Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today , Han Hong Kong brought me to this little eatery called Coffee Sprex at SS25/23, Tmn Plaza. Apparently runned by 2 deaf and mute partners, they serve an assortment of pastas, burgers, cakes, and lovely brewed coffee and tea. The price is more than affordable, with a regular sized pasta starting from RM5. Do go visit them . Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don't ask me why they close so early.

The service was great! Pls refrain from speaking to the staff/ co-owners, as they will prefer orders to be written on a piece of paper provided.

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Do pop over for a visit!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Have a Coke and a Smile, Singapore Says to Its Migrant Workers

WSJ Blog (2014/05/08 13:43PM)

By Sara Schonhardt

Delivery drones dropped boxes of Coca-Cola at construction sites in Singapore recently as part of a kindness movement aimed at providing millions of migrant workers with a "moment of happiness."

The packages, bearing what the campaign calls "happiness from the skies, " contained cans of soda with photo messages written by Singaporeans thanking the workers for all they do toiling on construction sites and elsewhere across the city-state.

Campaign organizers say the initiative aimed to show migrant workers that they're appreciated.

"The project has helped to bring to the surface the feelings of gratitude and acceptance that many Singaporeans possess but rarely express," said Marilyn Peh, the assistant general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), which released a promotional video about the initiative on Wednesday.

"The act of kindness shown in the video was simple, and the project was limited in scope, but we hope it can serve as a catalyst for other acts of kindness and understanding," she added.

The kindness movement, which was launched in 1996, is led by a council of Singaporeans from educational institutions and private organizations and advised by the country's acting minister for culture, community and youth. According to a description on its official website, the movement's mission is "to inspire graciousness through spontaneous acts of kindness, making life more pleasant for everyone."

The Happiness from the Skies campaign, a partnership between Coca-Cola Singapore and the SKM, was launched in March, months after a riot by migrant workers in Little India drew attention to tensions between residents and the foreign workers the city-state increasingly depends on.

The Dec. 8 riot, involving hundreds of South Asian workers angered by a fatal road accident, also stirred public debate over the country's treatment of low-skilled migrant workers. About 1.3 million foreigners work in the small island state of 5.4 million people, according to official statistics.

"We reached out to this group because we wanted to share a moment of happiness with these workers who are often invisible because of the physical barriers such as construction hoarding and inaccessible worksites that separate them from the public," said Leonardo O'Grady, the director of marketing and communications for Coca-Cola in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of a month, the campaign delivered 2,734 messages to construction sites across the city-state. Mr. O'Grady said at first people were cautious of the deliveries, but once they opened them many said they were pleased with the recognition.

"Such campaigns alone will not remove tensions overnight, but it shows us how some empathy along with a small gesture of appreciation can easily spread goodwill, even between two separate communities," said Ms. Peh. "If a few positive voices, working in concert, are able to diffuse some of the negativity left behind by recent incidents, it would be well worth doing."

As for the drones, they're merely a novelty, an innovative way to utilize technology, "as a service to happiness."

PJ residents mull over protests, judicial review against new highway

PJ residents mull over protests, judicial review against new highway

MAY 01, 2014

A Petaling Jaya residents' group is considering public protests and judicial review to press the Selangor government to stop the contentious RM2.42 billion Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) highway project which they say will cause more traffic congestion and affect their quality of life.

Ironically, several Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers might join them in the protest against the PR state government.

Say No to Kidex committee secretary David Yoong said they had been rallying affected residents along the highway route to hold banners and stand on the streets to voice their protests against the project, tentatively on Wesak Day on May 13.

"This is one of the things in the pipeline, if not on Wesak day, then it will be on one of the weekends," he said after briefing Jasmine Towers residents in SS2 on the impact of the 14.9km highway.

At 24m high, the proposed project has been seeing opposition from residents who are worried that it will bring more noise and dust pollution, as well as obstructed views.

Residents are also upset over the sparse details of the project, that they were not consulted and that properties will be acquired under the Land Acquisition Act to make way for the highway.

Some PR MPs, such as Puchong DAP's Gobind Singh Deo had urged the state government to stop its construction, saying that is contrary to Pakatan pledge to abolish tolls in the state.

Although it is a federal project, the state government's approval is essential as the proposed highway will run through familiar landmarks in Petaling Jaya.

Among the areas that could be affected by the project are Tropicana Mall, SS2 Mall, the Rothman’s T-junction, Section 14, Amcorp Mall, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, the Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Datuk Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.

Construction of the multi-billion ringgit highway could begin as soon as next year and be completed by 2018.

Yoong said they are also considering filing for judicial review against the state government if it goes ahead to acquire properties.

"Once the notice is sent out to owners, we have 60 days to file a judicial review to delay the process, and at the same time to stamp our mark that we object to the project," he said.

However, prior to implementing these steps, the committee had hand delivered letters to Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, his excos, assemblypersons and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua and Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian to invite them to a briefing with affected residents on May 9.

"We want him to come and listen to people's views and then he can decide who to kesian," said Yoong using the Malay term for pity in response to Khalid's latest remarks that cancelling the project would be unfair to the developer.

In the meantime, Yoong is appealing to residents to write, email, tweet and call their elected representatives to voice their disapproval for the project. – May 2, 2014.