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Only a handful of trees bear fruit at city orchard


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM17.25mil has been spent on the City Orchard Park at Kampung Delima in Jalan Bellamy, here, but the project has literally yet to bear much fruit.

Work started on the project in 2006 as part of Visit Malaysia Year 2007, but a visit by The Star revealed an orchard full of trees but only a handful were bearing fruit.

According to one of the workers, there had not been any fruit growing on the trees there for the past three years.

New trees were planted this year but fruit yield remained low.

The 7.68ha park also has a playground and other amenities like toilets, a showcase room, a cafeteria and retail spaces.

According to the Auditor-General's Report 2012, the playground should have had six components but only one was built.

Meanwhile, PAS wants Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Federal Territories Ministry to provide an explanation for the long delay in getting the park ready.

Its Federal Territory Youth chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad said according to the A-G's Report 2012, the contract for the project was given to a private company.

Kamaruzaman, who went to the park for a closer look, was told by the sub-contractor that the launch would be held this week.

According to a DBKL official, the launch of the park would take place this Sunday and KL Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib would be there.

Remove all paper cut-outs in one week, council warns tenants


JOHOR BARU: Tenants and landowners have one week to remove the paper cut-outs pasted on the walls outside their buildings or risk being slapped with a compound fine of RM500 by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).

Mayor Ismail Karim said notices were issued to tenants in Taman Molek a few days ago where the cut-outs were seen on the walls replacing the original so-called offensive graffiti by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic.

He said the notices would also be issued to owners of premises where similar cut-outs have appeared, such as on the walls outside the Chinese cultural museum on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and in an alley on Jalan Maju.

"If the tenants or shopowners fail to remove the cut-outs within one week, they will be fined a compound of RM500 and if they refuse to pay, they will be brought to court," he told The Star here yesterday.

The original wall art, which featured a young woman carrying a Chanel handbag and a hooded, knife-wielding man around the corner supposedly waiting to pounce on her, created an uproar among Johoreans, foreigners and Netizens in the past week.

To make matters worse, a local artist added a painting of a policeman with a pair of handcuffs ready to catch the crooked character, which angered the council further.

According to the council, the art painted a negative image of the city.

Council workers whitewashed the graf­fiti and hours later, paper cut-outs of the graffiti characters appeared at the original spot.

The council moved in again to tear down the stickers, but more cut-outs have since appeared.

Meanwhile, Ismail added that the council has started engaging youths to discuss plans to convert Taman Linear Park near Desa Tebrau here into a youth park next year.

He said a wide wall would be built at the park to provide a proper place for graffiti artists to express their creativity.

"We are also planning to add skating facilities and include other activities to make it a place for youths to enjoy," he said.

MyKad ring identified and busted


MIRI: Sarawak police has busted the biggest syndicate in the state falsifying MyKad and birth certificates.

Dozens, including a National Registration Department staff from Putrajaya, Sabahans and Filipinos were picked up on Nov 16 after a week of surveillance at a residential estate in Desa Pujut in the Kuala Baram district.

Police seized 30 copies of "birth certificates", 69 copies of photocopied certificates, an "official receipt" and three Sabah "birth certificates", apart from RM3,100 in cash, four pen-drives, three stamp-pads, 10 rubber stamps of various government departments in Sabah, a laptop, a desktop computer and speakers.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Wira Mohammad Sabtu Osman told a press conference yesterday that police received a tip about suspicious activities at the housing estate.

"This is believed to be the biggest syndicate of its kind uncovered in Sarawak that is believed to be falsifying personal documents for sale to illegal migrants.

"We found 34 people there and after checking their backgrounds and documents, 23 were detained.

"Two are Bajaus from Sabah, seven men and three women are from the Philippines and 11 others include local Kayans," he said.

Six of them were from peninsula Malaysia, including the NRD officer.

Comm Mohammad said police believed that the mastermind was also in the group.

"Initial investigations showed the NRD officer is with the NRD in Putrajaya as an assistant officer. We suspect he is one of the key players.

"The arrest of the Sabahans and foreigners shows that the syndicate had spread its wings to Miri from Sabah."

Comm Mohammad said Sarawak, with its 1,600km long border, had many "rat-holes" that were being used for illegal entry.

Noting this case could be the first of its kind in Sarawak, he added police would investigate whether there were other cases elsewhere.

Comm Mohammad said police had also received reports of 48 documents being stolen from the NRD office in Beluru and would investigate for any connection.


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