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One-stop centres for ex-servicemen


BUTTERWORTH: The Defence Ministry has launched the 1Malaysia Veteran Access Point (1MVAP) to honour Armed Forces veterans for their contributions to the country.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who launched the initiative, said 1MVAP one-stop centres would be available at all the 31 army camps nationwide.

"These one-stop centres will provide references, enquiry services and registration for Armed Forces veterans. Bulletins from the Royal Armed Forces Veteran Welfare Department, will also be provided," he said.

He said that the veterans would also be given career guidance to help improve their socio-economic status.

"This would help retired veterans to lead a better life," he said.

Hishammuddin also presented special Pingat Jasa Malaysia (Malaysian Service Medal) recognition awards to 50 veterans who served the country during the Emergency and battled the Communists between 1969 and 1989.

On the Umno elections, he said it was too early to tell who would be able to win the three vice-presidency seats in the party.

"What is in the hearts of the 155,000 delegates, only Allah knows," he said when responding to former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who had said that his chances of winning a vice-president's post was "very bright".

The incumbents for the posts are Hishammuddin, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal while the other challengers are Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir and Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad.

MCA now backs proposed PCA amendments


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA, which initially objected to the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act, has changed its stand to support the new law following the Government's assurances that the new laws will be enforced in a transparent manner.

The MCA central committee made the decision on Wednesday night to allow its MPs to vote for the Bill in view of the pressing need to combat serious crime.

The party had objected to laws that would allow detention without trial.

However, with new safeguards and judicial supervision in place, the MCA decided at its CC meeting to acc­ept the Government's proposal in good faith, the party said in a statement here yesterday.

"The MCA is satisfied with the amendments made to the Bill, where detention order is no longer decided by the minister or the executive branch of the government.

"Further, a new Section 19A (2) has introduced judicial oversight over the detention order decision of the Crime Prevention Board.

"The board's decision is now subject to review by the High Court," the CC said, adding that MCA was also satisfied that detention orders could be questioned in Parliament.

"(However,) MCA will keep a close watch on the implementation of the PCA," added the CC.

Property firm loses bid to quash order to pay damages


KUALA LUMPUR: A property developer failed in its bid to quash an order requiring it to pay RM80,000 in damages to seven house buyers for defect marble flooring and paintwork in their Danau Villa semi-detached houses here.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Zaleha Yusof dismissed a judicial review application by Faber Union Sdn Bhd and ordered it to pay an additional RM2,000 in costs to Saadiah Manap, S. Kumar, T. Vithyavathi, Lim Tien Kim, Leh Geok Meng, Mohd Azmal Khan S A Ahamed Maideen and Mubina Ravinder Abdullah.

In its application filed on Jan 30, the developer named the Tribunal for Housebuyers Claims and seven house buyers as respondents.

Tribunal president Gurdev Singh had on Dec 31 last year held that the house buyers had proven their case over issues of marble and paintwork in their four semi-detached houses.

He awarded a sum of RM20,000 in damages, costs of RM500 to each claimant and ordered the developer to pay the amount by Jan 30.

The developer paid the amount.

The developer wanted to quash the decision of the tribunal on grounds that there was a breach of natural justice in respect of their claims.

Lawyer K. Jayaratnam, who acted for five house buyers with counsel Paari Perumal, said Justice Zaleha ruled that the tribunal did not breach the provision of the Housing Develop­ment (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 over sittings of the tribunal.

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