Sunday, October 29, 2006

SULTAN SELANGOR Told Datuk Zakaria: QUIT as Klang Councillor; Received COMPLAINTS – RUDE & ABUSE Of POWER; MB Dr Mohamad Khir: RESIGN Or Be SACKED

Kapar Umno Youth Chief FAIZAL ABDULLAH Resigns Voluntarily As KLANG Councillor; MORE PICs – Datuk ZAKARIA’s Genuine TEARS; DAP Protest DEMO & The MOBSTERs CLASH

Faizal Abdullah: With full repentance, I willingly relinquish my post as a Klang Municipal Councillor. My resignation letter will be sent to the Mentri Besar and the Council president by tomorrow (thursday) by 3pm,”

Faizal is married to the daughter of Umno permanent chairman Tan Sri Onn Ismail, who is also the Selangor State Assembly Speaker. Faizal said that his father-in-law, who owns the house, had entrusted him with rebuilding it.

He is in the same “ boat” as Datuk Zakaria and has no choice but to abandon boat that is “sinking

UPDATE 3, Nov 02 06SHAH ALAM, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- Faizal Abdullah, who found himself in the centre of a storm for building a house of which the plan had not been approved by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), has announced his resignation as MPK councillor for the 2006-2008 term. He said he volunteered to resign after being advised to do so by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo in a meeting between them Wednesday. He accepted that he had made a mistake in the matter, which led to much controversy. "I am not disappointed. It's no use crying over spilt milk. I accept what I did was wrong," said the Kapar Umno Youth chief when met here Wednesday night. Faizal, 35, said he had informed of his intention to resign from the post to Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, Kapar Umno chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil and his wife. Faizal is one of three MPK councillors who are alleged to have failed to submit building plans for their houses that are under construction to the council for approval. The others are Datuk Zakaria Md Deros and Mazlynoor Abdul Latif. He said he relinquished the post in the interests of the state and its leaders, adding that he abided by the advice of the Menteri Besar whom he respected. "If we don't obey the MB, who else do we listen to?," he said. Faizal said he viewed what happened logically and that it would reflect badly on him if he continued to remain as MPK councillor. He has come to regard his poor judgement as a valuable lesson. He said among the lessons he had learned were not to take things for granted and that building plans had to be submitted whenever a change was made to the original one. Faizal, who had served five years as MPK councillor, said he had changed the plan and design of the house he had built in Kampung Raja Uda six times during a span of eight to nine months. Asked whether Dr Mohamad Khir had rewarded him for stepping down as a councillor, he said the Menteri Besar consoled him by saying "you are still young, there may be an opportunity in future for you to be reappointed". Faizal said he would be submitting his resignation letter to the Menteri Besar and MPK president Thursday. "The matter has not been discussed with the State Exco yet. I don't think there is a need to wait for the Exco meeting," he said in explaining why he did not take long to decide on the resignation. Faizal added that his replacement would be nominated at the Kapar Umno division meeting on Friday.= = = = = =

Building plans yet to be submitted; By EDWARD RAJENDRA, STAR

KLANG: Where are the plans? It has been days since the scandal of Klang municipal councillors building palatial homes without submitting building plans to the council, yet until yesterday, none of the councillors or their architects had submitted plans. Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Abdul Bakir Zin said that up to yesterday, none of the three councillors or their architects’ representatives had submitted their building plans. He said the stop-work orders for the three bungalows therefore remained in force. Abdul Bakir said councillors who blamed their architects for not getting approval for their building plans were setting an unhealthy precedent for members of the public to follow. “The onus is on the owner to make sure the building plans are submitted. If problems crop up, we go after the house owner, not the architect,” he said when contacted yesterday. “So take a keener interest in what your architect is doing.” Two of the councillors have put the blame for the non-submission of building plans squarely on their architects. Abdul Bakir also warned councillors who held land under Temporary Occupational Licence (TOL) not to misuse the land for purposes other than described in the approval of the council’s business licence. It was believed Abdul Bakir had voiced his concern because he discovered that some councillors who owned businesses had not complied with the business licences. “We are conducting a thorough check on various businesses operating on TOL land. Initial checks showed a few had not complied with conditions in the licences,” he said. “In some cases, the council had approved the land for car showrooms but now we see restaurants there.” Abdul Bakir said the council would issue notices to the “illegal”=
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2, Oct 31st 06
Datuk ZAKARIA Tearful Press Conference: REASONS He Built BIG MANSION: 13 Family Members & Close to SUPPORTERS, NAJIB NOT Happy With Errant Leaders

The anguish of a Datuk in great sorrow and grief was all over his face during the Press Conference where he was reading from a prepared statement and these are the rare moments captured when he lifted up and look at the hoards of pressmen present

Crocodile tears from a clown & pretender who wants public sympathy ? and was "sick" and enjoying himself? A lot of excuses; big family & to be close to his supporters!

