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A owner of a computer shop, R.Elangovan, becomes a contract worker. Syabas Police, you are good.
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Six armed robbers shot dead in Kulim (Update)

SUNGAI PETANI: Police shot dead six armed robbers and nabbed four women in a shootout at a house in Kampung Kemunting, Karangan, in Kulim.

They were involved in a series of armed robberies on goldsmith shops in Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor, said Kedah police chief Datuk Deputy Comm Syed Ismail Syed Azizan.

“We had no choice but to retaliate or else the policemen could have been shot dead. The exchange of gunfire ultimately led to the death of the six men aged between 20 and 50.

The deceased have been identified as contract workers R.Elangovan, 38, and L. S. Santana, 34, contractor R. Pannir, 28, crane driver S. Vadivelan, 29, carpenter S. Gurusamy, 50, and lorry attendant R. Dilip Kumar, 20.

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Please people of Selangor, pay your water bills today. Puncak Niaga is short of cash. It is a money collecting agency. The directors want more..more..more.. give it to them.
Puncak Niaga spent RM11m on directors in 2007


Let’s take a quick look at Puncak Niaga, one of the main water concessionaires in Selangor.

You can see that the firm is making huge profits. (Profits for 2006 were higher as there was a gain arising from the partial disposal of a subsidiary of RM206m in 2006.)

The group had close to a billion ringgit in deposits, cash, and bank balances as at 31 December 2007 and a net current asset ratio of 1.2. In other words, very liquid.

Syabas, which is 70 per cent owned by Puncak Niaga, also received a government grant of RM250 million (that’s our money) “solely for the purpose of financing the costs and expenditure of the non-revenue water” to reduce unaccountable water loss.

Also, a federal government support loan (to finance construction of the Wangsa Maju water treatment plant), originally repayable over 20 years (from 1999) at 8 per cent interest rate was “restructured” in 2004.  The government reduced the interest rate to 3 per cent per annum retrospectively and revised the repayment schedule of the loan. How thoughtful.

Having made super profits with the help of government funding, Puncak Niaga and other water concessionaires are now asking for a higher price than what the Selangor government is prepared to pay to nationalise water assets in the state.

These are the directors of the firm (during the financial year 2007):

The Directors of the Company in office during the financial year were as follows:

  • Tan Sri Rozali bin Ismail
  • Dato’ Matlasa bin Hitam
  • Dato’ Ruslan bin Hassan
  • Dato’ Ir Lee Miang Koi
  • Dato’ Syed Danial bin Syed Ariffin
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Hari Narayanan a/l Govindasamy
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh
  • Datuk Dr Rahman bin Ismail
  • Tan Seng Lee
  • Tengku Dato’ Rahimah binti Almarhum Sultan Mahmud *

* This Director had been redesignated to Non-Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2007.

The firm paid out close to RM11 million in directors’ remuneration in 2007.

According to the  Annual Report:

The number of Directors of the Company whose total remuneration during the financial year fell within the following bands is shown below:

  • RM1 to RM100,000  –  1
  • RM100,001 to RM200,000 –  2
  • RM200,001 to RM300,000  – 1
  • RM500,001 to RM600,000 – 0
  • RM600,001 to RM700,000  – 1
  • RM800,001 to RM900,000 – 0
  • RM900,001 to RM1,000,000  – 2
  • RM1,000,001 to RM1,100,000 – 0
  • RM1,100,001 to RM1,200,000 – 0
  • RM1,200,001 to RM1,300,000 – 1
  • RM1,300,001 to RM1,400,000 – 1
  • RM4,500,001 to RM4,600,000 – 0
  • RM5,100,001 to RM5,200,000 – 1

Total directors’ remuneration rose from RM9.2 million in 2006 to RM10.8 million for 2007. In 2006, only one director received more than RM1.2 million and no one received more than RM4.6 million. But in 2007, three directors received more than RM1.2 million, including one director who received more than RM5.1 million.

Gamuda also has an interest in water in Selangor.


And there could be a 30 per cent water tariff hike in Selangor from April!

I don’t know if you know about Bentong Kali, a notorious gangster who was killed by the Police. That was some years back. While discussing this with a friend who is in the know, he said Kali was killed because he knew much about the Policemen and that he was better dead as otherwise he would reveal some sordid details of some high Police officers.

