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Maria J. Dass at the Selangor State Assembly yesterday

Khir ordered out of House


SELANGOR opposition leader Datuk any complaints about that incident. tions then.
Khir files notice of
action against Lau
FORMER Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir
Toyo has filed a notice of action against Kampung Tunku
Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was ejected “Anyone who repeats this action Mohd Khir said he would talk to state assemblyman Lau Weng San, seeking RM2 million in
from the state legislative assembly will be referred to the Rights and his lawyers to see what further action damages and a retraction of an article posted on the latter’s
yesterday after accusing Speaker Teng Privileges Committee of the Dewan,” he could take. If I was blog about his luxury home, dubbed Istana Khir.
Chang Khim of being biased. It marks he said. At a press conference later, Teng
the first time ever that the former Mohd Khir then argued that the rubbished Mohd Khir’s accusations
biased or The article concerned is a copy of Lau’s emergency mo-
out to get tion to debate the issue during the ongoing state assembly
mentri besar had been ordered out Standing Order only refers to actions that he was being vengeful. sitting. Lau, in his motion, questioned how the Sungai Pan-
of the House. in the Dewan when it is in session, “There are so many things to him then jang assemblyman could afford such an expensive property,
The incident happened as Mohd prompting Teng to shoot back: be done and I have no time to take I would which sits on two lots of land on Jalan Suasa 7/1L in Shah
Khir, who is the Sungai Panjang state “Which Standing Order? Where is it revenge,” he said. not have Alam, costing a total of RM3.8 million.
assemblyman, was arguing with written? Read it to me...” “If I was biased or out to get him
Teng over the issuing of a legal notice The opposition leader was unable then I would not have thrown out the thrown He also said the matter should be investigated to see if
served to Sekinchan state assembly- to point out which Standing Order he motion to debate his mansion in Sec- out the there were elements of corruption and abuse of power on
man Ng Suee Lim. was referring to despite being repeat- tion 7, and I would not have waited motion to the part of the former mentri besar.
Mohd Khir said on July 6 that he had obtained a RM3.5
Ng had earlier asked the Speaker edly asked and finally exclaimed: for him to turn up at the Dewan to debate his million loan to buy the property but Sekinchan assembly-
whether it was acceptable for an as- “The Speaker is biased”. explain his side of the story pertaining mansion
semblyman to be served with a legal Teng immediately asked him to the handing of the legal notice to man Ng Suee Lim, who had brought the matter to the
notice in the vicinity of the state as- to retract the accusation and when Ng,” said Teng. in Section media’s attention, estimates that the Balinese-themed
sembly as Mohd Khir’s lawyers had the Umno politician refused, he Mohd Khir was not in the Dewan 7, and I house cost RM24 million.
tried to do so on Friday. was ordered to leave the house and on Friday afternoon when the notice would In the notice dated July 9, filed by his lawyers Athimulan
To this, Teng said: “In accordance suspended for a day. About 10 other was handed to Ng by his lawyers. and Company, Mohd Khir is seeking a retraction of the
not have article from Lau’s blog, a full and complete apology to be
with the practice of the assembly and Barisan Nasional assemblymen who Ng, meanwhile, said that Mohd
Commonwealth laws, any legal ac- were in the Dewan at that time also Khir’s allegation that the document waited for published via a newspaper ad in a publication of Mohd
tion or serving of legal notices cannot walked out with Mohd Khir. was handed to him outside the state him to turn Khir’s choice, a written undertaking not to repeat or publish
be done in the vicinity of the Dewan. When met outside the Dewan, assembly was a blatant lie. up at the the said or similar words and RM20 million for damage to
“This act is seen as an insult to the Mohd Khir said he regretted the ac- “I have a witness, my lawyer M. Dewan to his reputation, financial loss and distress caused by the
Dewan and I hope this never happens tions of the Speaker and accused him Manoharan and I were in the annexe explain allegations.
again,” he said, prompting Mohd Khir of being vengeful. building of the Dewan when his law- Earlier, during the question-and-answer session at the
to point out that Kinrara state assem- “This is revenge for the time he yer handed us the document but we his side of Dewan, Lau took the opportunity to take a jibe at Mohd Khir
blywoman Teresa Kok had served a was expelled from the Dewan for refused to take it as this would be an the story by asking about the status of the multi-million ringgit exco
legal notice to him during a previous throwing a copy of the Standing Order insult to the house,” Ng said. pertaining village built during the latter’s administration of the state.
assembly sitting. into the wastepaper basket,” he said. “He can ask his lawyer to send the to the In questioning Housing, Building Development and
“That was also wrong, but two Teng was suspended for 30 document to me at my shop, office or Squatters executive councillor Iskandar A. Samad about
wrongs do not make a right,” Teng months and stripped of his allowance anywhere else I am and I will accept handing of
how much the property cost, he said: “I would like to know
said, adding that he had not received and perks for 18 months for his ac- it,” he said. the legal this to be able to gauge the property prices in Shah Alam,
notice to especially since a former mentri besar claims that his loan
De Palma to manage exco bungalows Ng.” for a property in Section 7 cost only RM3.5 million.”
“Even former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,
– Teng Chang who owns a RM1 million home, has expressed doubts that
THE state government has offered its Iskandar said De Palma would also of maintenance from comprehensive
Khim the property cost only that much,” he said.
subsidiary, De Palma Hotels Sdn Bhd, market the bungalows to be used as to non-comprehensive, which will
to manage and market the bungalows a venue for high-profile meetings and lower the cost to RM73,300 a month Speaking to reporters after being expelled from the
meant for state executive council corporate events. or RM879,600 a year,” he said. Dewan, Mohd Khir said he was willing to forego the RM20
members, said Housing, Building and Warno wanted to know the govern- Iskandar said so far the state gov- million demand from Lau if he was willing to apologise.
Squatter Management committee ment’s plans for the bungalows as well ernment had not collected any rent for “I am not such a bad person, but I need to clear my name
chairman Iskandar Abdul Samad. as the cost to maintain them. the bungalows. and am not so interested in the RM20 million,” he said. “If I
He said the bungalows would be Iskandar said the state government He said that at the moment two win the RM20 million I will use it to take all of you here on a
marketed either for short-term or long- paid RM162,000 a month or about of the 10 bungalows were already holiday, because I do not want the money for myself.”
term rentals by government guests, RM1.95 million a year for the facility. occupied. Lau told reporter he would not be retracting the article
state departments and agencies or He said that the state government One is occupied by state financial on the blog and was prepared to face Mohd Khir in court.
subsidiaries. was studying the mechanism to bring officer Datuk Mohd Arif Abdul Raman
Replying to Datuk Warno Dogol down the cost without affecting the and the other by state legal adviser
(BN-Sabak) during question time
at the state assembly sitting here,
existing contract.
“This includes changing the scope
Datin Paduka Zauyah T. Loth Khan.
– Bernama
Selangor wants taxes to
benefit residents
SELANGOR is looking at a scheme similar

