Friday, 20-Jul-2018

Labuan to get 170 new parking lots

Labuan to get 170 new parking lots
Published on: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Labuan town or formerly in colonial era known as Victoria is to get some 170 new parking bays to help to alleviate the lack of parking space for vehicles right in the CBD centre of town.

This was disclosed by Norman Wong, the Managing Director of Wong Chik Lim Holdings Sdn Bhd to Daily Express, Labuan and Sabah’s leading the daily newspaper, recently.

The said company, founded by prominent Labuan businessman late Tan Sri Wong Chik Lim, is the owner of approximately two acres where a former vehicle showroom used to be located.

Norman said that the car park site will be landscaped with trees left intact, conducive for public social gathering, and the building converted into a public space with retail space to be let out.

“We plan a section, specially for food trucks to be stationed to ply their business there,” he revealed.

Labuan is a free port even before it became a Federal Territory, enjoys lower priced vehicles compared to Sabah and other parts of East Malaysia which led to cheaper vehicle ownership costs, encouraging traffic congestion on the island’s capital town.

“Stagnant,” was how Wong opined of the current economic situation on the island when asked by Daily Express, now well served by four ferries of four different companies plying the connection route between Menumbok and Labuan.

Asked why his company sold off the only multi-storey office block Wisma Oceanic to Datuk Joseph Ambrose Lee, Wong said with the advent of the IOFC and its building complex, they had correctly foreseen that key bank and government agency tenants would be pressured to shift to the government built complex.

Wong opined that the government should not compete with the private sector in business, but to encourage and support the private sector so that profits would be reinvested back into the local economy and grow the economic pie.

He said tourism, like the IOFC potential, has not been optimally developed to benefit Labuan.

It is hoped that the Sabah government could look into how to synergise economic ties with Labuan in all aspects long ignored in the past for mutual benefit as the island was part of Sabah, and Tun Mahathir, the leader whose idea to turn Labuan into a IOFC is now back in power as prime minister. – David Thien

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=125680

Labuan NGOs back census on stateless persons

The three NGOs led by Asroh (fourth left) expressed support for Gannos’ move to conduct a census on 800,000 individuals who claim to be stateless in Sabah and Labuan.

LABUAN: Three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday made their stand to give full support to government affiliate, Gabungan NGOs Negeri Sabah’s move (Gannos) to conduct a census on about 800,000 individuals in Sabah and Labuan who claim to be stateless or do not possess any identification document.

The NGOs are Labuan Cultural and Ethnic Welfare Association, Labuan Taman Mutiara Residents Association and Labuan Indian Chamber of Commerce Industry.

Group leader Asroh Sukardi said there is still a high number of such individuals including school-going children not only in Sabah but also in Labuan, who are undocumented even though their parents or at least one of them, possess valid travel documents like Malaysian identity card (IC).

“Our associations have been approached by a number of people who claimed to be stateless, following the recent Gannos statement on the stateless issue, and we feel that we can highlight this together with Gannos to help resolve this long-standing issue,” he said yesterday.

Asroh said there are also many school-going children who possess only birth certificate but no status of citizenship due to their parents’ marriage had not gone through the Department of Islamic Religious Affairs Sabah (marriage not registered with JHEAINS) or due to their non-Malaysian biological mother.

“The exact number of families currently going through this situation cannot be determined, but we believe it is high, and to this, we are willing to be with Gannos to conduct the census on undocumented individuals in Labuan,” he said.

On June 22, Gannos issued a statement on its move to conduct a census by 29 Gannos associations beginning June 23 in seven zones – North West Coast, South West Coast, Upper Interior, Lower Interior, Labuan, Sandakan and Tawau.

For a start, the census task force will only collect 10 samples (undocumented individuals) in each district.

They will be given till July 15 to return the census or research forms to the secretariat. The census report will be filed and submitted to the state and federal governments.

The census is aimed at helping the people and government to address the issue.

“We do not want to see Sabah after 20 years for instance, being full of undocumented people,” he said.

He also said a monitoring and disciplinary committee would also be formed to prevent any party from taking illicit advantage of the census including soliciting money from the public.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/07/09/labuan-ngos-back-census-on-stateless-persons/

News nibbles

Remembering Teoh Beng Hock

SEMENYIH: Family members and friends came together for a memorial service to pay tribute to the late Teoh Beng Hock, an aide to former Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Some political leaders who turned up were DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, as well as Nirvana Asia founder Tan Sri David Kong.

Recently, Guan Eng confirmed that the Cabinet had decided on a fresh probe.

Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement at the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the 14th floor of the building.

AirAsia raises RM300,300 for Makna activities

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia presented a cheque for RM300,300 to the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) to champion cancer awareness and support underprivileged cancer fighters through its campaign #AirAsiaMAKNA.

The sum was raised from selling limited edition pilot and cabin crew T-shirts.

AirAsia’s BIG loyalty programme also presented two million AirAsia BIG points to Makna to further assist cancer patients by providing air travel.

“Cancer is a worldwide disease that affects anyone. At AirAsia, we have many passionate cancer survivor Allstars (AirAsia employees) who never cease to inspire us with their tenacity and positivity,” said AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat.

“We knew that something has to be done to help those going through the big C in the communities we serve in,” said Riad.

Luck runs out for 13 gambling dens

LABUAN: Police raided 13 illegal gambling dens on the duty-free island and arrested four suspects.

District police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said the raids were conducted at several villages, following surveillance and complaints from the public.

“The latest raid was made on Thursday night on a premises operating the wahui illegal gambling in one of the villages,” he said.

Among the popular illegal games of chance were wahui, illegal 4D, online gambling and ketam-ketam.

Supt Muhamad Farid said police also seized cash, online gambling tokens and other gambling paraphernalia. — Bernama

Suspected drunk driver kills four in Tawau

TAWAU: Four men were killed and another man broke his left leg after they were rammed by a car at the BDC commerical centre parking lot in Jalan Chong Thien Vun.

In the 1.15am incident yesterday, the car driven by a 34-year-old woman also rammed into three other vehicles.

District police chief Asst Comm Fadil Marsus said initial investigations showed the incident was due to negligence of the driver, who is believed to be drunk.

“The woman, who was also injured, was heading to Jalan Tiku from Tawau town but lost control of her car,” he said in a statement.

ACP Fadil said the four victims were Hiew Nyuk Wei, 30, Clawence Wong Vun Kit, 21, Dicson Lim Kien Shing, 16, and Chong Wei Chan, 21. — Bernama

Cops seize 300kg of meth worth RM15mil

GEORGE TOWN: Police seized 306kg of methamphetamine worth RM15.3mil from a car parked at an apartment in Jelutong.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said policemen from Bukit Aman, Penang and Kedah jointly raided four locations in Penang and Kedah between 2pm and 9pm on Friday.

“We arrested two men, aged 28 and 33, in the first raid in Jelutong but no drugs were recovered.

“We then moved to Kuala Nerang in Kedah where three men, aged between 19 and 30, were picked up,” he told a press conference at the Penang police headquarters yesterday.

Comm Mohmad said they also arrested a 30-year-old woman in Kuala Nerang, believed to be the wife of the 33-year-old suspect arrested in Jelutong. 

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/09/news-nibbles/

Polis Labuan Tumpaskan Geng Pecah Rumah; Lima Suspek Ditahan

LABUAN: Polis Labuan menumpaskan satu geng pecah rumah selepas menangkap lima individu termasuk seorang wanita pada penghujung bulan lepas.

SUPT MUHAMAD FARID

Menurut Ketua Polis Daerah Labuan, Superintendan Muhamad Farid Ahmad, mereka yang merupakan penjenayah berulang berusia 30 hingga 37 tahun terbabit diberkas secara berasingan dalam operasi bermula 28 hingga 30 Jun lalu di sekitar pusat Bandar.

Kesemua suspek ditahan oleh pasukan khas daripada Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Labuan.

“Dengan penahanan ini kami berjaya menyelesaikan sekurang-kurangnya lapan kes pecah rumah sekitar bandar ini, kawasan perumahan Jumidar Buyong dan Taman Perumahan Bedaun,” katanya hari ini (Sabtu).

Menurutnya kesemua suspek yang memiliki rekod lampau melibatkan pelbagai kes termasuk dadah itu memecah masuk premis yang disasarkan pada awal pagi sebelum melarikan pelbagai barangan berharga.

Katanya polis juga turut merampas pelbagai barangan termasuk komputer riba dan jam tangan mewah daripada suspek dipercayai hasil kegiatan jenayah mereka.

Source: https://www.borneotoday.net/polis-labuan-tumpaskan-geng-pecah-rumah-lima-suspek-ditahan/

7 Labuan Corp execs dropped

7 Labuan Corp execs dropped
Published on: Saturday, July 07, 2018

Labuan: Seven members of the Labuan Corporation (LC) Advisory Council had their contracts terminated as of June 30, last Saturday.

According to a reliable source, all members of the council, including the chairman were informed of the termination through a letter dated June 29.

The contracts of all seven politically appointed members were supposed to end on October 30 this year.

The council was chaired by Senator Datuk Bashir Alias while the six members were Datuk Chin Hong Vui (Labuan MCA Chairman), Datuk Peter Mak (Labuan PBS Chairman President) Datuk Khalid Abd Ghani (Labuan Umno Deputy Chief), Datuk Wong Kii Yii (Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce chairman), Rokiah Ibrahim and Fauziah Datuk Mohd Din.

They were previously appointed by various compositions for a period of two years from Jan 2016 to October 2018.

The termination of the service was in line with the newly-formed Pakatan Harapan government’s aspiration to stabilise the country’s financial situation.

The role the advisory council members stipulated under the Labuan Corporation (LC) Act is to advice the authority relating to the functions of the local government undertaken by LC.

Meanwhile, the sole Chinese Ketua Kampong (Village head) from Kampong Sungai Keling, Seah Kiat Leong, has resigned from the post, becoming the first among 27 Ketuas on the island to do so.

“I tendered my resignation to the Federal Territories Ministry and have also informed Labuan Corporation as well as Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce which nominated me,” he said.

Seah, who was serving for the second term, thanked everyone for their support and co-operation.

“I took the step in response to calls from the new Pakatan Harapan-led government suggesting that political appointees from the previous government should resign. I feel honourable to do so.”

Seah has served the post for five years.

The village heads are paid a monthly allowance of RM800 and before GE14, it was upped to RM900.

Apart from doing administrative work and other services for village folks such as certification of documents, village heads were also responsible for proposing minor development projects for the village.

Based on the recommendations, the local authority would approve and award the contracts.

In the meantime, despite earlier indications that the new government would scrap the post along with JKKK (village development and security committee), the present indication that the village heads would be retained but the committee was rebranded and called Majlis Pembangunan Kemajuan Kampong (MPKK).

A notice from the new Rural and Regional Development Ministry sighted, showed that new guidelines were set out for the committees in the village.

MPKK would comprise a Chairman with a monthly allowance of RM500, a secretary with an allowance of RM300 and 13 other members each given a “portfolio” to handle. For each meeting held, a further RM100 would be given and additional RM50 for those appointed members who attend.

The minister requirement is also that there should be at least 30 per cent women in the committee appointed.

The ministry has allocated a grant of RM100 million per year and villages performing well in upgrading liveability of the village could be considered for an award of RM10,000. Courses would also be provided for the Ketua to be better informed about government policies and professionalism in services. – Iffah Dilaney and Sohan Das

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=125626

Two held in Labuan over RM1.3mil scam

Two held in Labuan over RM1.3mil scam
Published on: Saturday, July 07, 2018

Labuan: Two men have been detained by police for allegedly operating a get-rich-quick scheme here that has garnered RM1.3 million over the past four months.

One of the men, a 24-year-old from Menumbok, Sabah, was arrested at 6pm on Thursday and the other, a 54-year-old Indonesian living in Labuan, was picked up at 6pm on June 25, Labuan Police Chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said Friday.

He said the men were arrested by the Labuan Police Commercial Crimes Investigation Department head, ASP Haslina Hassan, and his team after two people who claimed to have lost RM193,000 and RM10,000, respectively, had lodged police reports.

Farid said the men were being held on remand for seven days from Friday.

At least 650 people had invested in the scheme and several of them were VIPs, with one of them having the title of “Datuk Seri,” he told a press conference.

