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Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been arrested, a day before his 60th birthday and after nearly four hours of questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Shafie, who was arrested at 9pm yesterday, is expected to be taken to the Kota Kinabalu High Court to be remanded today. MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrest.

The Parti Warisan Sabah president arrived at the MACC office at about 5.15pm yesterday, after flying in from Kuala Lumpur, to be questioned over projects implemented during his watch as Rural and Regional Development Minister between 2009 and 2015.

In a white shirt, Shafie Apdal was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Shuryani Shuaib; Warisan vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony who was detained earlier and released on bail; and their lawyers Martin Tommy and Loretto Padua.

Before he left for the MACC office, Shafie told reporters at his Taman Gold View home: “We are willing to facilitate and when they called me, I flew back from Kuala Lumpur.

“It's a process of law and we need to give our cooperation. We are not going to obstruct and I know that MACC is just doing its job.”

He also said that he was saddened by the detention of his two siblings – Hamid and Yusof – in the investigation but reiterated that MACC was just doing its job.

Urging his supporters to remain calm and to continue the party’s work, Shafie and a relative led a short prayer before heading to the MACC office.

Earlier, a crowd of supporters gathered at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to greet him.

Later, Shafie was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for overnight observation for having high blood pressure, said his lawyer and Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking.

MACC has so far arrested 10 people, including Shafie’s brothers, his nephew Warisan Youth chief Azis Jamman, Peter, Tenom Umno Youth chief Jamawi Jaafar and his Tawau counterpart Ariffin Kassim, Warisan media representative Armarjit Singh, Hamid’s son-in-law Manzur Hussein Awal Khan, a 52-year-old local contractor and a 40-year-old senior civil servant in Putrajaya, over the case.

Hamid, who was warded at Damai Specialist Hospital for health problems since Sunday has been released on MACC bail.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie, granted Hamid bail at RM50,000 in two sureties.

MACC prosecuting officer Mohd Faliq Basirudin said Hamid’s remand was supposed to only end today but he was released earlier because the investigation on him was complete.

Stephanie went to Gleneagles Hospital later, for the release of Manzur, 37, who is also warded over health issues.

He was granted bail at RM30,000 in two sureties and ordered to report once a month to the MACC office.

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Datuk Shafie Apdal nabbed in MACC investigation
4 https://youtu.be/ivoRTxcYPIQ KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been arrested, a day before his 60th birthday and after nearly four hours of questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Shafie, who was arrested at 9pm yesterday, i...

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Toray Malaysia Systems provides IT services

GEORGE TOWN: Toray Group (Malaysia), wholly-owned by Toray Industries Inc, Japan and one of the pioneers of Penang’s industrialisation programme, has expanded its business operations in Penang with the establishment of yet another company, namely Toray Malaysia Systems Solution Sdn Bhd (TMS).

TMS was established on May 2 with a RM5mil investment injected from Toray Japan.

It has offices at two locations in Penang, namely its head office at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Spice) and in Prai.

TMS managing director Peter Chan said the company, which is certified with MSC status by MDEC, provides global business services to its group of companies in Malaysia and abroad.

He said the company currently employs some 50 people and expects to increase the number to 100 within the next two to three years.

Chan said TMS provides full suite of information technology (IT) solutions and support for all aspects of business operations, ranging from planning and development to operation of information systems.

“These IT services include systems study, design, development, integration, deployment and maintenance, network infrastructure installation, IT helpdesk, systems administration support as well as IT consulting and IT research and development, according to customers’ stringent needs,” he added.

Chan said TMS is under the direct supervision of Toray Japan Information Systems Division.

“Backed by many years of information systems development experiences, technical know-how and skillful dedicated staff, TMS is set to contribute to Toray’s global business expansion as well as other related clients in Malaysia and the region.

“The head office at TMS Spice is equipped with the latest network infrastructure and IoT (Internet of Things) technology. It is designed to ensure that employees work in a conducive, healthy, happy, flexible working environment,” he said at TMS’ official opening at the Setia Spice Convention Centre recently.

Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, who was guest of honour at the event, said Penang recorded a total of RM5.3bil approved manufacturing investments from Japan from 2008 to 2016.

“I am also pleased to note that after the US and EU countries, Japanese investors make up the largest investments in Penang, making Japanese companies among the top FDI contributors to the Penang economy,” he added.

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Toray sets up new unit in Penang
Toray Malaysia Systems Solution Sdn Bhd
managing director Peter Chan (second right) speaking at a press
conference on Oct 17 after the official opening of Toray Malaysia
Systems Solution Sdn Bhd at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang.
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FRUSTRATED by the never-ending flood problems in Penang, a group has got together to arrange a meeting with state representatives on Oct 29.

