MBPJ & MPK Launched Discount Campaign 2015

I’ve overheard over the radio recently that the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) of the local council of Petaling Jaya, launched its 50% deduction of its summonses or fines campaign.

As far as I am aware, the above authority does give the public this generous offer once in a year. The general public, especially those drivers who have committed traffic offences and have yet settle their outstanding summonses of fines, should take the opportunity to settle their dues soon.

Do run over to MBPJ office in Petaling Jaya to settle you dues immediately. For you information, the discounted 50% offer is valid only for 2 months.

Local council like MBPJ and Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) and Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) as a matter of fact face problems in the collection of traffic offences. The above councils dislike hauling drivers to courts and such action is best avoided wherever possible.

Yearly discounted rates for the collection of traffic fines benefit both the local councils in question and drivers as a whole. With the economic slowdown currently affecting the nation and the recent implementation of GST, I believe drivers should not allow MBPJ’s offer to go to naught.

Beside MBPJ’s generous offer, yet another local council, the Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK), likewise has also launched its discounted rate offer as well.

In fact, MPK has bettered MBPJ’s offer!

While MBPJ offered only 50% rebate to traffic wrong doers, MPK slashed all fines and summonses to a low RM15.00! The duration for all payments will however last for only 1 months.

So what about it, all drivers of Klang and Selangor as well. Dig into your records. Do you still have old traffic summonses to settle?

If you do, the MPK office is where you can settle the outstanding fines. It is located at the Town Council Building in front of the Dewan Hamzah.

Let me tell you that just a month ago, yours sincerely went to the Town Council Building above to settled an outstanding summons for RM10. It took me less than 15 minutes to end the above predicament.

MBPJ and MPK generous and thoughtful considerations towards drivers should rightfully be accorded the public’s appreciation.

Besides, drivers of both the above mentioned council should be wary of their driving antics and refrain from committing traffic offences in the future.

Drive carefully, the next time around. Let’s ensure no traffic offences are committed wherever possible.

Handling Traffic Summons From Local Council


China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Hui Kang, was given a summons by Wisma Putra recently. Did the ambassador infringe any traffic laws? In reality, he had made a remark which Malaysia regarded as being interfering in our country’s domestic problem.

Speaking about summons, I have also received a traffic summons recently. Who issued me the summons? The local council Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK).

Most drivers, including my colleague , Mr Chin, tend to take local councils summons lightly. Chin feels local council summons can be ignored. He contends that no action will be taken by the council. “It’s too troublesome”, he says.

Well, do you believe him?

Your sincerely, takes a different opinion regarding such above summonses.

A driving school instructor, I remind students they should be good and responsible motorists. Upon committing traffic offences, own up. And settle the summonses immediately. Or eventually, you’ll be hauled to court. You may be even be blacklisted too.

Before continuing further, can we be issued a summons by the local council people? Yes, they can!

The Perintah Perangkutan Jalan (Peruntukan Tempat Letak Kereta Majlis Perbandaran Klang 2007, the MPK is empowered to take action against traffic violators.

To clarify further, no one is permitted to park a motorized vehicle or to cause such a vehicle to be parked or its drivers wait at locations or buildings, roads and road shoulders except in places of parking duly designated by the authorities.

The local council summoning me therefore legal. My summons compound on 24th September 2015 was correctly made by the MPK.

The above summons did contain a few things, which ideally reader should be made aware of.

How did I end up being issued a summon in Eng Ann housing estate in the first place? Unbelievable, but true.

I was in the vicinity of Alliance Bank and 888 Restaurant last week. As usual, it was hard to find a parking space that eventful morning.

Because no police officers or local council officers had been seen in the vicinity of Eng Ann housing estate quite some time now, I went on to make a rash mistake. I drove my car to an open empty area, an island you can term it and parked my car therein.

On coming back to my vehicle half and hour later, I found a local council summons on my windscreen. Close scrutiny of the summons revealed I had been served with a RM50 fine for my offence.

Luckily, MPK was then in the process of giving a 3 day offer of RM10 if summons were settled immediately.

By twelve that morning, I was at the office of the local council, settling the above mentioned summons.

Hope readers of this post will take note of what has been revealed here, to avoid similar things happening again.

My Durian Stories From Yesteryears Part 2

Durian tree picture from PINOY PHOTOGRAPHER @Flickr.com

Durian tree picture from PINOY PHOTOGRAPHER @Flickr.com

Many more stories about durian remains to be told. The continuation of this article will tell you more stories about it.

Durian trees in Klang, especially in Batu Belah, near Simpang Empat in Kampung Martin (my own kampong), in Telok Pulai Road, were but a few of the places where durians grew.

