Friday, May 26, 2006

PDRoMeo, PDRoMeo! Wherefore art thou PDRoMeo?

As usual, it's not easy to express my feeling reading this, Township battles against burglars.

What about you, should you laugh, cry, or do nothing?

The Star Online > Central

Township battles against burglars


Photos by SIA HONG KIAU 

There are no crocodiles in Bandar Sungai Buaya in Rawang but the 1,000 residents living here are having sleepless nights for another reason; a surge in crime rate. 

The township is living under fear as one particular group of burglars are said to be using spells to rob victims of their cash and valuables. 

The group normally break into homes in the wee hours of morning when the residents are fast asleep.  

For the last six months, there were 14 burglary cases reported in this township forcing the residents to form the Bandar Sungai Buaya Action Committee which are mainly involved in carrying out patrols from 12 midnight to 5am. 

Mohd Khalid Mohamad Jamil (right) whose home was robbed five times
being asked to calm down by Noor Zuraimi Abdul Razak during the dialogue
at SMK Bandar Sungai Buaya recently.

The residents started the patrol activity two months ago in an effort to keep the burglars away.  

The chairman of the committee Dr Mohd Hatta Usul who was a burglary victim himself injured his legs when he decided to take on the burglars who broke into his house three months ago. 

Wan Marzuki ... the robbers
threatened to rape his daughter if
he did not tell them where the
jewellery and cash were kept

“Luckily my son came to my aid quickly which forced the burglars to flee but the incident had caused my family members to lose sleep,” said Dr Hatta. 

Another victim Mohd Khalid Mohamad Jamil, said his house was burglarised five times since he moved to Bandar Sungai Buaya seven years ago. 

“Each time the burglars broke into my house, my body just freezed and I was unable to do anything. It appears as though these people are using some sort of charm to rob the residents here,” said Mohd Khalid who is a senior human resources and administration executive for UEM Land. 

Another victim Wan Marzuki Rashidi, 43, a teacher in SMK Bandar Utama, who had been living in the area for six years said his sleep was easily disturbed the moment he hears the slightest sound in the wee hours of the morning. 

“Three burglars had broken into my house through my front sliding door last month. They were armed with a screwdriver, steel pipe and a wood. They tied my wife and I with a steel wire and threatened to rape my daughter if we do not tell them where the jewellery and cash were kept,” said Wan Marzuki. 

Last Sunday, the committee held a dialogue with the police, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Hulu Selangor District Council president Sukiman Naim at SMK Bandar Sungai Buaya urging for the police station to be built at their township instead of Kampung Sungai Buaya. 

The committee also sought the assistance of the Immigration Department and the council to do spot check on a few illegal settlements in the area.  

They also appealed to the police to have patrol cars to do their rounds in their township from midnight to 6am and for TNB to put up streetlights along the road leading Bandar Sungai Buaya.  

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

NST - Gen2's body-shell strength?

What is your expectation of Gen2's body-shell strength as well as it's safety rating? Reading this NST - Fatal plunge from condo car park definitely confirmed what most people expect. Not much!

Fatal plunge from condo car park

By Devinder Singh

25 May, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: For several heart-stopping seconds on Tuesday night, a car dangled precariously on the edge of a second-floor car park at a condominium in Sentul. Before the driver could get out, the car tipped over and tumbled down to the road 15 metres below.

Mohd Shahrul Nizam Mohd Yusof, 28, succumbed to his injuries two hours after being rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital from the Sri Suajaya Condominium on Jalan Sentul.

Shahrul was reversing his Proton Gen.2 into the parking lot when the car suddenly lurched backwards and crashed through the railing.

The car dangled on the edge for several seconds, giving the front passenger just enough time to get out. But before Shahrul himself could escape, the car fell.

Shahrul, a Kuala Lumpur City Hall employee, suffered severe head injuries and died at 12.50am yesterday.

His brother, Mohd Hakim, met at the mortuary yesterday, said Shahrul was the youngest of eight siblings and was staying with four friends in a rented unit.

Shahrul was returning home after dinner with his girlfriend when the accident occurred.

The wrecked car was towed to the Sentul police station.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Litigation recourse? - Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services

I wonder what else can KTMB do when I read the NST- Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services. Shouldn;t they sue the contractor for damages?

Why not??

Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services

17 May, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: A runaway lorry disrupted the KTM Komuter service yesterday evening, leaving 3,000 passengers stranded by a freak accident. The lorry, carrying construction material, was parked on an unfinished elevated highway near Jalan Ipoh when its brakes failed, causing it to plunge 15 metres down onto the railway tracks.

The lorry also brought down power lines, causing six trains to stall. There were no casualties.

The mishap resulted in the closure of the stretch of railway track between Putra and Sentul stations.

Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdulah, managing director of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, said he was at the control centre at KL Sentral when he received a call about a service disruption at Sentul.

"I got on the commuter service and after the train passed the Putra station, it could not go any further and passengers were forced to get down mid-way," he said.

"I am not satisfied with the contractor. Imagine what would have happened had the lorry plunged down when a train was passing."

Salleh said KTMB staff and the contractors were working around the clock to clear the tracks, and a crane was used to lift the lorry off the tracks.

"We are rescheduling the service to use the track with the power line still intact," he said.

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