Sime Darby unveils to the zakat payment and Baitulmal fund to


ensure that taxes paid by residents in the
state are used for their benefit.

Subang Ria Park upgrade


Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid
Ibrahim said the move was among those
being explored by the state to raise money
after the Federal government stopped
by Llew-Ann Phang channelling allocation funds – between
newsdesk@thesundaily.com RM300 to RM500 million annually – to
district offices, which in turn disbursed
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby Property it to village headmen for use in their
Bhd (SDP) unveiled its plan to upgrade respective areas.
Subang Ria Park and pledged to only He said state was exploring a tax
develop the unused portion of the scheme where deductions from salaries
land which was alienated to it by the will be channelled to a trustee fund,
state government in 1988. through which contributors would apply
During a media briefing yesterday, for tax exemptions.
SDP managing director Datuk Tunku “If they pay RM2,000 to the fund,
Putra Badlishah said that while the state they can deduct the same amount from
and the local authorities had given the their income tax. It is more like zakat
green light for the development of the payments,” Abdul Khalid explained dur-
park, the residents’ concerns would be ing a press conference after the state
taken into consideration. assembly sitting yesterday.
SDP will embark on programmes Zakat payments are compulsory
to meet with the residents to listen to for Muslims and are channelled to the
them and iron out their concerns before state Baitulmal fund.
going ahead with the formal application He said Selangor was looking at set-
for development. ting up something similar to the Bait-
“Subang Ria Park was never part of ulmal fund through which non-Muslims can contribute
This is how
the original Subang Jaya Master Plan towards the development of the state. Abdul Khalid said
the upgraded
which was approved in 1980. next year, after which the park will be high-density area but we’re only allocat- he would be meeting the state mufti Datuk Seri Mohd
park will look
“The land is private property and handed over to the state or the local ing 16 units to an acre. Tamyes Abdul Wahid to discuss the matter.
like.
Sime UEP Properties Bhd, which holds authorities. “We’re looking at enhancing the He said after the state fell into Pakatan Rakyat’s hands,
the land title, paid for it but we intend Sufian Abdullah, SDP property current jogging track, build walkways, the federal government set up a new institute – the
to maintain the park as much as pos- division’s vice president II for research a bicycle track, a carpark for 305 lots, Selangor Development Office – into which it channels
sible,” Tunku Putra said. The new plans development funds to be disbursed to village heads and
and development innovation, explained upgraded exercise stations and access
area representative aligned to the Barisan Nasional. Repre-
for upgrading and development will be that out of the 29.38ha land area in roads into the area which will alleviate
sentatives in other areas do not get any funds.
presented to Subang Jaya assembly- total, 21.73ha will be maintained for its traffic concerns.
He said Selangor is one of the highest tax contributors
woman Hannah Yeoh next week. recreational purposes. “The outdoor amphitheatre will also
to the federal government, yet the money for develop-
SDP expects the upgrading works at “The residential development (con- be upgraded. ment is not returned to the state.
the park to cost RM15-20 million. The sisting of 250 units of up to five-storey “There will also be security monitor- Thus we have to look at other options on how we can
works are expected to be completed in apartments) on its land will only take up ing and CCTVs. Subang Ria Park will top up state funds, he said.
time for Sime Darby’s 100th anniversary 6.47ha and this will be housed on the remain a green area,” Sufian said.