SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah one of the worst-hit by floods

By EDWARD R. HENRY
edward@thestar.com.my
Photos by K. K. SHAM


Several housing estates and parts of Klang town were flooded in a two-hour downpour yesterday morning.
The affected areas were Pandamaran and Kampung Idaman in Port Klang, certain parts of Bukit Tinggi, Johan Setia, Taman Sentosa, Sungai Udang and Kampung Delek.
Watery sight: The SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah is inundated with water after a downpour.
Drains overflowed into homes and two schools were affected thus disrupting lessons.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Norfiza Mahfiz said Klang North and South were hit by flash floods and the council ordered 50 men from the engineering, planning and environmental department to help residents who needed help to move their belongings to higher ground.
“The drains leading to the Klang River cannot cope with the huge volume of water thus overflowing into the surrounding areas.
“SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah and SRK Methodist ACS Klang were also hit,” she said.
Getting wet: Students from SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah wading through the water.
After the floods, students and teachers joined in to clean the classrooms of mud.
Norfiza said motorists stopped by the roadside and waited for the floods to subside. Several vehicles stalled when the drivers tried to drive through the flooded roads.
Tow truck drivers were seen doing brisk business towing the cars to workshops.
Tour buses coming into Klang’s Little India were forced to park outside the business enclave.
The tourists stayed in the buses and were treated with hot tea tarik and cookies.
Businessman N. P. Raman said the flash floods had caused water to flow into shops in Little India.
“Jalan Tengku Kelana was like a river running through the town. Some motorists were stranded as their cars broke down in the middle of the road,” he said.
Many people going to work were caught in a traffic crawl along the flooded Jalan Teluk Pulai.
An irate motorist said the roads in Teluk Pulai and the nearby Taman Melawis were flood-prone and this was a long-standing problem.
“We all know the drains are clogged and thus overflow whenever it rains. The council must do something to solve this problem,” he said.

559 calon SPM 2011 dapat semua A+

21/03/2012

PUTRAJAYA: Seramai 559 calon Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2011 memperoleh gred cemerlang tertinggi (A+) bagi semua mata pelajaran yang diduduki, berbanding 403 pada 2010.

Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Abd Ghafar Mahmud, berkata daripada jumlah itu, seramai 506 adalah calon sekolah menengah kebangsaan manakala 53 lagi calon dari sekolah selain sekolah menengah kebangsaan berbanding masing-masing 363 dan 40 calon pada 2010.

"Pencapaian keseluruhan calon SPM 2011 bertambah baik dengan Gred Purata Nasional (GPN)5.04, berbanding 5.19 pada tahun 2010," katanya pada majlis pengumuman analisis keputusan peperiksaan SPM di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, seramai 468,808 calon menduduki peperiksaan itu tahun lalu. - BERNAMA

Gaji, COLA naik

NAJIB memberi ucapan pada Perhimpunan Khas Kakitangan Awam dengan Perdana Menteri di PICC, semalam. - Foto Fariz Iswadi Ismail
NAJIB memberi ucapan pada Perhimpunan Khas Kakitangan Awam dengan Perdana Menteri di PICC, semalam. - Foto Fariz Iswadi Ismail
PM umum pemansuhan SBPA, Sistem Saraan Malaysia ditambah baik

PUTRAJAYA: Berita gembira buat 1.4 juta kakitangan awam apabila kerajaan semalam mengumumkan pelarasan gaji tujuh hingga 13 peratus bagi semua gred penjawat awam, selain kenaikan Elaun Sara Hidup (COLA). 

Dalam pengumuman yang disiarkan secara langsung melalui TV1 dan TV3, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak turut mengumumkan sistem Saraan Baru Perkhidmatan Awam (SBPA) yang diperkenalkan 1 Januari lalu tetapi banyak menimbulkan kontroversi, dibatalkan. 

Kerajaan memutuskan penggajian kakitangan awam dikekalkan di bawah sistem Sistem Saraan Malaysia (SSM) yang akan ditambah baik.

Pelarasan gaji berdasarkan Jadual Gaji Matriks (JGM) SSM itu menyaksikan Kumpulan Pengurusan dan Profesional serta Pelaksana Gred 1 hingga 54 menikmati pelarasan sebanyak 13 peratus.

