Selangor gives go-ahead for toll-free road to open

All about road blocks, police patrols, festive driving, balik kampung and etc etc

What do you think of it, who is right and who is wrong?

Resident is right, Grand Saga Sucks.
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Resident have the rights, but this is Malaysia, every thing have to pay.
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The fault is on the developer, Narajaya, they should settle this or compensate.
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There is a conspiracy, smells like kopi.
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Selangor gives go-ahead for toll-free road to open

Postby admin » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:15 am

KAJANG: The Selangor Government has given the green light for the opening of the Bandar Mahkota Cheras toll-free access road leading to the Cheras-Kajang Highway.

The Kajang Municipal Council has been given the power to remove the barricade put up by highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd in 2006 due to loss of toll collection.

A date for the opening of the RM16mil road, built by Bandar Mahkota Cheras developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd, will be announced by the council soon.

The go-ahead was given by Selangor executive councillor and State Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman Ronnie Liu following a meeting at Menara MPKj.

“We are ordering the opening of the road because it is on state land. It has been handed over by developer Narajaya to the council,” he said.

Residents of the township and the adjoining Bandar Sungai Long will benefit from the opening of the road as they have been using the main road meant for the latter.

Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee members were earlier in pensive mood at the meeting, which was also attended by council president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abdul Rahman, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Kajang assemblyman Lee Kim Sin and representatives from developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Highway Authority.

Committee chairman Tan Boon Wah said it was a victorious moment for residents of both townships and urged residents to remain patient until the date of the opening was announced.

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Angry residents remove barrier at access road

Postby admin » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:19 am

JOY turned to despair and anger when Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents learnt that the toll-free access road to the Cheras-Kajang Highway would not be opened yesterday as earlier anticipated.

More than 700 angry residents who had gathered at the barricade under the flyover before the Cheras 11th mile toll plaza and at the junction to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn took matters into their own hands by forcefully removing the blockage.

With the use of heavy machinery, they removed the barrier placed by highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd in 2006 and defied an order from the Selangor state government to wait till Wednesday.

An excited crowd lead by Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee chairman Tan Boon Wah had earlier gathered at the location yesterday, expecting the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to remove the barrier at 10am.

This came about because on Friday, Selangor State Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman Ronnie Liu had said that the land belonged to the state and gave the council the power to act.

At 10.20am, heavy machinery brought in by the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee with the help of developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd which built the road, began drilling holes into the concrete barriers, amidst cheers from the residents.

Elected representatives who addressed the jubilant crowd in the morning were Hulu Langat MP Che Rosli Che Mat of PAS, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, both of the DAP.

Work was stopped at 10.40am when MPKj president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abdul Rahman arrived to announce the bad news that the wait would be prolonged.

“The council has received orders from the state government to appoint a surveyor to determine who has right of way over the road.

“The surveyor will collect reports from the Malaysian Highway Authority, Narajaya and Grand Saga and deliver his findings on Wednesday,” Hasan told the crowd who booed and jeered at him.

Calls were then made to the state government to ascertain if this was true.

The elected representatives then left for Menara MPKj to view the letter purportedly from Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, asking for all work to stop and for the crowd to disperse peacefully.

“We were told to wait but the federal and state governments must understand that we cannot wait any longer. Who is Grand Saga to flex its muscles so that we residents have to live with traffic jams every single day?” Tan asked.

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Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents Phoon Chee Kai, 68 and Kelly Moh, 35, said they were tired of battling traffic every day just to access the highway using a longer route that measured 4.5km.

Residents were unanimous in their decision to ignore the calls to stop work and the barriers were removed by 4pm. Re-surfacing work was carried out soon afterwards.

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Drama unfolds as cops step in to block road

Postby admin » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:21 am

MORE drama unfolded at Bandar Mahkota Cheras yesterday when the Kajang police temporarily closed the controversial road offering toll-free access to the Cheras-Kajang Highway.

