Tajuk Artikel: Dial 999 when govt hospitals go mute
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online July 08, 2009 – Wednesday


CALL 999 if telephone calls to government hospitals go unanswered. State Women, Family, Community and Health Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai said those manning the number would then refer the caller to the relevant department.

"By calling 999, the operator will also be able to send an ambulance to the scene of an emergency immediately."

Replying to Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) who had said that telephone operators at Sultanah Aminah Hospital did not answer calls, she said the hospital's general line, 07-2231666, received as many as 1,000 calls a day.

She said another number, 07-225700, which had 60 hunting lines, was programmed to revert callers to voice mail when the telephone operator was busy.

On Ng See Tiong's (BN-Parit Yaani) complaint of a lack of ambulances, Dr Robia said Johor had 87 health clinics with a fleet of 86 ambulances, and 12 hospitals with a fleet of 87 ambulances.

She said that an ambulance call centre was set up in 2006 to help patients contact the nearest clinic or hospital.

Replying to R. Vidyananthan (BN-Kahang), Dr Robia said Kluang had vacancies for 28 medical officers but only 13 posts had been filled.

"Kahang's population is 700 and the number who go to the Kahang health clinic is about 40 a month. The population of Mengkibol, Simpang Renggam and Layang Layang is much higher.

"Owing to this, patients are sometimes referred to the Kluang district hospital."

Replying to Osman Sapian (BN-Kempas) on haemodialysis care, Dr Robia said there were 11 government hospitals in the state that provided such treatment under the care of a nephrology specialist.

As of last year, there were 134 haemodialysis machines in the 11 hospitals to treat 600 kidney patients. Government hospital patients received subsidies from non-governmental organisations for each haemodialysis treatment (RM50) and each erythropoeitin injection (RM30).

Replying to Mohamad Taslim (BN-Maharani) on influenza A H1N1, Dr Robia said the state Health Department was disseminating the latest information to the public via newspapers, television and radio channels, and website.


By the skin of their teeth

0 Comments | New Straits Times, Mar 23, 2008 | by Jaspal Singh

> 158-VOTE MAJORITY: Dr Mohamad Taslim 

THIRD time lucky

This sums up Pas' Dr Mohamad Taslim's win over BN's Datuk Mohd Ismail Mohd Shah for the Maharani state seat in Batu Pahat.
The victory margin may be small - 158 votes - but Dr Mohamad is happy that Pas is making inroads in Johor, which is said to be a BN fortress.
"I was surprised when Pas and I were declared the winner. It shows that the people's mindset is changing," said the father of three.
Dr Mohamad had contested against Ismail in 1999 and 2004.
 He was defeated by Ismail with a 6,612 vote-majority in 2004.
His win in Maharani raised eyebrows in Johor's political circles as 40 per cent of his constituents are Chinese, who are generally seen as being hostile to the Islamist party.
Dr Mohamad said the Chinese probably voted for Pas as they were more confident of the Pas-PKR-DAP tripartite grouping.
He claimed that the Chinese had come to understand that Pas was for all, and not just for one race or religion.
But judging from the 354 spoilt votes that exceeded the majority votes, he did not dismiss the possibility that protest votes may have helped him.
He credited this to the younger generation, whom, he said, were well-informed and critical of the current political situation.



Saturday July 10, 2010

Assemblyman: Cut red tape to help the poor

By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and MOHD FARHAAN SHAH at the Johor state assembly

KOTA ISKANDAR: The government’s move to introduce the E-Kasih programme to help the poor was a good move towards caring for the less fortunate but too many procedures have led to confusion.
Munusamy Mareemuthu (BN-Permas) said the government recently launched the programme under the Prime Minister’s department to help the poor to receive welfare aid.
“Recipients from the welfare department or other agencies must re-register themselves under the E-Kasih programme,” he said, adding this has created difficulties among the poor as they face a risk of not getting aid.