Recalling his mistakes and trying to mend his ways, his eyes swelled in tears and rolled down his face (Below) the tiny white spot reflected

Tearful Zakaria tells why he needs his mansion; Oct 31, 06 6:56pm

Breaking news: His reason for building the so-called “Istana Zakaria” is his large family consisting of 11 children & extended members. More

Being close to supporters ; No questions taken from reporters

In the same press conference held today, Datuk Zakaria firstly apologized for all the inconveniences he has caused and denied all allegations made towards him. He also stated he had submitted plans to the Klang Municipal Council to build his palatial home in Pandameran. He did not mention anything about stepping down as the State assemblyman for Klang. He is now faced by an ultimatum to step down by Nov 8th as a councilor or faced the prospect of being removed by the state executive committee.
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Zakaria tearful and defiant; Llew-Ann Phang Updated: 08:36PM Tue, 31 Oct 2006 KLANG (Oct 31, 2006): Port Klang assemblyman and Klang Umno division chief Datuk Zainal @ Zakaria Md Deros, in a tearful statement, admitted he made a mistake in designing his house in a "probably inappropriate" location. However, he remains defiant to the order to resign as a Klang municipal councillor. In a press conference in his current residence in Kampung Idaman today, Zakaria broke his silence for the first time since the issue of his mansion in the same low-cost residential area was exposed by theSun about three weeks ago. Some 30 journalists turned up at the press conference. He read a 12-page statement but refused to take questions from the press, including on whether he would resign from his position as a councillor as directed by Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo. Zakaria apologised to the media for not being able to answer questions as he did not want to have legal implications raised against him. He was flanked by two of his sons, including councillor Zainuri, who opened the press conference expressing his hope that the statement would clarify the issue and put a stop to negative speculations against his father and family.

Zakaria said in order to maintain his pride and authority as the Klang Umno division chief and Port Klang assemblyman, he was apologising for the delay in making the clarification. He said it was his and his wife's intention to build and leave the house behind as a legacy for their children, grandchildren and the local community. He tried to control his emotions throughout the session but broke down a few times when he was talking about his family. "I had not the slightest intention to show off and be pompous, what more to build a house described as 'Istana Datuk Zakaria' as published in the media," he said. Zakaria said he has 11 children, seven sons- and daughters-in-law and

11 grandchildren living with him and noted that the family could continue to grow. He said it was therefore only "reasonable" for him to build a suitable house to accommodate the large family. He also pointed out that the house being built was not a four-storey structure but two-and-a-half storeys. He said the house, being built on Lot PT9 in Kampung Idaman, will also alleviate parking problems caused in the neighbourhood when visitors frequented his current home from morning till night. "The [new] house will also have facilities for the public, including a small surau for religious ceremonies, a tuition centre and a community activity centre," he said. Zakaria said he and his family have been residing in Kampung Idaman for the past 30 years. He also described himself as a "small political leader" for the past 40 years.

"My wife Zizah Ngah urged that I look for a piece of land around Kampung Idaman or close by to build a comfortable house so we can always be close to the people who have helped us thus far. "We found that Lot PT9 was suitable for the house and in 2002, a plot of land with temporary occupancy licence (TOL) was registered to Zizah. "In 2004, the permanent grant was registered to my wife," he said. He apologised if the family's good intention was taken the wrong way. Zakaria also said he wondered if his services and contributions thus far would be jeopardised because of this unexpected controversy. He thanked those who pointed him in the right way, including the media. However, he added that he did not want his unintentional mistake be exploited by the Opposition. "As a politician, I accept the fact that I cannot make everybody happy and as a human being I have weaknesses and need to improve on them from time to time," he said. When word of the controversy broke out, he said, he was in the Holy Land (Mecca) as it was his practice to carry out umrah every Ramadan month.

"I was told by my wife that the media had published this controversy but I was in the opinion that the problem would end in a short time, but there was a lapse in my judgment as Tuanku Sultan Selangor was equally concerned with this problem," he said. On his audience with the Sultan, he said the doctor had advised him to get treatment at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, and he was therefore only able to meet the Sultan last Sunday (Oct 29, 2006). He said he appreciated the Sultan's concern. Zakaria also said he had met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at 10.15am on Sunday at TUDM airport in Subang before the latter left for China. "He advised me to be patient and look for a solution to the problem, especially the best way in stopping the negative coverage by the media," he said. Last Saturday (Oct 8, 2006), Zakaria had a 20-minute audience with Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Bukit Kayangan in Shah Alam, during which he provided the sultan with his explanation on accusations in the media and complaints from the rakyat about his alleged arrogance and abuse of power. He was supposed to have met the Sultan last Monday (Oct 23, 2006) but said he could not make it because of an illness.

Zakaria found himself in the spotlight following news reports in early October which revealed that the mansion among low-cost houses in Kampung Idaman - a stone's throw from his illegal eatery on Jalan Banting, DZ Satay House - was being built without planning approval. He was later fined RM24,000 instead of prosecution under the Town and Country Planning Act, which provides a maximum penalty of RM500,000 and a jail sentence. Zakaria also paid up 12 years of assessment arrears for his existing home and two Umno offices totalling RM46,118.60 on Oct 19, 2006, after being warned by Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Abdul Bakir Zin that he should settle the debt or face property seizure. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, who said the swearing-in ceremony for new Klang councillors was postponed due to the public outcry, advised Zakaria to resign as a Klang municipal councillor by Nov 8, 2006, failing which the state exco would sack him. Yesterday, Abdul Bakir told the Sun the council will be submitting a full-length, detailed report on DZ Satay House to Mohd Khir soon so that further action can be taken.

An additional report on other issues, including the failure to pay assessment by several councillors will also be submitted to Mohd Khir. Yesterday, the Klang Umno division held an emergency meeting and said it fully backed its chief. It also urged Mohd Khir to retain Zakaria as a councillor, and said the entire brouhaha was the work of the

Opposition to discredit Zakaria. His clarification: Zakaria, while it was the opinion of the media and the public that he did not respect the law, pointed out that he had taken the following steps pertaining to the house:
* Dec 23, 2002 - The consultant architect submitted a layout plan to obtain approval from the MPK for the construction of a bungalow;
* Feb 22, 2003 - MPK sent an approval letter with conditions;
* Dec 14, 2003 - The architect made an application with a submission of the building plans for approval from the MPK Building Department. MPK could not process the application because the plan payments were not made;
* Feb 24, 2006 - MPK sent a technical compliance reminder letter to the architect and sent Zakaria a copy;
* March 21, 2006 - MPK informed that the approval was postponed until the architect complied with the technical requirements; Zakaria said one of the technical mistakes in the plan was his name being displayed in the plan when the owner of the land was Zizah. Therefore, the entire building plan had to be transferred to Zizah Ngah's name; and
* April 6, 2006 - The architect withdrew from the project and Zakaria said he appointed a new architect to amend the building plans according to the technical requirements stated by MPK. Zakaria said the new architect will submit the changes in the first week of November. "I hope with this extensive explanation, I will no longer be looked upon as a wakil rakyat and a councillor who knowingly dodged the laws and regulations set by the local authority," he said. The press conference was held in the living room, which according to Zainuri, was also where Zakaria and his 80-year-old mother-in-law Jamilah Zakaria slept nightly.

Meanwhile his supporters want him to stay as councilor.

