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Projek Baru ETP selaras dengan RFN Ke-2?

Kerajaan mengumumkan peruntukkan untuk membangunkan dan memajukan kawasan padi di MUDA serta memperkenalkan konsep baru memajukan kawasan padi di luar jelapang padi melalui penanaman beras wangi selaras dengan pengumuman projek baru ETP. Ianya adalah selaras dengan dasar RFN yang memperuntukkan Lapan (8) kawasan jelapang padi strategik iaitu Muda (MADA), Kemubu (KADA), IADA Kerian – Sungai Manik , IADA Barat Laut Selangor, IADA Pulau Pinang, IADA Seberang Perak, IADA Terengganu Utara (KETARA), and IADA Kemasin – Semerak  dan IADA Pekan-Rompin perlu dipulihara (RFN7) dan Tanah padi di luar kawasan jelapang padi yang berpotensi akan disediakan dengan infrastruktur yang sesuai bagi membolehkan kawasan ini meningkatkan produktiviti (RFN8).

Rancangan pembangunan negara dilaksanakan menerusi tiga peringkat utama iaitu Peringkat Nasional dimana pembangunan dirancang berdasarkan Rancangan Malaysia Lima Tahun (RMLT), Rancangan Fizikal Negara (RFN) dan polisi perancangan sektoral. Peringkat seterusnya melibatkan Peringkat Perancangan Wilayah serta Negeri manakala peringkat ketiga melibatkan Peringkat Perancangan Tempatan yang menghasilkan Rancangan Tempatan serta Rancangan Kawasan Khas.

Di peringkat nasional, RFN Ke-2 disediakan selari dengan RMK-10 bagi tujuan  menetapkan hala tuju strategik dan keutamaan bagi pembangunan fizikal Semenanjung Malaysia untuk mencapai Wawasan 2020. Dasar-dasar RFN diterjemahkan di peringkat negeri melalui rancangan struktur negeri dan di peringkat tempatan melalui rancangan tempatan.

Setiap  tahun, kawasan pertanian berkurangan berikutan tekanan daripada pembangunan bandar. Banyak tanah pertanian, terutama berdekatan kawasan bandar dan kawasan desa telah ditukarguna untuk pembangunan bandar. Pemuliharaan dan pengwartaan Kawasan Pertanian Utama (KPU), khususnya kawasan jelapang padi, diberikan penekanan melalui RFN Ke-2 bagi memastikan ia dikekalkan untuk tujuan pertanian dan menghalang proses perbandaran di kawasan yang dikenalpasti khusus bagi menjamin bekalan makanan Negara. Bagi tujuan tersebut, lapan kawasan jelapang dikenalpasti yang merangkumi Muda (MADA), Kemubu (KADA), IADA Kerian-Sungai Manik, IADA Barat Laut Selangor, IADA Pulau Pinang, IADA Seberang Perak, IADA Terengganu Utara (KETARA), and IADA Kemasin-Semerak perlu dipulihara untuk memastikan bekalan makanan yang berterusan (dasar RFN7). Sawah padi di kawasan jelapang padi di kawasan bandar tidak boleh ditukar untuk kegunaan lain selain aktiviti berkaitan padi.

Sawah padi sedia ada yang berpotensi di luar kawasan jelapang pula perlu disediakan dengan prasarana lengkap untuk meningkatkan produktiviti dan pengeluaran. Di bawah RFN Ke-2, kawasan luar bandar dan Pusat Pertumbuhan Desa perlu dibangunkan bagi memastikan peningkatan pendapatan dan kualiti hidup yang lebih baik untuk rakyat termasuk masyarakat Orang Asli.

Dasar yang digariskan melalui RFN Ke-2 ini adalah selaras dengan usaha kerajaan dalam meningkatkan sektor ekonomi melalui empat tonggak bagi mendorong perubahan iaitu 1Malaysia, Program Transformasi Kerajaan (PTK), Program Transformasi Ekonomi (PTE) dan Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (RMKe-10).

Selaras dengan itu, pada 10 Mac 2011, kerajaan telah mengumumkan Sembilan (9) projek permulaan baru di bawah Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) dengan pelaburan bernilai RM2.26 bilion yang dijangka menjana Pendapatan Negara Kasar (PNK) bernilai RM11.71 bilion menjelang 2020. Ia terdiri daripada Bidang Ekonomi Utama Negara (NKEA) pelancongan, perubatan, pertanian, sawit dan getah, elektrik dan elektronik serta minyak dan gas. Sembilan projek baru berkenaan adalah sebahagian daripada 23 projek permulaan baru yang diumumkan sejak awal tahun ini, membabitkan pelaburan keseluruhan RM14.75 bilion dan dijangka menjana PNK bernilai RM20.1 bilion serta mewujudkan 88,354 pekerjaan tambahan menjelang 2020 di mana sektor pertanian mempunyai dua (2) projek yang dikenali sebagai Program Pertanian Baru. Ianya dilaksanakan memfokuskan kepada permodenan, mengkomersilkan hasil, skim tambahan nilai, teknologi terkini, bioteknologi dan pemasaran yang dipertingkatkan. Aktiviti hiliran digalakkan terutama bagi penanaman padi, sawit dan getah, sementara kawasan berpotensi tinggi dibangunkan untuk akuakultur, perikanan laut dalam, herba, perikanan hiasan dan hortikultur.

