Monday, June 27, 2011

Mall tenants in a bind

It’s official: Notices have been put up at The Mall to indicate a change in ownership.
News from: (By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN, 27/6/2011)
SEVERAL retailers at The Mall shopping complex near the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur have been issued eviction notices by the new management.
Spokesman for the retailers Melissa Tan said the new owners, Sunway Management Sdn Bhd, wanted them to sign a fresh tenancy agreement as they did not recognise the existing one with the previous owner. She said several eviction letters and ultimatums had put the tenants under tremendous mental anguish. “Now there are two management teams in The Mall with their own set of rules. Both management teams are invoicing the tenants. Sunway and Metroplex Holdings Sdn Bhd both have their own set of security guards, too,” she said. She added that tenants had registered a 70% drop in sales since the takeover due to “uncertainties”.
Ad hoc tenants committee chairman Datuk Ismail Samsudin, who is a jewellery retailer, said the tenants did not know who the rightful owner was. “They fear that if they don’t comply with the demands of the new management, water and electricity supply would be cut and they wouild be forcefully evicted,” he said.
The briefing was attended by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah.
“We have called the parliamentarians to help advice tenants on the action to take to safeguard our interest,” Tan said. Lim and Nurul advised the tenants to speak in one voice and engage legal advice. Lim, a lawyer, told the tenants that they could still continue to pay their bills but the money could be left in a stakeholder account until the matter was sorted out.
Tan said the problem started when the previous owner turned to the court to cancel the auction sale claiming irregularities.
But Sunway Group legal counsel David Lingam of David & Co said the KL High Court had dismissed Metroplex’s summons and deemed OSK Trustees Berhad, the trustees for Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust as the rightful owner. “By virtue of the takeover, the tenants under the previous owner are considered trespassers,” Lingam said, adding the court on compassionate grounds have given them some time to move out. Under the law, all previous tenancy agreements become null and void when a property is successfully auctioned off. “In this case, they are trespassers and they have to abide by the law and sign a new agreement with Sunway or they can be legally evicted,” Lingam said. Asked why Sunway being the rightful owner has not taken action to exert its ownership by evicting the previous management and its security guards from the premises, the lawyer said Sunway did not practice high-handed tactics.
It is also learnt that KL City Hall has revoked the operating licence of Legend Hotel, which together with The Mall and an office block form Putra Palace. The property was sold to OSK Trustee Bhd for RM513.95mil in March, about three years after it was first put up for auction. Commerce International Merchant Bankers Bhd put the property up for auction to recover loans given to property owner Metroplex. Lim Siew Kim, the daughter of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, founder of the gaming firm Genting Resorts, holds a majority stake in Metroplex.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


(From left) Lim Lip Eng, Lim Tiam Soon and Yap Fong Yoong inspecting the viewing platform at Taman Tasik Manjalara. — Picture by Syarafiq Abd Samad
News from: (By Dawn Chan, 24/6/2011)
Park visitors are concerned about a cracked viewing platform in Taman Tasik Manjalara in Kepong. One of the several viewing platforms surrounding the Taman Tasik Manjalara in Kepong is on the verge of collapsing and endangering the safety of park users. One of the viewing platforms built on the edge of the lake adjoining the recreational park's jogging track had cracked from its pathway foundation, leaving a 50cm gap.
Several joggers Streets spoke to said they began to notice the deteriorating condition of the platform about a year ago when the gap was still small. They said the gap grew bigger and they have alerted City Hall about the safety hazard. However, the joggers claimed that their complaints had fallen on deaf ears.
Chong, who goes to the park daily, said he and fellow joggers had even tied red ribbons at the cracked platform to warn park users from stepping onto it. "We highlighted this matter to City Hall several times but nothing was done to address the problem. "I urge City Hall to act quickly before it becomes costlier to repair the damage," Chong added. "I think the platform cracked because of poor design and a foundation that is not deep enough," he said. Chong, who is from Segambut, said if the viewing platform was not repaired, it could weaken further. He said City Hall should check on the other viewing platforms to see if they are in similar condition.
Lim Tiam Soon, 68, who goes to the park with his grandchildren, described the situation as hazardous. "Instead of spending time leisurely here, I have to keep an eye on the children as I am afraid they will go near the platform or fall into the lake. "City Hall should repair the platform quickly or cordon off the area," said the Taman Maluri resident.
Another Taman Maluri resident Yap Fong Yoong, 63, expressed regret that the park had not been properly maintained for sometime. "The fountains are out of order and the place is no longer safe. "Previously, there were guards on duty, even at night," said Yap, who is a regular visitor at the park for about 10 years now.
The trio had sought the assistance of Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng to have the matter resolved. Lim said he had written to City Hall's Landscaping and Urban Control Cleaning Department but had received no response from it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Greatpac & Segambut MP distribute 150 Jasa Eco biodegradable packs at TTDI market

