Thai PM appeals for unity as protests continue

THAILAND’S prime minister called for unity and urged the kingdom to “say no to the politics of hate” in a televised address today, following weeks of anti-government protests that have grown bolder in targeting Thai power.

The country has seen near-daily demonstrations by pro-democracy student-led groups demanding an overhaul of Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s administration and a rewrite of a 2017 military-scripted constitution.

Zairil: Penang developers can be fined up to RM250,000 for causing landslides


State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari says developers and consulting engineers who are found not complying with the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan can be given compound notices of up to RM250,000. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari says developers and consulting engineers who are found not complying with the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan can be given compound notices of up to RM250,000. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 13 ― From September 1, developers and consulting engineers who are found not complying with the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) in Penang can be given compound notices of up to RM250,000.

State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the state government had gazetted amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building (Compounding of Offences)  By-Laws 1980 under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 on July 2, involving three sections under Act 133, namely Sections 70A, 71 and 121.

“Therefore, with this gazetting, the offences of not complying with the requirements of the notice issued by the local authority (PBT) under Section 121 can be compounded not less than RM1,500 and not exceeding RM5,000 for each offence.

“Offences of carrying out earthworks without the written permission of the local authority or not following the earthworks plan approved under Section 70A can be compounded between RM7,500 and RM25,000 for each offence.

“Those convicted of an offence under Section 71 for failing to supervise the site resulting in the collapse of a slope or retaining wall will be compounded not less than RM75,000 and not more than RM250,000 for each offence,” he said at a press conference here today.

Zairil said amendments to the by-laws were made as the non-compliance rate was still high at about 78 per cent although the frequency of operations against developers had been increased every year.

“Of the 77 operations carried out in 2019, non-compliance has been identified 60 times compared to the previous year where only 18 non-compliance cases were recorded out of 18 operations carried out. Penalties that were too light were among the reasons for the high non-compliance rate.

“The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) does not have a provision to compound such offences, while the Seberang Perai City Council can impose compounds of only RM250. Therefore, it is not surprising that developers and consulting engineers are not bothered about ESCP compliance,” he explained.

According to Zairil, the gazetting of the by-laws proves the state government’s commitment to enforcing strict compliance with earthwork guidelines in all development projects.

He said with the enforcement of the by-laws, all developers and consulting engineers were advised to be concerned about compliance at every construction site and to work together to prevent mudslides, river pollution and other untoward incidents. ― Bernama

Tamil daily says Immigration raided KL office, arrested two foreigners working for related company


The Immigration Department logo is seen at its headquarters in Putrajaya January 10, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
The Immigration Department logo is seen at its headquarters in Putrajaya January 10, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 — Immigration officers reportedly raided the office of Tamil daily Makkal Osai on Jalan Ipoh here earlier today and arrested two foreign workers.

Makkal Osai managing director Sunther Subramaniam told news portal Malaysiakini that neither of the two arrested were his staff, but were instead working for a related company.

“One is a Sri Lankan who holds a UN refugee card, and the other is an Indian national,” Sunther was quoted as saying.

He added that the Indian national was married to a Malaysian, but the spouse has since died.

What prompted the raid was unclear.

According to Sunther, the raid was based on a complaint lodged by an undisclosed party.

“We are in cooperation with Immigration officials to resolve the matter,” he was quoted as saying.

Beirut blast conspiracy tales abound on social media

WITHIN hours of the Beirut mega blast, conspiracy theories on what caused the disaster in the Lebanese capital spread like wildfire on social media.

The August 4 detonation of an abandoned shipment of ammonium nitrate in Beirut port’s Hangar 12, after an initial blast and fire, cost more than 170 lives, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands temporarily homeless. 

Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from election

A ROHINGYA Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar’s upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the “ongoing genocide” against the persecuted minority.

A 2017 military operation drove 750,000 Rohingya out of the country into sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, prompting genocide charges at the UN’s top court. 

Slim by-election first step to ‘right wrongs’ in country, says Pejuang candidate


Pejuang's candidate for the Slim by-election Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi poses for the camera in Tanjung Malim August 12, 2020. — Bernama pic
Pejuang’s candidate for the Slim by-election Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi poses for the camera in Tanjung Malim August 12, 2020. — Bernama pic

SLIM RIVER, Aug 12 — The Slim by-election will be the first step by the newly-formed Parti Pejuang Tanah Air led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to correct what is wrong in the country, said its candidate Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi.

He said this is his aspiration after being chosen as the independent candidate supported by the Opposition in the upcoming by-election.

“The aspiration I want to bring is that the Slim by-election will be our starting step to correct what is wrong.

“This opening step will be carried out throughout the silver state and then throughout the country,” he said during a press conference after the candidate announcement ceremony at Taman Slim Permata here.

Amir Khyusairi, 38, is a lawyer and was a candidate for the Teluk Intan Bersatu chief post in the last party election.

Meanwhile, the new party’s president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir in the same press conference said he is glad that PH has supported Pejuang’s decision to field its own candidate and help with the campaign.

He said that this will help them to face Barisan Nasional candidates as a united front.

Mukhriz, who was previously Bersatu deputy president, also said he is surprised that many of his old party grassroots helped with the campaign and election machinery to face its first ever by-election.

“The election machinery we will field is a mixture of all. Not only PH but I see the Bersatu grassroots who are not in line with the president [Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin].

“[Those who called themselves] Bersatu Blackout are massive in numbers. We are all ready to ensure this candidate wins,” he said, referring to Amir Khusyairi.

The Election Commission (EC) has set the date of the by-election for August 29.

Drama in Sentul with KL cops shooting at suspected drug dealer’s tyres after driver rams cars (VIDEO)


Mazlan said police shot the tyres of the car driven by the suspect in self-defence. — Bernama pic
Mazlan said police shot the tyres of the car driven by the suspect in self-defence. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — A video widely shared on social media today of a shooting in Sentul here involved the arrest of suspected drug dealer who attempted to flee capture, city police said tonight.

KL police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim narrated the incident began at 3.40pm when a team of officers from the city’s narcotics department spotted the suspect’s vehicle at Jalan Sentul and signalled him to stop.

“The suspect however ignored police instruction and acted aggressively by attempting to escape.

“Several police vehicles surrounded the suspect, but the suspect still attempted to flee by ramming into police vehicles,” Mazlan said in a statement.

 

 

He said police shot the tyres of the car driven by the suspect in self-defence.

“Police found 450 grammes of heroin and 151 grammes of methamphetamine inside the suspect’s vehicle.

“The suspect was not injured in the incident and will be remanded tomorrow to assist police investigation,” he said.

Mazlan said a background check on the suspect revealed that the suspect has five previous criminal related to drugs. 

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