He also said two vehicles – a Toyota Vellfire and Nissan Fair Lady – bought with cash were expected to be seized from a secret location on the Sabah mainland and brought back to Labuan.

“We have seized three cheques with the amounts totalling RM444,450, ATM cards, a company stamp, a cheque book and handphones from the arrested men,” he said. Farid said the scheme was run similar to a multi-level marketing format and the recruited downline investors were promised huge returns.

Potential investors were promised that for a minimum investment of RM1,800, they could secure a return of RM1,300 in the following month, he said.

They were also told that a maximum investment of RM37,800 would earn them RM33,000, and that the investment contract was for a period of five to 10 years, he added.

Farid also said the potential investors were duped into believing that the scheme was similar to bitcoin trading and the yield or output could be in any of a number of currencies.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. Farid advised the people to stay clear of any get-rich-quick schemes which are not registered under Bank Negara Malaysia. – Iffah Dilaney

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=125617

Not worried over Musa’s suit: Shafie

Not worried over Musa’s suit: Shafie
Published on: Saturday, July 07, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he is not worried about Monday’s court case by former CM Tan Sri Musa Aman over the legitimacy of his (Shafie’s) appointment.

“Everybody knows already what is due and what is not due. I think the matter is purely academic but I don’t want to make a pre-judgement. Let the courts decide whatever it is.

“I am not concerned about that. The proceedings of the State Assembly has been done and it has been well attended not only by opposition and the cabinet ministers sworn in by Musa are already in the current government.

“It is clear cut. Very clear cut that the constitution has already spelt out. When a person doesn’t command the majority, he must relinquish himself from that particular position.

He said this to the media when met after the handing over of appointment letter to new State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan by Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman at the State Administrative Building on Friday.

Hashim formerly served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development Sabah and is a Director at K.K.I.P Sdn Bhd.

On the opposition not being very active in debates at the recent State Assembly sitting, Shafie said it was up to them to decide what to do.

“I cant direct them to do what they want to do, its their life. They are politicians and know what they need to do. I think it’s up to them.

“I’m not only getting criticism from the opposition but also from within the party as well.

So we are quite alive in getting opinions and objections including from the public as well.

I am listening to a lot of voices (from the public) as to what is good for the people.

“So we are not just a good listener but we want it also to be in tandem with what the people want.”

Asked to comment on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement of the suspension of the Trans Sabah Gas pipeline (TSGP), Shafie if it is under the prerogative of the Federal Government, then of course the State government has to deal with it.

“But of course I have to know the reasons why and what are the implications as we have to get ready on what has been decided.

“Possibly they (Federal Government) may have strong reasons to cancel the project, possibly also due to financial constraints but we will look into it.”

On the issue of the ban on sanddredging in the Keningau area, Shafie said the government will look into the matter first.

“We will check the policy. I cant be saying no because we have to look into the considerations as to why.

“If there is a concrete proposal from the relevant ministries we have to bring it up and we can make it as a policy to ensure it is in tandem with the rules and regulation. We can’t make such decisions off the cuff.

Of course they can implement certain things but it is a policy that needs to be done.”

On July 1, State minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong made a call for a total ban on sand mining and dredging activities in Keningau area to preserve the state of the rivers ecosystems there which was under threat from such activities.

New Papar MP Ahmad Hassan also wanted sand dredging in his constituency stopped due to many villagers losing their precious lands because the operators, both legal and illegal, resort to devious tactics to dredge sand from the riverbanks of other landowners, including use of long arm scoops.

Meanwhile Shafie on behalf of the State Government extended his thanks to Sukarti for his services to the people and State.

Labuan-born Sukarti first entered the public sector on July 1977 as a human resource officer under the Human Resource and Environmental Development Ministry.

He has held several key positions including Ceremonial and Protocol officer under the Chief Minister’s Department and Private Secretary to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, as well as a Permanent Secretary for three State Ministries. – Neil Chan

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=125615

Khalid: Culprits will not be protected

FEDERAL Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said there will be no protection or cover-up for anyone involved in the questionable sale of 64 parcels of land by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) between 2013 and this year.

He said he would not engage in a witch-hunt but would give his full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“There will be no cover-up for any criminal breach of trust regarding the land sale,” said Khalid at Putrajaya Corporation (PPj).

