High Court orders federal and state government to compensate orang asli villagers

Source: The Star

JOHOR BARU: The High Court here has ruled that the Federal and Johor governments have failed to protect the land ownership rights of the orang asli in two villages.

High Court judge Justice Teo Say Eng ordered both governments to compensate villagers of Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Temon and Kampung Orang Asli Bakar Batu Perling for releasing portions of the 137.5ha-orang asli land to developers and individual buyers.

Under the order, both governments have to pay the villagers according to the market value of the land. Read more

Johor exco’s son, special officer nabbed for graft

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

JOHOR BARU, Feb 26 — At 25, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim Abd Latif led a lavish lifestyle.

He owned a Nissan Skyline R35, Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, loved motorsports and often travelled to Europe for holidays.

However, the eldest son of Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi was among five individuals nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday over allegations of graft.

Also nabbed were Abd Latif’s special officer Muhammad Idzuan Jamalludin, also in his 20s, a lawyer, two businessmen and another individual.

More civil servants, including ranking officers, were expected to be picked up soon.

Investigations by the anti-graft body revealed Ahmad Fauzan and Idzuan were allegedly in cahoots with civil servants from the Johor Land Office and other government departments in lowering the premium of land which had been approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as in converting the titles of various premises in the state.

This had resulted the state government losing millions of ringgit.

Investigators had been monitoring the suspects for close to six months but those within the political circle were already talking about their supposed exploits. Read more

Polis tahan lelaki dipercayai hina Sultan Johor di Facebook

Sumber: FMT News

JOHOR BAHRU: Seorang lelaki berusia 57 tahun ditahan polis semalam selepas dipercayai mengeluarkan kenyataan jelik dan menghasut terhadap Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar di sini.

Ketua Polis Johor Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd berkata lelaki itu ditahan susulan laporan penyalahgunaan laman media sosial mengandungi kenyataan jelik dan menghasut yang disifatkan boleh menggugat keharmonian serta kesejahteraan negara.

Beliau berkata lelaki itu ditahan dengan kerjasama Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah (JSJ) Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Klang Selatan pada 10.45 malam setelah dipercayai bertanggungjawab membuat kenyataan jelik terhadap Sultan Johor.

“Suspek dipercayai membuat kenyataan itu melalui laman sosial Facebook…polis turut merampas sekeping kad sim dan sebuah telefon bimbit yang dipercayai digunakan oleh suspek,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, hari ini. Read more

Bersih: Correct Johor Menteri Besar’s ‘dubious’ voter details

Source: FMT News

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Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah and Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 says the “dubious” voter details of Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin must be corrected, following submissions by the state Pakatan Harapan yesterday of hundreds of suspicious voter details.

According to Johor Pakatan Harapan, Khaled’s voter details list his address as that of his office, not his residence – where 13 other voters, including his son, Akmal Saufi, are also registered.

Khaled reportedly changed the address on his MyKad to his office address last year.

In a statement issued today, Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah called the move “an outright manipulation of the electoral roll and obvious abuse of power”. Read more

8,204 evacuated as flash floods hit eight districts in Johor

Source: The Star Online

Shops inundated by flood waters in Segamat town on Tuesday night. Pic from the Star Online.

Shops inundated by flood waters in Segamat town on Tuesday night. Pic from the Star Online.

JOHOR BARU: Eight of 10 districts in Johor have been hit by floods bringing the total number of evacuees to 8,204 from 2,428 families housed in 70 relief centres statewide as of early Wednesday morning.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that Muar was the latest district to be affected by floods with 90 victims evacuated and placed at the Dewan Semai Bakti Gugusan Felda Moakil relief centre.

“Segamat remained the worst hit, as the number of flood victims increased to 6,609 involving 2,012 families in 50 centres as of 6am on Wednesday. Read more

Tanah adat Orang Asli di Ledang sebenarnya hutan simpan

Sumber: FMT News

JOHOR BAHRU: Kawasan yang didakwa sebagai tanah adat Orang Asli di Ledang, dekat sini baru-baru ini, merupakan tanah rizab yang diwartakan sebagai Hutan Simpan Gunung Ledang.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kesihatan dan Alam Sekitar negeri Datuk Ayub Rahmat berkata pewartaan tanah seluas 9,052.8 hektar itu dilakukan pada 6 Mac 1940 mengikut Warta Kerajaan Negeri Johor Bil. 298.

“Kawasan ini juga dirizabkan sebagai Taman Negara Johor di bawah Seksyen 3(1) Enakmen Perbadanan Taman Negara (Johor) 1989 dan diterbitkan dalam Warta Kerajaan Negeri Johor Bil. 2622 bertarikh 27 Oktober 2005, yang diletakkan di bawah jagaan Pengarah Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor dan penggantinya,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Kenyataan itu susulan writ saman difailkan oleh Tok Batin Kampung Tanah Gembur, Jengkeng Jani dan Kampung Sungai Air Tawas, Meghek Acai, mewakili penduduk Orang Asli daerah Tangkak pada 10 Januari lalu yang menuntut hak milik tanah adat dalam kawasan rizab berkenaan. Read more

Orang Asli sue Johor government over projects on ancestral land

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Picture shows the highway to Ledang district, Johor. — Google Maps screenshot, taken from MMO

Picture shows the highway to Ledang district, Johor. — Google Maps screenshot, taken from MMO

JOHOR BARU, Jan 10 — A total of 504 Orang Asli from Kampung Sungai Air Tawas and Tanah Gembur in Ledang today filed a suit against the Johor government and three others to challenge projects being carried out an area which they claimed to be their ancestral land since last November.

The plaintiffs, represented by the Joint-Chairmen of the Ledang Orang Asli Action Committee, Jengkeng Jani, 69, and Mengkek Achai, 56, filed the suit at the Civil High Court registry here through their lawyer Nur Hannan Ishak.

Besides the Johor government, the three other defendants named in the suit are project contractor Zila Maju Enterprise; Johor National Park Corporation Director and the Malaysian government. Read more

Activist’s daughter fights back, claims Malaysians living in fear

Source: FMT News

Sharifah Fareena says her mother's arrest shows that freedom of speech and expression are not accepted in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

Sharifah Fareena says her mother’s arrest shows that freedom of speech and expression are not accepted in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Environmentalist Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil’s daughter has spoken up against her mother’s arrest, calling it another form of injustice.

Sharifah Fareena Syed Yusof in a statement posted by Sabrina on her Facebook, said she was saddened by the incident that saw her mother locked up for three days, and decided to fight back against those who condemned activists that are speaking for the voiceless. Read more

Woman detained for allegedly insulting Islam

Source: FMT News

The 26-year-old woman is suspected of uploading statements that insulted the 'azan' and Islam on Facebook. Pic from FMT News.

The 26-year-old woman is suspected of uploading statements that insulted the ‘azan’ and Islam on Facebook. Pic from FMT News.

JOHOR BAHRU: The police detained a woman last night on suspicion of making a statement insulting the call to prayers (azan) and the Islam via Facebook.

Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the 26-year-old woman was detained at 8pm at a house in Taman Rekamas, Simpang Renggam, near Kluang, after police received a report on Tuesday.

“Acting on the report, police carried out an investigation and traced the owner of the Facebook account who was suspected of uploading statements that insulted the ‘azan’ and the Islamic religion. This could cause social disharmony,” he said in a statement here today. Read more