UMNO Klang division treasurer (LefT) and Datuk Azman Saleh and Secretary Ishak Mohd Junid at the press conference

Supporters want Zakaria to stay on as councilor ; 31 Oct 2006 ;V. Vasudevan and Leslie Andres KLANG: Embattled Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros appears determined to stay on as Klang municipal councillor. Or at least, he wants to leave sending a clear message to all that he has the support of the Umno rank-and-file in Klang. This was the picture that emerged after his Umno division met yesterday. Zakaria did not attend the two-hour meeting but his supporters came up with two resolutions — backing him as the Klang division chief and state assemblyman for Port Klang and urging the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Selangor Menteri Besar to retain Zakaria as a municipal councillor. Zakaria has not commented publicly on the controversy surrounding his decision to build a bungalow without planning permission. On Saturday, the Sultan of Selangor advised him to quit his position as councillor and told him to mend his ways, noting that there had been numerous complaints about his arrogant demeanour. Following that meeting in the palace, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo gave him an ultimatum: step down by Nov 8 or face the prospect of being removed by the state executive committee. Both options were rejected by his division’s office bearers. They were keen to project a more caring image of their leader. Division information chief Shohimi Shafie Shohimi waved a photograph of a house in Kampung Idaman that was occupied by a poor family. "He used his own money to rebuild that house. Let me take you and show you the house," he said. A Press conference was called hastily at 8.30pm but there was no free flow of questions and answers. The mood was tense as division officials cut off questions which they felt were intrusive and damaging to Zakaria’s image. It is unlikely their plea or show of support for the veteran Umno strongman will have much effect on the party leadership especially after disclosures of other offences, including non-payment of assessment and taxes.

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Umno Unhappy With Errant Leaders, Says Najib; October 31, 2006 18:14 PM PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 (Bernama) -- In the wake of the case involving Port Klang state assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday that Umno is unhappy with any of its leaders who flouts the laws and regulations of the country. Saying that the case might be discussed at an appropriate forum, the deputy prime minister stressed that those who held public office must show a good example and respect the law. The Umno supreme council meets on Thursday. "We must not think that just because we hold positions we can ignore the regulations or the local council laws," the Umno deputy president told a news conference after chairing a meeting of menteris besar and chief ministers here. "Umno is not happy with what's happening," he said in response to questions on Zakaria, the Klang Umno division chief and municipal councillor who is involved in a controversy surrounding his construction of a mansion in Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran, without planning permission from the local council. He has received a dressing down from the Sultan of Selangor and has until Nov 8 to step down as municipal councillor or face the prospect of being removed by the Selangor state executive council. Najib said he had just received a report from the Housing and Local Government Ministry originating from the Klang Municipal Council on what had transpired. "And based on this report, we will discuss it at the appropriate forum to determine what is our (Umno's) stance on this matter," he said. He stressed that elected representatives should set a good example by being law-abiding citizens in view that laws were made to be adhered to by Malaysians in all their activities. Queried whether he felt that Zakaria was a liability to Umno, Najib said: "We are very concerned as we are holding public positions.”If you are holding public office, you must show good example and you must, above all, respect the laws of the country. That goes without saying." On a report that two more Klang municipal councillors did not submit building plans for their houses, Najib had this to say: "Whoever contravenes the lawsof the country will have to pay the price." On suggestions that elected representatives should not sit on local governments, he said the crux of the matter was to avoid abuse of power. "If they have posts in the local councils, they must respect the laws of the local government. If they don't respect them, they are committing an offence," he said

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UPDATE 1 - 31st Oct 06

Extracts from STAR- Tuesday October 31, 2006 ;House on bad feng shui plot
I drew the flag-shaped plot where his new house was being built and pointed out the faults. One major affliction is the main entrance located in the south-east and facing a road spearing into his house, which is very inauspicious in Indian feng shui. I told him that he was already experiencing the effects of the defect and such an unfriendly plot would invite unwanted trouble and would defame the owner. He nodded his head in agreement and when I told him that his present east-facing house, although small, was better, he agreed. “I have been staying there for 38 years and that is the place I prospered,” he said.

“What can I do now?” he asked. The only way to correct the T-junction fault is to disallow traffic from using the road, as there is no other remedy. Zakaria appeared worried and scratched his head and offered me black coffee. He excused himself after our 30-minute meeting saying that he wanted to perform his prayers. Before he left, he said: “Don’t forget to come for my Hari Raya open house on Nov 20.” Kampung Idaman was an unheard of village two decades ago and since Zakaria rose in politics, his presence brought development, including a community hall and the construction of a welcome arch. Residents appeared undisturbed by the unwanted media attention their kampung was currently receiving. But everyone who drove past Zakaria’s mansion did not fail to slow down for a closer look.

