 2008 and is such till today.

How to get there:

Aman.sara 3 Giardino Terrace

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

New schools badly needed in Puchong

THE board of directors of Catholic High School and SJK (C) Yak Chee, as well as the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom), are seeking a meeting with Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss the application for new schools in Puchong.
 In a press conference recently, representatives from both schools said Catholic High School 2 and SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 were needed to solve the problem of increasing student population in the Petaling district.
 Catholic High School board of governors chairman Datuk Lim Hock San pointed out that 1,300 out of the 3,000 students of the school are from Puchong, Seri Kembangan and Kuala Lumpur.
 “Many students want to enrol into Catholic High School, which is located in Petaling Jaya. The school is under a lot of pressure because we can only afford to take in 560 Form 1 students every year,” he said.
 Lim hoped Muhyiddin, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, would agree to meet them.
 Catholic High School’s board of governors has been planning for Catholic High School 2 since 2008. The board submitted an application to the Education Ministry first in May this year and followed up with another letter in October for an appointment to meet Muhyiddin.
 There are currently four Chinese primary schools in Puchong with a total of 12,000 pupils. Due to increased population, some 1,500 students have to study in schools outside Puchong.
 The application of SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 is timely to relieve the situation.
 SJK (C) Yak Chee board of directors chairman Liong Yen Lam said the school has about 4,000 students.
 “If SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 is approved, it will be a great news for Puchong folk. Parents don’t have to spend a huge sum of money on transportation fees,” he said.
 Meanwhile, Nasom planned to start a special school for autistic children near the site of Catholic High School 2. Not only would the school provide education to the special students, students of Catholic High School 2 would be encouraged to work as volunteers or helpers at the Nasom school.
 Petaling District Chinese School Development Committee chairman Lim Keh Kuan, who was also present, said the district was still in need of more than 10 Chinese primary schools for an optimal study environment.
 “Ideally, a school should only have about 1,500 students. Therefore, the district needs to have 35 Chinese primary schools to cater to some 50,000 students. We only have 20 Chinese primary schools at the moment,” he said.
 Conforming School Development Council chairman Lim Eng Hua also expressed his wish that the Education Ministry would approve the application of Catholic High School 2.

Source: TheStar

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Plenitude targets RM300m GDV sales for FY13

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 5): Property developer Plenitude Bhd is targeting to achieve RM300 million in gross development value (GDV) sales, despite delays in its property launches for the financial year ending June 30, 2013.
Speaking to reporters after the group's annual general meeting Monday morning, Plenitude executive chairman Elsie Chua said the group is planning to launch 638 units of residential properties next year with a total GDV of RM313 million.
"We are still cautiously optimistic moving forward, but we are already looking at launching two phases in Puchong, serviced apartments in Johor Bahru and one more in Sungai Petani," Chua said.
However, Chua noted that unexpected delays in obtaining regulatory approvals have pushed back Plenitude's property launches to early next year."We are still in the midst of obtaining approvals and there have been some delays. Hopefully, we can launch our Puchong development sometime by April next year," she said.
While this small-cap property developer has kept a relatively low profile, Plenitude's recent acquisition of the 1.1 acre land adjacent to Komtar in Penang could draw some attention to the group and it's plans for the prime Georgetown land.
"This will be quite an interesting project for us. We recently bought the land for RM33 million. We're still working out the details on our plans for it but it will be a mixed commercial development," Chua added.
As at June 30, 2012, Plenitude's land bank size stood at around 1,797 acres while total current and future GDV is estimated to be around RM6.3 billion.
Another thing worth highlighting about Plenitude is that the group is in a net cash position, something that is not often present in other property developers.
"Unlike other property developers in the market, this company basically has no gearing. We think holding cash especially during uncertain times in the economy is a good thing especially when a sudden opportunity to increase our land bank size appears," said William Tan Yew Ngee, the group's executive director.
The group has a cash and cash equivalent position of RM355.4 million and nil borrowings as at June 30, 2012. Net asset per share stood at RM3.13.