Melalui Lembaga Pembangunan Pertanian Muda (MADA), sebanyak RM99.6 juta diperuntukan di bawah NKEA pertanian tahun ini untuk meningkatkan sistem pengairan serta menggalakkan perkongsian antara petani kecil dengan petani besar. Di bawah bidang sama, Institut Penyelidikan dan Pembangunan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI) akan melabur RM26.6 juta untuk menggalakkan penanaman padi beras wangi di kawasan bukan jelapang dan memasarkannya sebagai beras wangi dan semula jadi dengan menyumbang RM133 juta kepada PNK.

Ianya adalah selaras dengan dasar RFN Ke-2 melalui dasar RFN8 (Tanah Padi Sedia Ada yang Berpotensi Tetapi Berada di Luar Kawasan Jelapang Padi, akan Dilengkapi dengan Infrastruktur yang  Bersesuaian Untuk Meningkatkan Produktiviti dan Hasil)

Dasar Berkaitan :

RFN 6:

Kawasan Pertanian Utama (KPU) Perlu Dipulihara Khusus untuk Tujuan Pertanian Dan Pembangunan Bandar Dalam Kawasan Tersebut perlu  dihadkan.

RFN 7:

Lapan (8) Kawasan Jelapang Padi Strategik, Iaitu Muda (MADA), Kemubu (KADA), IADA Kerian-Sungai Manik, IADA Barat Laut Selangor, IADA Pulau Pinang, IADA Seberang Perak, IADA Terengganu Utara (KETARA), Dan IADA Kemasin-Semerak Perlu Dipulihara.

RFN 8:

Tanah Padi Sedia Ada Yang Berpotensi Di Luar Kawasan Jelapang Padi, perlu Dilengkapi Dengan Infrastruktur Yang  Sesuai Untuk Meningkatkan Produktiviti Dan Hasil.

RFN 9:

Kawasan Luar Bandar Dan Pusat Pertumbuhan Desa (PPD) perlu Dibangunkan Agar Masyarakat Boleh Menikmati Pendapatan Yang Lebih Tinggi Dan Kualiti Hidup Yang Lebih Baik.

Link :

www.townplan.gov.my/rancangan fizikal_negara.php


RFN Townplan


RFNTownplan.blogspot.com


RFN_Townplan

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Stumbling blocks to creative and innovative thinking

There is a need for creative and innovative thinking as pointed out by politicians and managers alike but what is not clearly explained is that creative thinking means coming up with ideas against the masses and the reality is that creative ideas are usually against the norm, more often than not so it is usually frown upon. Eventhough a creative spark can generate a brilliant idea that is logical and may even save much money for the organisation, it may not be well received. Similarly, managers who go along with the norm will be quick to shoot down any creative idea that touches on territory they are unfamiliar with but is this fair? Creative thinkers can only wait and see but patience has its rewards. To exemplify, as early as 1981, this blogger was the first to promote the idea (Defunct Jernal JPBD Bil.15 Sept. 1981) that the preparation of a structure plan should be at the state level not the local planning authority level because macro issues dealt at micro level felt out of place. Although he also considered it ideal that the local plan be prepared at the district level, for practical reasons he recommended the local plan be prepared at the local authority level because there lies the appropriate manpower and administrative machinery. However, before it was even published, the draft article was advised against being published. Was creative thinking so bad to be feared upon? Feedbacks after publication of the article ridiculed the writer as being naive and a green horn yet 20 years down the line, we can see that idea is now been implemented: structure plans are being prepared at the state level and local plans at the district level. It was silent victory now he who laughs best laughs last. Creative thinking recently saw the promotion of Open Source GIS against proprietary GIS as excellent way to save the government/public money and channel limited funds to purchase more computers for divisions lacking new computers or in need of upgrading existing ones. Proprietary GIS is undeniably expensive i.e. the easy equivalent of purchasing 2 desktop computers which ought to be a better investment  but the idea promoting the healthy use of Open Source GIS such as Quantum GIS, not surprisingly was shot down as compartmentalized attitudes still rein high. One can argue that to some, when money is not theirs, there is an selfish attitude to acquire goods irrespective of cost implications to the Department. However, with the ever increasing limited funds for project developments, it is anticipated that in the near future, the creative and innovative idea to use Open Source GIS will be a reality sooner than expected. Critics must understand that they have themselves to blame if they constantly look down on creative ideas then start going around asking people why they do not make any or little effort to inculcate creative thinking. Furthermore, it is not the responsibility of merely the executive bracket or the support staff to come up with creative thinking, it is the responsibility of all be it from A to Z because if it is a good idea and can help office productivity one should not segregate the task of creative thinking, at the same time, one should not impose creative thinking just for the sake of competing in creative and innovative competitions because creative thinking that churn out good ideas usually flow out on its own accord.