The group of 24 residents associations and management corporations believes that the blame game between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan politicians should be stopped as the floods have caused a lot of hardship to the people.

Spokesperson Meenakshi Raman said the group would have experts share data collected on floods in their respective areas at the briefing.

“We want to make a collective call to the state government to take the flood and hill erosion issues very seriously,” she said at a press conference at the Consumers Association of Penang in Jalan Masjid Negeri yesterday.

Meenakshi said the state representatives could use the data gathered at the briefing titled ‘Penang Flood: Call for Action’ and discuss the matter during the upcoming state assembly in November.

The briefing is open to the public and the venue and time will be announced later.

“Flood mitigation alone is inadequate. We want comprehensive action and a stop to unsafe overdevelopment at hill slopes,” said Meenakshi.

Representatives of residents groups from Bandar Baru Ayer Itam attended the press conference to voice their dissatisfaction over the repeated flooding in the township, especially in Lebuhraya Thean Tek, Jalan Thean Tek and Lintang Thean Tek.

The groups are from Tanjung Court Condominium, Desa Delima (Tower Blocks), Sri Impian, Fortune Court, Treasure Ville and Desa Baiduri. Tanjung Court Condominium residents ad-hoc group representative K. Suthakar said Lebuhraya Thean Tek in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam would be badly hit by floods every time there was heavy rain.

“The state government keeps saying that the Federal Government doesn’t give them enough money.

“Will the flooding problems go on for five or 10 more years? How long is this going to continue? We are suffering,” he said.

He urged MPs to attend the briefing as well so that they could bring up the flood issue in Parliament.

Later, the group showed photos of landslides that happened during the Sept 15 flooding at Fettes Park, Solok Tembaga and Sungai Ara.

They urged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to focus on resolving the flood issues.

Penang Opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid said it was a good initiative to hold the briefing as there was a need to better understand the concerns of the people.

“I can only confirm attendance after the venue and time have been fixed,” she said.

Meanwhile, PKR Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin said she would attend the briefing.

Source: by Intan Amalina Mohd Ali The Star

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Call for action on flooding solution
  Meenakshi (right) speaking on the group’s concerns at the press conference.  Irked residents to hold meeting with state representatives on Oct 29 https://youtu.be/n2vO-nsZxkY FRUSTRATED by the never-ending flood problems in Penang, a group has got togethe...

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Behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1 is an IJM Trehaus Project.
Approximate Coordinates : 5°20'38.47"N,100°16'52.82"E
Reported in August 2016. Photos taken in November 2016 and 2014 by Penang Forum
PHW Report

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Hill clearing activity by IJM Trehaus Project
Clearing and construction for a condo and semi-detached housing project, Trehaus, reported in http://anilnetto.com/ 26 Aug 2016. Photo taken in 2014 ...

https://hillclearinginpenang.ushahidi.io/views/map

Sources: Penang Hills Watch (PHW) | Penang Forum


Behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1 is an IJM Trehaus Project.

Two invalid pipe culverts formed sinkholes at BJ Cove houses

The following plan clearly shows an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site that converged directly, vertically at BJ Cove houses from another underground pipe culvert at nearby pond were burst, caused house cracks, floods, formed sinkholes (by two pipe culverts converged in red) and damaged to BJ Cove houses in 2015 due to blockages of waters whenever rains and because of lack of drainage systems. The sinkhole was caused by soil erosion due to waters under the ground.

Therefore, damages to houses were caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings.

Underground Pipe Culverts from IJM Trehaus site on the left and nearby pond on the right

The following is an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1:
IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in 2014 to BJ Cove Houses
IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in to BJ Cove Houses
IJM Underground Pipe Culvert to BJ Cove Houses


See maps, images, pictures attached


IJM Underground Pipe Culvert to BJ Cove Houses
Waters gushing down from IJM Trehaus site to BJ Cove houses:


Waters gushing down from IJM Trehaus site to BJ Cove houses

See pictures attached


Waters from IJM site stucked at behind BJ Cove houses

The nearby pond besides IJM Trehaus site:

Serious Drainage Issues

The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID or JPS) has just started constructing the drain from the pond to divert the waters:

A drain under construction by JPS to divert waters from the nearby pond but show no sign to divert waters from IJM Site
Drain water flow under construction by JPS to divert waters from the nearby pond
We are concerned as to how IJM is going to resolve the pipe culvert from their side as JPS has confirmed IJM failure to comply with sediment control plan (ESCP).