Source: TheEdge

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tesco Extra Bukit Puchong Opening Tomorrow 8th November 2012

Tesco Extra Bukit Puchong Opening Tomorrow 8th November 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Carrefour sells Malaysia stores to Japan's Aeon

French retail giant Carrefour said Wednesday it had sold its network of stores in Malaysia to Japan's Aeon for for an enterprise value of 250 million euros ($324 million).
"The transaction is part of Carrefours strategy of refocusing on its core activities and allocating its resources to mature countries where it occupies strong and established positions and emerging markets where it has strong growth potential," the French retailer said in a statement.
An enterprise value usually includes the value of the debt of the company being acquired minus cash in the business.
Carrefour said Aeon would gain a leading position in the Malaysian market with the sale.
With 26 hypermarkets, Carrefour was the fourth largest retailer in Malaysia with net sales of 400 million euros in the year to June.
A major retailer in Japan, Aeon already has 29 stores in Malaysia.
Carrefour, the world's second-biggest retailer by sales after Walmart, has been seeking to rejuvenate its performance which has been held back by the slowdown in its core European markets.
The shakeup and refocus of its operations helped generate a 2.1 percent-increase in third-quarter sales.
Earlier this month sold off its operations in Colombia for an enterprise value of 2 billion euros.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jalan Pulau Meranti closed after erosion causes structure to collapse

DAILY commuters travelling between Putrajaya and Puchong through Kampung Pulau Meranti, Puchong, had to take an alternative route after a bridge along Jalan Pulau Meranti collapsed on Monday evening.
The collapse left a gaping hole on one side of the bridge and the road has since been closed to traffic.
Kampung Pulau Meranti village head Zul Asry Ambia said the incident happened in the late afternoon on Monday.
“We made complaints to the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) about five months ago when we noticed erosion on the river bank where the bridge is sitting on.
“However, no one came to investigate the matter and the river bank just gave way after the current spell of heavy rain.
“PWD officers closed the road after it collapsed but pedestrians are still being allowed to walk on the side of the road that is still intact.
“We are told that they will put up a temporary bridge for light vehicles but we are not sure when it will be ready,” he said.
He added that students who lived in Kampung Pulau Meranti and Kampung Sungai Rasau who went to either SK Pulau Meranti, Sekolah Rendah Agama Pulau Meranti or SM Putra Perdana had to take the day off school because their transport could not get into the village to pick them up.
Those travelling to Puchong now have to take a longer route through Cyberjaya because of the closed bridge.
Dengkil assemblyman Datuk Marsum Paing said the PWD has put up barriers for motorists to make U-turns at either ends of the bridge.
A Selangor PWD spokesperson said remedial works is being carried out and the bridge is expected to be opened by this evening.
However, the department will require another six months for further investigations of the collapse and to carry out proper repair works.

Source: TheStar

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Need for solution to long wait at Puchong Immigration office

MEMBERS of the public who visit the Immigration Department’s Puchong office for passport-related matters have to exercise great patience due to the huge crowd and long wait. Chan Kong, 66, said he waited for three-and-a-half hours to get his passport renewed. “By the time I arrived after 7am, the queue number was already in the 50s range,” he said. “I used to go to the Subang office and the waiting time was just over an hour as there were more counters.” Chan, who resides in the PKNS Flats at Batu 13, Puchong, said he preferred visiting the Puchong office due to its proximity to his home. Tai Po Wah, 78, had to endure a similarly long wait for his passport renewal at the Immigration Department’s Puchong office, compared to the one hour wait when he visited the Putrajaya office. “I decided to try the Puchong office because it is nearer to my home,” said the Kampung Baru Batu 14 Puchong resident. “However, I find that the service here is very slow. The office should also consider having a counter for senior citizens to ease their waiting time.”

The Immigration Department shares the same premises with the National Registration Department (JPN) in two adjacent shoplots in Taman Puchong Utama.  The Immigration Department’s Puchong office is manned by 12 staff, who serve between 100 and 200 customers a day at the four counters.
 People from Puchong and the nearby townships have been frequenting this office to apply for or renew their passports since it started operations in February last year. “Immigration Department Puch-ong Branch head Siti Norashikin Abdul Talib had acknowledged that the overcrowding problem was due to insufficient counters and the growing Puchong population,” said Puchong MCA secretary Liew Yew Fook, who met Siti after the latter’s recent transfer from Kajang. “According to Siti, there is only one machine available to process all passport applications, and it requires about two hours to warm up and link to the Immigration Department’s system.” On a suggestion to renovate the office to open more counters, Liew said the proposal had been turned down by the Home Ministry, who preferred that the upper floor of the shoplot be used for administration tasks to avoid inconveniencing senior citizens and the disabled. “Siti said she had been tasked to look for a more suitable site to relocate the Immigration Depart-ment’s Puchong office,” said Liew. “It has to be a place that is conducive, spacious, easily accessible via public transport and has sufficient parking facility.”