Now we are told that 6 men  were killed by the Police in Kulim Kedah. One of them was a well known businessman. The others were his workers and friends. Three women were arrested, and it will be good to know what the story is.

I think our leaders should wake from their sleep and investigate this case to get to the root. Were the 6 criminals shot, as claimed by the Police justified or not. Who knows one day these leaders may face the same situation as the criminals if no complete investigation is done.  

MPs want cops to explain Kedah killings

By Neville Spykerman

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Four lawmakers are demanding police explain yesterday’s shooting of six suspected criminals, all of who are from the Indian community, in Karangan Kulim, Kedah.

Padang Serai MP N.Gobalakrishnan said the men aged between 20 and 50-years-old were shot dead by a police team from Bukit Aman.

Gobalakrishnan told reporters in Parliament that among the dead were R.Elanggo, who is a distant relative of a former MIC assemblyman.

“His father is a goldsmith and Elanggo had a shop which deals with used computers.”

The others were Elanggo’s workers and friends.

Gobalakrishanan said the police should explain why they had to kill them and if procedures were followed.

“I been dozens of phone calls from the public who are concerned about the shooting last night.”

Kubang Kerian MP Dr Hatta Ramli said the police cannot just justify away their actions by saying they were criminals or they were shot at before they opened fire and killed all six.

He said they need to prove that their actions were lawful.

Batu MP Tian Chua said the incident will further erode public confidence in the police.

“This is the reason why an Independent Police Misconduct and Complaints (IPMC) Commission should be set up.”

Meanwhile Kulim Bandar Bahru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin said the people in Kulim are shocked over what has happened.

“The police are alleging the men were suspected criminals who shot at police and two pistols were found at the scene.”

However he said that everyone in Karangan town knew Elanggo as a computer accessory shop owner while the others were his workers or his friends.

Zulkifli said local are uneasy over what has happened and want to know why and how they were shot dead and if there was abuse or negligence on the part of the police in the shooting.

“In fairness to everybody concerned and the public and to avoid misunderstanding or allegations, an independent inquiry should be held into the shootings.”

Meanwhile Bernama today reported that the six were suspected armed robbers and involved in crimes in several states.

Four women, aged between 21 and 28, were arrested in the house Kampung Kemunting, Karangan, in Kulim where the shootout occurred and the premises was used for illegal gold smelting, Bernama reported.

Kedah police chief Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the incident happened at 10.10pm and 10 policemen were involved in the raid at the house.

Najib, the Sultan and UMNO, played a dirty scheme to get the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak dismissed and brought in the UMNO controlled Barisan Nasional government. Today, Zambry, who for all intends and purpose is Menteri Besar II and six executive councillors have been suspended by the Speaker V.Sivakumar. 

So, PR rules again. What is Najib and Sultan going to do.

The best is, allow PR to dissolve the assembly and call for new elections to see what the people want. PR will win with an increased majority, and perhaps BN will be wiped out in Perak.

Perak MB, all 6 excos suspended

Feb 18, 09 6:57pm

The Perak state assembly’s special privileges committee today suspended the state’s newly-minted menteri besar Zambry Abdul Kadir and all his six executive councillors. This means that Pakatan has 28 seats against Barisan Nasional’s 24, and even with the 3 fence sitters will have only 27.


dr zambry abd kadir perak new cm bn 050209The decision was announced by Perak state assembly speaker V Sivakumar after the committee’s inquiry proceeding.
Zambry was slapped with an 18-month suspension while the excos have been suspended for 12 months.
The latest development plunge Perak into another crisis following BN’s seizure of the state government two weeks ago.

Sivakumar, who is still Perak speaker as the BN government has yet to convene the state assembly to replace him with one of their own.

slim majority in perak update 040209By suspending seven of the BN’s 28 state assemblypersons, the numbers have again tilted back to the former Pakatan Rakyat government.

Should the state assembly be reconvened now, it is likely that the seven suspended representatives would not be allowed into assembly, allowing Pakatan to have an edge of 28 seats against BN’s 24. 

The suspension means that while BN can technically continue to rule, but it cannot convene a meeting of a state assembly for fear that Pakatan would move a vote of no confidence against the government.