Letters fromThe Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID or JPS)

see letter attached


Clearly, the underground pipe culverts leaked and waters seeped through the cracks as it did not happen immediately but over a period of time!

Despite the underground pipe culverts declared invalid by JPS and the Penang City Council's (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, i.e. MBPP) has issued stop work orders directing the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages within 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015 (as per the attached letters below), multiple wall cracks, slabs collapsed, PBA water pipes burst, leakage charges, damaging ceiling, electrical DB board, and tiles fallen, broken/popped up, are still pending settlement and remedial works to be carried out by parties responsible for the damages since 2014 !!



Letters from Penang City Council's (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang)


see letter attached



Letters from Developers: Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, an subsidiary of IJM Land:




Damaged houses

Damages appeared after IJM began construction works in 2014, like hill clearing, rock-blasting, piling and digging culvert at Trehaus site. As a result, waters seepage through multiple cracks on the ground, walls, tiles fallen from roofs and popped up from the ground due to vibration from rock-blasting and piling for the building.

Pictures showing floods, sinkholes at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1, 11900 Penang, damaged to BJ Cove houses, cracks, waters leakages seeped through the cracks, slabs collapsed, ceilings & tiles broken & fallen, electrical DB board explosion, etc caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings. The underground pipe leaked and waters seeped through the cracks!

Sinkhole at BJ Cove house no. 20

IJM converted the sinkhole into a manhole waters from their underground pipe culvert at Trehaus

Sinkhole at house 20 is covered up by IJM's underground pipe culvert from IJM Trehaus

IJM converting the sinkhole at BJ Cove no. 20



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We demand immediate enforcement & Actions:

1. The parties responsible must quickly without further delays, to settle the claims and start the remedial works to the damaged houses, as both JPS has declared underground pipe culverts invalid and MBPP has issued stop work orders directed the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages within 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015!

2. Divert waters from the two invalid underground pipe culverts, which it deems as illegal from IJM Trehaus site and the nearby ponds must be close and grout as a long term solution to the problems.


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Separating politics from religion is a right practice, not only in modern new China but also in western world. Religion and politics don’t mix. Worse still, if politics is messed up with race as this would lead to terrorism, even corruptions as happened nowadays!

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Behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1 is an IJM Trehaus Project.
Approximate Coordinates : 5°20'38.47"N,100°16'52.82"E
Reported in August 2016. Photos taken in November 2016 and 2014 by Penang Forum
PHW Report

See images attached

Hill clearing activity by IJM Trehaus Project
Clearing and construction for a condo and semi-detached housing project, Trehaus, reported in http://anilnetto.com/ 26 Aug 2016. Photo taken in 2014 ...

https://hillclearinginpenang.ushahidi.io/views/map

Sources: Penang Hills Watch (PHW) | Penang Forum


Behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1 is an IJM Trehaus Project.

Two invalid pipe culverts formed sinkholes at BJ Cove houses

The following plan clearly shows an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site that converged directly, vertically at BJ Cove houses from another underground pipe culvert at nearby pond were burst, caused house cracks, floods, formed sinkholes (by two pipe culverts converged in red) and damaged to BJ Cove houses in 2015 due to blockages of waters whenever rains and because of lack of drainage systems. The sinkhole was caused by soil erosion due to waters under the ground.

Therefore, damages to houses were caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings.

Underground Pipe Culverts from IJM Trehaus site on the left and nearby pond on the right

The following is an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1:
IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in 2014 to BJ Cove Houses
IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in to BJ Cove Houses
IJM Underground Pipe Culvert to BJ Cove Houses


See pictures, images attached


IJM Underground Pipe Culvert to BJ Cove Houses
Waters gushing down from IJM Trehaus site to BJ Cove houses:


Waters gushing down from IJM Trehaus site to BJ Cove houses

See pictures attached


Waters from IJM site stucked at behind BJ Cove houses

The nearby pond besides IJM Trehaus site:

Serious Drainage Issues

The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID or JPS) has just started constructing the drain from the pond to divert the waters:

A drain under construction by JPS to divert waters from the nearby pond but show no sign to divert waters from IJM Site
Drain water flow under construction by JPS to divert waters from the nearby pond
We are concerned as to how IJM is going to resolve the pipe culvert from their side as JPS has confirmed IJM failure to comply with sediment control plan (ESCP).