He questioned why individuals who have registered with the welfare department or other agencies could not be automatically registered under the E-Kasih programme.
Munusamy said automatic registration for those who had already registered with the Welfare department would prevent their names and information from being disregarded.
“We do not want the poor to be burdened by a weak system,” he said He said E-Kasih registrants would also be entitled for assistance in enrolling for public universities.

Mohamad Taslim (PAS-Maharani) wanted to know of target groups for the programme.
“I have been asked to support applications by the poor for the programme but their names are not in the system,” he said.
Mohamed said further checks on their background revealed the applicants were really poor.
“The Government must ensure the registration for the programme is made easier in order to help the poor,” he said.


Strict vetting for preschool permits

By Jassmine Shadiqe

PERMITS would be issued to new kindergarten operators in Johor only if they met safety and security requirements as outlined by the State Education Department. This was one of the preventive measures to beef up security at kindergartens and prevent a repeat of the "hammer attack" incident at Tadika Senario in Muar on March 10.

In that incident, three pupils of the kindergarten were injured when a man barged into their classroom and hit them with a hammer. The attacker has yet to be caught.

State Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development, Education and Higher Education Committee chairman Datuk Maulizan Bujang said although that was an isolated case, new kindergarten operators would be subjected to stringent vetting before approvals were given.
Applicants must also submit the location of the premise and other security procedures.

Maulizan, who was replying to Dr Mohammad Taslim (Pas-Maharani), said other details included the structure of the building, toilet facilities, lighting, a clean canteen and hygienic surroundings.

"Checks would also be conducted to ensure that the kindergartens adhere to regulations. Operators would also be issued reminders if their establishments were not up to mark."

He said there were more than 1,100 registered kindergartens in Johor.

On another matter, Johor recorded a 22 per cent increase in the number of dengue cases in the first seven months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Of the 1,818 cases, seven were fatal dengue haemorrhagic cases. More than 60 per cent of the cases were in Johor Baru.

State Women, Family, Health and Community Development Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai said there were 188 hot spots, of which 158 were Johor Baru.

Rsponding to Ayub Rahmat (BN-Kemelah) and Goh Tee Tee (BN-Tangkak), Dr Robia said the hot spots in Johor Baru included the Jalan Tembusu flats, Rumah Rakyat Lima Kedai, Wadihana Condominium, Century Garden and Taman Johor Jaya.

She said warnings had been issued to the residents.

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At the Johor Assembly: Maiden speech by 2 opposition reps PDF Print E-mail
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ALL ears were on Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) and Dr Mohammad Taslim (Pas-Maharani) when they made their maiden debate speech at the state assembly yesterday.
Dr Boo, who exceeded his given time by more than 10 minutes and stopped only after the third reminder by Speaker Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan, said a committee should be set up as a watchdog to ensure all rules and regulations of the house were adhered to.

He also suggested that there should be better bus services for Taman Sri Skudai and Taman Sri Putri in Skudai.

Dr Boo said the frequency of bus services in both residential areas was irregular and unreliable, and the residents had to walk 15 minutes to a bus stop in Jalan Skudai to catch a bus.

"The situation was made worse with the recent fuel price hike, where many bus drivers decided not to operate after 10pm because of fewer passengers."
He added that the state government should expedite the monorail project to alleviate public transportation woes in the city.

Dr Mohammad
called on the state government to look into the reasons why several new shopping bazaars had failed to attract tenants and shoppers.

"These new bazaars, set up in every district and modelled after Pekan Rabu, are fast turning into 'ghost Bazaars'. The local authorities should look into the viability of the location and whether it can attract customers.

"Otherwise, the tenants will incur losses."

Dr Mohammad also urged the local councils to look into the problems faced by the community, particularly in maintaining an efficient drainage system.

"Without proper maintenance, residents and businesses will have to brave the foreboding flash floods every time it rains," he said.

The affected areas in Maharani are Taman Khalidi Baru, Kampung Dato Bentara Luar, Kampung Kelantan, Taman Dato Seri Amar Di Raja, Dewan Jubli Intan (Muar city centre), Taman Arosa and Jalan Haji Jaib.

Buy-back schemes before trading of ASJ units ceased

TRADING of Amanah Saham Johor (ASJ) ceased on May 15 following a decision by the majority of its unit holders during its extraordinary general meeting.

The house was told that all unit holders were notified of the decision either by post or announcements in newspapers and over the radio.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said this in reply to questions raised by Datuk Baderi Dusuki (BN-Panti), Lim Kee Moi (BN-Yong Peng) and Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai).

Abdul Ghani said the ASJ, launched on May 15, 1991 with 300 million units, peaked at RM2.12 on Jan 11, 1994.

It plunged to its lowest at RM0.17 on Jan 11, 2001.

He said the state government and Johor Corporation (JCorp), the state's marketing arm, had come up with a remedial strategy for the unit holders called the "Conditional Buy-back Scheme" on Feb 9, 2004. Under this scheme, they were offered RM1 for 10 per cent of their total units.

The scheme was offered again, until April 8 this year, for the unit holders to dispose of all of their units at RM1, while the market price was only at RM0.5063.

"ASJ had paid up all the dividends totalling RM213.89 million, which was equivalent to RM0.8001 sen per unit since it was launched.

"However, dividends were not paid after the buy-back scheme was introduced."

The house was told that Dana Johor, which was launched in April 1995, with a capacity of 500 million units, chalked up its highest trading price of RM1.20 in April 1996. Its lowest price was RM0.14 in December 2005.

"Until last month, there were 239.75 million units with 3,540 million unit holders and investments valued at RM47.07 million acquired through bank loans.

"Dana Johor had paid RM116.87 million in dividends, which is equivalent to RM0.02551 for every unit."

He said five buy-back schemes were introduced in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and February this year with an offered price of RM0.50 against the market price of RM0.17.



ARKIB : 12/05/2008

Bumbung garaj diterbangkan angin kencang

MUAR Seorang lelaki terkejut apabila bumbung garaj yang menempatkan empat buah kereta terpakai untuk dijual di hadapan rumahnya diterbangkan angin kencang sejauh 20 meter di Jalan Temenggung Ahmad di sini awal pagi semalam.Pegawai Lembaga Pemasaran Pertanian Persekutuan (FAMA) Melaka, Ahmad Raof Kayat, 45, berkata, dalam kejadian pukul 3.30 pagi itu, hujan lebat serta angin kencang turut menyebabkan sebahagian besar bumbung dan siling rumahnya bocor.

Ketika kejadian, dia sedang tidur di bilik hadapan bersama isteri dan seorang anaknya, manakala dua lagi anaknya serta ibu bapa mertuanya tidur di bilik berasingan.
"Saya terkejut apabila terdengar hujan lebat seawal pukul 3 pagi dan kira-kira setengah jam kemudian, saya terdengar bunyi angin kencang seperti menyeret sesuatu dalam tempoh tiga minit.
"Pada masa yang sama, siling rumah di bilik saya runtuh dan hampir mengenai katil dan ketika keluar saya ternampak bumbung rumah sudah bocor," katanya ketika ditemui di kediamannya di sini semalam.
Menurut Ahmad Raof, dia kemudian mengarahkan ahli keluarganya supaya mencari tempat berlindung di dalam rumah dan apabila keluar rumah dia ternampak bumbung garaj di hadapan rumahnya itu telah diterbangkan angin kencang.
Beliau berkata, kejadian itu pertama kali melanda rumahnya dan apa yang menghairankan, hanya rumahnya sahaja rosak dipukul ribut itu.
"Mujurlah dalam kejadian itu, semua ahli keluarga saya terselamat, tetapi beberapa bahagian siling serta bumbung rumah saya bocor dan perlu dibaiki.
"Adik ipar saya yang mengusahakan perniagaan kenderaan terpakai di hadapan rumah saya juga terkejut sebaik sahaja dimaklumkan mengenai kejadian itu," jelasnya.

Sementara itu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Maharani, Dr. Mohammad Taslim turut melawat rumah Ahmad Raof serta menyampaikan bantuan peribadi kepada keluarga mangsa.