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Auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang questioned the efficiency of the Kedah State Secretariat Office’s (SUK) vehicle maintenance plan after three of its cars had their tyres changed twice within four and nine months. The state government said it was due to heavy usage.
Based on the Road Transport Department’s record, Ambrin also listed 204 vehicles registered under the Kedah SUK that had gone missing from the state’s Vehicle Central Record.
“An investigation must be carried out to determine the status of these vehicles, whether they still exist and are being used or have been disposed off,” he said.
The Audit Department also discovered an imprudent payment system for vehicle maintenance and fuel where payments for these were made twice within a month which took place in April and November last year.
This resulted in the auditor-general urging the Kedah SUK to reclaim the redundant payment and take disciplinary action against the officers involved.(NST -26/10/2010)
Rais's son named in telco civil case... but Dino denies any involvement in biz dealings
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 13:55:00
KUALA LUMPUR: The Civil High Court here this morning was the setting for a case involving a telecommunications company, where the son of a minister in charge of the industry, was mentioned.
Dino Rais, son of Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, was named in an affidavit filed by businessman Abdul Razak Mohd Nor and Nor Aishah Harun against respondents Magic Telecom Sdn Bhd, Sejahtera Saluran Sdn Bhd and Looh Siong Chee.
The affidavit had stated that in January this year, Looh, a shareholder and director with Magic Telecom, had proposed to Abdul Razak that Dino be given a five per cent shareholding in Magic Telecom to ease the obtaining of the spectrum approval and other necessary licences.
The affidavit also stated that they both allowed the involvement of Dino to assist other employees in Magic Telecom from Jan to July.
In the petition filed, Abdul Razak and Aishah had enclosed a copy of the EGM dated Oct 11, signed by Looh.
Abdul Razak, in the petition, also stated he believed the EGM was being called with ill-intentions.
He said despite him giving a notice on Oct 4 to Looh and the other directors of Sejahtera to refrain from requisiting any EGM because Sejahtera was not a valid shareholder of Magic Telecom but just a temporary loan borrower, he did not get a reply from Looh.
Abdul Razak said he believed Looh's action to call for the EGM was to extend his intention to take over Magic Telecom via Sejahtera.
An originating petition was filed by Numix Engineering Sdn Bhd, Abdul Razak and Aishah against respondents Magic Telecom, Sejahtera Saluran and Looh on Oct 8.
The prayers in the petition included an injuction restraining or preventing Sejahtera Saluran and Looh from exercising any powers and rights as directors or shareholders of Magic Telecom and also to declare the additional issuance of RM4 million, which was allotted on July 21, 2010 as ordinary shares in Magic Telecom as null and void.
He also pleaded for an order of rectification of the share register of Magic Telecom to delete the shareholdings of Sejahtera Saluran of RM4m shares in Magic Telecom.
He is also claiming for an order of damages against Sejahtera Saluran and Looh or in alternative, an order to buy out Magic Telecoms shareholdings at a fair value to be determined by the court.
He is also seeking an order that the petitioners buy out at the total of RM350,350 shares of Looh at a fair value to be determined by the court.
In the alternative, an order to wind up Magic Telecom under the provisions of the Companies Act 1965 and that the official receiver be appointed as liquidator.
The injunction hearing of the petition will be heard on Nov 18.
In an SMS response to The Malay Mail this morning regarding the mention of his name in the afidavit Dino said: "I don't have anything to do with Razak. I was merely invited by Desmond (Looh) to advise him in terms of Malay write up and Malay social ethic since his Bahasa vocabulary is not that generous.
"Furthermore his partner (Abdul Razak) is Malay and I was only giving personal views regarding simple matters. I never touched on business dealings and I've never owned a telecommunications company as mentioned lately.
"Perhaps Razak is not happy with certain things hence he is claiming 'names' as a stepping stone to wrestle things his way."
(The Star) PETALING JAYA: A 23-year-old Malaysian has emerged as the top student in his final-year law examinations at Cambridge University.
Tan Zhongshan (pic) obtained a first-class honours in the Bachelor of Arts (Law) in June this year at Queens’ College, which is part of the university, one of England’s oldest and most prestigious.
He even scored the “Slaughter and May” prize given by the university’s Law Faculty – an award given to those who achieve the best overall performance in the final-year law examinations.
Other coveted prizes he bagged include The Norton Rose Prize for Commercial Law, the Clifford Chance Prize for European Union Law and the Herbert Smith Prize for Conflict of Laws.
Queens’ College dean Dr Martin Dixon said Tan definitely stood out among the students there.
“He is probably the best Malaysian student I have seen in the last 10 years,” said Dr Dixon, who taught Tan on Land and Equity for two years.
“He is the most able, dedicated and one of the most likeable students I have taught in more than 20 years at Cambridge.”
Tan, he said, was also a great help to fellow students.
“He works really hard, has great insight and intuition. He is a problem-solver, listens well and learns,” he said.
Tan was modest about his achievements. “It was a pleasant surprise as it is hard to predict the end results,” said the Ipoh-born, who has been in Singapore since August.
On his secret to success, he attributed it to “consistent work and a detailed understanding of the subjects”.
The classical guitar player is not done yet. He will pursue his Bar exams, expected to be completed by end of 2011, in Singapore.
“I will also join the Singapore Legal Service in January,” said Tan, who was awarded an Asean scholarship by Singapore’s Ministry of Education after completing his A-Levels at the Temasek Junior College there.
On his reasons in pursuing a law degree, he said, “Being in the legal line gives you a chance to make changes that have a far-reaching effect.”