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Apa pasal ni?

Ini bukan kempen senyuman tapi sebahagian dari program Perhimpunan Bulanan Mei 2011 yang dianjurkan oleh Bahagian Maklumat Gunatanah Negara diperkarangan tempat letak kereta Ibu Pejabat JPBD pada 5.5.2011. Siapa tak datang rugi… lihatlah baik wajah masing-masing termasuk Dato’ KP!

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Calendar sharing for effective time management

Effective time management is important for all but it can be a bit difficult to manage time when it is difficult to organize the people involved as everyone has a different schedule. BE CREATIVE! They said. BE INNOVATIVE! They cried. So here, BMGN put on its creative and innovative cap to good use and came up with the idea that what is needed is a common calender that can be shared by others so that fixing appointments and planning meetings can be carried out smoothly and quickly. After STM upgraded the department’s email system from the basic SquirrelMail to the Zimbra collaboration suite, since 2010, BMGN officers have quietly exploited the Calendar module in their respective Zimbra email account and made it shareable. This allows officers to view each other’s Calendar to better manage and plan or fix future appointments  and meetings. It is used liberally and includes whatever whereabouts officers do e.g. normal leave, sick leave, training leave, official meetings, seminars, recording travel claims or jotting down names and particulars of important contacts made and even to the bank or to donate blood.

At first, officers were not accustomed to making such inputs in the Calendar but they were told make it a habit. After a while, the Calendar module is highly appreciated because all cooperated for a common theme “info-sharing”. Feedbacks included, among others: easier to prepare monthly claims because all visits were centrally recorded and easy to access, easier to cross-check staff whereabouts i.e. if they were on leave or elsewhere, easier to prepare annual performance reports (Laporan Pencapaian SKT), easier to plan ahead meetings and appointments and easier to refer to important dates held. Although beyond the scope of job function of this blogger, as a gesture of goodwill, all personal assistants at JPBD Divisions at Jalan Cenderasari and Wisma Tun Sambanthan were given personal training on how to enter activities for their boss’s Calendar and make it shareable for all to refer then left to the initiative of the respective PA to follow through. The task is not compulsory and as time passed by, it was observed that this is still consistently maintained by PA TKP Pembangunan. Whatever it is, calendar-sharing is a norm among BMGN officers because it ‘pays’ to share. There are many other modules in Zimbra email accounts being quietly exploited by BMGN and calendar sharing is merely one of them.

SET-UP:

To import other user’s calendar

Select Preference tab/sharing/Under ‘Folder that have been shared with me but not yet accepted’, select ‘Show folders shared with me by the following user:’/Enter preferred email address e.g. ramli@townplan.gov.my/select ‘Find Shares’/Preferred email address will appear in box below/Under ‘Action’, select accept/ log-out/log-in (to import other user’s calendar)/select Calendar tab/Other user’s Calendar is imported (If empty it is because that user does not use Calendar)/To unactive that other user’s calender, untick under Calendar main menu.

To share user’s calender:

Select Preference tab/sharing/Under ‘Folders shared with me’, select ‘Mail Folder’ pull-down menu/select Calendar/select Share/Select Calendar/OK/Select ‘Public’/OK

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Mayor wants to make Shah Alam a dream city

On his first day of work as the new mayor of Shah Alam, Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan has drawn up a list of key issues which he will be paying close attention to. In his maiden speech, Jaafar said cleanliness and efficient rubbish collection services would be looked into as well as improving the delivery system at all departments. “Besides looking at connectivity and public transportation in the city, I want to maintain the greenery and ecology system we have now, in the hope of turning Shah Alam into a city within a park,” he said. The 57-year-old from Malacca said the 1,600 council staff should also have a sense of urgency when servicing the public. However, he understands that it is not easy to manage a city like Shah Alam. Jaafar said he was willing to work hard with the help of those around him. “If there are no challenges, it will be impossible for us to gain knowledge and experience,” he said. Instead of just administering his staff, the father of two wants to go to the ground to meet the public. “As a human being, I also hope to meet and receive constructive comments from MBSA stakeholders who consist of taxpayers and state leaders to turn Shah Alam into a dream city to live in,” he said. Jaafar is experienced in town and country planning in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. He has also served as a director for the town and country planning department in Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Penang and Kelantan. In 2003, Jaafar was appointed as the council president for the Seremban City Council where he had a one-year stint before returning to Kuala Lumpur where he worked in the Peninsular Malaysia Town and Country Planning Department as its physical planning unit director. “With my experience in town and country planning together with advice from MBSA councillors, I believe we will be able to achieve what we aim to do,” said Jaafar who was sworn in as the new mayor yesterday.
Jaafar is the sixth mayor for Shah Alam since it was declared a city in 2000. He replaced Datuk Mazalan Md Noor whose contract ended on March 31.

Article from The Star dated 6th April 2011

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