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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pelbagai Ragam Manusia..Rambut sama Hitam..Tetapi??

Bangunannya sudah 100% siap tetapi dalamannya terpaksa dilambatkan dan kemudiannya dihentikan kerana masalah bayaran..Begitulah apa yang terpaksa ditanggung oleh Pak Din dan pekerja.. Duit dilambat-lambatkan bayarannya walau asalnya dijanjikan semuanya sudah ada ditangan.. 

Rumah-rumah yang belum dapat disiapkan sepenuhnya disebabkan kekangan kewangan. Walaupun sudah dipanggil burungnya namun "ongkosnya" masih sangkut.. dari RM5,000 sehinggalah ke RM20K. Ada yang menjanjikan bayarannya selepas raya..(dah 2 kali raya, 3 kali raya jika dikira depavali"). Ada pula yang menjanjikan bayaran dibuat di tahun depan. Ada yang menjanjikan bayaran ansuran (macam berhutang dengan bank pula- tapi akhirnya tak juga dibayar). Ada yang menjanjikan selepas gaji/bonus...tapi tak juga kelihatan..Walau bonus pun dah habis dibelanjakan..

Begitulah apa yang perlu ditanggung dengan oleh kontraktor Melayu.. (kalau dengan Cina tak pula dibuat demikian!!!) Entahlah...Mungkin ada yang lupa kita berjanji bukan saja di atas kertas tetapi di saksikan oleh Yang Maha Kuasa...ALLAH dan malaikan-malaikatnya. 

Pelbagai karenah yang terpaksa pak Din tanggung..tetapi demi menjayakan projek ini pak Din masih berusaha..bukan hanya keuntungan yang dicari tetapi kepuasaan dihati bila ada yang menalipon menyatakan kegembiraan mereka bila burung sudah mula masuk dan bersarang di dalamnya...Alhamdullilah itu yang dapat Pak Din ucapkan...Bersyukur dengan kejayaan yang telah dicapai..

Ramai dikalangan pengusaha mengambil pinjaman bank dulunya duit dibayar terus kepada peminjam.. biasanya dengan harga RM100K keatas..duitnya dihabiskan membeli kereta baru, 4x4 baru, dan bermacam lagi.. bila duitnya yang tinggal hanya seciput... kehulu hilir dicari kontraktor dan apabila tiada yang sanggup membina dengan harga yang sedikit yang tinggal barulah dicari Pak Din. Oleh kerana ingin menolong. pak Din bersetuju membina tetapi syaratnya duit dibayar dulu (lump-sum) atau 2-3 kali bayar dalam masa 1-2 bulan.

Diawalnya semuanya bersetuju dengan pelbagai janji manis...tetapi bila diakhirnya macam-macam komplainnya.. itu tak betullah..inilah yang tak betul..dan dipanggil pula kontraktor Cina (kawan-kawan) dan pegawai veterinar untuk melihat rumah yang dah siap dibina..bermacamlah komplainnya..itulah ragam orang Melayu kita.. dulunya bila tersepit dicarinya Pak Din tapi bila dah siap tak nak bayar semuanya...hingga ada yang menukar no telefon supaya Pak Din tak tuntut bayaran akhir.. ada yang seribu dua,, ada yang hingga 5 ribu dan paling banyak 10-20K...

Ada yang menghantar sms nak saman Pak Din di mahkamah kerana rumahnya burung tak mau masuk dan tidur, nak hantar kaki pukul kerumah Pak Din kerana rumahnya berdebu..dinding dalamannya tak diplaster..dan berbagai lagi..sedangkan janji asalnya lain..sebuah rumah 20'x40x2 tingkat tanpa plaster luar dalam..kemudian diminta plaster dengan kos tambahan dan pelbagai lagi..tapi semuanya kantoi.. tak dibayar pun.

Teman Kita di shoutbox..ada mengkritik... "hutang tak dibayar Pak Din bukan main bising.." tetapi rumah yang dibina tak sempurna..bila bayaran sudah habis dibuat. Itulah komen yang sering Pak Din terima.. Rumah Murah bermakna pekerjanya diupah juga murah..ini bermakna mereka tidaklah punya kemahiran yang tinggi.. Jika pekerja nak diambil dari yang mahir.. tahukah anda berapa upahnya?? Mencecah RM30K bagi sebuah rumah bersaiz 18'x20'x3 tingkat.. Pak Din hanya ambil RM50K duit mana nak beli barang lagi?? Macam tu Pak Din nak buat AMAL JARIAH  pun tak cukup...Jadi fikir-fikirkanlah.. Ramai yang datang meminta Pak Din membina rumah mereka kerana tak mampu nak bayar dengan kontraktor lain yang meminta ratusan ribu ringgit untuk sebuah rumah..bila perjanjiannya ditunaikan.. kebanyakkannya berjalan lancar.. syukur.. ALLAH MAHA ADIL..