Puchong MCA chairman and Kinrara state liaison officer Datuk Wong Hock Aun suggested that a short-term solution would be to relocate the office, while a long-term solution would be to build a Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) building, like the UTC Kuala Lumpur in Pudu Sentral. “I will write to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong to highlight the problems and suggest that a UTC be built in Puchong,” said Wong, who proposed that a site in Batu 12, Puchong be used for the UTC building. “Having a one-stop centre for all government and related agencies like JPN, Road Transport Department, Immigration Department and Inland Revenue Board would make it more convenient for Puchong folks to get the necessary services and transactions done.”

Source: TheStar

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alternative for the traffic jam @Toll Sunway‏ (By Adi Warna)

Below an email sent to me from Adi Warna:-
Hey all, Bandar Puteri folks!
Since Litrak had implement the new traffic scheme from the Sunway Toll that caused massive traffic jam after what they called the plaza B, me & frens tried to figure out other alternative and try & error method to avoid them. Did u know that actually we may use plaza A (the yellow sign, on the right lane) instead of plaza B to reach Persiaran Puchong Jaya Selatan & Jln Kenari?
Me & frens tried and it works!! We have to use Jln Layang-layang which located next to 101 Business Park & 1Puchong & it will take only 3 minutes from the plaza A to Persiaran Puchong Jaya Selatan & Jln Kenari, which I found much more convenient... :D
I think its good to share the infos with all of u since u have the poper blog to spread the news to peoples nearby. Sharing is caring ya? Ok, try ya.
TQ. ^ - ^
p/s: There is also map showing the direction attached together. I get it from my frens who is very obsess about that autocad software and he traced back the map based on Google map..hahaha

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hua Yang plans mixed development with GDV of RM1.52b

KUALA LUMPUR: Hua Yang Bhd is acquiring 29.20 acres of land in Puchong, Selangor from Mentari Hari Sdn Bhd for RM158mil and plans to undertake mixed development with an expected gross development value of RM1.52bil.
It said on Monday it had entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with Mentari Hari to acquire five vacant plots of leasehold land in the Petaling district. The lease expires in December 2110.
"The purchase consideration of RM158mil is expected to be funded via internally-generated funds and bank borrowings," it said.
Hua Yang said the group's strategy is to acquire and continue to expand its current land bank which is about 766 acres and are in the Klang Valley, Perak, Seremban and Johor.
Its plan was to undertake affordable priced properties while maintaining modern and city lifestyle concepts to attract the younger generation of the surrounding matured residential areas of Puchong, Shah Alam and Subang due to population growth in these areas.
It proposed mixed development comprising serviced apartments and offices / lifestyle studio office suites together with parking facilities, clubhouse and amenities with an expected gross development value of approximately RM1.52bil and gross development cost of RM1.22bil, amounting to gross development profit of approximately RM300mil.
"The proposed development is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2014 with a development tenure of six to eight years," it said.

* Mentari Hari Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Naza Group of Companies property arm Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd, is the developer of TTDI Puchong, a 53-acre mixed development project located near the Puchong Barat toll plaza.

Related news on this piece of land : MPSJ clears air over LDP access route

Friday, September 28, 2012

Long Awaited Traffic Lights Will Be Installed Soon

A tender has been called to install a traffic light at Taman Putra Prima exit, closing date of the tender is 8/10/2012. HURRAY!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ground-Breaking Ceremony of MAHSA University College’s New Campus in Bandar Saujana Putra

