Study of freehold land title, to be granted within five years

SEREMBAN: The state government is conducting a detailed study to provide freehold land titles to leasehold housing land as promised in the 14th general election (GE14), said Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun.

Also the State Assemblyman for Sikamat, Aminuddin said the state government has had several meetings and workshops on the matter to gather more comprehensive information as it involved hundreds of thousands of homes.

He added that the latest was a workshop held on Sept 21 on the conversion of leasehold titles to freehold.

“The implementation will take time and needs careful study, it cannot be done in one or two days or one or two months, we need a really detailed study because it is a problem of the people…that is why we said we will solve all the problems within five years,” he said in reply to a question from Yap Yew Weng (DAP-Mambau) at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th State Legislative Assembly here today.

Yap asked about the status of the state government’s plans to award freehold titles to new villages in Negeri Sembilan which was promised in principle by Pakatan Harapan (PH) before GE14.

Aminuddin said the implementation date has not been decided as the study has not been completed and the government today is working to implement the agenda in a clean and transparent manner.

“However, the freehold status will only be given to homeowners who had lived there before GE14,” he said.

Earlier, in a supplementary question, Yap asked for the implementation date of the manifesto. — Bernama

KLCC to host Taiwan Expo 2018 from Oct 25-27

KUALA LUMPUR: The Taiwan Expo 2018 is set to be held for the second time at the Kuala Lumpur Convention and Exhibition Centre from Oct 25 to 27.

The expo will feature twelve major exhibition pavilions covering eight industry sectors.

The expo is themed “Connect Taiwan, Connect the World” which features 250 booths by 200 companies covering categories such as Smart City, Green Tech, Healthcare, Halal Taiwan, Taiwan Lifestyle and Tour Taiwan.

Felix Chiu Executive director of the Industry Marketing Department, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expressed his target of achieving 22,000 visitors this year as compared to 20,000 visitors last year and a minimum 10% increase in revenue.

“This year we have had 30 booths that showcases halal products, and we would like visitors to take note of the halal skin care products, ” said Chiu.

In addition to product demonstrations, there will also be several seminars and business exchange meets during the expo emphasising on key themes – Digital forum, Smart Transportation and Healthcare Excellence in the hopes of exploring industrial business opportunities with industry players.

The expo will be held from 10am to 6pm from Oct 25 to 27. Entry is free and visitors only need to register for a visitor’s pass.

Key exhibits during the expo include the world’s first collaborative robot with intelligent visual positioning and the first ever mobile phone 3D printer and various other products and services.

To register for activities or for more information, please visit the official website or social media platforms

Man charged with trafficking in 27 kg drugs

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with trafficking in 27,275 grammes of methamphetamine, two weeks ago.

However, no plea was recorded from Lee Wooi Keong, 46, after the charge was read out to him before Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar.

The man was charged with trafficking in the drug at No 60-62, Kawasan Perindustrian Kecil dan Sederhana Bukit Tengah here at 3 am on Sept 12.

The charge, under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same act, provides the death sentence or an imprisonment for life, and whipping of not less than 15 strokes, upon conviction.

The court fixed Nov 22 for the mention of the case pending the chemical reports.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Afiqah Zakaria appeared for the prosecution while Lee was unrepresented. — Bernama

Police investigate reports of deputy minister’s alleged affairs

KOTA KINABALU: Police will investigate two reports lodged in connection to a blogger’s article of an alleged affair between the Kota Belud MP and her special officer.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said one report was made by Energy, Science, Climate Change and Environment Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, in Subang Jaya on Sunday.

“Another report was made by the special officer’s wife and we are conducting further investigations,” he said to reporters after officiating at the delivery of the message of the Sabah Police commissioner at the Sabah Police headquarters in Kepayan here.

He urged all parties not to make any speculations until the investigations have been completed.

“We do not want to compromise anyone’s reputation, we should respect all parties involved in this case,” he said.

Munirah, who is head of the Young Women’s Wing in Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), found out about the article after she was informed by a friend in a WhatsApp message. — Bernama

Man who killed mother nabbed

BALIK PULAU: A petrol-sniffing addict has admitted to killing his 63-year-old mother following an argument with her.

The 29-year-old suspect was nabbed in Jalan Air Putih here, today. He claimed he was high when he stabbed his mother’s neck at their house kitchen in Kampung Sungai Burung.

He also admitted to dumping the body into a septic tank before escaping.

Southwest district police chief ACP A. Anbalagan said the suspect was caught around 8.45am and has since been brought to the police lock-up.

“The suspect also admitted that he acted alone without any accomplice,” he said.

The victim’s body with stab wounds was found inside the septic tank behind her house by her son-in-law around 3pm on Monday after she went missing for the past week.

The septic tank was 1.5 metres deep, said Anbalagan.