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Two more Klang councillors get stop work order
KLANG: Two Klang Municipal Council members were ordered to stop work on the homes they were building by the council. They had both failed to submit the building plans for the construction of their houses. The council told Mazlynoor Abdul Latif and Faizal Abdullah to suspend work on their respective houses in Kampung Raja Uda and directed them to submit the building plans for these properties. President Abdul Bakir Zin said he was informed of their failure to submit the building plans after a probe was carried out following irregularities related to Klang Umno Division head Datuk Zakaria Md Deros’ controversial mansion. I was not aware that they were building the houses. Why should I bother about their plans to build houses? They are educated people. They should know the regulations,” Bakir said. He said currently the council was checking to see whether other council members had not submitted building plans for properties they were constructing. Bakir also said he was waiting for Zakaria to submit the building plan for his mansion in Kampung Idaman as well as his letter resigning from the council. He said Zakaria had been given until Nov 15 to submit the plan, failing which he would face court action. Zakaria had yet to contact him on his resignation from the council, he added. Zakaria had been appointed to the post and had accepted it on Oct 3. “Once this matter is sorted out, MPK will go ahead with the oath-taking of the other 19 councillors, on Nov 9. Currently, there is one position vacant each for the MIC and MCA, and two for Umno.” On Saturday, Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah advised Zakaria to withdraw from his council post and to mend his ways or risk being stripped of his Datukship. Meanwhile, the DZ Satay House restaurant built illegally in Pandamaran on PWD land will remain closed. Bakir said: “The restaurant is illegal as it has no approved building plan, no business permit and sits on government land without a Temporary Occupational Licence.” The restaurant, which belongs to Zakaria, was sealed by the council on Oct 26. It is a stone’s throw from the mansion the controversial Port Klang assemblyman built on a 3,994sq metre (43,000sq feet) piece of land alienated to his wife Datin Zizah Ngah for RM46,000 following a discount. In 1994, the land was offered at RM2 per sq foot.

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ABOVE: Zakaria's supporter "guarding" his illegal Mansion: BELOW 2: DAP & PKR Supporters lining up doing peaceful protest


ABOVE & BELOW: Residents and Passer-bys watching

TWO people were hurt during a commotion outside the controversial mansion built by Port Klang state assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros at Kampung Idaman in Pandamaran on Sunday morning. This followed a scuffle between two groups; one supporting Zakaria while the other was a group of protestors from opposition parties DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat. The commotion lasted about five minutes. The police, led by Klang district acting OCPD Supt Mohan Singh, quickly moved in to disperse the crowd. There were no arrests in the 10am incident.
Commotion outside mansion ;
Monday October 30, 2006; STAR Update
PORT KLANG: The road leading to the four-storey mansion was congested with vehicles and people, including local residents and other curious passers-by. The commotion started as the protesters were unfurling banners to criticise the palatial house said to have been built without the approval of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).

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Media statement by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP CEC member and NGO Bureau Chief on Sunday, October 29, 2006 in Pandamaran, Klang.
About 500 villagers, members and leaders of DAP took part in a protest outside the “Palace of Raja Zakaria this morning at 10.30am. The protest was organized by Selangor DAP. DAP Sec Gen Lim Guan Eng traveled all the way from Melaka to lead the protest together with the Selangor team. Keadilan was represented by Dr Xavier,Krishna, Khairul and a few of their members. The Selangor team was led by State Chairman Ong Chee Keng. Other state committee members who showed up in full force were Chandra Mohan, Khoo Chee Pock, Sivadurai, Woon Ah Kui, Lau Weng San, Cheong Kai Cheng, Peter Tan, Lim Lip Eng, Kuan Perk Siong, Batumalai. Former DAP candidate for Pandamaran Tee Boon Hock was also there to lend his support. The DAP HQ also sent a team consist of Ng Wei Aik and Lim Swee Kuan.

ABOVE: The mobster and BELOW- the scuffle

When we arrived, some twenty to thirty men sent by Zakaria Mat Deros were already there with a purpose to disrupt the protest. They shouted shamelessly and even attempted to snatch the protest banners brought by the DAP before the arrival of Lim Guan Eng. We managed to hold them back after some heated exchanges. I have negotiated with the local Special Branch chief for a peaceful gathering and we will wrap it up after the press conference. We assured him that the gathering will be peaceful and orderly.