PUCHONG : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on all local medical schools and those offering allied health sciences to ensure they provide quality education.
He said it would be better if the quality of local medical education set its benchmark against that of the best medical schools in the world.
“Once we have achieved that, it may no longer be necessary for us to send our students abroad as they can get equivalent or better medical education locally.
“It is my fervent hope that our medical schools get serious about offering high-quality medical education, not only for Malaysians but also for foreign students who seek quality education in our country,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of MAHSA University College’s new campus in Bandar Saujana Putra, here, Monday.
Najib stressed that the students must get the right training, and added that it was not enough for the medical schools to only adhere to the basic requirements for accreditation. He, therefore, urged the local medical schools to seriously re-examine their curriculum not only to impart medical knowledge and clinical skills but other skills as well. These include psychosocial skills, communicative skills, interpersonal and people skills to help medical students become good healers and competent clinicians. He said fewer medical schools offering high-quality medical education would be a better strategy than having too many offering substandard education. “We should also avoid sending our students to substandard colleges and medical schools abroad which has become a perennial problem for us,” he said.
In a related development, the prime minister said the Health Ministry should forge genuine formal relationships with private medical schools to provide better healthcare services to the public.
He said the institutions could provide specialist care to smaller public hospitals facing a shortage of resident specialists, while the ministry could assist by upgrading their facilities, especially the operation theatres to cut down the backlog of cases for minor surgery and emergencies.
“There are many private sector specialists who are experienced clinicians and teachers. Surely they can be roped in as trainers, if they are keen,” he said.
At the event, Najib also announced that MAHSA University College would be upgraded into university status. He handed over the formal invitation to its pro-chancellor and executive chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Haniffa Abdullah. The new campus, costing about RM500 million, will be built on a 24ha land and is expected to be completed within four years. The campus can accommodate about 15,000 students in its faculties while the hostels can take in 12,000 students.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bug-eat-bug world

THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and CIMB have joined forces to reduce the threat of dengue in Kampung Seri Aman, Puchong, using Toxorhynchites mosquitoes.They recently carried out the third phase of a project that helped prevent the Aedes mosquitoes from breeding.
Cannibalistic by nature, the Toxorhynchites species is known as the “elephant mosquito” and one of the few species that does not consume blood and only eats plant nectar.
 The Toxorhynchites mosquitoes, in blue, metallic green or black, are released to breed and produce larvae which will eat the larvae of the Aedes mosquitoes.
 Larvae of the Toxorhynchites mosquitoes are 1.2cm to 1.8cm long and are are four or five times bigger than normal mozzies.
 Kampung Seri Aman was chosen for this project because 27 cases of dengue fever were recorded last year.
MPSJ deputy president Abdullah Marjunid said the project would not endanger the public and there were no side-effects.
 “A Toxorhynchites mosquito is sitting on my arm but it does not bite as the mosquitoes feed on plants. We are safe,” he said.
 MPSJ health director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said the project was now at a testing stage.
 “During the first phase of the project, we did not see any pupae of the Toxorhynchites mosquito. However, at the second stage, we found a few.
“Hopefully, this means that the mosquitoes are adapting to their surroundings and we hope that the third phase will have even better results,” added Dr Roslan.
 Some 400 adult Toxorhynchites mosquitoes and 100 of its pupae were released.
 Since the project started in October last year, there has been a noticable decrease in the number of dengue cases in the area.
 “Last year, there were 27 cases. So far, this year there have been less than 15 cases.
 “If this project proves to be successful, we may conduct this in other areas as well,” said Dr Roslan.

Source: TheStar

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Peninsular @ Puchong

I.   36 Unit Rumah Sesebuah (50 X 90 ) (3 Tingkat)
II.  34 Unit Rumah Sesebuah (50 X 80 ) (3 Tingkat)
III. 78 Unit Rumah Berkembar (40 X 80 ) (3 Tingkat)
IV. 68 Unit Rumah Berkembar (35 X 80 ) (3 Tingkat)
V.   98 Unit Rumah Teres (22 X 85 ) ( 3 Tingkat)

The lake in the middle between X2 and Peninsular
*Credit to Vincent

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Peninsular by TA Global Berhad

In October 2011, TA Global Berhad acquired 25% equity interest in Oaxis Sdn Bhd, a company which holds 92 acres of land in Mukim Dengkil Daerah Sepang, Negeri Selangor. The parcel is located off the south-eastern side of Taman Putra Prima, off the western side of Taman Meranti Jaya and off the Northern side of D’Island, Selangor. This project is named "The Peninsular", taking after its shape of a peninsular. It is marked for a mixed development of 575 dwellings, comprising of 3-storey superlink terrace houses, 3 storey semi-detached houses, 3 storey bungalows, apartments, single storey shop houses and 3 storey shop houses and a club house. The first phase of The Peninsular comprising of 98 units of 3 storey superlink terraces is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2013.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thrilling Water Sports in Puchong

PUCHONG: The Asian Water Sports Village is offering fun-seekers a respite from the heat with exhilarating water rides on an 80-hectare lake next to Taman Puchong Prima.
The sports village sits on the lake’s edge and boasts a multitude of inflatable rides with visitors towed by jet-skis or speed boats at breathtaking speeds.
“The 260 horse-power racing jet-ski goes from zero to 80km/h in 2.8 seconds,” said Asian Water Sports Village Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Yong Chen Hui.
He was speaking during a visit by staff of Tourism Selangor and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) who tried out the water sport activities yesterday.
Apart from the Banana Boat, which beach-goers would be familiar with, the centre boasts the Evo Pro 3, Graphic Deck, and Turbo Blast in its arsenal of entertainment.