Several patrol cars were used to block the road under the flyover leading to the Cheras 11th Mile toll plaza from 8am to 9.50am. This led to a large group of angry residents gathering at the site to protest the move.

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Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, who arrived at the scene at 9am, called Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Shakaruddin Che Mood to seek an explanation.

“I have spoken to the OCPD and he said it was done to protect road users’ safety as the traffic lights at the junction have not been synchronised.

“The police fear accidents may occur,” Tan said.

He appealed to ACP Shakaruddin to allow residents to use the road for another day, pending the outcome of the survey to determine who has the right of way over the road at a meeting at Menara MPKj in Kajang at 3pm.

Police personnel later removed their vehicles to allow motorists to pass through.

The access road built by Bandar Mahkota Cheras developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd was opened in September 2005 and closed soon after by highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, who cited a loss of toll collection as the reason for the closure.

On Monday, residents defied an order from the Selangor government and opened the road.

The government had wanted a survey to be carried out with reports from the Hulu Langat Land Office, Kajang Municipal Council, Narajaya and Grand Saga.

At a press conference later, the surveyor said he needed a few more days to prepare the report and it would be ready soon.

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The saga continues

Postby admin » Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:13 am

IN a new development to the Bandar Mahkota Cheras access road issue, Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd has issued a warning letter to the company that owns the heavy machinery used in dismantling the barricade.

Residents of the township brought down the barricade blocking their toll-free access to the highway on Monday after mounting frustration against Grand Saga for closing the road in 2005.

The highway concessionaire issued the letter to Wing Sing Tractor Work through a legal firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the contents was this phrase, “Take notice that you are to cease and desist from further causing and/or assisting in the damage and/or demolishing of the said barricade lawfully constructed/erected by our client”.

At a press conference on Thursday, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who is one of the legal advisers for the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee said the letter would be ignored.

Another legal adviser Keppy Wong said no party could claim the legal right to erect the barricade and in doing so Grand Saga had overlooked the lawsuit filed by township developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd and scheduled for a court hearing on May 21.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai who chaired the press conference called on the intervention of the Federal Government because the Selangor state government had repeatedly stated its stand on the issue.

“We hope the government would review all highway concession agreements. The Cheras-Kajang Highway was built at a cost of RM286mil but toll collection to-date has exceeded RM300mil. The concession agreement is till 2027 so imagine the profits,” he said.

Residents have been maintaining a 24-hour vigil at the Bandar Mahkota Cheras-Bandar Tun Hussein Onn junction since Monday, fearing the road would be blocked again.

They also take turns to control the traffic flow.

In a special meeting held at Menara MPKj on Wednesday, the surveyor hired by the Kajang Munici-pal Council to determine who has right of way over the road and to clarify ownership of the land asked for more time to announce his findings.

“We are confident the land belongs to the state. But if the outcome proves that the land belongs to Federal government, we hope residents' civil rights would be considered and the matter put to rest with a positive outcome,” said Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu who chaired the meeting.

Another surveyor will also be appointed and the results of the report would be revealed on Apr 30.

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Selangor has no need to pay concessionaire RM200m

Postby admin » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:17 am

THE Selangor Government will not pay any compensation to highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd.

State Local Government committee chairman Ronnie Liu said the state government had no contract with Grand Saga, the concessionaire for the Cheras-Kajang Highway in Cheras.

Under the circumstance, he said the state government had the right to open the access road in Bandar Mahkota Cheras so that the residents would be provided with the option of a toll-free access to the area.

“It is absurd to pay compensation totalling RM200mil to the concessionaire when there is no contract.

“The contract is between Grand Saga and the Federal Government and therefore there is no reason why we cannot provide an access road on our land,'' he told StarMetro.

He stressed that the state was determined to open the access road, adding that the Selangor government was firm in its decision on the matter.

“We are the people's government and our stand will favour the people and there is no way things will change on our side,'' he said

Besides that, Liu said the highway builder, Narajaya Sbd Bhd, had not obtained approval for the construction of the highway from the Kajang Municipal Council.

