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Ahmad's rights suspended for 3 years
Adapted from sun2surf, harakahdaily and thestaronline
*Reaction from MCA President
*Reaction from UMNO Youth Chief
*Reaction from Gerakan Wanita Chief
*Reaction from Penang UMNO Deputy Liaison Chief
*Reaction from MCA Secretary General
*Reaction from Liberal Democratic Party President
*Reaction from Koh Tsu Koon
*Reaction from Lim Guan Eng
*Reaksi dari Mursyidul Am PAS
Ahmad's rights suspended for 3 years
by Husna Yusop
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 10, 2008): Umno Bukit Bendera division chief Datuk Ahmad described his suspension as “fated” and said he accepted the decision of the Supreme Council with an open heart.
In a press conference held immediately after Abdullah announced the council’s decision, Ahmad said although he felt sad, he loved the party and promised to make a comeback.
“I thank Pak Lah and Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak for bringing my case to Umno for it to decide rather than to BN. This is the right thing to do. If they had brought it to the BN for it to decide, I would not agree,” he said.
He claimed that more than 10 buses of supporters had wanted to come and protest in front of the Umno building yesterday but he appealed to them not to do so in order not to create chaos.
He also urged his supporters, especially in Bukit Bendera, to remain calm, adding he will go round the country to explain the situation to party members.
Asked whether he is prepared to face the Internal Security Act, he retorted by asking the reporter whether she was trying to commit an offence under the Sedition Act.
The party has also decided that all Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties must be strict and take disciplinary action against any members who act or make any statements which can rouse anger and affect the relationship between coalition members.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Umno president, told a press conference the decision was reached during the Supreme Council meeting today which had convened specifically to discuss Ahmad’s case.
"The Supreme Council was of the view that Ahmad’s statements and action which had created unease, anger and objections from among BN component parties were serious and decided to suspend his rights in the party for three years according to Article 20.9 of the party constitution," he said at the party headquarters.
According to Article 20.9, any member who breaches the provisions of the constitution or the party’s code of ethics can
> be imposed with a warning;
> have his rights in the party suspended;
> be prohibited from competing in any post in the party or as a candidate in the state or general election for any period determined by the supreme council;
> be dismissed from the party; or
> be imposed with any other punishment reasonable and in accordance with the constitution.
Ahmad had roused anger among MCA and Gerakan members and leaders with his statement at a political ceramah in Permatang Pauh on Aug 23 that the Chinese community are "lodgers" (penumpang) in the country and are not entitled to equal rights as bumiputras.
Police reports had been lodged against him and there have been calls for him to apologise but he refused to do so.
The BN supreme council had yesterday decided to leave it to Umno to deal with Ahmad.
Abdullah said the cabinet yesterday also discussed race relations in the country and agreed that there have been signs that the situation could lead to tension among the different races.
This is because many people have touched on sensitive issues which have never been raised before all these while and this has created a lot of negative reactions, he said.
"All this while, we have managed to control the situation to avoid undesirable incidents but we cannot allow such a situation to continue as it could disrupt public harmony.
"Therefore, we have decided to instruct all ministries (empowered) with the relevant laws to enforce them so that hopefully, the people will understand that in a multi-racial country like ours, it is important to maintain peace and order and respect towards each other," he said.
Asked whether this means the Internal Security Act can be imposed in such cases, he said:
"If necessary, if necessary, I would like to stress it, if necessary and such an action (ISA) is appropriate to be taken, I believe the (Home) Minister would also think it is proper for such action to be taken."
To a question on whether action would be taken against the newspaper which reported Ahmad's statement, he said the decision would be made by the Home Ministry.
"Matters relating to the press, matters relating to the actions of people outside the party, as I've just said, will be decided by the relevant government departments or ministries like the Home Ministry and the Royal Malaysia Police."
He said if the political parties sensed that something had potential to create a bad situation in the country, they should lodge police reports and the same applied to the people if they felt that something not right had occurred, so that action could be taken under the law.
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting: The persistence and efforts made by MCA, BN component parties, Chinese community and the press have got fruitful result as Umno has kept its promise to sanction Ahmad Ismail. MCA stressed that it will not tolerate and forgive anyone who broke the racial harmony and questioned the legality of the citizenship of any race in the country and the party will continue to uphold this principle in BN. The incident taught all a lesson that no one shall repeat the same mistake Ahmad made, regardless of which parties he or she is from. On whether Penang MCA will restore ties with the state Umno, Penang Umno will first assess the future political scenarioin the state and decide later.
Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein: The three-year suspension on Ahmad is a landmark decision. With this decision and the one taken by the today to ensure racial harmony is preserved, I hope all in the Barisan Nasional do not act in a manner that will be detrimental to the coalition. Component parties in the BN should emulate Umno and take stern action against any of their members who try to jeopardise national unity.
Gerakan Wanita chief Datuk Tan Lien Hoe: I'm glad that the Umno Supreme Council's decision that Ahmad Ismail's remarks were indeed racist remarks. However, the hurt, the trauma, the anguish the Chinese community suffered and the attitude and the arrogant mannerism that Ahmad Ismail took, the accusations hurled at Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Gerakan, his unwarranted act of tearing Koh's picture, his disrespect and derogatory statements towards Tan Sri, a BN component party leader, does not substantiate the sentence meted out by the Umno Supreme Council. In other words, the sentence of three years suspension is a very light sentence compared with the gravity of his remarks and his actions.
Penang Umno deputy liaison chief Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah: The decision to suspend Ahmad is appropriate and Penang Umno accepts the decision and we feel it is in the best interest of all. We will decide on the next course of action after studying in detail the punishment meted out to Ahmad.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan: The outcome shows the importance of the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit. If such sensitive issues are not dealt with through the BN conduit, it will never end and it may evolved into a more serious and complicated racial issue. The incident taught us that since the country's independence 51 years ago, we must view the future openly; we cannot be too extreme and take the old path. Extreme and narrow thinking will destroy the country we built together. To make the country stronger, the people must learn to respect each other and stay united. We should learn from Ahmad Ismail's incident.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Liew Vui Keong : It was a timely and stern action and is reflective of Abdullah's call yesterday to BN component parties to have mutual respect for each other. By the same token, I've no doubt that all BN component heads will ensure that their members toe the line and not raise issues that can hurt the feelings of others.
Guan Eng: Umno should have expelled Ahmad
Umno should have expelled its Bukit Bendera division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail to prove it disassociates itself completely from his extremist racist views, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Noting that Ahmad had threatened violence against other Malaysians, especially the Chinese, he also questioned why there was no disciplinary action taken against Penang Umno committee which had supported him in the matter.
“Why is no action taken against Penang Umno for supporting Ahmad?” he asked in a brief statement in response to Umno's announcement that it was suspending Ahmad for three years for allegedly making anti-Chinese comments.
“No one will believe Umno’s sincerity and commitment in defending the rights of all regardless of race and religion,” Lim added.
He also questioned why there was nothing said against Umno members who threatened to shoot the reporter behind the story on Ahmad’s remarks that Chinese are “squatters” and could not have same rights as Bumiputras.safer, peaceful and prosperous nation together without any regard to the color of our skin.
Koh: Action is a step in the right direction
Umon’s decision to suspend its Bukit Bendera division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail is “a step in the right direction”, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today.
“We hope this will serve as deterrent against similar irresponsible and insensitive actions,” Koh said in a statement.
“As several police reports have also been lodged against Ahmad Ismail, it is incumbent that the police take the necessary action in accordance with the relevant legal provisions and procedure,” he added.
“In the meantime, BN should proceed with the Code of Conduct as proposed by me and announced by the BN chairman (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) yesterday.”
Koh stressed that there were many pressing matters affecting the nation.
“We should all focus our efforts in implementing the various proposed reforms and accelerate the various measures to reduce the people’s economic and financial burden,” he said.
“We should also redouble our efforts in promoting greater understanding, harmony and unity amongst Malaysians from all ethnic and social backgrounds.”
Gantung keahlian Ahmad Ismail sekadar lepas batuk di tangga
Bagi PAS pula tempoh penggantungan pemimpin Umno Pulau Pinang itu selama tiga tahun tidak ubah seperti pilih kasih.
Mursyidul Am, Tuan Guru Dato' Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata, sekiranya pihak lain yang membangkitkan isu perkauman seperti pernah dicetuskan Ahmad sudah tentu dikenakan tindakan ISA dan bukan sekadar tindakan tatatertib oleh parti.
"Kalau orang lain yang buat kenyataan berunsur perkauman ISAlah jawabnya, tak ada soal jawab dah, nampak sangat keputusan tu dibuat kerana pilih kasih," ujarnya pada persidangan media di pejabatnya hari ini.
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SHAH ALAM (Sept 11, 2008): Kota Raja Member of Parliament Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud has lodged a police report against former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and website pembelamelayu.com for spreading malicious slander and lies about certain quarters pressuring the state authorities to tone down the call to prayer at mosque and surau in the state.
When contacted, Siti Mariah, who is also PAS central committee member, said the police must investigate and act on this immediately as malicious lies can ruin racial and religious harmony.
Pembelamelayu.com quoting Mohd Khir in his blog said Seputeh MP and Puchong Assemblyman Theresa Kok had supported a petition by the Chinese in Kinrara against the azan (call to morning prayer) in their area.
The website also alleged that Seri Serdang assemblyman Satim Diman had raised the issue at the state assembly but did not get a response.
In her report lodged at the Dang Wangi police headquarters today, Siti Mariah said Mohd Khir’s statement, published in Utusan Malaysia on Tuesday, was “malicious and aimed at raising the anger and anxiety of Malay Muslims”.
“This action by Khir, the blog and Utusan Malaysia is an obvious attempt to manipulate the sentiments of the Malay and Muslim people,” Siti Mariah said.
She said newspapers should verify the facts before publishing such reports.
(The Utusan Malaysia report quoted Khir, but Kok's name was not mentioned.)
"As a Muslim, I was upset when I read the article, but upon checking with Teresa, I found out that she had not been involved in the petition at all.”
She added that she obtained a copy of the state assembly Hansard from the Speaker’s office and found that allegations that Satim was ordered to remain seated when he brought up the issue at the state assembly was unfounded.
She said it is understood that committees of the mosques involved have also lodged reports with the police against the unfounded allegations.
When contacted, Mohd Khir said: “Let the police to investigate the allegations.”
Asked if he stood by the statements made, Mohd Khir said: “A report has been lodged, so I don’t want to say anything more on the matter.”
On Wednesday, Kok, referring to the article published on PembelaMelayu.com, denied even receiving such a complaint from residents and said she personally had no problems with the prayer calls.
Kok had also demanded a retraction and apology from Mohd Khir, Utusan Malaysia, its writer Zaini Hassan and Satim.
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Bencana [..] yang menimpa penduduk Kg Sungai Udang Klang dan kawasan yang berhampiran telah mencetuskan pelbagai kontroversi dan polemik serta dipolitikkan [...][....] sehingga pengajaran dan ikhtibar "peringatan dari Sang pencipta" dilupakan begitu sahaja. Setelah menjalani ibadat puasa selama lebih seminggu, yang sepatutnya memungkin seorang Muslim itu mencapai tahap "taqwa" nampaknya belum ada tanda-tanda lagi.
Kita selalu diingatkan dan disedarkan bahawa kita hidup dalam sebuah masyarakat majmuk yang berbilang kaum dan berbagai agama serta adat resam. Di manakah maruah dan harga diri serta nilai diri seorang yang mengaku "memeluk" Islam atau "berikrar aku naik saksi atau bersaksi" sebagai seorang yang telah beriman kepada kesemua rukun iman yang enam tanpa syak, ragu dan waham?
Jikalau di luar bulan puasa, mungkin kita ada alasan sebesar atom untuk meragui banyak perkara tentang ADDIN kita, berkelakuan tanpa segan silu melakukan "kerosakan" dalam masyarakat, mengadu domba, memfitnah, menghasut dan sebagainya, tetapi apakah alasan kita untuk bertindak, bersuara serta berperangai lebih "teruk" lagi "dahsyat" dari individu dan kaum yang belum Islam dalam bulan Ramadhan?
Sebagai pembawa obor Islam, penyampai Risalah, penegak keadilan dan dan dan....mana nak letak muka dan maruah umat Islam di hadapan rakyat bukan Islam dengan perangai KITA setakat hari ini? Bagaimana dan apa yang akan kita jawab di hadapan ALlah Rabbul Jalil, Raja di Hari pembalasan apabila di tanya " BUKANKAH ENGKAU YANG MENYEBABKAN MANUSIA BENCI DAN LARI DARI ISLAM"?
Berlatarbelakangkan senario di atas, ulasan buku kita kali ini berkisar di sekitar tajuk malapetaka, ujian, bencana, seksa, hukuman, bala, musibah dan tribulasi serta mehnah. Buku yang dimaksudkan ialah seperti di bawah, susunan Dr Hj Muhammad Nur Lubis dari negara Brunei Darussalam dan disemak oleh dua orang pensyarah dari UIAM.
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Ombak bergelora dahsyat
Mengaum membuka mulut
Menerpa laju melimpahi pantai
Ganas membaham yang dilalui
Hancur ranap, binasa dan mati
Konkrit yang gagah kuat
Pokok yang menunjang di tanah padat
Rerumputan yang dibumi merapat
Semuanya tidak selamat
makhluk memang lemah
Rumah ALlah tetap berdiri megah.
Tanda kebesaranMU mereka gelar tsunami
Tanda kebesaranMu mereka sebut seksa
Tanda kebesaranMu mereka namakan malapetaka
Tanda kebesaranMu mereka panggil bencana
Tanda kebesaranMu termasuk bala tsunami.
Tsunami ibtila' untuk semua
Engkau (tsunami) dicipta Yang Maha Perkasa
Menghancurkan apa yang dikehendakiNya
Sedikit Pantai Timur Afrika.
Maldives, India Selatan, Thailand, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia utara dan Aceh paling membawa ikhtibar.
Ratusan ribu nyawa melayang di Aceh Utara
Puluhan ribu nyawa dicabut di lain tempat
Bagi orang yang baikia hiburan dan penghapus dosa
Bagi yang bernoda tidak bertaubat hukuman dan seksa.
Ratusan ribu jiwa pula mengambil kesempatan
Menyimpan saham akhirat sebagai bekalan
Mereka berlumba mengharap ganjaran
Mereka menghulur pelbagai jenis bantuan
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APEX is acronym for accelerated programme for excellence. Apex programme is not only based on past achievements and excellence, but more on the planning for the future and whether the university is able to achieve a world-class status within the stipulated period of five years.
USM has been holding workshops and planning activities based on ‘scenario planning’ which later materialised various activities to promote the transforming focus of higher education.
USM named Apex university
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 03, 2008): Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was yesterday chosen for the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (Apex), beating three other universities, including the country's oldest, the University of Malaya (UM).
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told a press conference that USM was selected based on the university's transformation plan and its preparedness to make changes to its proposal paper.
"The selection for the Apex programme is not only based on past achievements and excellence, but more on the planning for the future and whether the university is able to achieve a world-class status within the stipulated period of five years," he said when announcing USM's selection for the programme.
During the five-year period, USM must be able to put itself in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) list of world's Top 100 universities and among the Top 50 by 2020, he said.
He was confident that USM would be able to achieve world-class standard.
"Let's see how USM fares and then we will decide whether to choose another for the programme," he added.
Mohamed Khaled said USM's selection for the programme did not mean that other universities were sidelined. On the other hand, this should spur them to further improve their position, he said when asked why UM was not selected.
Nine public universities nationwide had submitted their application for the programme but only four -- USM, UM, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia -- were shortlisted.
USM's winning proposal paper is titled "Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow".
The Apex university programme is part of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan where universities will be divided into three groups -- Apex University, Elite University and Competitive University.
An Apex university is a university of excellence used as a yardstick in higher education worldwide.
Under the programme, an Apex university is promised autonomy in finance, service scheme, management, student intake, study fees and in determining the top administrative leadership, Bernama reported.
USM’s recognition as an Apex university is the culmination of initiatives since the university produced a working paper on ‘Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ a few years back.
In a brief statement today, USM deputy registrar and communications head Mohamad Abdullah said the university has undertaken a series of innovative programmes to enhance its capacity and stature in academic fields.
He noted the university’s emphasis on fostering research and specialist expertise as a prime factor in elevating its credentials.
“We at USM feel gratified and touched at being selected by the Higher Education Ministry to start the Apex university programme,” he said.
He added that the recognition was a fitting gift for the university’s 40th anniversary next year.
He stressed that USM has taken great pains to ensure its educational thrust remained relevant to future needs.
Mohamad noted the effect of programmes like the ‘Healthy Campus’ and ‘University in a Garden’ initiatives to encourage voluntary work in global and environmental activities among faculty members and students.
USM has also had workshops and planning activities based on ‘scenario planning’ which later materialised various activities to promote the transforming focus of higher education, he stressed.
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ACA SUMMONED TENGKU ADNAN FOLLOWING COMMISSION'S FINDINGS, LAWYER TELLS COURT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 (Bernama) -- The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had summoned Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to record his statement following the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the V.K. Lingam video clip, the High Court here heard today.
Tengku Adnan's counsel, Datuk Bastian Pius Vendargon, said the ACA's move was in respect of a criminal case and made a few days after he filed an application for leave to seek a judicial review of the commission's findings.
"Tengku Adnan only gave statement once to the ACA. This is an actual prejudice to Tengku Adnan," he said.
At this juncture, Datuk V.K. Lingam who represented himself, also told the court that he had also been called twice by the ACA to have his statement recorded after he filed a similar application.
Counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad, who represented former chief justice Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin, also told the court that his client had also been called by the ACA following the commission's findings.
Vendargon said that due to the commission's findings, there seemed to be sufficient cause to invoke criminal sanctions against Tengku Adnan.
He said that by reading the commission's findings, it would become abundantly clear that in summary, the commission had found Tengku Adnan had been involved in a conspiracy to influence the appointment of judges.
He added that Tengku Adnan who was called as a witness in the inquiry, was unaware that he was a subject of the commission's investigation.
Vendargon was replying to preliminary objections raised by Senior Federal Counsel Azizah Nawawi on July 16 to strike out the application by five individuals who sought leave for a judicial review of the commission's findings.
The applicants were Lingam, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Tengku Adnan, Eusoff and another former chief justice, Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim.
They wanted certain parts of the commission's report which implicated them deleted.
For donkey years we in the opposition and now the government of Pakatan Rakyat of five states have been harping about illegal and hanky panky land deals performed by the BN government especially in Selangor. Sad to say, the public had been perceiving the information as "concocted and creative stories" by the opposition. Now you can see that BN government has been plundering the land, even stealing the land belonging to the dead. If only they can rise to tell their stories.....
*Stealing from the dead
*How burial plots became condo units
Stealing from the dead
by R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez
PETALING JAYA: First they pinched land from the poor. Then they pilfered playgrounds from children. Now, they are even stealing from the dead! One administration handed over land acquired for a cemetery to a private developer. The succeeding administration destroyed a forest reserve to replace the stolen land.
What was meant for a cemetery bordering Bandar Utama had been handed over by the Tan Sri Abu Hassan Omar-led Selangor government to developers. Subsequently, the Datuk Seri Mohammad Khir Toyo-led government decreed that there is no land left for graves and de-gazetted the forest reserve in Kota Damansara to compensate the blunder made by its predecessors. But both never believed that two wrongs don’t make a right.
Not only has the illegal alienation of the cemetery land robbed original land owner – Damansara Jaya Bhd – of its legal rights to develop the land, it has also resulted in residents of Bandar Utama and its surrounding areas being deprived of a burial ground.
However, of grave concern is that because the original burial land was “sold” to developers by the previous state government, part of the Sungai Buloh Forest Reserve was de-gazetted as an alternative site for the cemetery plot.
According to official records, during Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s stewardship of Selangor in 1986, the state government had acquired 17ha from Damansara Jaya Bhd for the purpose of a cemetery for Muslims, Christians and Bahais at a cost of RM3.25 million or about RM17 per sq ft – far below market rates.