The “King Of Fruits” garner tremendous interest in many people. As such, hopefully this article will provide interesting reading to many.

In Klang district, durians are not grown on a commercial scale. They are in fact, “garden” fruit trees. Just like jackfruit, mangosteens, pameloes, sentul and ciku trees.

In Part I of my article, I wrote that durian trees should ideally not be grown alone. It’s best to have other durian trees grown beside it. However, trees that are grown in gardens do sometimes end up bearing fruits too.

Cikgu Yusuf, 68, who has since passed away, once grew a durian tree in his garden. It grew up strong and healthy. After about 6 years, it began to bear fruits. Young rascals in the neighborhood stole the fruits. Yusuf was so heartbrokened by the incident.

I once lived in Lorong Raja Muda, Klang. Quite a lot of durian trees grew in this area. My neighbor, Ah Siew and I frolicked amongst the durian trees even during midnight looking for the fruits.

In my institute today, stands a lone durian tree. Its said its fruits are good. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to taste one of them one day.

Durian ice cream from brownpau @Flickr.com

Durian ice cream from brownpau @Flickr.com

Durians are best eaten fresh. It can however be made into many things. Durian paus, a Chinese delicacy recently made it appearance in Ipoh. Should you visit Melaka, you will surely get to taste Pengat, a famous Malay cuisine.

Durian can also be made into ice cream, biscuits, dodol and sweets as well. Durians’ usage is indeed endless!

To talk about durian growing areas in Klang district and its surrounding areas, mention should rightly be made of Bukit Kapar, a small kampong recluse of some 10 km north of Kapar town.

Foothills are suitable for the growing of durians. In the 1960s, a school boy friend, Mohd Yazid, supplied me and my friends wonderful durians from Bukit Kapar.

Durians above are not big. They maybe small but its taste is heavenly. Believe me, when I say, if you should put an “ulas” of Bukit Kapar durian into your mouth, the taste or sensation would mesmerize you.

Yazid once adviced me, if you do not know how to look for the best durian, just seek out the Kuching Tidur or “The Sleeping Kitten”, as the Malays call it.

The fruit is crooked in shape, likened to a sleeping cat, curled up in slumber. You would have then made the perfect choice.

One of my former colleagues, Mr Tan, from Penang, once resigned from his place of work. Tan was said to have wanted to go back to Balik Pulau, Penang to grow durians. His ambition however failed. His land was reported to have been too acidic.

Had his project been successful, yours sincerely, would surely be visiting Penang Island for durian feasts today!

Do you know that Banting Road or Langat Road, the road that leads one to Morib beach or Goldcoast Beach today, is well known for durians?

Locals say, after the town Jenjarom, durian trees grow a plenty on both sides of the highway!

A group of my school mates once purposely cycled to Morib Beach, about 20 miles from Klang at dawn, just to pick up the durians that have fallen onto the road during the night and early morning.

Datsun 1200 picture from LusoFox @Flickr.com

Datsun 1200 picture from LusoFox @Flickr.com

In quest of The King Of Fruits , I still remember how my Malays colleagues and I travelled in his Datsun 1200 from Sekinchan to Kuala Kangsar town, looking for durians. The mission there may not be too successful I agree, but we got to see the royal town of Perak anyway.

Speaking of durians still, my former colleague, Mr Wong, a former taxi driver, tells me he is currently contemplating going into the durian selling business in Petaling Jaya. Mr Wong has promised me a supply of D24, X.O., Mau Sang Tong and 101 king of fruits. Will this promise materialize is yet to be seen.

To end this second article on durians, my nephew, Simon who resides in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, has an Indonesian maid working for him. The maid told me something which I could hardly believe.

She informed me that there is a lone durian tree growing in one of the double story houses around the vicinity of the Methodist Girls School (MGS) Klang.

The Indonesian maid was right. The durian tree, albeit not too big, was indeed bearing fruits during last season’s harvest.

And finally, one final episode regarding the King Of Fruits. In 1970s, a driving school proprietor friend of mine, Encik Kamaruddin, travelled to Perak in a Datsun C20 van in search of durians.

During the entourage’s journey back to Selangor, one of the instructors named Bob elected to sit behind the van, accompanying all the durians. Bob must have been having a wonderful time opening up the durians all night long!

Durian D24 picture from tankahn @Flickr.com

Durian D24 picture from Ato Belen @Flickr.com

The durian season will soon come to an end. After reading so much about the King Of Fruits, what are you still waiting for?

Do you fancy a D24, D2, a Super X.O., 101 or a Mau San Tong. The choice is yours. Enjoy yourself!