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6 theSun | TUESDAY JUNE 30 2009

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Astronaut’s family in
children’s custody bid
SHAH ALAM: The Syariah High Court here yes- 61, as defendants.
terday fixed Aug 12 for mention of an application The parents of the nation’s first astronaut
by the parents of the country’s first astronaut, were represented by syariah lawyer Zulqarnain
Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Mustapha, Lukman, while Haryati and Kamar Aziah were
to get custody of two of their grandchildren represented by syariah lawyer Suriati Abdul
after the death of the children’s father, Sheikh Ghani. Both the plaintiffs and the defendants
Mustapha Shukor Al Masrie, 32, two years ago. were not present in court.
Judge Mohamad Khalid Shaee set the date to Dr Sheikh Muszaphar’s younger brother,
enable the plaintiffs and defendants to resolve Sheikh Mustapha, a civil engineer, passed away
the matter amicably. in the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre on Oct
Zuraida Sheikh Ahmad and Sheikh Mustapha 27, 2007 after being in a coma for a week after
Sheikh Abdul Shukor filed the application on Dec bumping into a pillar outside a restaurant on
23 last year to get custody of their grandchil- Jalan Klang Lama in Kuala Lumpur.
dren, Sheikh Aiman Shukor Al-Masrie, four, and He married Haryati, an accounts executive
Siti Balkish Aisha Al-Masrie, two, under Section with MIMOS Bhd, on Sept 6, 2003.
87 (1) of the Selangor Islamic Family Law Enact- Met by reporters outside the court, Zulqarnain
ment 2003. Zuraida, 64, and Sheikh Mustapha, said his clients filed the application with reason
74, as the plaintiffs named Haryati Mohd Redza, that they had been raising and looking after the
31, and Haryati’s mother, Kamar Aziah Abdullah, children since they were born. – Bernama

State on overdrive to
save village: Guan Eng
by Himanshu Bhatt Hindraf plans to protest
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang govern- wide protests : Hindraf is set on holding
ment is working overtime for a settle- against the DA nation-
concern abou
ment between the developer of a land t the Penang go P today to voice its
inability to pr vernment’s pe
event the evic rc
housing the century-old Kampung Buah village on the tion of the on eived
Pala and the villagers there, even as island. ly Indian
Hindraf nationa
Hindraf announces plans to burn Chief has said protes l information coordinator
ts S. Jayat-
Minister Lim Guan Eng’s effigy at Kom- in Negri Sembi were planned outside DAP
lan, Se office
tar on Wednesday. He said he wou langor, Perak and Penang s
Lim said yesterday his two deputies, Minister Lim ld also lead th .
Guan Eng’s ef e burning of Ch
Mansor Othman and Prof Dr P Rama- firm commitm fi gy, unless Lim ief
samy, were aggressively pursuing the ent that the gave a
would not be Kampung Bu
matter and urged villagers to entrust destroyed on ah Pala
He dismisse July 2.
them to proceed legally. could not acqu d Lim’s assertion that th
“You need to distinguish between ire the land to e state
to the high co sa
who your friend is and who your st involved. He ve the village due
offer the deve said the state
enemy is,” he said, stressing that loper another could
current village piece of land
the state had been working hard to be pres er ve , and the
On assertions d as a heritage encl
ensure the villagers’ welfare. the Barisan Na that the problem was crea ave.
“If we had taken any other sional, Jayath ted by
the day, the ch as said: “At th
ief m e end of
position, would the villagers still be Meanwhile, an inister has the power.”
there?” he said at a press confer- granted to th application
ence at his office here. e developer to to set aside the leave
sion, to be en issue a writ of
He said that the current govern- forced on July posses-
Court registry 2, was filed at
ment was working to help them here yesterda the High
when it was the Barisan Nasional
(BN) that had caused the problem.
The residents say they were tenants of the
Brown Estate and their tenancy was converted Section 76 of the National Land Code 1965
without their knowledge to Temporary Occupa- read together with the Land Acquisition Act.
tion Licences (TOL). Lim responded by saying such a proposition
The High Court had decided last year in fa- was not feasible as it would involve the state hav-
vour of the residents, but it was overturned by ing to pay a lot of money. “We cannot afford. We
the Court of Appeal on May 11 this year, giving are talking about a very substantial sum. You do
owner Koperasi Pegawai Kanan Kerajaan and not even dare to guess the amount,” he said.
developer Nusmetro Sdn Bhd vacant possession Villagers told reporters that they were sum-
of the land. moned for a meeting with the George Town district
On June 24, the Federal Court dismissed the police chief and the developers last Saturday.
residents’ case on grounds that their claims had They said they were told by the police to
no standing. cooperate when a court bailiff serves them a writ
Hindraf adviser S. Uthayakumar has said the to vacate on Thursday.
state could secure the village by acquiring the land Lim, however, said he was not informed about
on grounds of public purpose and interests, under the matter by the police or the bailiff.

Anwar’s sodomy appeal today
PUTRAJAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar The prosecution team, led by Solicitor-General
Ibrahim’s appeal against the High Court’s order II Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden, had no objections
that his sodomy case be tried at the High Court to the adjournment to enable both parties to file
was postponed to today to enable him to attend written submissions and certain documents to
the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday. the court.
The Court of Appeal comprising justices Datuk Anwar had challenged the validity of the
Abdull Hamid Embong, Datuk Abu Samah Nordin certificate signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri
and Datuk Jeffery Tan Kok Wha, fixed the date Abdul Gani Patail to transfer the case to the High
after granting Anwar’s lead counsel Sulaiman Court, claiming that Abdul Gani could not sign the
Abdullah’s request for postponement. document because he was still under investiga-
Sulaiman said Anwar had to attend the Dewan tion by the Anti-Corruption Agency, now called the
Rakyat to enable him to take part in the debate Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),
on the Judges Code of Ethics, which was due to in connection with Anwar’s police report on the
be tabled yesterday. “black eye” incident. – Bernama