He said they had in fact failed to get the nod from the Malaysian Highway Authority before the highway was constructed.

“To make matters worse, the developer did not submit an application to the council for the construction of the highway,'' he said

He added that after detailed research, he found former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo's claim that the concessionaire must be compensated RM200mil if the access is to be opened as baseless.

Dr Khir was quoted as saying that when the road was first opened in 2005, the concessionaire had asked for RM200mil in compensation for loss of toll collection based on the formula in the concession agreement.

“That is why we decided that the toll-free access road should be closed as it would be unfair to use taxpayers money to pay such a huge sum,” he said at a press conference this week.

He said the state had asked the developer, Narajaya Sdn Bhd, to pay the sum but the company also found the figure too high.

The present state government, he said, had promised to open the access road recently but added that it should not use public funds as it was unfair to the rest of the taxpayers in the state who would not benefit from it.

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Firm says barricade was legal

Postby admin » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:15 am

KAJANG: The Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire, Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, has maintained that the barricade that formerly stood at the Bandar Mahkota Cheras toll-free access road was legally constructed.

Grand Saga business development and corporate affairs executive director Zainal Abidin Ali said demolishing the barricade on April 21 was unlawful.

The Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee carried out the demolition by claiming the barricade was illegal.

Zainal also said the issue could not be debated because the barricade is the subject matter of a legal suit between township developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) and the concessionaire, pending a decision by the High Court. The hearing is scheduled for May 21.

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Residents and FRU in stand-off over barricade

Postby admin » Thu May 08, 2008 2:50 am

KAJANG: A large group of residents from Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Sungai Long in Kajang gathered to protest against the closure of a road that leads to both housing areas.

The residents said the action of the Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire, Grand Saga, to place concrete barriers at the road greatly inconvenienced them.

The closure of the road meant that residents had to pay toll and take a longer route to get to their homes.

Residents had demolished the barriers on April 21, two years after it was put up by Grand Saga, which has maintained that it had right of way over the road.

Yesterday evening, the concessionaire put the barriers back in place. The angry residents had gathered earlier yesterday to prevent the concessionaire from the placing the barriers.

Tensions ran high when the residents had a stand off with Federal Reserve Unit personnel, who were on standby.

The standoff also caused a traffic jam along the highway in the evening.

The Selangor Government is still waiting for a report from the State Survey and Mapping Department to determine the question of right of way.

Grand Saga business development and corporate affairs executive director Zainal Abidin Ali, who was at the site, said while he sympathised with the residents for being forced to use a longer route, a new barrier would be erected as the concessionaire was concerned about safety issues.

He said the road was now the subject matter of a lawsuit filed against Grand Saga by township developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd.

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500 protest as road is closed again

Postby admin » Thu May 08, 2008 2:52 am

KAJANG: Residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Sungai Long came out in full force yesterday to demonstrate against the closure of an access road near the Cheras-Kajang Highway.
The closure meant that motorists could no longer by-pass the Batu 11 toll plaza and they would have to pay the 90-sen toll.

The 500 residents and several representatives from Pakatan Rakyat had gathered at the access road junction as early as 2pm to stop Grand Saga, the highway's concessionaire, from closing the road.

The access road was closed by Grand Saga two years ago, but was reopened illegally by the residents on April 21 with the help of several Pakatan Rakyat representatives.

When Grand Saga sought to replace the barrier yesterday, residents fumed.
They said barricading the access road with concrete was inconsiderate as it inconvenienced motorists.

Police and Federal Reserve Unit personnel were present to control the situation, and they had cordoned off the entrance to Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

Despite police warnings, several protesters threw stones at the authorities and workers.

Kajang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Shakaruddin Che Mood said police arrested two residents for throwing stones and unruly behaviour during the demonstration.