Lim Lip Eng (left) and Douglas Tan (second from left) distributing the green goodie bags goodie bags at Taman Tun Dr Ismail market. — Picture by Chan Wai Yew
News from: (By R. Indumathi, 22/6/2011)
About 150 Jasa Eco gift packs containing biodegradable products were distributed to the public on "No Plastic Day".
The bags were given by Wawasan TKH Holdings Bhd's subsidiary Greatpac Sdn Bhd staff and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng at Taman Tun Dr Ismail market.
Greatpac has created the Jasa Eco brand biodegradable containers, plates and cutlery since February this year. The company is the first to successfully produce a completely biodegradable and environment-friendly product for food packaging in Malaysia.
"We are targeting the hawkers to use our products," said Greatpac senior manager Douglas Tan. "Compared with the normal styrofoam boxes, which costs 11 sen each, a biodegradable Jasa Eco packet costs only 5 to 6 sen."
Jasa Eco products are made from corn starch, palm and sugarcane fibre.
Related news: Biodegradable foam food packaging an alternative to styrofoam

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

18,800 maids fled last year

News from: (22/6/2011)
A total of 18,716 domestic workers ran away from their employers' homes last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said from the total, 17,205 were domestic workers from Indonesia.
"As of last year, 247,069 foreign housemaids were employed in Malaysia, with 76.7 per cent from Indonesia," she said in reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut). Lim had asked on the measures taken by the government to address the problem of domestic workers running away from their employers.
Maznah said the ministry had taken a few measures to address the problem, including holding joint working group discussions, seminars and dialogues on foreign domestic workers, introducing a biometric system and a booklet on hiring foreign domestic workers. "Malaysia has had a series of discussions with the Indonesian government on salaries of domestic workers, which started in 2009. "These resulted in both countries signing protocol amendments to the memorandum of understanding between Malaysia and Indonesia on the benefits of domestic workers in May this year."
She added that the biometric system, which had been implemented by the Home Ministry, could help trace runaway maids should they try to seek employment in other places. "Employers can also read the guide book on hiring foreign domestic workers by the ministry to improve their knowledge on the benefits, welfare and protection that domestic workers are entitled to according to the law."
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What do you think will be the outcome?

Cops submit findings of probe into wrongful detention claim
Source: (21/6/2011)
Police have submitted the investigation papers involving a bank manager who alleged he was wrongfully detained by police for three days to the Deputy Public Prosecutor. Malacca police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said both investigation papers one lodged by the police and the other by Hiew Kok Ming were submitted several days ago. “We are waiting for further instruction from the DPP as to the next course of action.”
On Friday, Hiew, 26, handed a letter to the Inspector-General of Police about the alleged abuse of power after he claimed he was initially stopped by a traffic policeman for not wearing a seat belt on May 28 while driving along Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho in Malacca.
He said he was unsure if the person was a real policeman as his nametag and serial number were hidden by the black strap across his uniform. He then took a photograph of the traffic policeman on his mobile phone and believed that incident had upset the traffic cop. Hiew alleged that he was subsequently detained and remanded for three days.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seatbelt 'offender' lodges complaint at Bukit Aman

Photo from
News from: (By Regina Lee, 17/6/2011)
The bank manager, arrested for not wearing a seat belt, has filed a complaint with the Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar about his treatment at the hands of a traffic police in Malacca. Adding to the tit-for-tat exchange, 26-year-old Hiew Kok Ming, claimed that he had been very cooperative with the policeman concerned but the latter had 'failed to control his emotions and ego'. "As a result, I was accused with a false report by the policeman and had to stay in the police lock-up for three days," he said. After his three-day ordeal in the lockup, he was released unconditionally and without police bail.
This morning together with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Hiew was at the national police headquarters at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur to hand over his letter of complaint to the IGP.
In the May 28 incident at about 9.30pm, Hiew was driving an MPV together with four friends after a birthday celebration in Malacca when he was flagged down by a lone traffic policeman for not wearing his seatbelt. He said that he was detained because he annoyed the police officer by not immediately producing his IC and for taking his photo, however the police had initially investigated him for obstructing a government officer from discharging his or her duty.
Lu, gua language offends 'offender'
"The policeman said that I had yelled 'Lu apa kuasa mahu ambil gua punya lesen dan IC?' at him (What authority do you have to take my driving licence and IC?). "That is absolutely not true. He made it seem like I am some Chinese boy who can't speak Malay properly," said Hiew in fluent Malay while speaking to reporters in Bukit Aman.
"The traffic policeman was alone on a motorcycle. Of course I was hesitant to show my IC. What if he had robbed us or rode off with my IC?" he said.
He also rejected the Malacca police chief SAC Chuah Gee Lye's version of the events, which claimed that Hiew had refused to produce his IC and driving licence, but instead questioned the authority of the police officer. "Chuah also said that I had scolded the traffic police in Mandarin. It is not true. I was on the phone with (Rasah MP Anthony Loke) about my predicament and we spoke in Mandarin. "Chuah's statement on that is very malicious and mischievous," said Hiew.
He also added for the police not to treat this as a 'political or racial issue' considering that it has been identified that he is a DAP member from the Petaling Jaya Utara branch. "Please just treat this as a case of a normal Malaysian citizen wanting action to be taken," he said.
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No need for RCI into Sarbani’s death, says PM department

Source: (Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, LEE YEN MUN and RAHIMY RAHIM, 17/6/2011)
There is no need to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the death of Selangor Customs assistant director Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed as requested by his family, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong. He said an inquest into the matter, which is scheduled to be held from July 4 to 15, was adequate.
“However, if any party feels they want a Royal Commission of Inquiry, they can apply for it,” he told Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut).
It was reported that Ahmad Sar­baini was found dead on the first floor of the MACC building on April 6. He was among 62 Customs personnel under investigation by the MACC for alleged corruption and money laundering.
He had gone to the MACC headquarters on April 6 just days after he was released on bail. About two hours after entering the building, he was found dead in a badminton court on the first floor landing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Home Minister: Cops still looking for ‘important’ witnesses in Christian Malaysia probe

Source: (By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, 14/6/2011)
The police are still searching for several “important” witnesses in the investigation into Utusan Malaysia’s Christian Malaysia report, the Home Ministry said today.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein stated that 63 police reports were made on the matter, recordings of 60 conversations were taken and recordings of the conversations of five Utusan Malaysia journalists were taken. “The police are still locating several important witnesses to help complete the investigation for this case,” Hishammuddin said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (Segambut-DAP).
Lim had asked the ministry to state the basis of Utusan’s report of an alleged conspiracy that church leaders were plotting together with the DAP to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia and to install a Christian prime minister.
In response, Hishammuddin also said that the ministry had already issued a warning letter to Utusan for its May 7 article titled “Kristian Agama Rasmi? (Christianity the official religion)”. The minister said that the matter was being investigated under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.
Christian leaders and DAP members have denied the reports which have sparked protests but the Home Ministry has only slapped Utusan Malaysia with a warning letter for publishing the unsubstantiated report. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was forced to meet with church leaders to clear the air but Umno vice president and Home Minister Hishammuddin later said that there was “some basis” to the reports.

Exposed wires endanger park visitors

Lim Lip Eng and the residents inspecting the exposed wires at the park.
(By Noel Achariam and Rizki Sayuti , 12/6/2011)
Residents of Taman Kok Doh in Segambut are worried about several exposed wires jutting out from two lamp posts in their neighbourhood park. The residents claimed that the wires have been left exposed for more than five months. The neighbourhood park which is located in Jalan 19/42 serves more than 200 families in the vicinity.
Resident M.C. Leong, 58, was unhappy that no action was taken to cover the exposed wires. He fears for the safety of children playing at the park. Leong said the elderly go to the park for their morning exercise while youngsters use it to play basketball in the evening. "The park is used daily for basketball, qi gong and other activities. "At night, the residents use the park for activities such as line dancing. The authorities need to act fast before any untoward incident happens," he said.
Another resident Leong Sze Min, 27, said City Hall should conduct more frequent checks on all the parks in the neighbourhood. "Something must be done immediately to cover up the exposed wires. We hope the authorities will look into this matter immediately to prevent any accidents," she said.
An 11-year-old boy was electrocuted in March 19 at a playground in Taman Batu Tiga, Subang Jaya. SK Seksyen 20 student Muhammad Naqiuddin Mohd Marzuki was running home when he slipped and fell at 6.50pm after playing football with several friends on a wet field. As he was falling, one of his legs hit the lamp post and he was believed to have been electrocuted.
Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng said the authorities should take action before there is a repeat of the Subang Jaya incident. He claimed that he had lodged several reports with City Hall two months ago but no action was taken. "I had written to City Hall three times and had called their hotline but there was no response," he said. Lim said he would asked City Hall to take action immediately.
The residents are also concerned about the uncollected rubbish at the park. They fear it will become a breeding ground for the Aedes mosquitoes.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Is declaring a holy war in the name of religion & race a crime in Malaysia?

Hisham: No action against Ibrahim Ali for ‘jihad’ call
Source: (By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, 13/6/2011)
The government will not take any action against Datuk Ibrahim Ali for threatening Christians nationwide with a holy war against any move to usurp Islam with a Christian state.
“Action will only be taken if investigations find that the said act really contravened the country’s laws,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (Segambut-DAP) in the Dewan Rakyat today. Lim had asked the Home Ministry to state whether it was a punishable offence for a person to declare “jihad” in the name of race and religion.
“I would advise that all parties be careful in making an accusation when its validity has yet to be verified,” said Hishammuddin.
The Perkasa president’s threat to Christians was based on Utusan Malaysia’s recent allegation that church leaders were in a plot with the DAP to turn Malaysia into a Christian state and install a Christian prime minister. Christian leaders and DAP members have denied the reports which have sparked protests but the Home Ministry has only slapped Utusan Malaysia with a warning letter for publishing the unsubstantiated report. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was forced to meet with church leaders to clear the air but Umno vice president and Home Minister Hishammuddin later said that there was “some basis” to the reports.
The police in Penang have completed an investigation into Utusan Malaysia’s claims and have handed over the case to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Utusan Malaysia had published a report entitled “Kristian Agama Rasmi?” (Christianity the official religion?) where it was alleged that DAP leaders and Christian clergymen were conspiring to take over Putrajaya, abolish Islam as the religion of the federation and install a Christian prime minister.

'No action over jihad call'
Source: (13/6/2011)
HOME Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) that the government would not take any action against Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali for threatening a holy war against Christians in the country following allegations that church leaders were plotting with DAP to turn Malaysia into a Christian state and install a Christian prime minister.
"Action will only be taken if the said act really contravened the country's laws. I would advise that all parties be careful in making an accusation when its validity has yet to be verified," he said.
Lim had asked the Home Ministry to state whether it was a punishable offence for a person to declare "jihad" in the name of race and religion.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Man says held three nights for not wearing seat-belt

Lim (right) speaks while alleged police abuse victim Edmund Hiew looks on during their press conference June 11, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi
Source: (By Boo Su-Lyn, 11/6/2011)
A bank manager accused the Malacca police today of detaining him for three nights in a lock-up for not wearing a seat-belt while driving.
Edmund Hiew, 26, admitted that he did not wear a seat-belt when arrested while driving four friends in Malacca last month. He said the police then put him in a lock-up after accusing him of trying to obstruct them from carrying out their duties. “I asked them what did I do that could be classified as obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duty, but they did not want to tell,” Hiew told reporters today.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who is a lawyer, said police cannot arrest anyone for failing to wear a seat-belt. “Until now, he (Hiew) has not been charged. He has been released without condition,” said Lim at a joint press conference today with Hiew and DAP publicity chief Tony Pua. “The only offence he committed was (getting) a traffic summons for not wearing a seat-belt,” the lawyer added.
Hiew said he was “shocked” when he found out in the magistrate court on May 29, after spending the night before in the police lock-up, that he was accused of violating section 186 of the Penal Code. “I was accused...of obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duties by scolding a police sergeant ‘Lu apa kuasa mau ambik gua punya IC dan lesen’ (What powers do you have to take my IC and license?),” said Hiew, adding that he was only released on May 31. The young man today denied saying those words and pointed out that he had given his identity card and driving license to the police.
Lim said the police had abused their powers by not informing Hiew the grounds of his arrest. “The police (also) has to tell him he has the right to see a lawyer,” said the Segambut MP, referring to section 28A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
Section 28A(2) states that “a police officer shall, before commencing any form of questioning or recording of any statement from the person arrested, inform the person that he may...communicate or attempt to communicate and consult with a legal practitioner of his choice”.
Hiew, who is a DAP member, said he was not beaten up by the police or received threats of physical abuse. Pua said it was a “clear-cut case of abuse of power”. “An independent body must be set up to ensure such abuse of power doesn’t happen anymore,” said the Petaling Jaya Utara MP.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Roads in Kuala Lumpur suffer from bad resurfacing jobs

Danger to motorists: A road in Mont Kiara has been badly patched up after being dug up.

