Tuesday, 3 November 2015

City Hall tests electric vehicles for street patrols

Kuala Lumpur City Hall is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint by using electric cars for everyday patrols across the city.

The council has acquired four Renault Twizy electric cars on a one year trial basis to gauge their effectiveness.

Two of the vehicles will be used by City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department, while the other two vehicles are being used by the Landscape Department.

 City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said the vehicles started patrolling the streets last week.
"We are currently testing out the vehicles at Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The feedback thus far has been positive in terms of cost savings, because there is no need for fuel and the their manoeuvrability during peak hours is good," he said.

Sauffi said that City Hall is determined to try to reduce carbon emissions and look into cost savings.

"We are renting the vehicles at RM1,950 a month each. The cost of a vehicle is about RM80,000. After a year, we will review their effectiveness and decide if we want to buy or continue to rent them," he said.

The electric cars can run for four hours on a single charge and reach a speed of up to 80km/h. They can be charged at any power socket.

Sauffi also said that City Hall had acquired five Segway electric scooters, which have been deployed to patrol the Dataran Merdeka area.

"Officers on the Segways will patrol the area to ensure smooth traffic flow, cleanliness, and engage and assist tourists," he said, adding that they were continuously looking at ways to multitask while on the ground.

Meanwhile, Sauffi said that 32 enforcement officers had been deployed to patrol the bicycle lane from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka.

"We want to increase our presence and the security of users. Officers will be patrolling the lanes in two shifts from 8am to 5pm and from 3pm to midnight," he said. – November 3, 2015.

Monday, 2 November 2015

PBB gesa pembebasan Anwar, dakwa langgar undang-undang antarabangsa

Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) menyifatkan penahanan bekas ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa dan menggesa pembebasan beliau dengan segera.

Keputusan itu diputuskan Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari PBB (UNWGAD) yang menyifatkan perbicaraan membabitkan Anwar adalah haram dan perlu dibebaskan serta-merta.

"Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari mengeluarkan pendapat berikut: Pemenjaraan Saudara Anwar Ibrahim adalah arbitrari... mengambil kira semua hal dalam kes itu, kumpulan kerja berpendapat jalan untuk membetulkan keadaan adalah membebaskan Saudara Anwar dengan serta-merta dan memastikan hak-hak politik beliau yang dirampas kerana pemenjaraan beliau ini dikembalikan," kata kumpulan kerja itu yang dibacakan Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar di Parlimen pagi ini.

Nurul Izzah bersyukur dengan pendirian PBB itu sekali gus memberi isyarat jelas kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk menurut saranan mereka.
"Pendirian tegas sebegini, bersolidariti bersama-sama Anwar menghantar satu mesej jelas kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan memastikan kemerosotan hak-hak asasi manusia yang berlaku di bawah kepimpinan beliau tidak diabaikan dunia," katanya.

Kumpulan kerja tersebut dilantik oleh Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia PBB, yang terdiri daripada pakar Australia, Benin, Mexico, Korea Selatan dan Ukraine.

"Kerajaan Malaysia wajib mematuhi dapatan PBB ini serta cadangan yang diberikan," kata Nurul Izzah.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad semasa sesi soal jawab dalam Dewan Rakyat mahu Nurul Izzah menghormati keputusan dibuat mahkamah Malaysia selepas anak perempuan Anwar itu mempersoalkan hukuman penjara ke atas bapanya.

Peguam Anwar, N Surendran juga senada dengan Nurul Izzah mendesak supaya Putrajaya menerima saranan dibuat badan dunia tersebut.

"Kumpulan tersebut sudah menggesa Anwar dibebaskan dan dikembalikan semula hak politiknya," kata Surendran pada sidang media sama di Parlimen.

Surendran memberi amaran Putrajaya tidak boleh menghiraukan keputusan PBB tersebut atau reputasi negara di mata dunia akan terjejas.

Bekas ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu sedang menjalani hukuman penjara 5 tahun sejak 10 Februari lalu kerana kesalahan meliwat bekas pembantunya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. – 2 November, 2015.