Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cops probe SUV owner over green march

Source: (By Lu Wei Hoong, 29/11/2012)
A couple, whose SUV served as a makeshift stage for Himpunan Hijau leaders at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday, was called in for questioning today by the police. Jimmy Wong and his wife, who requested anonymity, were questioned for four hours at the Kepong police station.
They were accompanied by Lim Lip Eng, the Segambut MP and a practising lawyer. Speaking to the reporters later, Lim said he believed that the police had called in the couple as part of their investigations into three figures who stood on top of the couple's vehicle during the event on Sunday. "They kept asking about the monk, Malay man and (Himpunan Hijau chairperson) Wong Tack," said Lim.
The trio had climbed on top of the vehicle to address followers during the tail end of Himpunan Hijau's 300km march from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur. At the time, Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad announced that organisers of the event would be subject to investigations under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Couple: No regrets
According to Lim, the investigating officer who quizzed the couple could not name the law used to facilitate investigations. “He even said that there was no complainant in the case… This is the first time I come across an investigation without a complainant," lamented Lim.
According to Jimmy Wong's wife, she received a call from her family in Malacca, where the vehicle was registered, that the police was looking for the vehicle owner last night. “The police said they were looking for us because my car was used in an illegal assembly,” she said. Jimmy Wong said that he and his wife did not regret allowing their vehicle to be used during the event, adding that they both admired Wong Tack.
"I didn't do anything wrong... I don't know what's wrong with protesting against Lynas," said Jimmy Wong, a real estate negotiator.
Related news: Cops quiz two over anti-Lynas rally

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Barrage of complaints over missing drain covers

Lim Lip Eng (left) says about 10 of the drain covers are missing. Pic by Khairull Azry Bidin
Motorists and other road users have been complaining about the missing drain covers along the elevated stretch of the Jalan Duta highway.
Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng said he had been receiving complaints from the public over the past two months. Lim said he had forwarded the matter to City Hall (DBKL) but the local authority had refused to take charge.
"Two months ago, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he would look into the matter," he claimed. Raja Nong Chik, according to Lim, had said that the metal manhole covers would be replaced with concrete ones.
"About 10 drain covers were stolen. The only one left is at the end of the elevated highway."
Lim urged the government to enact an act that would deter thieves from selling the metal to scrap yards.
"Scrap metal is currently sold for at least 80 sen per kg. People who steal drain and manhole covers and other metal stuff should be punished," he said.
Nothing that uncovered drain and manholes could endanger motorists, Lim urged the authorities to act promptly.
Related news: Motorists worry about missing drain covers along Jalan Duta

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Man who bit cop will plead guilty

A man who bit a policeman in a scuffle at a roadblock says he will plead guilty as it will save time and money.
A man who bit a policeman in a scuffle said he will plead guilty as it will save him time and money.
Last Sunday, Tan Chong Yean, 28, was pulled up at a roadblock for cutting a queue. Tan did not admit to jumping the queue and the police told him that if he had complaints he can tell the court about it. Suddenly, Tan found himself being kicked and the second time when he was kicked, he managed to get hold of a policeman’s leg. He was then punched and fell to the ground.
“The situation was quite chaotic, there were about four policemen involved and I wasn’t sure who it was who held me, and who it was who handcuffed and pressed me down to the ground. “After I was handcuffed, I couldn’t really move and as the handcuffs were too tight, I asked for the handcuffs to be loosened, but was ignored. I was dizzy by then and found myself biting one of the policemen but I wasn’t sure which part exactly that I bit,” Tan said.
Tan was brought to the Petaling Jaya traffic police station and later to the Tun HS Lee police station and also the Dang Wangi police station. At all three police stations he was denied the right to lodge a police report. The next day he was charged at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that Tan is going to plead guilty under the Penal Code (section 353) which reads: “Using criminal force to deter a public servant from executing his duty.”
“Although he is unhappy with his predicament, since he lives in Mantin and the case is in Kuala Lumpur, it is only going to cost him his time, money in hiring a lawyer and accommodation. Also, if Tan were to plead guilty, hopefully he would only be fined and not imprisoned. We also hope for eyewitnesses who were there taking pictures or videos to post them on the Internet to illustrate the real situation,” Lim said.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Motion rejected on al-Qaeda's M'sian website

Source: (By Hazlan Zakaria, 5/11/2012)
An opposition MP's has failed in his bid to move an emergency motion to discuss a Malaysian data centre's hosting of terrorist group al-Qaeda's website and forum.
Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia decided in chambers today that "the matter is not urgent as per parliamentary guidelines". He also said there is no urgency for debate as the website is already being monitored and investigated by the relevant agencies.
A copy of Pandikar's written reply was made available to the press by DAP's Segambut parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng.
"The government must explain why our country is very welcoming of terrorists. I will not give up. I will try again," he vowed at a press conference in the Parliament lobby today. Lim had submitted the emergency motion under Standing Order 18(1) last Thursday, based on aStar report on the closure of the website. He also said that the government must explain why it is allowing terrorists into the country, as disclosed by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein last week.
However, Hishammuddin had downplayed the threat to Malaysia, saying that terrorists only use the country for a stopover and that they are kept under surveillance.
Lim argued that the government must come clean on the level of the threat to Malaysia, and that this is why the matter should be debated in the House.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

‘False cops’ target Indonesian immigrants

Source: (By Leven Woon, 2/11/2012)
The plainclothes “policemen '' target Indonesia immigrants, robbing homes in Segambut under the guise of police raids.
A group of men impersonating as policemen have been on the rampage in two villages in Segambut. They come to the houses in Kampung Segambut Dalam and Kampung Segambut Bahagia in the wee hours of the morning and ransack the houses.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said many Indonesian immigrants and illegal migrants who reside in the two kampungs have fallen victim to the group. Lim suspects the group to be criminals instead of policemen. At a press conference by Lim, two victims told reporters how the group works.
They conduct raids in the wee hours of the morning and take the valuables in the rooms while the residents were told to wait in the living room. Indonesia immigrant Abdul Wasir Ali said the “police robbers” visited his home at 4am on Oct 24, and he was awakened by the continuous knocks on the door. He said the group of six, who were in plainclothes, said they were policemen and entered his home without his permission. He said he was not told why they raided his home and the “police personnel” also failed to produce any identity documents. His family of five was then asked to sit in a corner of living room, while the group ransacked the rooms and stole the valuables. “My wife tried to resist when she saw them taking away necklaces and cash, but one of the guys was very fierce,” he recounted, adding the he suffered RM2,000 in losses.
Another Indonesia immigrant Fardaus Yusman said the group identified themselves as from the narcotics department of Bukit Aman police headquarters when they approached his home on Tuesday morning. In the 2.30am incident, the “police personnel” claimed their intention was to search for drugs and repeatedly asked for his co-operation, he said.
Fardaus said he tried to keep an eye on the group when they entered his room, but was asked to move away. “One of them shouted ‘can’t you give co-operation to the police’,” he said. He suffered RM10,000 in losses which included RM400 cash, necklaces and bracelets.
Commenting on the incidents, Lim urged members of the public to scream aloud for neighbour’s help if these “policemen” come to their house.
He also said the public should snap photos of the “police personnel”, since there is no law to prevent them from doing so. The DAP parliamentarian however said it would be hard to pursue the two victims’ complaints as there were no clues to identify whether the robbers were real policemen or just criminals.