Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thank you to Ms Loo and Zhi Hua for taking time off to come and celebrate Ashley's birthday and at the same time join our cell group meeting.
Another special 'family' guests were CK, Soo Pei, Ivan and Reanne. Really good to see you all join us last night. Eventhough it was a late night especially for the children.
And our regular cell group members
The CL's family Philip, Hannah, Isaac, Amanda and Jere; Silas, Rachel and Sarah; and of course my family and my mum.
...The Star Online
Temporary victory good enough
Saturday May 31, 2008
Cabinet orders access road to stay open
Saturday May 31, 2008
Suhakam to open inquiry on alleged police violence
Saturday May 31, 2008
Federal Government should step in to help
Saturday May 31, 2008
...The Malaysian Insider
Cabinet orders Bandar Mahkota access road open
Bandar Mahkota Cheras: Cheras road to remain open for now
Bandar Mahkota Cheras: Suhakam wants police to explain use of force
WHAT BLOGGERS SAY: Toll fracas, Najib in the crosshairs
...The Malay Mail
Council takes the ‘no’ route
Grand Saga the latecomer
FRU brutality causes father sleepless nights
Rahmah Ghazali May 31, 08 8:24pm
Sleepless nights plagued Chang Ah Kau after his son was brutally assaulted by the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) during the Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) fracas a few nights ago.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Victory to the people, and thank you to the PKR state government.
Cabinet orders Cheras barriers removed (News from MalaysiaKini)
May 30, 08 3:28pm
There is finally some good news for Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) residents - the federal government has ordered that a toll-free access road in their neighbourhood not be barricaded.
BMC Open Road Committee chairperson Tan Boon Hwa said that he was informed of this by Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat this afternoon.
Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed, who visited the site this afternoon, confirmed the cabinet decision to the gathered residents, numbering some 300.
He told the jubilant residents that the access would be allowed immediately and that Grand Saga would be tasked to repair the road.
The minister however was unsure if the free access would be a temporary or a permanent feature, adding that it depended on the outcome of a court case between BMC developer Narajaya Snd Bhd and Grand Saga.
Bandar Mahkota Cheras road to remain open (From the Star Online)
Friday May 30, 2008 MYT 3:59:37 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has decided the Bandar Mahkota Cheras access road will remain open for now.
Suhakam condemns cops for 'excessive force' (From MalaysiaKini)
Tarani Palani and Rahmah Ghazali | May 30, 08 2:00pm
The Human Rights Commission did not mince its words today in condemning the "excessive force" being used by the police against residents during the fracas at the Bandar Mahkota Cheras on Tuesday night.
The commission demanded the police to explain the alleged beating of a 21-year-old man during the incident where about 200 BMC residents were ordered to disperse by the police.
FRU must show proof
According to Subramaniam, it was “absurd” for a team of well-trained FRU men to “feel threatened” by four unarmed youths.
“If they (FRU) have proof that they were hit by the car (as claimed), then they have to provide the names of the officers who were injured,” he said.
Call for inquiry
Suhakam will be proposing an enquiry into the during the commission’s meeting on June 9.
BMC four investigated for attempted murder (From MalaysiaKini)
S Pathmawathy | May 30, 08 4:16pm
Four onlookers caught unawares in the Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) scuffle on the night of May 27, are being investigated for attempted murder and rioting, said Kajang police chief ACP Shakaruddin Che Mood.
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I ordered seafood fried rice. my colleagues dishes came, and after they have finished eating my rice still did not appear. They might have difficulties catching the seafood. #-o Reminded the waiters.
Dishes were delivered to another table, which the patrons came later than us. Still no seafood fried rice. Reminded the waiters.
Dishes were delivered to another table, which the patrons came later than us and after the table which got their food earlier than me. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. The camel is me.
The waiter asked me to wait for another 5 minutes, and I said NO. We called the bill and left.
So no lunch for me. I went to 7-11 opposite the cafe and bought potato buns. Yup, thats my lunch, buns and a cup of hot milo (from my pantry).
Overall the food was ok. One of the dish my colleague ordered, fish fillet though was not fresh.
May 30, 08 8:45am
‘The greediness in such private companies as seen in Bandar Mahkota Cheras has been cemented and the only feeling they have is ‘What more can I grab?’
'Chor, you're unfit to represent us'
May 30, 08 8:45am
I feel ashamed with what the deputy minister has said regarding the beating up of a youth at Bandar Mahkota Cheras. Shame on him for justifying the beating up of a member of the public.'
End to Cheras saga today?
KUALA LUMPUR: A solution is in sight to the Bandar Mahkota Cheras access road issue.
Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed is expected to visit the site today and make an announcement, according to highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd.
Motion on Cheras issue rejected
THE protest over the Bandar Mahkota Cheras road closure, which left several people injured on Tuesday, reached the Dewan via a motion tabled by an Opposition MP who wanted the matter debated. The Chair rejected it.
Pandikar Amin keeps cool in the midst of heated debates in Parliament
Too many MPs, he added, were also resorting to the emergency motions under Standing Order 18(1) to ask to debate matters relating to individuals, such as the person who was injured during a commotion in Bandar Mahkota Cheras on Tuesday. Residents there are embroiled in a clash with the highway concessionaire over an access road.
Bandar Mahkota residents take their case to Parliament
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 30 residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras brought their case to Parliament, wielding banners urging the Works Minister to reopen the access road to the housing area.
They gathered outside the Parliament building with banners which read: “Menteri Kerja Raya, Tolong Rakyat Buka Jalan” (Works Minister, please help the people open the road).
Syed Hamid refutes allegation on cops
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no way the police would have watched civilians being beaten up by others without taking action, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
He said he needed to know more about what happened during the scuffle between Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents and alleged thugs on Tuesday over the closing of a toll-free road in the housing estate
Khalid brings down barricade
Rahmah Ghazali | May 29, 08 3:45pm
The Selangor government - through its state-owned company - will call for an emergency general meeting of toll operator Grand Saga within the next two weeks to settle the on-going Cheras toll saga.
Soon Li Tsin | May 29, 08 7:51pm
Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung (BN - Alor Star) explained that the police initially did not interfere with the scuffle between Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents and alleged thugs because they were waiting for back-up.
Police probe all reports
He pointed out that the police are currently investigating into the nine police reports lodged of which none involved complaints against the police.
One sided reports
"I can also say that Malaysiakini's report is incorrect. Don't just hear one side of the story. We have to hear the other side to know exactly what actually happened on May 27," he exclaimed.
Soon Li Tsin, Fauwaz Abdul Aziz and S Pathmawathy | May 29, 08 2:53pm
A group of residents from Bandar Mahkota Cheras, who turned up in Parliament today, were unsuccessful in their bit to submit a memorandum to Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed.
Motion fails to 'satisfy' House speaker
The House broke into an uproar, however, with M Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) saying that the issue must be debated according to Standing Order 18(3) if at least 15 MPs stood up in support of it.
Bashed up like lamp-posts
Outside the gates of Parliament, meanwhile, a small group of BMC residents had gathered to lend support the delegation led by Tan.
There were people "bashing up" the residents, smashing their cars and throwing stones at the residents, said the mother of three.
She also said she could not believe her eyes when she saw Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel smashing their batons against the residents as if they were "lamp posts".
"I've got a phobia of the FRU now because I saw with my own eyes they were bashing up people
Police action defended
Meanwhile, Syed Hamid defended the police actions and said the residents should lodge police reports for the matter to be investigated.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
May 29, 08 10:45am
Part report and pictures from http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83612
Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents have torn down the controversial wall built by toll operator Grand Saga which blocked access to the Cheras-Kajang Highway late last night.
This was the third time that the five-foot wall, consisting of table-size boulders and erected across the two-lane toll-free slip road, was demolished.
Readers say in MalaysiaKini on the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Saga...
Bandar Mahkota Cheras: Your say
May 29, 08 8:55am
‘Grand Saga, even though you think you are right, why don’t you do something charitable for society? You already making tonnes of money.’
Read at http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83610
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Cheers as residents pull down controversial barricade
KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras have torn down a barricade rebuilt by Grand Saga Sdn Bhd that prevented access into the housing area of some 38,000 residents.
Using mallets, car jacks and steel bars, the residents broke down the foundations of the barricade made of large boulders and forced the stones to the ground.
The boulders were then chained to lorries and dragged away to the side of the underpass of the Cheras-Kajang Highway, which leads into the neighbourhood.
By 7.15pm, the first vehicle had managed to inch its way through the two-lane access road, amidst the cheers and loud blaring of vehicle horns from onlookers and residents alike.
Police and Light Strike Force personnel monitored the crowds, which swelled to a few hundred.
Police action on those creating chaos
KAJANG: Police action will be taken against those involved in creating chaos in Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar warned.
MB: We’ll have an EGM soon
SHAH ALAM: The state government will exercise its right as a stakeholder in Grand Saga Sdn Bhd to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) soon to discuss the Bandar Mahkota Cheras access road issue.