Meanwhile, Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah said residents had appealed to Grand Saga to reconsider its decision not to close the road, but there was no response, adding that he would apply for a court order to get Grand Saga to reopen the road.

Also present were Cheras member of parliament Tan Kok Wai and Serdang member of parliament Teo Nie Ching.

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Four arrested in Cheras demo

Postby admin » Fri May 09, 2008 2:20 am

KAJANG: Four people were picked up after they demonstrated at Bandar Mahkota, Cheras, due to road works being carried out at a traffic light junction leading to the area.

The demonstration which saw about 1,000 people, mostly residents from the nearby areas, gathering from 4pm to stop the work conducted by workers.

The protesting crowd played a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities until 10.30pm when the situation worsened.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng pulled the plug of a generator before standing in front of a water cannon to prevent the police from aiming it at the crowd.

During the ensuing commotion, Lim was said to have been assaulted .

It is learnt that Lim was rushed to the Kajang Hospital by Seri Kembangan state assemblyman Ean Yong Hean Wah and a friend.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Shakaruddin Che Mood said police resorted to firing the water cannons several times to ward off the protestors who were riding motorcycles and speeding towards the police barricades.

He said there were more than 100 policemen including personnel from the Light Strike Force and the Federal Reserve Unit at the scene.

The four arrested, aged between 20 and 30, were taken to the Kajang police station for questioning.

On Wednesday, a large group of residents from Bandar Mahkota and Sungai Long in Kajang gathered to protest against the closure of a road that leads to both housing areas.

The residents claimed that the action of the Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire, Grand Saga, to place concrete barriers at the road greatly inconvenienced them.

The closure of the road meant that residents had to pay toll and take a longer route to get to their homes.

Residents had demolished the barriers on April 21, two years after they were put up by Grand Saga, which has maintained that it had right of way over the road.

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Folks have the right to use access road without paying toll

Postby admin » Sat May 10, 2008 6:25 am

SELANGOR Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the state government will be holding a meeting with Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd and the Federal Government next week.

He said the meeting was to find a solution for the tussle between the concessionaire and Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents over the barricade erected by the former on the toll-free access road belonging to the Selangor government.

“We understand the problem as well as the plight of the people and will seek a quick solution,’’ said Khalid when met by Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents at the state secretariat building yesterday.

He said the residents had the right to use the access road without having to pay toll but added that the problem could only be settled when all relevant parties had discussed the matter.

The residents arrived at the secretariat building yesterday at about 11am in a chartered bus and five cars to hand over a memorandum to Khalid. It was received by the his special duties assistant Mohd Yahya Sahri.

The crowd was also met by state executive councillors Ronnie Liu and Ean Yong Hean Wah.

Liu, who met reporters after speaking to the residents, said the concessionaire did not have the right to barricade the access road as it belonged to the state government.

He lambasted the police for taking sides and said that the police should maintain law and order instead of manhandling the residents on behalf of the concessionaire.

“We have all the proof to show that the land belongs to the state government and we have informed the police about this but the police, which is under the control of the Federal Government, is not paying heed,’’ said Liu.

He added that he had spoken to the Selangor CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar over the phone but the latter had remained stubborn.

More than 100 policemen, including personnel from the Light Strike Force and the Federal Reserve Unit, were dispatched to the area on Thursday when the residents held a demonstration to protest against Grand Saga Sdn Bhd.

Police personnel fired water cannons several times to ward off the protestors who were riding motorcycles and speeding towards the police barricades.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng was allegedly assaulted when he pulled the plug of a generator before standing in front of a water cannon to prevent the police from aiming it at the crowd. He is presently recovering at the Selayang Hospital.

“The police must be neutral and not help Grand Saga Sdn Bhd put up the barricade. Since when did the police force go into construction?’’ asked Liu.

He said that he would be speaking to Khalid as well as state legal adviser Datin Paduka Zauyah Be T. Loth Khan to see what action could be taken against the concessionaire.

