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Former CEO pleads guilty to taking bribe

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

JOHOR BARU: A 48-year-old former chief executive officer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB), has pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here to accepting a bribe of RM25,000.

Mohamad Hanafiah Abu Mansor, who is currently JP Logistics Sdn Bhd CEO, was slapped with a RM30,000 fine for asking and receiving the bribe at a car park behind IIB in Danga Bay between 3pm and 4pm on January 2010.

He took the bribe from Mohd Zulkifli Arif as a reward for helping Segi Mulia Sdn Bhd to procure the tender for a project under Medini Iskandar Malaysia.

The facts of the case stated that in early 2009, Medini Iskandar Malaysia opened tender for "The Proposed Construction And Com­­ple­tion of Kg Sg Pendas – Alternative Villager's Logistic Road For Medini Development Iskandar Malaysia" project worth RM2.7mil.

Segi Mulia Sdn Bhd secured the project on July 29, 2009.

Mohamad Hanafiah was pre­viously charged on Oct 24 last year with two counts of bribery offences involving the same project, where he pleaded not guilty.

He was offered an alternative charge yesterday under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term up to two years or a fine or both upon conviction. He pleaded guilty.

In mitigation, Mohamad Hana­fiah pleaded for a fine instead of a jail sentence as it was his first offence and he had a wife and four children to take care of.

He paid the fine.

Kg Chitty will remain as heritage site

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

MALACCA: A development project at the fringes of a heritage site housing three Hindu temples will not threaten the existence of the traditional village, said state execu­tive councillor Datuk M.S. Mahadevan.

Refuting allegations on social media, he said the Malacca government was monitoring the controversial high-rise condominium project at Kampung Chitty in Gajah Berang here, arguably the oldest enclave in the historic city.

Mahadevan, who is exco member for sector affairs, human resources and NGOs, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron had given him the responsibility to protect the three ancient temples there: the Sri Muthu Mariamman, Sri Anggala Para­meswari and Sri Kailasanathar temples.

"The temples will be scrutinised by building engineers and even the slightest damage to any structure will draw an immediate stop-work order (on the development project) by the relevant authorities," said Mahadevan when interviewed by The Star.

Several groups are asking the authorities to stop the project, alleging that it is within the buffer zone designated as a Unesco heri­tage and that the settlement was also gazetted by the state as a heritage village in July 2002.

The project involves the construction of two 22-storey condominium blocks, a 12-storey hotel annexe and a six-storey car park on private land adjacent to the settlement.

It was temporarily stopped some time back but the developer was said to have resumed work six months ago.

The state government had reportedly said it would have to settle a compensation of about RM30mil if it re-acquires the land.

Lee wants ROS go-ahead for Kedah DAP meeting

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

ALOR SETAR: Kedah DAP chairman Lee Guan Aik has submitted a letter to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) seeking approval to hold its annual general meeting (AGM).

Lee claimed that ROS approval was needed because the DAP's national headquarters was still mum on when the party's state AGM would be held.

He said Kedah DAP needed to hold its state convention every two years, adding that the last one was held in 2010 during which he was elected state chairman.

"The state DAP committee does not want to be another culprit in violating the party's constitution or the Societies Act," he said after han­d­­ing the letter to ROS yesterday.

Asked if his action went against DAP headquarters, Lee said he decided to seek ROS' approval since he knew that it would not entertain his request.

He said other states had held their AGMs and conventions and that the DAP headquarters' reason for not allowing the Kedah AGM was due to the appointment of a state interim committee chaired by Zairil Khir Johari.

It was reported that ROS did not recognise Zairil's appointment by the party's CEC and had confirmed Lee as Kedah DAP chairman in a letter dated Dec 4 last year.

Kedah ROS director Annuar Isa confirmed that Lee had submitted the letter but said it would refer the matter to its headquarters for further action.


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