The Evo Pro 3 is a 175cm-long inflatable craft with handles for riders to hang on to, and the catch is that all three riders will be lying stomach-down on the platform, Superman-style.
“The name of the game is just to hold tight. If you don’t hold tight enough, the worse that can happen is you fall into the lake,” Yong said.
The Graphic Deck is a similar set-up but only fits two people.
The Turbo Blast is also tugged to blistering speeds but its passengers adopt a sitting position on the craft.
An awe-inspiring ride which elicited “oohs” and “aahs” every time it passed by was an inflatable craft the water sports village workers called the “Flying Fish”.
The ride has a capacity of three persons, is pulled headwind by a speedboat, and when a strong gust of wind hits, the whole craft lifts into the air, along with its human cargo.
Yong said one of their unique selling points is the location, being the first and only licensed water sports centre in the Klang Valley with water entertainment previously only found at tourism spots like Bali, Phuket and Batu Ferringhi.
“We also have a play-all-you-can concept which is unlike other places where tourists are charged per ride. Here, you pay one price for an unlimited number of rides.”
He added that the equipment they use have been examined and comply with US Coast Guard guidelines and his staff are trained in first aid, CPR and aquatic rescue.
The current packages available are three-hours of unlimited motorised water sports at RM39 per person, or a six-hour lakeside party with water sports and a barbecue at RM59 per person.
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Kampung Bersatu Folk Do Not Want Heavy Vehicles Using Their Roads

RESIDENTS of Kampung Bersatu, Batu 13, Puchong, want heavy vehicles to be barred from using the roads in the village.
 A resident, Wong Sai Ming, 39, said the number of heavy vehicles using the village roads had increased recently.
 “The roads are too narrow and not designed to cater to heavy vehicles. Some are driven recklessly.
“The increased volume of vehicles has also resulted in residents now taking about 20 minutes to exit the village compared with only five previously,” he said.
 According to residents, motorists use the village as a shortcut to go from Puchong to USJ and bypass the Puchong Barat toll plaza on the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) or to get to other areas in Puchong such as Taman Puchong Permai and Taman Puchong Prima.
 Besides the traffic jam, the residents have to put up with noise and air pollution.
 Wong said the heavy traffic also posed a danger to residents, especially children.
 Puchong parliamentary liaison officer Datuk Loo Yeng Peng said he would highlight the matter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
 “The roads in Kampung Bersatu are designed to cater to light vehicles only.
“The residents also complained that the pothole-riddled roads have not been repaired by the council,” he said.
 Loo said MPSJ should conduct a traffic study and come up with solutions to prevent heavy vehicles from using the village roads.
 “One effective method would be to install a height barrier to limit access to light vehicles only.
 “I will write to MPSJ on the matter and I will follow up with the residents a month later to see if any action to address the problem has been taken,” he said.