Untuk pengetahuan, membina rumah burung bukanlah seperti membina rumah kita manusia.. walau rumah dah siap, pemantauan tetap kena buat kerana kita berdepan dengan pelbagai kejadian alam.. kadang-kadang rumah kita di panah petir.. kalau rumah sendiri, kita boleh tutup semua electrik untuk elak barangan kita spt radio n tv dicabut terus plugnya tetapi dirumah burung?  seharian dipasang alatanya..kalau dipanah petir? ramai yang meminta Pak Din datang semula..jadi bayaranya yang lebih digunakan untuk itukan? Sekurang-kurangnya 3 kali bolehlah diberi servis percuma..tetapi lebih dari itu? siapa yang sanggup kalau wang tambahan tak dihulur?? bukan datang dengan berjalan kaki.. Minyak perlu diisi, pekerja perlu dibayar, kadang-kadang barangan pun kena beli lainkan?

Jadi fikir-fikirkanlah..siapa yang makan cili tentulah dia terasa pedasnya..Pak Din tak kisah sangat pada yang telah membayar semuanya dan tidak cerewet ... duit bukanlah segalanya..Pak Din sentiasa memantau perkembangan rumah yang dibina.. servis percuma kadang-kadang diberikan apabila difikirkan perlu...Pembinaan rumah burung bukan setakat bangunannya saja ia adalah "long-term" kita tak perlu bermasam muka...kerana esoknya jika punya masalah penambah-baikan perlu dibuat.. kerana ia bagaikan sebuah R&D yang tidak statik..

Hubungi Kami: 0134861990 Nordin atau e-mail kami nordi_jef@yahoo.com. Matlamat kami ialah membantu anda..KEJAYAAN ANDA KEJAYAAN KAMI JUA..

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Urgent action needed against Penang swiftlet farming



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Wednesday, 23 June 2010 19:41

Rebecca Duckett highlights the risks posed by swiftlet farming in the George Town world heritage site in a letter to the Penang Chief Minister.

As a resident of George Town and as a council member of the Penang Heritage Trust, I want to bring to your attention yet again, the problem of swiftlet farming in our urban areas. The National Guidelines For Swiftlet Breeding are to be presented to Cabinet very soon and there has been no public discussion whatsoever with stakeholders, residents or NGOs. This lack of transparency has to be addressed before any Guidelines for Swiftlet breeding can be passed.

According to the June 2005 newsletter of the Malaysian Swiftlet Farmers Association, over 10% of houses - 400 houses- in George Town have been converted into swiftlet farms. The latest casual count estimates that these numbers could be closer to 20% of houses in George Town.

We do not oppose swiftlet farming in general; it is a very lucrative business which brings in approximately RM 1.5 billion per year. However, the damage urban swiftlet farming in George Town is doing to our "intangible heritage", by moving people out of buildings in order to open swiftlet farms, and to our "tangible heritage" by destroying the original features of the “exceptional range of shophouses and townhouses” that gave us our WHS listing in the first place is too great to be ignored.

Swiftlet farming encourages swiftlets to nest in a particular house, in order to harvest the nests that they build there. These nests are then sold on at an extremely lucrative price, to be used as the main ingredient in birds nest soup. We are not opposing the practice of swiftlet farming in general but we want it relocated from George Town into less populated, agricultural areas, for the following reasons:

1) Health concerns, including but not limited to:

- Cryptococcus
Dried bird droppings and bird’s nests have been known to harbour the yeast spore Cryptococcus, which ideally forms colonies at 20 - 37°C (perfect for Georgetown) and which is responsible for infections in human beings. Inhalation of Cryptococcus spores cause lung infections, cryptococcal meningitis and pneumonia in healthy children and adults, and is particularly dangerous to anyone who is immuno-compromised.
King, Dr. John W. and DeWitt, Meredith L., “Cryptococcosis,” http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/215354-overview, October 30th, 2009

- Avian Flu
Avian flu, or H5N1, is a rare but severe disease that can be fatal. The last person diagnosed with avian flu was in Vietnam on 16th March of this year. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), “all birds are thought to be susceptible to infection with avian influenza viruses”. It is possible that the avian flu virus could be introduced to swiftlets in George Town from migratory waterfowl, which scientists believe are “now carrying the H5N1 virus in its highly pathogenic form, sometimes over long distances.”

