Monday, June 4, 2018

3 PJ restaurants - Raju’s restaurant, Sri Paandi restaurant and Restoran Gasing ordered to close

2 famous banana leaf restaurants and a Chinese kopitiam in Seksyen 5 Petaling Jaya were ordered to close operations for being dirty in a morning raid (Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018) by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) health officers.

It was reported that the three eateries - Raju’s restaurant, Sri Paandi restaurant and Restoran Gasing, - are all located in one same row along Jalan Chantek 5/13.

During the raid, officers found rat droppings and cockroaches inside cupboards, on the floor and even in one of the refrigerators.

Another violation was the absence of grease trap resulting in oil and grime flowing directly into drains behind the eateries.

One of the three restaurants was also fined for using the back lane to wash dishes and cooking. Waste water was also dumped into the drain.

“A total of 12 compounds were issued today and the restaurants will remain closed until the restaurant owners address all the violations and after MBPJ is satisfied with the cleanliness of the place,” said MBPJ councillor Sean Oon, who headed the raid.

Tommy Thomas - the new attorney-general

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the appointment of Tommy Thomas as the new attorney-general. 
Tommy Thomas

Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said His Majesty had, on the advice of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, given his consent to the appointment according to Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

 “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also called on all Malaysians to accept that the appointment of the attorney-general should not create religious or racial conflict as every Malaysian should be fairly treated regardless of race and religion,” he said.

Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that "The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney-General for the Federation".

Article 145 (5) states that "the Attorney-General shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and may at any time resign his office and, unless he is a member of the Cabinet, shall receive such remuneration as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may determine". 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mavcom chief earns a monthly salary of RM85k from flight passengers

Is it justified for Mavcom chief to earn a monthly salary of RM85,000 which is more than four times the basic salary of the prime minister? 

Should there be structural and institutional reforms to do away with the GLCs?

Transport Minister Anthony Loke revealed that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) executive chairman earns a monthly salary of RM 85, 000 and it comes from money paid by flight passengers.

The Government will be reviewing the salaries of all chairmen of statutory bodies and government-linked companies.

Loke said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad instructed the salary review after it was revealed that the Mavcom chief's monthly salary and allowance totalled RM 78,300 in 2016.

"There was a 3% increment in 2017, and a further 5% increment in 2018, so he is earning about RM 85,000 a month, that is more than what the prime minister earns. His basic monthly salary is just about RM 20,000.

"I raised this in the Cabinet meeting this morning and the Prime Minister has directed the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa to review all salaries – not just of the Mavcom chairman, but also chairmen of other statutory bodies and GLCs," said Loke.

Loke said the Trnasport Ministry has no immediate plans to abolish Mavcom, which was set up in 2016.

"Mavcom is funded by passengers, not the Government. It received an initial funding of RM 90 mil from the Government, but no additional grant was given after that.

"Their estimated collection – RM1 from each passenger – is RM 35 mil per annum, and the operational cost is RM25mil a year," said Loke.

Mavcom's executive chairman Gen (R) Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad