PCB to open counter for complaints vs GMI
(Bernama) - The Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) will open a special counter at Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday for shopkeepers and traders to report on the losses and damages incurred during a demonstration last Saturday.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk T Murugiah said the shopkeepers and traders were required to produce documents and proofs of their losses and damages.
The complaints will enable the PCB to assist the shopkeepers and traders in suing the organiser of the demonstration, Movement for the Abolition of the ISA (GMI), for their losses and damages, he told reporters here today.
The counter will be opened from 10am to 10pm.
He said the PCB was ready to cooperate with the Federal Territories Umno Youth Division, which had offered free legal consultation to shopkeepers and traders who want to sue the GMI.
Murugiah yesterday received a complaint from the Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman Night Market Traders Association, which claimed its members had suffered RM500,000 losses and damages due to the demonstration.
About 10,000 people and opposition party members took to the streets in the capital in an anti-ISA demonstration on Saturday, forcing shops and shopping complexes to shut down.
Wa...So people-friendly hor the gamen now!
Hey, Murugiah. Why not you work your magic on other Ministries ah?
Start with the town councils, can or not? My experience of them is terible, just terrible.
I just need a simple renewal of my business license. But I was told that I had to find out the owners details of my neighbouring lots from the Land office and submit to the town council in question. Reason? They wanted to send a letter to the owners to find out if they have any objections to my business being located there. I said I had been in business in the exact same location for the past 10 years, nobody complained.
I said I never faced such requirements before.
Rules were rules.
I said my business was children's education, where's the problem in that? There was a TATTOO PARLOUR downstairs from my centre. If anyone has objections, it should be ME!
Sorry. Speak to the officer if you have any questions.
So I got to spend hundreds of ringgit to ask the owners who are not even using the shoplots whether they would like to have me as their tenants neighbours. I asked how long the entire process is gonna take.
"About 2-3 months."
My wife even worse.
She has been trying to get her business license transferred (after she took over the business) for almost 4 months now. When she first went to the relevant department, she was given a checklist of things to present. A week later, she returned with all the documents. There was no news for about 2 weeks after that. After many frustrating unanswered calls, she finally made another 45-minute drive way back to the govt dept in question, only to be told that she had not submitted any of the required documents. She was told that she still had to bring such and such and such documents.
Funny thing was, she could see her envelope on the table chopped with the words "Dokumen Tak Lengkap" or something. Funnier thing was, she could see the required documents scattered about on the table! But there was no talking to these guys, so she had to make another trip to the dept and resubmitted all the documents that they already had in the first place. This time she made sure that they stapled everything together and acknowledged receipt. Another few weeks of waiting and unanswered phone calls.
Finally, she paid them another visit. THIS time they told her that her application could not be processed because she had failed to submit the relevant documents. She said that she had submitted everything - TWICE! THAT's when they rattled off another list of documents (mostly just beaurocratic letters crap) she had to submit together with her original application.
So, she went back to prepare the "invisible" checklist of necessary documents. After she had done the necessary, she went back the following week. That's when they slapped her with a THIRD set of required documents!! That's when she got mad at them! The officer gave her an envelope and asked her to submit the documents in only THAT envelope, seal it and pass it to him personally. Trouble was, he wasn't going to be around for 2 weeks.
Furious, she returned two weeks later with the documents and submitted the documents to him. Then he told her:
"This is gonna take about a month or 2 to process!"
In the words of Patrick Teoh: