A New Peace Accord after Oslo 1993, no more Hama’s Military Chief

GAZA | Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:32am EST

(Reuters) – Hamas’s military chief was killed when his car was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday, the Palestinian Islamist group said, with multiple Israeli attacks rocking the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing, the Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence service confirmed it had carried out the attack, saying it had killed Jaabri because of his “decade-long terrorist activity”.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams; Writing by Crispian Balmer)

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America Red Cross has no contributions from US government, so unable to fulfill it’s role

By Ernest Scheyder

ROCKAWAY PARK, New York | Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:13am EST

(Reuters) – Noreen Ellis begged the American Red Cross for help a few days after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast.

A 90-year-old bedbound woman living on Ellis’s block needed to be moved from the Rockaways, an eight-mile long, narrow spit of land in New York City, to a shelter with heat and electricity.

“I said, ‘This woman needs to be transported. Can you help?’ And the Red Cross said, ‘We don’t do that,'” Ellis said.

She shot back: “What does the Red Cross do?”

Ellis’s frustration, echoed by many residents in the places worst hit by Sandy across the New York region, exposed a gulf between what many people expected the charity to do in times of crisis and what it actually delivers.

In interviews with public officials and Red Cross staff, as well as first responders from other aid organizations, it has become clear the Red Cross was hampered by the sheer magnitude of the disaster, by its decision to position supplies and staff well outside the areas likely to be hardest hit by the storm, and by misperceptions about what kinds of relief it would provide in New York City.

The sense of letdown is all the more stark because the Red Cross, the fifth-largest charity in the United States by private donations, is viewed by many as the place to donate money when there is a major disaster at home or abroad. It has raised nearly $120 million since Sandy – spending about $40 million of that so far.

Importantly, the Red Cross has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the only non-governmental entity with the responsibility “to lead and coordinate efforts to provide mass care, housing, and human services after disasters that require federal assistance,” according to a 2006 congressional review.

But it isn’t the first time the Red Cross has faced severe criticism for a slow or weak response in the U.S. The review followed its performance after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when the Red Cross was blamed for poor outreach to victims, and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the Red Cross decided to stash away $200 million in donations for future emergencies and then reversed course after a public outcry.

The Red Cross says it has been unfairly criticized in Sandy’s aftermath and will use any leftover donations to help longer-term needs of affected communities.

“No one organization, no government agency, could permanently be ready to respond to a disaster of this magnitude,” Josh Lockwood, the chief executive of the Red Cross’s Greater New York Region, said during an interview at a food distribution site in Staten Island’s New Dorp neighborhood.

Red Cross spokesman Roger Lowe added: “Are we everywhere we want to be at the same time? No, but we’re everywhere we can be given the people and vehicles we have and the fact that we are facing a large geography and an enormous population that needs service.”

Gail McGovern, the head of the American Red Cross, even told NBC News last week that her staff has been “near flawless” since Sandy struck.

SLOW START

But the Red Cross efforts got off to a very slow start.

As Sandy approached, the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. arranged five staging areas in cities expected to be just outside the storm’s path, Lowe said. Supplies and staff were moved out of the New York region to avoid damage.

One of those cities was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Lowe said response vehicles and other supplies were stored. When contacted after the storm, though, local Red Cross officials in Harrisburg said they had prepared primarily to serve local victims. Only after they made sure Pennsylvania residents were all right – a process that took three days – were resources sent on to New York City, the officials said.

Similar stories were told by local Red Cross officials in Baltimore, another staging area. Local officials in the other three designated places either would not comment, could not be reached for comment or were responding to Sandy’s damage to their own communities.

The Red Cross said traffic delayed by three days its efforts to serve Staten Island, the Rockaways, Coney Island and other hard-hit communities in and around New York City. That was despite all main bridges to those communities being open the day after Sandy.

As President Barack Obama paid a high-profile visit to the charity’s Washington, D.C. headquarters the day after the storm to talk about relief efforts, the Red Cross had not yet sent in food and supplies to victims in New York City. It did have shelters open outside the Big Apple, though.

“If we could have gone one minute faster in our response time, I’m going to make sure we make changes to make that happen,” Lockwood said. “We had the same challenges that all people in the region had, having to do with traffic snarls, trees down, telephone poles down.”

The delay prompted an outburst from Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro three days after the storm, when he asked Americans not to donate to the Red Cross because the group had yet to help his constituents. The Red Cross later said that at the moment Molinaro was speaking, its trucks were en route to Staten Island, where 22 people died in the storm.

Part of the perception problem may be the massive media and advertising campaigns that the Red Cross runs when there is a disaster.

Much of the money collected by the Red Cross in the past two weeks has come from high-profile telethons on national TV networks. The Red Cross has also run advertising on TV, the Internet and newspapers asking for money “to help people affected by disasters like Superstorm Sandy” and it promises that donations will help “make the biggest and most immediate impact.”

Celebrities such as Cindy Crawford and LL Cool J have tweeted links to the Red Cross, news anchors have staffed phone lines, JPMorgan Chase ATMs display Red Cross advertising, and Whole Foods asks for Red Cross donations at checkout.

These campaigns appear to give the impression that the charity can be all things to all victims. Many of Sandy’s victims said in interviews that this was their view before disappointment set in.

“After Katrina I gave big money to the Red Cross, but I will never again,” said Ellis, the Rockaways resident who was able to get her elderly neighbor to a shelter after a ride was arranged with a Long Island ambulance service. “It’s not going to the people who need it.”

In fact, the group’s primary mission in a disaster is to supply food and run shelters, not to provide transportation, arrange cleanup operations or coordinate last-minute volunteers.

“People have been giving without finding out first what a group’s capacity is to actually deliver services,” said Ben Smilowitz, head of the Disaster Accountability Project, a watchdog group for first-responder relief agencies.

For every dollar the Red Cross raises, roughly 92 cents is used for its blood supply and relief projects, with roughly 4 cents to administrative costs and 4 cents to fundraising.

During the Red Cross’s 2010-2011 fiscal year, its largest expenditure – $2.21 billion – was for its blood and plasma services, not relief work, as it helps maintain 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply. In addition to that expenditure, reported in the group’s annual filing with U.S. officials, the organization spent $340.1 million on international relief and $270.6 million on domestic relief.

Indeed, the Red Cross did run hundreds of shelters on Long Island, New Jersey and New York’s Westchester County just after Sandy, but in New York City, the city government serves that role, further limiting the group’s visibility. Altogether, the Red Cross says it has roughly 2,200 volunteers and 160 employees on the ground, and has provided more than 1 million meals or snacks.

“Sometimes there’s a perception that we’re not in a community even though we’ve had mobile trucks that have gone through there hundreds of times, so that’s a challenge in terms of perception,” said Lockwood.

And some Sandy victims do give it the benefit of the doubt.

“There are things that you can’t do overnight. All of this takes time,” said Cecil de Silva, a driver for Meals on Wheels whose Rockaway Beach home was swamped by Sandy’s tidal surge and who evacuated to Staten Island, only to be affected by the storm there as well. “People need patience.”

‘SEND ME PEOPLE’

The sheer size of the Red Cross may be standing in its way. Other aid organizations have found that a more-nimble approach helped them respond after Sandy’s landfall.

The Salvation Army used a handful of its staff living in Staten Island to begin helping victims the day after Sandy left, two days before the Red Cross arrived.

Doctors Without Borders is using a small team of physicians to visit homebound patients. Team Rubicon, a relief group of mostly veterans, is coordinating volunteers and using supplies donated by retailer Home Depot Inc to clean up parts of the Rockaways and New Jersey.

And across Brooklyn and Queens, the Occupy Wall Street movement, famous for its 2011 protests against income inequality in a downtown Manhattan park and elsewhere around the country, has used its grassroots network to erect food and clothing distribution centers, volunteer coordination sites, and makeshift clinics.

Frustration with the Red Cross is palpable throughout the Occupy movement.

“The Red Cross is useless,” said Nastaran Mohit, who runs the Occupy medical clinic in the Rockaways with volunteer doctors. “They come to me every day asking, ‘How can we help?’

“I say, ‘Send me people.’ And they tell me they’ll get back to me.”

The Red Cross said it did approach Occupy organizers last week, but so far “we do not have specific examples of where we have worked together,” said Lowe, the Red Cross spokesman.

Some other charities have even been specifically targeting those who do not want to go through the Red Cross with statements like this on their websites: “If you would like to donate to the relief effort but prefer not go through the Red Cross: the Staten Island Giving Circle can accept donations via PayPal.”

Said Lockwood, head of the Red Cross’s Greater New York Region: “If people want to be generous we thank them, and if they want to be generous to another organization that’s great too.”

(Reporting By Ernest Scheyder; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell and Jennifer Merritt; Editing by Martin Howell and Steve Orlofsky)

China to Boost Foreign Investor Access

By Bloomberg News – Nov 12, 2012 12:01 AM GMT+0800

China will increase the quota for a program that allows investors to raise yuan overseas and use the money to buy stocks and bonds on domestic Chinese markets, according to the nation’s securities regulator.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission, the People’s Bank of China and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange have agreed in principle to raise the quota for the RenminbiQualified Foreign Institutional Investor program by 200 billion yuan ($32 billion), Guo Shuqing, chairman of the securities regulator, said at a briefing in Beijing yesterday.

Since becoming China Securities Regulatory Commission chairman a year ago, Guo Shuqing has cut trading fees, pushed companies to increase dividends and let trust companies buy equities to bolster a stock market that’s set for a third straight year of declines. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Since becoming CSRC chairman a year ago, Guo has cut trading fees, pushed companies to increase dividends and let trust companies buy equities to bolster a stock market that’s set for a third straight year of declines. Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O’Neill in September called Chinese stocks the most attractive among the BRIC nations.

“We are ready to implement many more measures to help resolve the issue of inconvenience,” Guo said at the briefing, held as part of the 18th Chinese Communist Party congress. Those measures include tax incentives and rebates for foreign investors, on which there has been “solid progress,” and support from other government departments, he said, without giving more details about the policies.

QFII Quota

The nation will “definitely” expand the quota provided to foreign investors under China’s Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program once the $80 billion current allotments are filled, Guo said. China’s central bank and its foreign exchange regulator have no issues with expanding the quota, he said.

China raised QFII quotas to $80 billion from $30 billion in April. The securities regulator is studying the possibility of raising the $1 billion ceiling on individual funds in the QFII program, Guo said.

Measures for expanding the RQFII quota, requested by Hong Kong officials, are being prepared and should be implemented soon, Guo said.

The securities regulator is also studying rule changes that would lower the threshold for Chinese companies to sell shares in Hong Kong, Guo said. Any changes would need the approval of Hong Kong authorities, with no formal agreement reached yet, according to Guo.

Regulators are studying ways to improve the management of foreign exchange flows, according to Guo. The securities regulator is considering rules allowing large institutional investors, to move money out of China in stages, either within a few years or in a single year, he said.

“In the past, we encouraged inflows and restricted outflows of funds,” Guo said. China should move to “more balanced” and “more neutral” measures, he said. “That doesn’t mean that there will be no control at all. There will certainly have to be some control so that market movements will not be too volatile,” Guo said.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Aipeng Soo in Beijing at asoo4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net

The State of Palestine will be reconised by UN if it drops it’s claims for Jerusalem and stop all fighting with Israel immediately

Palestine[i] (Arabic: فلسطينFilasṭīn / Falasṭīn / Filisṭīn), officially declared as the State of Palestine (Arabic: دولة فلسطينDawlat Filasṭin),[1][2][3] is a state that was proclaimed in exile in Algiers on 15 November 1988, when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)‘s National Council (PNC) adopted the unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Independence. At the time of the 1988 declaration, the PLO did not exercise control over any territory[6] and the territory it claims remains under Israeli occupation.[7] It claims the Palestinian territories[1] (defined according to the 1967 borders[8]) and has designated Jerusalem as its capital.[ii][2][3]