Letters fromThe Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID or JPS) attached


Clearly, the underground pipe culverts leaked and waters seeped through the cracks as it did not happen immediately but over a period of time!

Despite the underground pipe culverts declared invalid by JPS and the Penang City Council's (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, i.e. MBPP) has issued stop work orders directing the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages within 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015 (as per the attached letters below), multiple wall cracks, slabs collapsed, PBA water pipes burst, leakage charges, damaging ceiling, electrical DB board, and tiles fallen, broken/popped up, are still pending settlement and remedial works to be carried out by parties responsible for the damages since 2014 !!



Letters from Penang City Council's (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang)

See letters attached




Letters from Developers: Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, an subsidiary of IJM Land:

See letters attached


Damaged houses

Damages appeared after IJM began construction works in 2014, like hill clearing, rock-blasting, piling and digging culvert at Trehaus site. As a result, waters seepage through multiple cracks on the ground, walls, tiles fallen from roofs and popped up from the ground due to vibration from rock-blasting and piling for the building.

Pictures showing floods, sinkholes at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1, 11900 Penang, damaged to BJ Cove houses, cracks, waters leakages seeped through the cracks, slabs collapsed, ceilings & tiles broken & fallen, electrical DB board explosion, etc caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings. The underground pipe leaked and waters seeped through the cracks!

Sinkhole at BJ Cove house no. 20

IJM converted the sinkhole into a manhole waters from their underground pipe culvert at Trehaus

Sinkhole at house 20 is covered up by IJM's underground pipe culvert from IJM Trehaus

IJM converting the sinkhole at BJ Cove no. 20



See images, pictures attached



We demand immediate enforcement & Actions:

1. The parties responsible must quickly without further delays, to settle the claims and start the remedial works to the damaged houses, as both JPS has declared underground pipe culverts invalid and MBPP has issued stop work orders directed the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages within 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015!

2. Divert waters from the two invalid underground pipe culverts, which it deems as illegal from IJM Trehaus site and the nearby ponds must be close and grout as a long term solution to the problems.


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Bruised in sinkhole fall at home - Nation
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Here's the proof — federal govt gave only RM443mil for flood mitigation
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Rapid development in Penang root cause of massive flash floods ...
Admit failure in solving floods and stop giving excuses, Penang govt told
Deluge brings chaos to northern states - Metro New
Penang floods: Body of missing woman found in Bukit Jambul river
Updated) Penang flash floods claim a life, second death due to floods ...
https://www.nst.com.my/.../updated-penang-flash-floods-claim-life-second-death-due-...
Sep 16, 2017 - ... Noor Afidah Yahunas, 30, who fell from her motorcycle into a culvert in ... by rescuers in a river near Bukit Jambul about 7.45am today, nearly 24 ... to lose balance and fall off, before she was swept away by strong currents.
Boast to end floods rings hollow - Nation
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Chant: Set up unit to monitor hill projects - Nation
CAP: Halt projects in flood-prone areas until wet spell ends - Nation ...

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China’s top newspaper warned Communist Party officials not to “pray to God and worship Buddha”, because communism is about atheism and superstition is at the root of many corrupt officials who fall from grace.

China officially guarantees freedom of religion for major belief systems like Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, but party members are meant to be atheists and are especially banned from participating in what China calls superstitious practices like visiting soothsayers.

The party’s official People’s Daily yesterday said in a commentary it had not been uncommon over the past few years to see officials taken down for corruption to have also participated in “feudalistic superstitious activities”.

“In fact, some officials often go to monasteries, pray to God and worship Buddha,” it said.

“Some officials are obsessed with rubbing shoulders with masters, fraternising with them as brothers and becoming their lackeys and their money-trees.”

Chinese people, especially the country’s leaders, have a long tradition of putting their faith in soothsaying and geomancy, looking for answers in times of doubt, need and chaos.

The practice has grown more risky amid a sweeping crackdown on deep-seated corruption launched by President Xi Jinping upon assuming power in late 2012, in which dozens of senior officials have been imprisoned.

The People’s Daily pointed to the example of Li Chuncheng, a former deputy party chief in Sichuan who was jailed for 13 years in 2015 for bribery and abuse of power, who it said was an enthusiastic user of the traditional Chinese geomancy practice of feng shui.

“As an official, if you spend all your time fixating on crooked ways, sooner or later you’ll come to grief,” it said.

The People’s Daily said officials must remember Marx’s guiding words that “Communism begins from the outset with atheism”.

“Superstition is thought pollution and spiritual anaesthesia that cannot be underestimated and must be thoroughly purged,” it said. — Reuters
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