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It was a bittersweetday or residents o USJ 6 when theSelangor Appeals Board decided touphold elekom Bhd’s right to developits 0.35-hectare utility reserve land yesterday. While the telecommunicationscompany is now allowed to continue with its development, three conditionsimposed upon them will reduce the sizeand nature o the development to en-sure that trac conditions in the area will not be severely impacted.elekom had initially proposed toconstruct a nine-storey commercialtower in a development undertaken byM Facilities and Pujangga Budimanin a joint venture.But conditions set by the board haveensured that the development is nohigher than the existing ve-storey ele-kom building located in the same area.“Te building shall not be higherthan the existing elekom building [inUSJ 6],” said board member HoKhong Ming.Te board ruled that the developermust also reduce the size and height o the building as trac on most roads inUSJ 6 is already congested, according to a 2008 rac Impact Assessment(IA) report.In addition, Ho said: “Te develop-ment shall only be or oces, and no part o the development can be used orcommercial purposes that would attractmore trac than oces.”He said retail outlets, restaurants,supermarkets, hotels and cinemas arenot permitted.Tirdly, the developer must adoptthe IA’s suggestions to improve tracconditions in the area and adhere to anyadditional conditions imposed by thelocal council.wo other Appeals Board members,Datuk Abu Bakar Awang and DatukAzmeer Rashid, were also present.Te board also said the Subang JayaMunicipal Council (MPSJ) should is-sue a public apology over its blunder indesignating the land as a eld in its dralocal plan beore changing the land’sstatus to “commercial” without publicconsultation.Subang Jaya assemblyperson Han-nah Yeoh said they will consult GobindSingh Deo, who is the lawyer represent-ing the residents, to consider the pos-sibility o a judicial review.MPSJ had twice rejected the devel-oper’s application to sub-divide theutility reserve land or development inits ull board meetings in November2005 and February 2006.However, the local council gaveconditional approval or the project in2008 beore the IA was completed.Te residents led an appeal againstthe project in 2009.Due to public protest, MPSJ re- voked its development order in 2009,but the revocation is legally void as it was never endorsed by the State Plan-ning Committee.Subsequently, MPSJ councillors andits then president Datuk Adnan MdIkshan cancelled the revocation in anad-hoc meeting in April 2010.However, the Appeals Board’s deci-sion to allow commercial developmenton utility reserve land is expected tohave ar-reaching consequences orsimilar cases in Selangor.Yeoh said the precedent would nowapply to other cases in Petaling Jaya,Serdang and other areas.Meanwhile, residents who were pres-ent yesterday expressed their disap- pointment over the Appeals Board’sdecision.“We’re the ones who will be directlyaected by the development and the worsening trac conditions,” said resi-dent Philip Song, 49.
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PKPS records RM1.8m proft
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RM50m relief fundfor Selangor
Selangor will boost its ability to prepare ornatural disasters with the creation o a RM50 million relie und.“Te executive council has decided to set up a NaturalDisaster Relie Fund (WBA) worth RM50 million or the people during times o disaster,” said Menteri Besar an SriKhalid Ibrahim on Wednesday.He said an initial grant o RM10 million will be allocatedthis year, and RM10 million will be allocated every year rom2012 to 2015 or the remaining RM40 million.Te und is set up according to nancing and accounting laws to enable it to generate prots by investing in equities.It can also receive donations rom individuals, as well asrom companies wanting to discharge their Corporate SocialResponsibility (CSR).“Te und will be accorded tax-exemption status or this purpose,” said Khalid.Khalid said the und can only be utilised in 2016 because itneeds time to invest and generate acceptable returns to assistrelie eorts.Te administration will seek approval at the second stateassembly sitting in July to legislate an enactment or the crea-tion o the und.It will also ask the assembly to approve allocations or theinitial unding o RM10 million.Te und will be administered by top state civil service o-cials who will report to the state executive council.Currently, the state has the Natural Disaster rust Fund to provide or victims, but it has only RM8 million in allocationsand cannot be invested.
Te Selangor AgricultureDevelopment Corporation (PKPS)recorded a prot o RM1.8 millionand reduced operating costs by RM2million last year.“he proits are due to increased palm oil production, which surged to14,000 tonnes in 2010 compared with9,200 tonnes the year beore,” said AliAhmad.Te PKPS group general manageradded that the state subsidiary man-aged to reduce operation costs througha transparent system o governancesince 2008.Menteri Besar an Sri Khalid Ibra-him, who visited the arm in SungaiLong, said proits should see an in-crease this year.“Teir prots are expected to in-crease [this year] with close monitoring and systematic management carried outby PKPS,” he said.Khalid visited additional areas oroil palm cultivation and food-pronesections o the PKPS eld.He also opened the Jelutong Jatiarm on Jalan anjung Maling, whichhouses a dairy and poultry arm using the latest technology.Te arm’s technology was the resulto co-operation between PKPS and theCharoen Pokphand Group (CPGroup) rom Tailand.Khalid said CP Group will trainPKPS sta to use the latest technology.Te Menteri Besar also had the hon-our o reaping the rst harvest o chickens which were bred on the arm or 39 days.Te arm has 200 Friesian cows, andPKPS is targeting a production o about 1,000 litres o milk per cow.