The 1974 Arab League summit designated the PLO as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and reaffirmed their right to establish an independent state of urgency.”[9] The PLO has had observer status at the United Nations as a “non-state entity” since 22 November 1974,[10][11] which entitles it to speak in the UN General Assembly but not to vote. After the Declaration of Independence, the UN General Assembly officially “acknowledged” the proclamation and voted to use the designation “Palestine” instead of “Palestine Liberation Organization” when referring to the Palestinian permanent observer.[12][13] In spite of this decision, the PLO does not participate at the UN in its capacity of the State of Palestine’s government.[14] Since 1998, the PLO is arranged for seating in the UN General Assembly immediately after non-member states, and before all other observers.[15][16]

In 1993, in the Oslo Accords, Israel acknowledged the PLO negotiating team as “representing the Palestinian people”, in return for the PLO recognizing Israel’s right to exist in peace, acceptance of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and its rejection of “violence and terrorism”.[17] While Israel occupies the Palestinian territories,[iii] as a result of the Oslo Accords the PLO established an interim administrative body: the Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA), that exercises some governmental functions in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.[18] The Hamas takeover of Gaza politically divided the Palestinian territories, with Abbas‘s Fatah left largely ruling the West Bank and recognized internationally as the official Palestinian Authority,[19] while Hamas has secured its control over the Gaza Strip. In April 2011, the Palestinian parties signed an agreement of reconciliation, but its implementation has stalled since.[19]

As of 18 January 2012, 130 (67.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine. Many of the countries that do not recognise the State of Palestine nevertheless recognise the PLO as the “representative of the Palestinian people“. In addition the PLO’s executive committee is empowered by the PNC to perform the functions of government of the State of Palestine.[20]

The United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the European Union, International Committee of the Red Cross and the government of the United Kingdom all refer to the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”.[21][22][23] Journalists also use the description to indicate lands outside the Green Line.[citation needed] The term is often used interchangeably with the term occupied territories, although this term is also applied to the Golan Heights, which is internationally recognized as part of Syria and not claimed by the Palestinians. The confusion stems from the fact that all these territories were captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and are treated by the UN as territory occupied by Israel.

Other terms used to describe these areas collectively include “the disputed territories”, “Israeli-occupied territories“, and “the occupied territories”. Further terms include “Yesha” (Judea-Samaria-Gaza), Yosh (Judea and Samaria), the Katif Strip (Gaza Strip), “administered territories”, “territories of undetermined permanent status”, “1967 territories”, and simply “the territories”.

Many Arab and Islamic leaders,[who?] including some Palestinians,[who?] use the designation ‘Palestine’ and ‘occupied Palestine’ to imply a Palestinian political or religious claim to sovereignty over the whole former territory of the British Mandate west of the Jordan River, including all of Israel.[24][dead link] Many[who?] of them view the land of Palestine as an Islamic Waqf (trust) for future Muslim generations. A parallel exists in the aspirations of David Ben-Gurion,[25] Menachem Begin,[26][27] and other Zionists and Jewish religious leaders[who?] to establish Jewish sovereignty over all of Greater Israel in trust for the Jewish people.[28][29] However, this dispute is not related to religion for many Arabs, but simply an issue of rights, as the land was inhabited by Arabs (as well as a minority of Jews) before the Zionist movement began.

Many Israelis[who?] object to the term “Occupied Palestinian Territories”, and similar descriptions, because they maintain such designations disregard Israeli claims to the West Bank and Gaza, or prejudice negotiations involving possible border changes, arguing that the armistice line agreed to after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War was not intended as a permanent border. Dore Gold wrote, “It would be far more accurate to describe the West Bank and Gaza Strip as “disputed territories” to which both Israelis and Palestinians have claims.”[30]

The Palestinian territories are part of the area predestined by the United Nations to become the territory of the future State of Palestine.[32] Originally a larger area was allotted to the planned Palestinian state in Resolution 181 of 29 November 1947, but in the 1948 Palestine war, the Israeli army conquered major parts of it. While in the Partition Plan about 42% of historic Palestine was destined for the Arabic state, the Palestinian territories constitute only some 23%.[33] The last figure is including all space occupied by Israeli settlements, walls and roads.

It is now generally accepted, that the boundaries of the future Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders, which correspond with the Green Line. In the UN, nearly all countries voted in favour of Resolution 58/292 of 17 May 2004. The Resolution affirmed, in connection with the Palestinian right to self-determination and to sovereignty, that the independent State Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 borders.[32] In Resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988, the State of Palestine was recognized in the UN General Assembly,[34] although not yet admitted as member of the United Nations. In the same resolution, their sovereignty over the Occupied Palestinian Territories was recognized, without explicitly limiting the territories of Palestine to those areas.

Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. East Jerusalem is will not be recognised as part of the Palestinian Territories although it is part of the West Bank, which remains part of the Palestinian Territories together with Gaza Strip.

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Palestine is fighting with Israel because of Jerusalem but if Palestine is recognised by the UN, there will be so many benefits that will be given to improve their economy, peace will only return when Palestine accept my terms and stop all fighting with Israel immediately, Jerusalem has always been designated for Israel since the beginning of time.

– Contributed by Oogle.

There will be Peace in Tibet

By An Baijie
China Daily/Asia News Network
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012

BEIJING – Officials from the Tibet autonomous region have vowed to improve local people’s livelihoods.

Losang Gyaltsen, vice-chairman of the region, said on Friday that local officials will also continue to help farmers and herdsmen to resolve their difficulties and improve their livelihoods.

The government has made considerable effort in improving the condition of the region’s infrastructure, including its temples, replacing water pipes, repairing roads, and ensuring electricity supply, he said during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.

The government has also provided free medical checks, and introduced a social security system for monks, he said.

Liang Tiangeng, head of the organisation department of the CPC Tibet autonomous region committee, said that the local government will achieve its goal of building 400,000 homes for farmers and herdsmen by the end of this year, of which more than 330,000 have already been built.

The unemployment rate in Tibet is 2.69 per cent in urban areas, which is lower than in most cities nationwide, he said.

Basic medical insurance has been made available for all herdsmen in Tibet, he added.

Losang Gyaltsen condemned the activity of inciting people to self-immolate, saying that it’s a “crime of murder” in accordance with Chinese law.

“We believe that this (inciting people to self-immolate) is contrary to human common sense and morality,” he said.

Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet People’s Congress, criticised some overseas media for describing Tibet as “burning”.

“The media should neither support nor encourage self-immolation,” he said on the sidelines of the congress. Innocent people should not sacrifice their lives to fulfil the political motives of others, he said.

anbaijie@chinadaily.com.cn

Germany's key indicators will be more than 10% growth in the key areas highlighted in red

Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and fifth by GDP (PPP) in 2008.[12] Since the age of industrialisation, the country has been a driver, innovator, and beneficiary of an ever more globalised economy. Germany is the world’s third largest exporter with $1.408 trillion exported in 2011 (Eurozone countries are included).[13][dated info] Exports account for more than one-third of national output.[14][dated info]
Germany is relatively poor in raw materials. Only lignite and potash salt are available in economically significant quantities. Power plants burning lignite are one of the main sources of electricity in Germany. Oil, natural gas and other resources are, for the most part, imported from other countries. Germany imports about two thirds of its energy.
The service sector contributes around 70% of the total GDP, industry 29.1%, and agriculture 0.9%. Most of the country’s products are in engineering, especially in automobiles, machinery, metals, and chemical goods.[15] Germany is the leading producer of wind turbines and solar power technology in the world. The largest annual international trade fairs and congresses are held in several German cities such as Hanover, Frankfurt, and Berlin.[16]
Of the world’s 500 largest stock market listed companies measured by revenue, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany. In 2010 the ten largest were Volkswagen, Allianz, E.ON, Daimler, Siemens, Metro, Deutsche Telekom, Munich Re, BASF, and BMW.[17] Other large German companies include: Robert Bosch, ThyssenKrupp, and MAN (diversified industrials); Bayer and Merck (pharmaceuticals); Adidas and Puma (clothing and footwear); Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank (banking and finance); Aldi, Lidl and Edeka (retail); SAP (computer software); Infineon (semiconductors); Henkel (household and personal consumer products); Deutsche Post (logistics); and Hugo Boss (luxury goods). Well-known global brands are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Bayer, Bosch, Lufthansa, SAP, and Nivea.[18]
Between 1991 and 2010, 40,301 mergers and acquisitions with an involvement of German firms with a total known value of 2,422 bil. EUR have been announced.[19] The largest transactions[20] since 1991 are: the acquisition of Mannesmann by Vodafone for 204.8 bil. EUR in 1999, the merger of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler to form DaimlerChrysler in 1998 valued at 36.3 bil. EUR.

