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Friday, January 4, 2002

Separate RTs, says USJ2 and USJ6 residents

By CHARLES FERNANDEZ

ALL is not well in USJ2 and USJ6, as far as matters related to their Rukun Tetangga sector is concerned.

Residents in both areas want their joint RT sector – set up more than 10 years ago – to be divided into separate entities.

However, it is learnt that the State National Unity Department, which is in charge of RT matters, has not been in favour.

Both housing areas, located opposite each other, were first gazetted as a single RT as the population in both areas were not large enough to create individual sectors. But residents say that it is high time they had their own sectors to better manage their affairs, especially crime prevention patrols.

Loo Chin Oon, previously a USJ6 resident, was the chairman. His term ended on Dec 31.

A group of residents from both areas have formed a pro tem committee to fight their cause.

They had also opposed Loo’s leadership on the grounds that he lived in USJ13.

The committee claims that the population in both areas had grown and now warranted individual RT sectors headed by two chairmen.

The committee has been appealing to State National Unity Department director Abdul Karim Abu Seman to allow them to register as separate RT sectors.

“But our requests have so far not been entertained,’’ said pro-tem committee member Mustapa Hamid.

Mustapa said USJ6 now had 8,000 residents and USJ2 had 2,500.

Another member, Nicholas Seaton, said: “It was not right for the department to have allowed him (Loo) to be chairman of the joint RT sector when there were other residents (living in USJ2 and USJ6) who were capable of holding the post’’.

He said although the RT chairman’s post was decided by the department, “it is unfair to those who want a chairman elected from our own area.”

He said Loo should have stepped down from his post as he no longer lived in USJ6.

”We feel that by going separate ways, the residents can have a stronger RT sector with their own neighbourhood watch activities,’’ said Mustapa.

Loo, when contacted, said he did not have to quit the post earlier as he was appointed by the department.

He said a certain group had wanted him out as they “have a personal vendetta against me’’.

He said he was prepared to continue serving as RT chairman if re-appointed by the department.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said both sides had met him over the issue and he had advised them to give priority to voluntary work.

“The RT chairman’s post is a voluntary one. Those who volunteer their services should be accepted,’’ he added.

State National Unity and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk K. Sivalingam said the appointment of RT chairman was the prerogative of the State National Unity Department director.

However, he expressed surprise that the USJ2/USJ6 RT sector had been headed by a non-resident.

“I will have to check this,’’ he added.

Attempts to speak to Abdul Karim were unsuccessful.

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NOTE:
The non-resident mentioned by Datuk K Sivalingam is the Secretary of the MPSJ-sponsored Residents Committee, of which Datuk Lee Hwa Beng is the Chairman of the principal body.


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