Detectives with sniffer dogs were deployed to locate the suspect, who also has a criminal record for causing grievous hurt in an unrelated case.

There’s a need for third national car project, says MAI

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need to develop the third national car project in line with the rapid development of the automotive industry, said the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI).

Chief Executive Officer Datuk Madani Sahari said the third national car project came in at the right time as it can fulfil the market needs in a bid to complete the automotive industry under the connected mobility concept.

“Technologies related to information technology and electronics will develop rapidly to prepare for such vehicles. This is one of the branches of research and development (R&D) that can be developed if we have the (third) national car.

“The R&D that we have done are good but we must move forward, so we can develop R&D in the connected mobility segment,” he said during an interview on Bernama News Channel’s “Ruang Bicara” programme on the third national car project here last night.

Also present was Putra Business School Senior Lecturer Dr Ahmed Razman Abdul Latiff.

Madani brushed aside the perception that the proposal made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to develop the third national car project was due to his frustration with Proton.

“That is only a perception. The desire to develop the third national car project is not solely to gain fame but it will spur economic spillovers in terms of engineering as well as services.

“For me, the development of the automotive industry is getting bigger as its scope is tremendous. The cake is big enough for the third national car to play a role. Of course, Proton and Perodua will play their respective roles but the third national car will be another national car entity,” he said. — Bernama

MP disagrees with Federal Court’s decision not to rule on top judges’ appointments

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh today disagreed with the Federal Court’s decision not to rule on the Malaysian Bar’s application on the validity of the extension of tenure of Tun Md Raud Sharif as Chief Justice and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as Court of Appeal president.

“It is far from academic,” he said in a statement today.

“Firstly, a judicial pronouncement on the constitutionality of the duo’s appointment would certainly have an effect on the matters they presided on during their extended time as CJ and PCA,” he said in a statement today.

In the event the said appointments are found to have been unconstitutional, the validity of such matters would be subject to review as there would have been a corum failure in those matters as one of the judges hearing them (or two of the judges, if both Raus and Zulkefli heard the said matter) would not have been a lawfully appointed judge at the time the said matters were heard.

Secondly, a definitive ruling on the matter would have provided guidance from the highest court in the land as to whether such appointments were valid or not so as to avoid the same from reoccurring in the future in the event they were found to have been invalid, he added.

Ramkarpal said thirdly the Federal Court could have cleared both Raus and Zulkefli with a firm ruling that their appointments were indeed valid, thereby dismissing any suggestion that their said appointments were in doubt.

Kota Kinabalu police cripples ‘Pie’ gang

KOTA KINABALU: The ‘Pie’ gang, which carried out housebreaking activities around Kota Kinabalu since early this year, was crippled with the arrests of three members, including one believed to be the gang’s leader.

Kota Kinabalu deputy police chief Supt George Rakhman said the police believed that with the arrests they had successfully solved six homebreaking cases in the Inanam, Menggatal and Luyang areas since January this year, involving losses of RM105,700.

He said the gang’s activities were uncovered after police investigated a housebreaking case in Taman Indah Permai, Menggatal near here at 1.30pm on Sept 16 after its 47-year-old owner lodged a police report.

“We found some items including a box with an estimated worth of RM25,000 missing from the victim’s house,” he told a press conference on the case, here today.

Acting on information, George said the police conducted a series of raids, in which two men, aged 35 and 36, were arrested in Inanam at about 9am the next day and another man, 26, believed to be head of the gang was arrested about 45 minutes later in Menggatal.

He said the police also seized items worth RM40,000 from the suspects, including a black Perodua Viva car believed to have been used to carry out their criminal activities.

According to him, all suspects, who were also found positive on drugs when arrested, had criminal records and had been jailed for various offences such as housebreakings and drug addictions.

He said the suspects were remanded for four days from the date of arrest (Sept 17) and the remand was continued until today to assist in the investigation of the housebreaking case on Sept 16.

George said he would request a remand order again from the court for the three suspects to investigate five other cases linked to the gang. — Bernama

Occupational Safety and Health Act to be amended

PUTRAJAYA: The Human Resources Ministry will amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 to ensure that workers in this country are better protected.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the ministry is currently reviewing the draft and would seek the consent of all stakeholders before presenting it in Parliament.

“Now the bill has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers but it is likely to be further enhanced especially in the involvement of the Occupational Safety and Employment Act,” he said at a press conference at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

He added that amendments to the Act would include current requirements that are specific to the safety and health of employees by employers.

“We will amend the act with a number of new clauses involving rules, penalties and so forth which will bring about a major change on a whole,” he said.

He also added that Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran would be presenting the draft law in parliament somewhere between Oct 15 to December the once draft was completed.

He also said that the amendments would benefit media practitioners.