Everybody knows I am not capable of doing everybody’s jobs, but I can give indicators, pointers and views no one has access, only the right people will have the key to understand everything, and I will orchestrate the global recovery without any problem at all, the key markets will be US, EU with China in Asia, and there will be tremendous growth, everything will be completed by end 2014 when widespread reforms are completed by EU member states with US debt written off, and the opening of China Financial markets.
– Contributed by Oogle.

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

If I am not wrong, we are coming to the time where close to 30% of the entire world population will be above the age of 50 years, as such, the potential of an untapped market if you could expand along this line.

I have read the news of a malaysian who has radically redesigned the entire wheel chair to be light weigh and very portable, it seems he has sold his designs to america who now manufactures it, if his designs are adopted, the specs could radically replace the requirements of new building codes to accomodate the disabled.
Businesses especially restuarants and shopping centre which has facilities to be disabled friendly and changing rooms for young babies/feeding will enjoy enormously huge business and many will adapt to these changing needs. I am providing you an advance peek into the future where the demand is.
– Contributed by Oogle. 
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Friday June 8, 2012 By EDWARD R. HENRY edward@thestar.com.my

WALK paths with tact tiles and ramps built around certain parts of Petaling Jaya aimed at creating a barrier-free environment, has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the Commonwealth Associa-tion for Public Administration and Management (Capam) Inter-national Innovation Awards.
Out of the 120 submissions for the award, PJ has been shortlisted as one of the semi-finalists. PJ’s people friendly project — A Barrier Free PJ: Lifting the Urban Disability Stigma — has captured the hearts of Capam judges. Forty countries are taking part in the awards.
PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the council felt privileged to be selected as a semi-finalist and the entry was slotted under the Innovation in Citizen Engagement and Dialogue award category.
Capam president Paul Zahra from Malta will present the award in New Delhi, India, in September.
“We find physical barriers still preventing the disabled from participating and enjoying the benefits of living in the city.
“Our efforts are being seen as various parts of the city have been redesigned to make it accessible,” said Roslan.
Capam is an International Innovations Awards that celebrates the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and services in the public sector.
The award inspires and encourages innovators to improve public service governance, and the quality of life of residents and communities.
“PJ’s barrier-free environment project is the only entry from Malaysia and it competes with entries from established countries and organisations. PJ has made parks and public areas accessible to the physically-challenged and we feel that warrants our entry to be shortlisted,” said Roslan.
He added that PJ’s ongoing effort to create a barrier-free city “is the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, PJ city councillor and distinguished fellow of the United States of America Hawaii University Anthony Thanasayan said he felt privileged and honoured by Capam’s submission.
“Being a wheelchair-bound person as a teenager living in PJ, the neighbourhood was my greatest foe at one time. I was a virtual prisoner in my home because of the lack of thought given by the municipal council then to me as a resident with special needs.
“I could not get into Taman Jaya park which is a few hundred metres from my home because of a locked gate and cobbled pavements,” he said.
Thanasayan added that now it was a different story.
“We have a special entrance for wheelchairs initiated by me that allow all handicapped people through. We have the country’s first universal design pavement that is also being made in poorer areas of PJ.
“I think, it is an incredible success story that any local government can offer and continue to help the disabled community.
“But now with the leadership of Roslan all that is changing,” he said.