Liu said the residents also had the right to seek an injunction against the concessionaire as well as seek damages from it through legal recourse.

Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents had been maintaining a 24-hour vigil at the crossroads where the concrete barricade put up by Grand Saga was first dismantled on April 21.

But the tents and garden chairs which residents used while keeping an eye on the road were no longer there on Friday morning. Also missing were self-appointed traffic marshalls who helped to ensure the traffic situation was under control since the traffic lights were not synchronised.

Although small groups of residents were present at the site, the crowd was not as big as the 1,000-odd people who converged on Thursday night where four people including the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee chairman Tan Boon Wah were arrested.

To-date, Grand Saga has re-built the barricade twice and on both occasions, residents had broken down the barrier.

“They can keep building the barricade but we will keep destroying it,” said Tan when contacted.

He was released from police custody after a few hours.

With the highway concessionaire and the Selangor state government claiming right of way, the issue is still far from being settled.

One resident, Suraya Haris Ong, said authorities should also view the socio-economic impact on the township with low rentals and vacant shoplots since the barricade was put up in 2005.

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IGP sounds warning after protest over Cheras access road

Postby admin » Sat May 10, 2008 6:27 am

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said there should be no mob rule in this country.

He said police would act against those who organised or incited residents to break the law by gathering illegally and demonstrating.

He was commenting on the protest by about 1,000 demonstrators at Bandar Mahkota, Cheras, against a barricade at a traffic-light junction leading to the area on Thursday night. The residents have twice brought down the barricade.

The demonstration turned ugly at about 10.30pm and police had to fire water cannons and tear gas to control the crowd.

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“We are concerned as the toll-free access road has yet to be gazetted. If there is an accident, we will not be able to investigate and motorists will have to file a civil suit for compensation,” he said.

“To me, all parties concerned should sit down and find an amicable solution without resorting to mob rule. They should go to the courts and fight for their rights, instead of damaging property and inconveniencing other motorists and residents.”

Police arrested four people after the demonstration. During the commotion, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng was allegedly assaulted and later warded at the Selayang hospital.

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Rep: Grand Saga has no right to barricade access street

Postby admin » Sun May 11, 2008 3:46 am

KAJANG: The Cheras-Kajang Expressway operator has no right to barricade the road into Bandar Mahkota Cheras because a survey has found that it is located on state land.

Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu said a Survey and Mapping Department report had shown that the land on which Grand Saga Sdn Bhd had earlier erected a barrier to stop residents from using a toll-free road was state land.

The report and a map have been forwarded to state legal officer Datuk Zauyah Lothy Khan.

“Even before the survey, the state government had ample proof that the road was on state land.

“And until today, the highway concessionaire has yet to show documents to stake its claims,” he said at a press conference at the site yesterday.

The residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras have been engaged in a battle with Grand Saga since 2005 over the use of a road which allows them a shorter and toll-free route into their housing area.

Grand Saga had earlier built barricades across the road but residents had dismantled the barriers.

The battle turned ugly on Thursday night when police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds of residents who were trying to dismantle the latest barricade.

Liu said Grand Saga should just let the matter rest if it could not dispute the state government’s claim over who controlled the land. It should also not stop the residents from using the toll-free access road.

Liu said he would discuss with the Public Works Department to see if another access road running parallel to the highway belonged to the state to avoid another land controversy.

Grand Saga has applied for an injunction against Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Committee chairman Tan Boon Wah, Liu and the Kajang Municipal Council to stop them from entering the expressway area.

Tan confirmed that he was served with an ex-parte injunction on Friday night.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who claimed he was injured during Thursday night’s commotion, said he admitted himself into the emergency ward of Selayang Hospital on Friday afternoon as he was in pain.

Relating Thursday’s events, Lim said: “A plainclothes officer grabbed me from behind and some burning hot liquid was blasted into my face, which temporarily blinded me. I then felt punches and kicks all over,” he said.

He said his car was damaged – tyres punctured, wipers ripped off, surface scratched and a number plate broken.