ABOVE: Lim Guan Eng, speaking to newsmen
The assault started after the speech delivered by Guan Eng. Sivadurai was punched and kicked by one of Zakaria’s men when he was trying to prevent the chap from disrupting the DAPSY Chief Nga Khor Ming from speaking.
In his speech, Lim thanked the Sultan of Selangor for his concern in the matter and urged the Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo to take further action against Zakaria. He criticized Khir for asking Zakaria to resign as a Municipality Councilor only after the Sultan has spoken. He also said the Zakaria’s scandal has strengthened the argument for the restoration of local government election. The third vote would be useful in ridding out greedy and arrogant elements like Zakaria Mat Deros. He later spoke about money politics and “samseng” (hooligans) politics of Umno. I have urged Mohan, the OCPD of Klang, who arrived much later that he should look into our complaint seriously and immediately. Besides assaulting our members, the hooligans also broke the side mirror of the DAP Balakong mobile service van and broke the wire of the DAP Pasar Klang mobile service van.

ABOVE & BELOW; The minor damages to the DAP Vans

ABOVE: the broken side mirror and BELOW: The damages to the PA system cable

Our members and leaders stood our ground firmly and calmly throughout the gathering and we must thank the Pandamaran people for coming out in full force to lend their support and solidarity to the public protest. They remained where they were despite of repeated threats from the hired-hands of Zakaria.
Regrettably, the police only sent a small team of less than ten officers to monitor the situation and they have failed miserably in crowd control. They should have sent a bigger team to ensure law and order.
The Sultan of Selangor has done his part as a concerned ruler. It will be good if he could strip off Zakaria’s datukship as the Umno division chief has brought disgrace to the palace. Any other political action will be the responsibility of Umno leadership. Malaysians now have a right to know how Zakaria managed to amass more than RM10 million in less than two terms as a state assemblyman as well as Local Councilor. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Dr Khir Toya must remove Zakaria as a state assemblyman to safeguard the name of Umno. A man not fit as a Local Councilor is certainly not fit as a state assemblyman.
We are planning to hold a public ceramah on the scandal on the coming Sunday in Pandamaran. We will intensify our campaign until Zakaria was removed as a state assemblyman of Port Kelang.
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Extracts from Malaysiakini; Things turn racial
Parti Keadilan Rakyat Selangor vice-chief Khairul Anuar Zainudin,
who was at the demonstration, claimed racial slurs were made the mob, as most of theprotestors where ethnic Chinese. "They played up racial sentiments. They were shouting 'Cina balik!' (Chinese get out!), 'Kalau kamu mahu Mei 13, saya hari ini boleh bagi kau' (If you want May 13, I can give it to you today)" said Khairul when contacted.
Two other eye-witnesses confirmed that such words were used by the group which backed Zakaria. Khairul claimed he learned that these people were not from Kampung Idaman, which is itself a lower-income multicultural village.

The police quick action prevented any ugly incidents

Supporters of Zakaria, who is also a council member, rushed out from the construction site and nearby houses to stop them. At the same time, they shouted to pressmen to stop taking pictures. Some of them rushed towards DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who wanted to speak to the crowd. Lim’s supporters, however, went to his aid and surrounded him. The pro-Zakaria people continued to shoo away the crowd, shouting “Keluar (Get out)” and “Balik (Go back).” Supt Mohan Singh said it was all over within 20 minutes after the police moved in to disperse the crowd. He said two men lodged police reports after the incident for injuries and damage to a car. Lim told a press conference outside Kampung Idaman later that the protest was planned as a peaceful gathering and not with the intention of threatening anyone. DAP Youth chief Nga Kor Ming said the party would submit a report on Zakaria’s mansion to the Auditor-General.
Zakaria was fined a total of about RM24,000 for non-submission of building plans for his luxurious house to the MPK. The Sultan of Selangor summoned him to the palace last Saturday and advised the assemblyman to resign as a municipal councillor.

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Zakaria's satay restaurant sealed by MPK
; Monday October 30, 2006, Via STAR
KLANG: The problems affecting embattled Port Klang state assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros are far from over. Another property of Zakaria has been found illegally built and has been slapped with a closure order by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK). The DZ Satay House restaurant, located a stone’s throw from his so-called Istana Idaman mansion in Kampung Idaman here, has been sealed by the council since Oct 26. “Yes, it has been sealed because the restaurant sits on JKR (Public Works Department) reserve land, which is state land,” municipal councillor Datuk Teh Kim Poo said yesterday. ”Furthermore, the restaurant does not have any temporary occupancy licence or a business licence.

