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6  theSun | FRIDAY JUNE 26 2009

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Judge: (All) gone down briefs
Student passes out after
beating by seniors

together with Wetlands …
by Llew-Ann Phang was for EPU, given to TAQ? rendered,
KUANTAN: A 15-year-old student fainted after
he was beaten up by four seniors at a religious
boarding school in Rompin on Wednesday.
Mohd Ashraf Abdul Aziz was beaten at a surau
in an assault witnessed by 80 other students.
None came to his rescue.
According to his brother in-law who did not
newsdesk@thesundaily.com Thang: There was, but unfortu- M o h d wish to be named, Ashraf was beaten up for no
nately I don’t have the records. Khairul apparent reason by his seniors, aged 16 and 17, at
KUALA LUMPUR: The Civil High Culas: I put it to you that it seems that replied: “I 1am after they had finished performing prayers.
Court here yesterday heard that a you are not seen to have the relevant disagree.” He suffered bruises to the face, body and arms.
quantity surveyor may not have been documents to support the claim that the A n d Ashraf’s family lodged a police report but with-
neutral in producing a due diligence report was for the EPU. when sought drew it after they had spoken with representatives
report on the Paya Indah Wetlands Thang: My Lord, the company has for clarifica- of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.
project in Dengkil as he was beholden been dormant for six years. We’ve not tion, he said Principal Nasiruddin Mohamed Yusof said the
to his clients. kept all records. payment is four students had been expelled. – Bernama
TAQ Management Services Sdn At this point judge Justice Datuk based on
Bhd director Tony Thang said while he Balia Yusof Wahi quipped: “(All) gone whether the
carried out his duties in a “professional down together with Wetlands … All the contractor
Buy made-in-Malaysia
capacity”, the firm was still obliged to companies dealing with it … Semua had followed products: DPM
its clients – the Malaysian Wetlands bungkus (folded)”, prompting laughter the specifi- KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia concept
Foundation (MWF). from the sparsely occupied courtroom. cations and must be practised by Malaysians at all times,
The court heard this in cross-exami- Today’s hearing of the nine-year- tender order. especially when it comes to buying Made-in-
nation by James Culas, counsel for con- old case saw four plaintiff witnesses, M o h d Malaysia products.
sultant K. Perama Nathan who is suing including Perama Nathan, taking the Khairul Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin
MWF for RM3.1 million for breach of stand and two witnesses for the defend- also said Yassin, who was represented by Domestic
contract in failing to make payments for ants – Thang and MWF administration MWF had Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk
services rendered by him and six other manager Mohd Khairul Effendi. questioned Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the launch of the
contractors employed in the project. To a question by MWF counsel Chan P e r a m a “Buy Made in Malaysia” trade expo at the
The court heard that TAQ Manage- Yew Hooi, Mohd Khairul said he had Nathan’s Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday,
ment had prepared the due diligence tried tracking down the persons who performance said a practical way to define the 1Malaysia
report for the MWF to be submitted to prepared the audit report by the Inter- in the project concept is to support local-made products.
the Economic Planning Unit (EPU). nal Audit Unit of the Prime Minister’s but there was no written evidence. He reminded local producers and manu-
Thang said the EPU’s findings and Department. The plaintiff’s witnesses also in- facturers to constantly meet local market
approval of the percentage of work However, he claimed, because the cluded Francis Tze, Desmond Ng Sin demand by producing innovative products.
done on the project was then adopted report was 10 years old, the department Choy and Douglas Chow Tet Fah who
by TAQ Management in its Professional was unable to track the report or verify testified that their services, along with
Fee Computation report, also for the the persons responsible for preparing Perama Nathan’s, were terminated by
Suit over religious status
MWF. it. MWF. However Tze, Ng and Chow reinstated
Culas then questioned Thang on the The court heard that Mohd Khairul were re-appointed and paid their dues. PUTRAJAYA: A man and his three children, em-
terms of reference when his firm was had served MWF first from 1997 to The case was adjourned to today broiled in a battle over the status of their religion,
commissioned to produce the report 2003 and his last position was assistant to hear submissions from both sides. succeeded yesterday in reinstating their suit for a
and if the report bore the sole intention director of operations. In May 2007, he Also appearing for the plaintiff was N. declaratory relief that they were never Muslims.
of reducing MWF’s liability towards was re-employed as the administration Murugayah. The Court of Appeal’s three-men quorum led
Perama Nathan. manager. Perama Nathan had proceeded with by Justice Datuk Wira Low Hop Bing unanimously
Thang replied that he was only In cross-examination, Mohd Khairul the suit after turning down a RM200,000
Angry ordered the case to be remitted to the Shah Alam
told to prepare the report for the EPU said he had not much knowledge about out-of-court settlement with MWF. Iraqis High Court and fixed Monday for mention after
which endorses the cost of the project Perama Nathan’s role in the project but This case is watched intently by demand ruling that the relief sought in their originating
but could not produce documentary was more familiar with the overall critics of the Paya Indah Wetlands who summons did not constitute an abuse of court
evidence to this effect. project. He also deduced he had no hope to seek answers as to how the
protection process.
Culas: I put it to you that your report knowledge about Perama Nathan’s RM68 million project almost collapsed from Storekeeper Zaina Abidin Hamid @ S. Maniam,
was not made independently. claims since 1998 to MWF for services due to alleged mismanagement and bombings 58, and his three children claimed in their originat-
Thang: I do not agree with that. rendered or if payments were made. cost the government another RM20 ing summons that he never practised and pro-
Culas: I put it to you that there is in To Culas’ question if he agreed that million in the form of a rescue package
pg 8 fessed Islam and in that context they were never
fact no terms of reference that the report payment should be made for services to rehabilitate it. Muslims. – Bernama