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Zin: Government can act only after Narajaya suit is resolved

Postby admin » Thu May 15, 2008 4:30 am

THE Federal Government has to wait for a court decision on a lawsuit filed by developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd against Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire Grand Saga and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) in 2007 before negotiations could resume on the use of the access road.

Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed said no action could be taken by the federal government for fear of subjudice.

“The Government has held a series of meetings between Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents and the concessionaire to resolve the matter over the access road.

“Under the terms of the agreement signed between the federal government and the concessionaire in 1995, any financial loss due to the leakage of traffic volume from the toll highway will have to be borne by us,” he told Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai during a question and answer session in Parliament yesterday.

Zin said the Government was sympathetic to the plight of around 37,000 residents in Bandar Mahkota, who had dismantled the barricades installed by Grand Saga barring them use of a road allowing them a shorter and toll-free route into their housing areas.

“We understand why the residents have resorted to such drastic action. The main toll road is also highly congested due to the high traffic volume of lorries and cars,” he said.

The standoff had turned ugly on Thursday night when police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd comprising residents who were trying to dismantle the latest barricade put up by Grand Saga.

To a supplementary question by Tan, Zin said although the Survey and Mapping Department report showed that the land the barricade was on belonged to the Selangor state government, there was still the question of who would bear the financial loss incurred by Grand Saga.

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Construction restarts as court refuses resident’s injunction

Postby admin » Thu May 15, 2008 4:30 am

PETALING JAYA: Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd will resume the construction of a barricade in Bandar Mahkota Cheras as the court had refused to grant an injunction sought by a resident.

The resident Tan Boon Wah sought the injunction order to stop Grand Saga from barring them from using an alternative access road that allowed them a shorter and toll-free route into their housing areas.

The company’s Business Development and Corporate Affairs executive director Zainal Abidin Ali said that construction would resume on the indisputable portion of the concession area.

“We refer to the media reports on Sunday whereby it was reported that the Selangor State Councillor Ronnie Liu had stated that a survey report from the Survey and Mapping Department had concluded that the land on which the previously demolished barricade was on state land.

“We have not been given a copy of the findings before the court hearing, but from the map attached to the said report distributed to the press, we contend that the map is incomplete,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

He explained that this was because there was “no coordinates to ascertain the alleged location of the previously demolished barricade, and as such, Grand Saga disputes the survey findings”.

The company also emphasised that the more important issue was about the rights of access and not the barricade.

“We trust that there will be no further confusion as to the rights it has over the concession area.

“Nor can Ronnie Liu on behalf of the state government allow or encourage access into the concession area,” he said.

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I’ll not apologise to a law breaker, says Selangor police ch

Postby admin » Sun May 18, 2008 2:14 am

PETALING JAYA: Selangor CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said he will not apologise to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who was allegedly assaulted by police during a recent demonstration.

He said there was no reason for him to bow to Lim's demands as the MP had flouted the law with several Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents during the Grand Saga demonstration on May 8. It was held over the closure of an access road that bypassed the toll plaza.

“Why must I apologise to a law breaker. I am just doing my job,'' he told reporters after giving away prizes for the best police station in the state at the Kajang station yesterday.

DCP Khalid also held a dialogue session with representatives from the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) at the same venue.

Lim had claimed that several residents were brutally treated when they were arrested for protesting. He said he planned to sue the police over the incident unless DCP Khalid apologised.

Lim also claimed that some plainclothes policemen assaulted him when he tried to prevent the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel from using water cannon to disperse the crowd.

Four people were picked up after about 1,000 people, mostly residents from the nearby areas, gathered from 4pm to stop Grand Saga from building barricades across the road.

The protesters played a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities until 10.30pm when the situation worsened.

Lim pulled the plug of a generator before standing in front of a water cannon to prevent the police from aiming it at the crowd. During the ensuing commotion, Lim was said to have been assaulted.

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