Contempt of court
THE Selangor government may take legal action against the concessionaire for the Cheras-Kajang Highway for violating an undertaking not to obstruct the access road in Bandar Mahkota Cheras without state approval.
Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents urge Federal Govt to intervene
RESIDENTS of Bandar Mahkota Cheras are calling on the Federal Government to intervene to end the access road crisis that has been brewing in their housing estate over the last three months.
Developers must also have social responsibility
RATNA DEVI NADARAJAN
Malaysian Association of Standards Users
According to The Star on May 8, Grand Saga business development and corporate affairs executive director Zainal Abidin Ali said that while he sympathised with the residents for being forced to use a longer route, Grand Saga had to close the access road due to safety concerns.
We urge Grand Saga not to manipulate the word safety as a ticket out of this situation. The developers, as part of their social obligation to road users, must have humanised their design rather than focusing on maximum profit generation.
If safety is of concern, the developers should work together with the residents and other independent parties to study the extent of unsafe factors of the blocked access road and rectify it together with the local government and the Works Ministry.
KUALA LUMPUR: Cheras-Kajang Expressway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd has denied allegations that it had employed thugs to beat up Bandar Makhota Cheras residents who tried to tear down a barrier blocking the toll-free access to the highway on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 ─ Grand Saga Sdn Bhd has been asked to stop erecting a concrete barrier at Jalan Mahkota Cheras to avoid further confrontation with residents, which began on April 21.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
You can hear the police asking "Mana reporter, mana reporter..."
Other related videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHIhZD9VQMA
'Selangor GLC has shares in Grand Saga'
May 28, 08 3:08pm
If someone has broken the law arrest the person and charge them in court. The police/FRU are suppose to uphold the law and not take the law into their own hands.
( “He asked for it. He ran over a policeman and he got what he deserved,” the officer told Malaysiakini a few minutes after the incident.)
By his account, he was only a curiosity-seeker who wanted to know what was going on at the site of a disputed barricade near Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) last night.
In no time at all, however, Chang Jiun Haur was soaked in his own blood after being repeatedly beaten by 20 riot squad (FRU) personnel armed with batons and boots with steel toes.
Chang, 21, his sister and two friends were driving away from the site of the barricade about 11.30pm, when their car was surrounded by police personnel who had earlier dealt with a fracas involving BMC residents.
Chinese-language dailies reported today that more than 10 people were seriously injured in yesterday’s incident, which saw BMC residents assaulted by ‘thugs’ allegedly hired by toll concessionaire Grand Saga.
“They attacked the residents immediately. About 10 people were assaulted and three of them were reporters. Their cameras were confiscated as well,” claimed Tan.
Star reported that Utusan Malaysia photographer Roy Azis Abdul Aziz had been beaten up when he tried to take photos of the fracas.
BMC resident Chin Kee Chong’s right arm was broken (right) and he suffered injuries to his head, while another resident - Lee Ah Seng - sustained severe injuries to his head.
May 28, 08 12:49pm
Report from MalaysiaKini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83555
Toll operator Grand Saga today distanced itself from the fracas which occurred last night at the barricaded toll-free access road to the
Armed with rods and sticks
BMC Open the Road Committee Tan Boon Hwa when contacted had said that he had received information that the men were armed with iron rods, helmets and sticks.
"At about 7pm, the thugs came and assaulted the residents who tried to bring down the barricades. There was even a female resident who was beaten up by eight thugs," Tan told Malaysiakini.
Highway Consumers Ain't Stupid
Posted by Vineeth Menon
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
For the past umpteenth days (or rather, months), toll concessionaire Grand Saga had been building a barricade, forcing Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) residents to travel additional 6km in order to pass through the toll plaza on the Cheras-Kajang Highway (CKH), whenever BMC residents need to travel to Kuala Lumpur City.
This blog gave suggestions to use alternate toll free road to avoid paying the 90 cents toll.
Standoff over Cheras barrier
Wednesday May 28, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Tensions ran high at Bandar Mahkota, Cheras, when hundreds of residents gathered to remove a barricade which was rebuilt early yesterday to prevent access into the area.
Four people were arrested in the incident.
Saga continues as barricades rebuilt
Wednesday May 28, 2008
AN unfamiliar group turned up as “observers” as workers from Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire of the Cheras-Kajang highway, reconstructed the barrier at the access road in Bandar Mahkota Cheras yesterday.
Residents who were monitoring the work done by the workers said they were surprised by the presence of this third group.