The closure order came a few days after Teh started a fund-raising drive to help satay trader Abdul Salim Mohamad Nor, whose stall was torn down by MPK because of an extension constructed without a building plan. Teh, who had queried then about the MPK’s unfair action to “close one eye” over the matter, said that sealing off Zakaria’s satay restaurant was not enough. He said it must be demolished as well. He thanked the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, for his concern. The Sultan had met Zakaria, who is also a Klang municipal councillor, on Saturday and advised him to step down from his council post and mend his ways or risk being stripped of his Datukship. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo advised Zakaria to submit his resignation letter to MPK president Abu Bakir Zin by Nov 8. Sungai Pinang state assemblyman Teng Chang Khim, who had raised the restaurant issue in March, said structures constructed on government land without approval from the local authority could be demolished after serving the owner a 30-day notice. “MPK should not only demolish the restaurant, but also act against government officers who had allowed the restaurant to operate, knowing it flouted so many laws.”

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The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Advises Datuk Zakaria Md Deros (Below) to resign from the post of Klang Municipal Council councillor

BELOW: The Sultan's Palace at Shah Alam where the audience was held

Selangor Sultan Advises Zakaria To Resign As Councillor; October 28, 2006 16:28 PM
SHAH ALAM, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Saturday advised Datuk Zakaria Md Deros to resign from the post of Klang Municipal Council councillor to end the controversies surrounding him, including building a four-storey mansion in Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran, without seeking approval from the local authority. In a statement issued at a press conference to convey the Ruler's advice, the Sultan said if the issues and controversies that arose about Zakaria were true, then he must repent for his own good and be thankful for the blessings and positions he had enjoyed including as an elected representative who had been honoured with a Datukship.

The press conference was held by the Sultan's Private Secretary Datuk Mohd Munir Bani after Zakaria had an audience with Sultan Sharafuddin at Istana Kayangan here. The Ruler said he had actually received a lot of complaints and also sighing from certain parties that Zakaria is arrogant, rude and had hurt the people's feelings by flexing his powers vested upon him.
"As a Malay, he should be polite and courteous," the Ruler said. Asked whether Zakaria could appeal against resigning from the councillor's post, Dr Khir said: "For the moment, it's better for him to quit." Zakaria is embroiled in a controversy over the building of a four-storey palace-like mansion at Kampung Idaman in Pandamaran, Klang, without the building plan approved by the Klang Municipal Council. Earlier, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, advised Zakaria to resign from the councillor's post to put an end to the controversies surrounding him, including appointments of his family members as councillors in the same council.
Besides Zakaria, his son and daughter-in-law are also councillors of the local authority. Mohd Munir said if Zakaria failed to repent for his mistakes, he risked being stripped off his Datukship. "So far, it has not gone to that stage as Zakaria had admitted his mistakes and apologised to Tuanku," he added.
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Zakaria Must Quit As Councillor, Says Dr Khir; October 28, 2006 18:03 PM

SABAK BERNAM, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- Datuk Zakaria Md Deros must voluntarily resign as the Klang Municipal Council councillor before Nov 8, failing which, the state government will invoke the provision in the Local Authority Act to remove him, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said Saturday. He said the state government, in principle, had refused to appoint Zakaria as a councillor as he was facing all sorts of problems. However, the state government had decided to retain his son, Zainuri, and daughter-in-law, Roselinda Abdul Jamil, as Klang Municipal Councillors.
"I hope he resigns on his own accord before the state government makes a decision. "If Zakaria quits, it shows he is a responsible person upon his realisation for his mistakes. By doing so, he can protect his image and that of his family," he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house in Simpang Lima, Sungai Besar. Dr Mohd Khir said the decision not to appoint Zakaria as a Klang Municipal Councillor was in line with the proposal to allow only two family members to sit in a particular municipal council. The proposal to limit family members to sit in a particular municipal council to only two and Zakaria's resignation would be discussed and endorsed at the weekly Wednesday State Exco Meeting on Nov 8, he said. The weekly State Exco Meeting will not be held on Nov 1 as Dr Mohd Khir has to attend the Meeting of the Council of Rulers.
The policy to limit only two family members to sit in any Municipal Council was considered the best solution to the problem without 'inconveniencing other people' because there were many cases of family members being involved in politics, the Menteri Besar said. Dr Khir said Zakaria's positions as Klang Umno chief and Port Klang state assemblyman would not be affected if he resigned as councillor. Asked whether Zakaria could appeal against resigning from the councillor's post, Dr Khir said: "For the moment, it's better for him to quit." He said he was not worried about the vacancy created following Zakaria's resignation as a Klang Municipal Councillor as there were many candidates who could be considered for the post. Zakaria is embroiled in a controversy over the building of a four-storey palace-like mansion at Kampung Idaman in Pandamaran, Klang, without the building plan being approved by the Klang Municipal Council. Earlier, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, advised Zakaria to resign from the councillor's post to put an end to the controversies surrounding him, including the appointments of his family members as councillors in the same council.
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Zakaria Has Audience With Sultan Saturday; October 28, 2006 17:12 PM