He added that any form of cover-up in the investigation would be a betrayal of public interest.

“It is my responsibility is to cooperate (with MACC).

“As FT Minister, my immediate role is understanding the operations of PPj, YWP, DBKL and Labuan.”

After he was sworn in as FT Minister earlier this week, Khalid met with Kuala Lumpur MPs and PPj.

He is scheduled to meet Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz at DBKL soon.

His meeting with PPj president Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail on Thursday was to understand the vision, mission and the role of PPj as well as the concept and philosophy behind the establishment of Putrajaya.

“This is our chance to be the beacon of human development for the world to see,” he said.

Khalid highlighted some of the challenges PPj faced, including financial constraints, and keeping true to its philosophy to make Putrajaya a unique township.

“To achieve that, we need a lot of funding and PPj should be able to generate the funds independently without burdening the citizens in the city.

“The other challenges include maintaining the greenery, quality of life and lifestyle, public transport and the increased traffic jams due to the increase of cars in a modern city,” he said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/07/07/khalid-culprits-will-not-be-protected-any-coverup-in-probe-into-land-sale-a-betrayal-of-public-inter/

Two nabbed over quick rich scheme

LABUAN: Two men have been arrested here for allegedly running a get-rich-quick scheme that saw some 650 investors, including seve­ral VIPs with one of them having a Datuk Seri title.

Labuan police chief Supt Mu­­hamad Farid Ahmad said a 24-year-old man from Menumbok, Sabah, was arrested at 6pm on Thursday while an Indonesian, 54, was picked up at 6pm on June 25.

The men, he said, were detained by the Labuan Police Commercial Crimes Investigation Department after two people lodged reports claiming to have lost RM193,000 and RM10,000 in the scheme.

“At least 650 people have invested in the scheme and several of them are VIPs,” he said.

Supt Muhamad Farid said the scheme was run similar to a multi-­level marketing format, adding that downline investors were promised huge returns.

“We have confiscated three cheques totalling RM444,450, ATM cards, a company stamp, a cheque book and handphones from the men,” he said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/07/two-nabbed-over-quick-rich-scheme/

Get-Rich-Quick Scandal In Labuan! Cops Arrest Sabahan, Indonesian

Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad, second left, the Labuan police chief police and his deputy, DSP Ibrahim Ghani, third left, ASP Haslina, left, and CID chief DSP Boniface Anak Bajai, right, at the Friday press conference.

LABUAN: The police have arrested two men, one of them an Indonesian, for allegedly operating a get-rich-quick scheme that has accumulated RM1.3 million over the past four months.

One of the men, a 24-year-old from Menumbok, Sabah, was arrested at 6 pm yesterday and the other, a 54-year-old Indonesian living in Labuan, was picked up at 6 pm on June 25, Labuan Police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said Friday.

He said the men were arrested by the Labuan Police Commercial Crimes Investigation Department head ASP Haslina Hassan and his team after two people who claimed to have lost RM193,000 and RM10,000, respectively, had lodged police reports.

For illustration purposes.

Muhamad Farid said the men were being held on remand for seven days from Friday.

At least 650 people had invested in the scheme and several of them were VIPs, with one of them having the title of ‘Datuk Seri’, he said at a press conference.

He also said that two vehicles – a Toyota Vellfire and Nissan Fair Lady – bought with cash were expected to be seized from a secret location on the Sabah mainland and brought back to Labuan.

“We have seized three cheques with the amounts totalling RM444,450.00, ATM cards, a company stamp, a cheque book and handphones from the arrested men,” he said.

Muhamad Farid said the scheme was run similar to a multi-level marketing format and the recruited downline investors were promised huge returns.

Potential investors were promised that for a minimum investment of RM1,800, they could secure a return of RM1,300 in the following month, he said.

They were also told that a maximum investment of RM37,800 would earn them RM33,000, and that the investment contract was for a period of five to 10 years, he added.

Muhamad Farid also said that the potential investors were duped into believing that the scheme was similar to bitcoin trading and the yield or output could be in any of a number of currencies.

Source: https://www.borneotoday.net/get-rich-quick-scandal-in-labuan-cops-arrest-sabahan-indonesian/

Latest Articles