The WHO states: “Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Malaysia have controlled their outbreaks and are now considered free of the disease. Elsewhere in Asia, the virus has become endemic in several of the initially affected countries.” However, there is no reason to suggest that swiftlets coming into contact with infected migratory birds from other parts of Asia will not contract H5N1. Living in such close proximity to one another, contaminated swiftlets would quickly transfer the disease between themselves, increasing the chances for human infection either via direct contact with contaminated birds or contaminated feces, the two most common sources of infection. World Health Organisation, “Avian influenza “bird flu”,” http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/avian_influenza/en/#countries, February 2006

- Dengue Fever

Pools of water created by swiftlet farmers to ensure an ideal humidity and temperature for the birds also create perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos, including Aedes Mosquitos, which carry Dengue Fever. Outbreaks in George Town on specific streets have recently been very common.

2) The danger swiftlet farming poses to George Town’s Unesco status:

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. George Town’s World Heritage Site status is not just a label that will increase tourism, but a treaty signed to conserve the unique “intangible heritage” of George Town.

However, homes that are converted into birdhouses suffer irreparable damage, as original windows, doors, plasterwork and features are removed, and sprinkler systems are set up to keep the house humid. This not only causes water damage, damp and rot to that house, but also to adjacent properties, thereby threatening the “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia...in particular [the] exceptional range of shophouses and townhouses” which gave George Town WHS status in the first place.

Puan Maimunah, as Acting General Manager to the George Town World Heritage Office, has stated that: “personally, the swiftlet industry poses a conflict to the World Heritage Site listing, and possibly needs to be relocated”. If action is not taken against urban swiftlet farming, and George Town “loses the characteristics which determined its inscription on the World Heritage List” it may be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger or have its status as a World Heritage Site revoked. The Site listing undoubtedly brings more tourism and therefore more money to our city. The loss of our architecture and/or listing would negatively impact on tourism and harm the economy of George Town.

3) Noise pollution:

- The sound systems used to attract swiftlets by playing amplified birdsong continuously constitutes noise pollution, which is a nuisance for residents of and visitors to George Town. However, in recent months, the main source of noise pollution is the birds themselves because numbers have soared and are now out of control. The sky above residences in George Town are full of birds emitting piercing sounds especially in the early hours of morning, late afternoon and evening.

Responsibility of the Penang state government and its departments:

The Penang State Government controls the future of George Town. The decisions made now have long term consequences. In order to address these consequences, we urgently request that the State Government of Penang keeps to and enforces, the terms of the extended moratorium on Swiftlet breeding in George Town, that states that operators cannot start any new swiftlet farms in George Town. The moratorium was set up to halt the proliferation of swiftlet houses in George Town, not as a open bill for them to proliferate freely. The breeders are openly setting up new farms all over George Town. By condoning and allowing this to happen the State Government and MPPP accepts that it is responsible for any negative impact on public health and environment.

We request that the State Government creates a heft annual tax to be paid by each individual urban swiftlet farm until they have moved from the urban areas of George Town on or before the deadline set by the State Government. This tax creates a fund which can then be used when an outbreak of Avian Flu H5N1, Crytococcus or other disease relating to birds, breaks out enabling the State Government to act on any emergency measures needed for this outbreak or environmental disaster cleanup. For the swiftlet farmers, this tax payment will mark their dedication to the maintenance of their farms health and safety measures and further reinforces their responsibility and belief that swiftlet farming in urban areas amongst a dense human population, poses no dangers to humans. Non payment of this tax allows the State Government to forcibly close down the swiftlet farm.

We also insist that in addition, the State Government as a whole, with the Heads of the Veterinary Department and Public Health, be made personally responsible for any environmental and health and safety issues that will arise from the spiralling increase in the population of swiftlets over George Town and the environmental disaster that will take place within the next few years, if swiftlet farms are not removed immediately from our urban areas. The State Government and the Heads of the Veterinary Department and Public Health will also be personally responsible to pay any compensation required in events of death from any bird related disease, outbreak of disease, as well as the loss of investment made by stakeholders who have put huge investments into the belief that George Town will benefit from its Unesco World Heritage Status and is currently being marketed as a tourist destination and world class heritage site by the Penang State Government. Loss of investment should also include, but not be limited to, being forced to move from buildings because of an individuals fear to his/her own personal health and safety.

Laws are being enforced by the State Government on developers, on residents, on landlords that are trying to revitalise George Town as a residential, cultural, heritage and tourist hub, yet swiftlet farms are being allowed to proliferate freely, beyond the realms of law. The State Government must act with a balanced hand.

I would request your immediate assistance in lobbying the Malaysian Government to sign into law, guidelines explicitly prohibiting swiftlet farming in George Town and urban areas, and to act on bringing current owners of swiftlet farms in urban areas to justice. The health and safety of the rakyat and Malaysia's precious environment should be foremost in any Government initiative. Moving swiftlet farming out of George Town and urban areas is in keeping with the State Government of Penang's initiative for a "Cleaner, Greener, Penang" and must be viewed with long term benefit to all the rakyat, all cultures, all tangible and intangible heritage in George Town and our urban areas.

Rebecca Duckett is a council member of the Penang Heritage Trust

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