- A highlighting of the different opinions/feedback so that the public knows the different views. [No use if just the relevant local government is aware of the different points, people too need to know the different viewpoints so that they too can consider it and maybe even change their own positions]
- Local Town Hall Meetings - where people are invited to voice out their different views, and maybe even come to a common decision by maybe voting.[Could have several meetings in different community halls]
- If there is to be a REFERENDUM - better still, so that all people have the right to have a say in the matter.
Democratic elections is the ONLY solution - and the risk that BN people may end up winning majority support should not be the worry of leaders and governments that truly believe in democracy...
DAP-PAS-PKR governed states has the golden opportunity of bringing true democracy to the people in the States they govern - and it disturbs me that they are dis-interested in doing this. Why?
Wow - look at democratic rights and privileges that people in DAP-PAS-PKR States of Selangor, Penang and Kelantan are enjoying - we in the other States also want that... BUT no, people are not saying this, are they now....??
Traders irked at not being consulted on Deepavali bazaar move
Forced to move from Jalan SS9A/13 in Sungai Way to the adjacent Jalan SS9A/12, the traders are also angry that they were not consulted on plans to relocate their trading area.
"My family has been trading there for 15 years. We've been licensed to trade at Jalan SS9A/13 all these while but this year, they won't let us trade there," trader K Saminathan told Malaysiakini.
Malaysian Indian Entrepreneurs and Professionals Association deputy president G Gunaraj, who accompanied Saminathan, said other traders have been there for almost two decades.
"These people are petty traders. They borrow money to do business and expect to make some profit from Deepavali," he said.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, Gunaraj said they were upset that Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had not consulted them before relocating the market to the adjacent street, ostensibly to facilitate better traffic flow.
The move, he said, could be bad for business, as most customers are used to going to the old spot.
He added, the management of the temple where the new market is at, are also unhappy with the relocation, as the traders are now blocking the parking space to the temple.
Memo to stay
The matter has been raised with Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who has reportedly instructed MBPJ to settle the matter at the councillor level.
Thirteen out of 24 councillors involved in the decision-making process have supported a memorandum for the traders to stay, according to a copy of the signed petition sighted by Malaysiakini.
Gunaraj said it is now up to Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain to make a decision.
In the memorandum dated Oct 7, the councillors said the traders can stay where they are if they set up smaller tents on only one side of the road, and get Rela officers to facilitate traffic.
They also agreed to let seven traders who applied for a permit to set up business at the new location on Jalan SS9A/12 to remain there to test the market there.
If the new site is successful, then the original site will close for good next year, the memorandum said.
Yesterday Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, together with Kampung Tunku state assemblyperson Lau Weng San, and Kota Alam Shah’s V Ganabathirao, visited the new site.
However, they encountered a hostile crowd who heckled them and demanded the issue be resolved.
Gunaraj expressed regret over the incident but hoped that Pua and the other DAP representatives would take the traders' plight into consideration.
"We respect Pua, and all the YBs who have assisted; we want this matter to be resolved amicably.
"Pua and the others have been championing national issues, but I hope they can assist in this issue too. These are voters, and I hope they will be considerate enough to give the traders a hearing," he said. - Malaysiakini, 17/10/2015