Keep fit with celebrities
Muhyiddin: Understand 1Malaysia concept PETALING JAYA: Nestle will be organising a fit-
ness programme with Daphne Iking, jazz star
IPOH: The 1Malaysia concept should Barisan Nasional (BN) umbrella. of the people that had not been resolved Noryn Aziz, Pamela and Vanessa Chong from
be understood by all Malaysians so as It will also allow us to seek greater yet. Amazing Race Asia, legendary singer Salamiah
not to be misled by the opposition who progress for all,” he told a people’s “The interests of the Malays, Chinese, Hassan and daughter Atilia on Sunday from
are only out to twist it around for their gathering at the official residence of the Indians and the various ethnic groups 7am to 11am at Bangsar Village car park.
own political interests, said Deputy Perak mentri besar here last night. in Sabah and Sarawak will all be given The Nestle Fitnesse Morning with Celebri-
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin He said the Opposition’s twisting due emphasis. ties aims to encourage Malaysians, particu-
Yassin. things regarding the concept was a “The BN will deliver the goods,” he larly ladies, to practise a healthy lifestyle.
He said the concept espoused by feeble attempt to sow confusion among said, adding that bureacratic hurdles The programme will feature morning
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul the people. standing in the way of achieving the walks, step exercises, jazzercise movements,
Razak put the people’s interests first “No one can deny that BN’s approach goal would also be tackled resolutely. health checks and motivational talks.
so that the nation continued to remain in all these years had put the people’s Muhyiddin then held a closed-door The participants will later be given break-
united. interest foremost,” he said. meeting with the Perak Umno liaison fast courtesy of Nestle Fitnesse.
“Through the concept, Malaysians Muhyiddin also said the 10th committee before leaving for Kuala At the end of the walk, participants can re-
of all races and religions can continue Malaysia Plan (2011 to 2105) would Lumpur from the Sultan Azlan Shah deem a box of Nestle Fitnesse by showing the
to live in peace and harmony under the place emphasis on issues and problems Airport here. — Bernama Nestle cut-out coupon available in theSun.

10-year fight for Tan Chong Motors ends
by Meena L. Ramadas to shareholders. and APM.
newsdesk@thesundaily.com Tan Chong Consolidated Sdn Bhd (TCC) has Disagreements started to brew between
significant equity in TCMH, Warisan TC Hold- Yuet Foh’s son Heng Chew and Kim Hor when
PETALING JAYA: A decade-long legal battle for ings Bhd and APM Automotive Holdings Bhd. Kim Hor tried to wind up TCC. Heng Chew
control of Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH) A fourth company, Tan Chong International, disapproved of the move and won.
between an uncle and his nephew ended on is listed in Hongkong and Singapore, and is In 2002, Kim Hor and his immediate family
Tuesday when they reached an out of court owned by TCC. owned 45% of TCC, and Heng Chew and his
settlement. In the announcement, TCC said it would family 55%.
The settlement between primary share- “retain at least 33% of voting shares in TCMH At the end of May 2002, Kim Hor was not
holders Datuk Tan Kim Hor and Datuk Tan with a right of first refusal to TCC to acquire reappointed to the TCMH board when only
Heng Chew, which came as a huge relief to any of the shares which such exiting minority 53.7% of shareholders voted for his return, as
TCMH board members charting the leading shareholders may subsequently choose to opposed to the required 75%. A similar lack
motor vehicle company’s future, will see a dispose”. of support led to Kim Hor, then 78, losing his
portion of its shares progressively released to TCC also owns 43.5% of APM and 46% of positions in APM and Warisan.
exiting minority shareholders. TCMH. With the 10-year dispute between the two
TCMH filed an announcement with Bursa Kim Hor and his brother, the late Tan Sri factions at an end, TCMH can now focus on
Malaysia on Tuesday outlining the changes Tan Yuet Foh, co-founded TCMH, Warisan being a major player in the motor industry. Kim Hor Heng Chew