Night of violence at the Cheras barricade
THE confrontation between highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd and residents in Bandar Makhota Cheras reached bloody heights yesterday when a group of 15 unidentified men assaulted demonstrators with wooden sticks and bike helmets.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
At the traffic junction, turn left to Mahkota cheras, right to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn
(Report and pictures from MalaysiaKini)
May 27, 08 2:11pm
It did not take long for toll concessionaire Grand Saga to rebuild a concrete barricade to block a toll-free access road to the
Demolition at work
By about 10pm, some 400 to 500 residents had gathered at the site, attempting to remove the concrete barriers.
Barricade goes back up
...About 200 residents were at the scene this afternoon to watch the barricade go up but did not take any action to stop the workers. ...
State to react within 24 hours
Khalid's political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, in an immediate response to the rebuilding of the barricade, said the best possible action is being discussed with lawyers.
"We have already told Grand Saga that if they wish to dispute the jurisdiction over the road, they should take it to court. They should not barricade the road until the matter is legally resolved," replied Nik Nazmi.
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Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire if the Cheras-Kajang highway, will reconstruct a barricade at the access road in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.
The Star Online http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/5/27/central/20080527083753&sec=central
Malay Mail http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/mm/Tuesday/Hotnews/20080527092349/Article/index_html
No date was given when they will reconstruct the barrier.
May 26, 08 6:37pm
Toll operator Grand Saga has today vowed to rebuild the concrete barricade to block a toll-free access road to the Cheras-Kajang Highway in Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC).
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Khalid assures Mahkota Cheras folks that issue will be resolved
SELANGOR Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has assured the 38,000 residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras that the government is with them in their struggle to resolve their access route issue...
Friday, May 23, 2008
1) The security thread on a real note is embedded in the bill and appears on the reverse side of the note as a silver dotted line. When the note is held up against light, it is seen as a continuous dark line and the repeated text 'BNMRM100' can be read. This feature is missing on the counterfeit note, where the 'security thread' appears as a silver dotted line.
2) No raised Braille feature on the counterfeit note.
3) The holographic design on the LEADA (Long-lasting Economical Anti-copy Device) strip represents the same motif as used in the purple patch as well as the text 'BNMRM100'. The colour of these elements change when the viewing angle is changed. The counterfeit note features just a silver thread with a floral pattern.
4) The portrait of the first King on the right of the real note is raised (Intaglio Print). This effect is missing on the fake note.
5) Watermark portrait of the first King is missing in the counterfeit note. The numeral 100 watermark at the base of the King's watermark is also missing.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/23/nation/21337900&sec=nation
Finally today, now it is May, 3 months later, the contractors are here to install normal phone lines in the office.
As a service center, supporting Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, HK, Singapore and Malaysia it does not make sense to not have a good phone system. Slow response to fix the problem, only after the countries complain about our phone system.
From my earlier blog
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Picture and news from http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/
NASHVILLE, May 22 — The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed yesterday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.
The girl, Maria, was hit in the driveway of the family's home by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available, apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected.
"It looks like a tragic accident," she said.
Read more at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/mni/daughter-of-christian-music-star-killed-by-car.html
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Why am I putting this in my blog? I was not interested nor did I watch the match. I would only take a wee bit of interest in the papers the next day,
Well I did not have a good nights rest, because the mamak shop opposite my place was showing the match and the cheering from the customers could be heard loud and clear. The cheering was up to 5:30am this morning when the game ended in penalty shootouts.
Sleepy day for me. (:|
All the best Andrew in HK, don't forget us and always be ready to receive visitors in your humble adobe in HK. I will miss my bassist and friend.
He answered the call to take up the bass and play in church, eventhough he did not have the experience, but took lessons. Good heart man... keep practicing in HK, with thy air bass.
Thanks Jo for the dinner.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Watched Iron Man with Marilyn yesterday. Real cool, not to be missed action, super hero movie.
Love the action, the little love, the humor with 'dummy' the robot....
Next show to watch... hmmm, Indiana Jones :-P
At least I got to spend some time with my family in Sepang during the long weekend. Yesterday after an appointment, Marilyn and I went to catch a movie Iron Man. Yaaaay!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sweet sour crabs, and a little spicy. We have not had crabs for a long long time. Yummy! Steam fish... we started eating before I could take the fish's picture. The other side ot the fish is already in our stomachs
There is one more dish, the mixed vegetables. That too we finished eating before I started taking the pictures of the food.
Anyway the table was not big enought to to put all the dished on, including the drinks and plates of rice. Why not a bigger table, well since it was a weekend and the next day, Monday is a public holiday (Wesak), lots of outstation people came to have seafood. We joined in.
Price is around RM80...