Subsequently, under Abu Hassan’s administration, about 16ha was alienated to Nayaka (M) Sdn Bhd which subsequently entered into a joint venture with Cekap Corporation Bhd, a subsidiary of the Metro Kajang Group to develop a commercial and housing complex – Pelangi Damansara.
According to the acquisition notice filed under the Land Acquisition Act, Damansara Jaya Bhd which was developing Bandar Utama at that time, was compelled to surrender that parcel of land and was to have been paid RM3.25 million – a sum which is now in dispute.
(This is the same developer who had later surrendered land for a balai raya, schools, food court, telecommunications exchange and fire station to the state government under the Abu Hassan administration which – as theSun had reported over the past fortnight – had instead been sold to businessmen, a Penghulu Kampung, as well as the MIC and Gerakan.)
However, instead of honouring the purposes for which the land was surrendered, the state government sold it to Metro Kajang Sdn Bhd for a massive commercial-cum residential project worth RM450 million.
How burial plots became condo units
by R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez
PETALING JAYA : The saga of the cemetery land started way back in 1986 when Bandar Utama was being developed. The rubber and oil palm trees of Ephingham Estate belonging to the See Hoy Chan Group were being cut down to make way for a new township. The master plan was being prepared and requirements for public amenities were incorporated and approved.
However, someone forgot about a place for the dead. Thus, the state acquired part of the land measuring 17ha and offered a compensation of RM3.25 million.
Twelve years later, the dormant files began to move. Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) councillors vividly remember the debates over the change of the land use.
After all, burial grounds, like other facilities meant for the public, came under the council’s purview. But those who pushed for status quo were outnumbered. The new plans to "bring development to the people" must be implemented, the majority said, and approved the project on Aug 25, 1999.
But four months earlier on April 1, 1999, the state government alienated the land to Nayaka (M) Sdn Bhd, a company with a paid-up capital of RM1 million.
Oddly enough, a Company’s Commission search revealed that Nayaka’s last statement of accounts was for the financial year ending Dec 31, 1998, which showed it was RM6,625 in debt.
Nayaka’s principal shareholders and directors were Muhammad Nadzri Baharom and Kamarudin Mohd Idrus, who gave their residences as Sungai Kantan, Kajang, and Taman Danau Kota, Setapak, respectively.
The state’s alienation fee was a princely sum of RM11.24 million – giving the Selangor government an immediate profit of RM7.99 million. (It paid Damansara Jaya RM3.25 million for the cemetery.)
That was not all. Another condition of sale was that the company would build 480 units of low-cost flats which would cost about RM20.16 million.
On Dec 28, 1999, Nayaka entered into a joint venture agreement with Cekap Corporation Bhd, a subsidiary of Metro Kajang Holdings Berhad, to develop the land.
These facts were contained in a circular dated June 27, 2000 to shareholders of Metro Kajang Holdings, to get their approval for the joint venture. It was noted that there would be 5,077 units of mixed development – housing and commercial units of which the 480 low-cost units comprise less than 10% of the project.
"Given the strategic location and affordable pricing, the project is expected to be very successful. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the project is expected to take eight to 10 years to complete and is expected to generate (at current price levels) a total sales volume of about RM510 million with a development cost of about RM450 million," the circular said.
"As at to date, earthwork is in progress on the land … there are some squatters on the smaller parcel of land … And the state government and Nayaka shall be jointly responsible for the relocation of the squatters."
According to the circular, the salient points of the joint venture were:
» Cekap will undertake the development at its own cost, including payment of land premium;
» Cekap will pay Nayaka a development premium of RM8 million;
» Cekap will pay Nayaka an entitlement 0.5% of the gross aggregate value of the project;
» Nayaka will execute an irrevocable Power of Attorney in favour of Cekap to do with all matters relating to the project and sale of the units;
» Cekap to provide a performance bond of RM1 million in favour of Nayaka for the construction 480 units of low-cost flats.
Metro Kajang argued that the rationale of the joint venture was "in line with the group’s policy of expanding its core business in property development to enhance earnings".
The circular, however, did not state how Nayaka came into possession of land which was acquired for a cemetery.