Uneven: The shoddy resurfacing job seen on the road in front of Sunway Vivaldi condominium in Mont Kiara poses a threat to motorists. (Photos by BRIAN MOH and M. RAJAN)
Source: (By TAN KARR WEI, 9/6/2011)
One of the main grouses often heard about Kuala Lumpur is the many potholes on its roads.
Whether in residential or commercial areas, travelling around the city often means a bumpy ride because of the potholes and badly patched stretches of roads. In many places, roads in good condition are dug up by utility and telecommunications companies for the laying of pipes and cables. They are then badly resurfaced.
In April, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng had highlighted at least six places in his constituency where roads were dug up without a permit.
A spokesperson from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) corporate communications department confirmed that there have been cases where contractors operate without approval from DBKL. “If we find out that they have no permit, we will contact the respective companies. If the dug-up areas have not been patched up or resurfaced, we will do it for them them and issue them the bill. “We have also found out that many contractors appointed by the companies have no expertise in resurfacing roads,” he said. He also urged residents who suspect that roads were being dug up without permits to call 1800-88 3255.
StarMetro spoke to the major utility and telco companies in Malaysia to find out their procedures for installing pipes or cables.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) corporate affairs department executive director Abdul Halem Mat Som said they have a standard operating procedure for contractors assigned to dig up roads to install pipes. “They have to follow it and some even complain that our procedures are too strict,” he said. Halem added that they sometimes needed a day before they could resurface a road because the soil has to settle after laying the pipes. “Some contractors for smaller projects might try to take the easy way out but we will take action against them if they are found guilty of violating our procedures,” he said.
Telekom Malaysia
Chief technology and innovation officer Girgio Migliarina said TM will submit proper work permit applications to the local authorities before any civil or cabling works that require excavation on road surfaces, pavements or even on grass can commence. All civil and cabling works are carried out by TM’s registered panel of contractors who have undergone the required training and certifications but permit application is carried out by TM directly. In the case of DBKL, a joint site inspection by DBKL officers and TM staff will be carried out to determine the exact location of the work site. “We have to pay processing fees and a bank guarantee before the permit can be approved. Our contractors will then commence work in accordance with the approved work method, working time and project schedule. “Works are supervised by TM Project Supervisors to ensure that they are carried out according to specifications and that the site has been cleared and the dug-up road properly resurfaced. Our contractors will then carry out road milling and paving works according to the requests and needs of the local authorities up to their satisfaction,” said Migliarina. If the local authorities are not satisfied with the work, they can appoint their own contractors to carry out the resurfacing, milling and paving. The claims for these work can be deducted from the telco’s bank guarantee.
In an official statement by the company, Celcom said the contractors for digging up of roads and laying cables are appointed from a list of panel chosen based on a stringent tender process. Celcom generally applies for permits directly from the local council but in some cases, contractors also apply for the permits. Upon approval of the work permit, the appointed contractor will be informed of the schedule for the execution of the work and Celcom supervises all activities during the period to ensure that all the procedures and rules are complied with. It is the contractor’s responsibility to resurface the road and there is a requirement for re-doing in case of unsatisfactory workmanship after inspection by the local authority. Procedures are also in place to ensure that the quality of workmanship will be maintained for at least up to a one-year period. Upon completion of the project, the contractors will need to get all the necessary signed documents from Celcom, confirming that they have fully completed the project as per stated in the contract. Any contractor who fails to carry out the duty will be blacklisted for any new job appointment and a new contractor will be appointed to rectify any pending repair works.
A company spokesperson said Maxis complied to stringent guidelines in the laying of cables for network rollout. “We ensure that approvals are obtained before roadworks commence. We do not compromise on any aspect of work that may affect the community. “We monitor the quality of work via regular site visits to ensure that it is in compliance with the standard and procedures of the relevant local authorities,” she said. Members of the public who have enquiries are encouraged to contact them directly through or 1800-82-1123.
DiGi only offers mobile services which do not require them to dig up roads to install connecting cables to housing and commercial areas.
However, Tenaga Nasional Berhad did not respond to queries from StarMetro.
Related Story: DBKL procedures for road excavation