Source: TheStar

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Avoid U-turn Near Toll

MOTORISTS travelling from USJ and Shah Alam heading towards Puchong via the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) have been making U-turns placed just 50 metres away from the toll gates to get on to the opposite side of the road.
 However, the high volume of vehicles queuing to make the U-turns have contributed to traffic congestion and occasional accidents at the spot.
 “Every evening after work, the traffic backlogs to a long crawl as vehicles attempt to make the U-turn while traffic from the toll gates are also coming through the same road.
“It is very dangerous and inconvenient especially for motorists who are trying to exit from the toll,” said Puchong public complaint bureau head Kuan Chee Heng when met yesterday.
 Kuan added that those making the U-turn wanted to avoid having to pay the RM1.60 toll as they were mostly heading towards Jalan Seri Puchong which has some 15 different residential neighbourhoods.
 In order to get onto Jalan Seri Puchong, Kuan said the vehicles had to make the U-turn and immediately keep left as the junction into the road was some 500 metres away.
 “There are a lot of cars using this road every day and for one car to move from one lane to another just to get onto Jalan Seri Puchong is not easy, this is when accidents occurs,” he said.
 To make matters worse, Jalan Seri Puchong is a narrow single-lane road heading towards a fleet of residential areas, hence one can only imagine what the evening traffic would look like.
 Alternatively, Kuan said vehicle could use the vehicle box culvert (VBC) which has been constructed in Jalan Jurutera to get onto the opposite direction.
 “Not many people know of the existence of the VBC even though it has been around for more than 10 years as there are no signage to inform road users of the alternative U-turn.
 “This is why everyone chooses to use the U-turn on the highway,” he said adding that the VBC was a safer alternative route.
 While former Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor Liew Yew Fook said widening Jalan Jurutera could also help in supporting a larger flow of traffic when more vehicles opt to use the road.
Litrak communications head Shah Rizal Mohamed Fawzi said the U-turn in front of the Puchong Barat toll was open to public in 2000 to accommodate requests from residents of Kampung Tun Razak and Kampung Tengah.
“We have signages informing the public of how they can get to Jalan Seri Puchong via Jalan Jurutera through the VBC, yet not many are utilising it.
“We certainly do hope that more motorists opt to use the VBC as it is much safer and convenient,” he said.
When asked if Litrak would close the U-turn on its highway in the future, Shahrizal said he was not sure if it would happen as the issue involved a few parties including the residents.
In the meantime, he said Litrak would look into adding more signage to inform the public of the alternative route through the VBC which is currently managed by MPSJ.

source: TheStar

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IJM unveils Bandar Rimbayu plan

IJM Land Bhd has introduced its Bandar Rimbayu township, with an estimated gross development value of RM11 billion, to be spread over 751.6ha close to Kota Kemuning in Shah Alam.
Bandar Rimbayu, which will comprise four precincts, is targeted for full completion within 15 years, which will boast about 10,000 residential units in total.
“IJM Land’s architects and town planners have also enlisted “defensible space” solutions to make Bandar Rimbayu safer for the community, guided by the principles of crime prevention through environmental design.
“The launch of its maiden product — The Chimes, consisting of 526 units of linked homes, is targeted for the second half of 2012,” IJM Land said in a statement yesterday.
It added in conjunction with the launch of the development project, IJM Land also signed a service agreement with Telekom Malaysia Bhd for the provision of high speed broadband infrastructure in the new township.
Meanwhile, IJM Corporation Bhd reported a 169.2% higher pretax profit of RM190.82 million for the last quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to RM70.89 million in the corresponding quarter of last year — with the construction, property and industry divisions achieving profit growth.
For the year to date, the group recorded a higher pretax profit of RM801.59 million on operating revenue of RM4.52 billion.

Source: Bernama

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

One month free toll at Section 2 SKVE

BANTING: Motorists using Section 2 South Klang Valley Expresssway (SKVE) will enjoy one month free toll until June 29 in conjunction with its official opening on Tuesday.Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said the route can indirectly be the catalyst for development of Bandar Saujana Putra, Kebun Baru, Sijangkang, Teluk Panglima Garang, Jenjarom and Banting.
The 12.9km route four-lane dual carriageway with 3.65 metres width for each lane was built with emphasis on quality and security features like traffic monitoring system and 24-hour patrol team.
"I am confident that the quality of facilities available will provide comfort and security to users," said Shaziman when opening Section 2 SKVE at Teluk Panglima Garang toll plaza here Tuesday.
Shaziman's speech was read out by Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Himmat Singh.
The 52km SKVE costing RM1.1bil is constructed under three phases namely Section 1A, 1B, 2 and 3.
SKVE passes via the North South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) and the proposed West Coast Highway, beginning at the intersection of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) in Bangi and ends at Pulau Indah ring road.
First phase of the project (Section 1A) was completed in 2000 while Section 1B operate officially on June 29, 2010.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said Section 2 SKVE cost RM230mil.
"The toll rate is fixed at 14.96sen per km. The final phase or Section 3 is expected to be completed by July next year," he added.

Source: Bernama

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Selepas Tsunami...

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Lake Side City @ Tasik Prima

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Laman & Bayu by Selangor Dredging Berhad


-Located @ Batu 11, Jalan Puchong, Daerah Sepang
-Situated on 11 acres of Freehold land
-72 units of exclusive Semi-Detached homes with extensive Gardens
-Built-up range between 2,600 sq. ft. with 4+1 bedrooms, to 3,000 sq. ft. with 5+1 bedrooms.