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by Tim Leonard dismantled.


newsdesk@thesundaily.com The billboards, belonging to five companies,
were in the vicinity of the Federal Highway (Sec-
PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya City Council tion 5 and 5a), along the LDP near the PKNS field,
(MBPJ) continued its blitz on billboards by ordering at the Seri Setia KTM Komuter station and near
the removal of four more twin-pole billboards and the PJX project development site.
22 other billboards. Nineteen other billboards in the city, belonging
In a letter addressed to 4As (Association of to nine different companies, were found to be
Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia) president erected at unsuitable locations without taking
Datuk Vincent Lee, MBPJ town planning department environmental and aesthetic factors into con-
director Sharipah Marhaini Syed Ali said some of sideration.
the billboards posed a risk to the public, while oth- Although the letter did not specify a time
ers were not appropriate in terms of location, their frame, it said the council was looking at other
environmental impact and aesthetic value. billboards that might have to be dismantled.
The letter stated that MBPJ councillors had, The decision to bring down illegal and inap-
after a study on Dec 15 last year, found to be propriate billboards was made at the council’s
hazardous a twin-pole billboard put up by Setia recent full board meeting.
Media Sdn Bhd in front of a two-storey shophouse The first of such billboards was dismantled last
along the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), week at Taman Megah, near the LDP.
near Jalan SS2/2. The owners of 11 other structures had also
Another study on Dec 26 had found three been served with notices to remove the billboards
twin-pole billboards and three other billboards within a week, failing which they would be dis-
to be in dangerous positions and ordered them mantled by the council.

All our members are properly


accredited, says PCAM
by Terence Fernandez Control Sdn Bhd. bumiputra businessmen. He
newsdesk@thesundaily.com In December 2007, PCAM said claims that some of the
filed a petition in the Shah Alam consortium companies did
PETALING JAYA: The Pest High Court to declare null and not have a Pesticides Board
Control Association of Malaysia void the MPSJ’s decision to licence were irrelevant as the
(PCAM) has taken offence to require pest control operators consortium itself had one.
incoming Selangor Develop- to be registered with the con- Othman had said the req-
ment Corporation (PKNS) gen- sortium, with each having to uirement for such a licence
eral manager Othman Omar’s pay a RM3,000 deposit. was introduced only via the
claim that 70% of its members (Othman had been managing Pesticides Act (Pest Control
do not have a licence from the director of Konsortium SJ Pest Operator Rules) 2004.
Pesticides Board. Control but divested his inter- “It can take about a year
Its president, Ang Tan Loong, ests in the consortium following to obtain a licence. Seventy
said all of its 206 members his appointment to PKNS.) per cent of the association’s
nationwide are properly accred- The plan was to get all members do not have such a
ited. He questioned Othman’s owners of business premises licence,” he had said.
motives, considering that a in the municipality to obtain To this, Ang replied: “Most of
court case on the matter was compulsory fumigation services our members were registered
pending. from the consortium at a fee of even before 2004, but they
“PCAM’s legal case against RM600 before their annual busi- have all the required documen-
MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal ness licence could be renewed. tation.”
Council) is still pending, so we Initially, the consortium con- There are now 20 companies
are baffled as to why Othman sisted of only bumiputra com- under the consortium. Three
should implicate our associa- panies, but following protests – Rentokil Initial (M) Sdn Bhd,
tion as it may be sub judice,” from pest control operators and Ochre Pest Control Sdn Bhd
said Ang, who contacted theSun the business community, the and Ang’s company Stopest (M)
in response to yesterday’s scheme became all-inclusive. Sdn Bhd – have been dropped
report that disclosed Othman’s Othman had said the for refusing to pay the RM3,000
interests in Konsortium SJ Pest scheme was meant to assist deposit.

Syed Hamid denies trade in on which we disagree,” he told a press con-


ference yesterday. However, he declined to
Myanmar nationals elaborate on these issues.
KANGAR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid The meeting, chaired by Selangor Mentri
Albar yesterday acknowledged that many My- Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, was held
anmar nationals have entered this country via at Seri Mentaloon, the official residence of
the Malaysia-Thai border but denied that there the Kedah mentri besar.
is human trafficking involving the Myanmar The PR leaders endorsed the establish-
immigrants. ment of a council of mentris besar, chief
Certain quarters had alleged that human ministers and executive council members
trafficking activities involving Myanmar nation- to ensure they would not be sidelined by
als were going on in this country although they the federal government.
could not prove that they existed, he told report-
ers after visiting the state police headquarters. Public transport fare
“Where did these foreigners get their infor-
mation? They assume that they know more formula soon
than we do. If there is proof, action can be IPOH: The government has come up with a
taken. Don’t make wild accusations,” he said. formula to resolve the issue of public transport
– Bernama fares including that of a surcharge imposed
by bus and taxi operators, Entrepreneur and
Cooperatives Development Minister Datuk Noh
Guan Eng: PR leaders met Omar said.
to strengthen ties “The formula will be announced after a
GEORGE TOWN: The first formal meeting meeting with representatives of all public
of leaders of the Pakatan Rakyat states on transport operators and consumers associa-
Sunday was aimed at strengthening their tions. It will ensure that operators do not lose
ties, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said. out and consumers are not burdened,” he said
“We discussed in depth various issues after giving away prizes at a Bank Rakyat golf
such as how to foster a closer relationship competition yesterday.
and to achieve some degree of uniformity The first meeting with representatives of
of policies. express bus, city bus, taxi and school bus opera-
“We will also continue to discuss areas tors is to be held in Kuala Lumpur today.

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