Gred Utama dan Gred Khas C, B dan A akan menikmati pelarasan sembilan peratus, Turus III dan II (lapan peratus) dan Turus I serta Ketua Setiausaha Negara (tujuh peratus).
Selain itu, kadar COLA bagi kawasan B (di antara bandar dan pedalaman) dinaikkan daripada RM200 kepada RM250 sebulan, manakala untuk kawasan C (pedalaman) daripada RM100 kepada RM150. 

Pelarasan gaji itu berkuat kuasa 1 Januari lalu yang mana penjawat awam akan menerima gaji tertunggak. Difahamkan, gaji baru akan dibayar sama ada akhir bulan ini atau bulan depan.

Ia antara tujuh keputusan diumumkan Perdana Menteri pada perhimpunan khas Penjawat Awam Bersama Perdana Menteri di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya (PICC) yang dihadiri 15,000 penjawat awam, semalam.

Najib berkata, kerajaan faham SBPA mengundang keresahan, terkilan dan perasaan tidak puas hati dalam kalangan penjawat awam walaupun ia komited untuk mempertimbangkan semakan semula, pelarasan gaji atau satu bentuk saraan baru bagi menggantikan SSM pada tahun ini.

“Sebagai kerajaan yang merasai denyut nadi mereka (penjawat awam), sebagai kerajaan yang mendengar keluh kesah penjawat awam menerusi wakil mereka, CUEPACS, maka kita mengambil keputusan pada 12 Januari lalu supaya struktur saraan baru yang diperkenalkan, dikaji semula,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri berkata, keputusan yang diambil kerajaan itu adalah berdasarkan kepada saranan CUEPACS berkaitan saraan penjawat awam serta implikasi kewangan kerajaan yang mungkin terbabit.

“Anggota perkhidmatan awam adalah tiang seri keramat kerajaan, sebaik mana pun dasar digubal, betapa manfaat pun dasar digubal, ia tidak akan bermakna jika pelaksanaannya tidak berkesan atau tidak cekap (kerana) peranan penjawat awam sebagai pelaksana dasar adalah amat penting,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan peka dan prihatin dengan isu saraan yang dibangkitkan oleh penjawat awam yang menyaksikan semakan semula gaji perkhidmatan awam secara berkala dan yang terakhir dilakukan pada 2007 membabitkan kenaikan gaji antara 7.5 peratus hingga 35 peratus.

Najib berkata, dalam membuat keputusan, kerajaan perlu memikirkan langkah terbaik yang perlu mendahulukan kepentingan rakyat, tetapi pada masa sama faktor lain terutama keupayaan kewangan kerajaan, tidak diketepikan.

“Kerajaan amat mengharapkan kefahaman dan kerjasama penjawat awam untuk bersama-sama mengharungi dan mendepani cabaran ekonomi global yang tidak menentu walaupun kita telah berjaya mengeluarkan negara daripada gelora ekonomi global," katanya.

INFO: Keputusan lain yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri


  • Penubuhan suruhanjaya dianggotai oleh semua pihak berkepentingan mengkaji secara komprehensif dan holistik perkhidmatan awam Malaysia yang bukan saja membabitkan saraan, tetapi juga rupa bentuk perkhidmatan awam yang diperlukan negara pada masa depan.
  • Struktur gaji SSM akan diubah suai daripada Jadual Gaji Matriks kepada Jadual Gaji Minimum-Maksimum dengan kadar kenaikan gaji tahunan (KGT) bagi gred 1-54 ditetapkan di antara RM80 hingga RM320 mengikut gred. KGT bagi JUSA dan ke atas kekal menggunakan KGT SSM dengan pelarasan ikut peratus ditetapkan.
  • Bayaran Insentif Perkhidmatan Kritikal (BIPK), Bayaran Insentif Wilayah (BIW), Bayaran Insentif Pedalaman (BIP) dan Bayaran Insentif Subjek Pendidikan (BISP) dikekalkan.
  • Kerajaan mengekalkan keputusan penambahbaikan laluan kerjaya bagi guru berasaskan prinsip ‘time-based’ Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan seperti diumumkan dalam Bajet 2012.

    Oleh Johari Ibrahim dan Haika Khazi
    bhnews@bharian.com.my
    2012/03/09



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