SHAH ALAM, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- Datuk Zakaria Md Deros, the Klang Umno division chief and Klang Municipal Councillor, who created a stir for building a four-storey mansion in Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran, without seeking the approval of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), had an audience with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor at Istana Kayangan here Saturday.

ABOVE; The children, escorted Datuk Zakaria to the audience with the Sultan
Zakaria, accompanied by two of his children, including Zainuri, who is Klang Umno Youth Chief, arrived at the palace compound at 10.50am in a SUV and immediately proceeded to the palace for an audience with the Sultan, who arrived there about an hour earlier. Among those who attended the meeting were the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Mohd Munir Bani, Datuk Pengelola Bijaya DiRaja Datuk Zakaria Abdul Rahman and a member of the Selangor Royal Council of Regency, Tengku Datuk Ramli Shah Tengku Shaharudin.

ABOVE: Datuk Zakaria Md Deros with his entourage waiting for his SUV car
The audience lasted about an hour when at about 11.50am, Zakaria and his children were seen leaving the venue. Zakaria, dressed in "baju Melayu" stopped for a while, following requests from press photographers, for some shots with his children, before getting into his vehicle. Earlier, palace officials, on the order from the Sultan, informed members of the press not to interview Zakaria in the palace compound. Zakaria had been summoned to the palace earlier to explain the controversy over the construction of his mansion but could not present himself there due to health problems. However, it was later reported in the newspapers that he was not warded at a hospital, but was on holiday at a beach front chalet in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

BELOW: Datuk Zakaria's controversial palace mansion reportedly worth RM8 million with fully marbled floors he built without proper authorisation. It would be a pity and wasteful to demolish it. Why not covert it to a community hall for the Klang Folks to enjoy?

ABOVE: Ornamental raillings made to order?
BELOW two; The mansion eight months ago.

Read the latest Posting on the consequences of Datuk Zakaria's Illegal Mansion,. The Chinamen will have to dig deep in their pockets.

Menteri Besar KHIR TOYO Retaliates: MASSIVE Checks on Unapproved Building Plans for Chinese & Indian TEMPLES, POLITICAL PARTIES Offices, Industrial & Commercial Premises & INDIVIDUAL DWELLINGS in Selangor. GET READY Your Fines


Anonymous Me said...

Zakaria Md Deros, in my view he's currently the nation's biggest arsehole..

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an article in the Sun, it also states that a rival satay business had been demolished, when the rival had a proper business license. I agree, sucha an arsehole.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should be bundled to Kelantan to be dealt with appropriately under the Syariah law - for cheating fellow muslims and Malays.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Steven Yip said...

Rich become corruption.

This will not last. It's really a shame for such leaders to exist.

How could he think of sitting in a mansion, while the klang folks (poor ones) sit under zinc roofs?

Aren't leaders suppose to help the rakyat?

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

look at the size of tat house... imagine wat 8million can do to help the poor in zambia. just because u built a few houses for others, u can justify a 4 storey mansion for urself. and because u haf 13 kids. wtf are these ppl thinking...

1:15 AM  
Anonymous sick-2-the-core said...

UMNO Klang division and its Teasurer and Secretary are greater arseholes for supporting Zakaria and wanting him to reamin as councilor.

For what? To suck more money meant for poor Malays?

A bunch of immoral Umnoputras and parasites!

6:29 PM  

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