Wednesday, August 08, 2007

RM7b Aluminum Smelter – Study-Built Deal - Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd CMS + Australian Rio Tinto; On-Stream by 2011; 2 Smelters NO Undersea Cable?

ABOVE: Malaysiakini has an unusual headline for Day 31 Trail. With Details H E R E - "Dragged like a cow & handcuffed and chained". Other media also gave different emphasis on the Day 31 Trial

ABOVE: the 3rd accused Abdul Razak Baginda, arriving on Day 31 Trial and BELOW & BELOW: the Hooded ones Sirul and Azilah




UPDATE: Day 31 Trial – 8th Aug 2007

Officer: I was directed to amend reports
R. Surenthira Kumar and Maria J. Dass, from SUN

SHAH ALAM (August 8, 2007): A police officer told the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial he was directed by his superior officer to amend the police reports he had filed before Cpl Sirul Azhar led them to his house where police recovered jewellery belonging to Altantuya. ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin (ABOVE) denied suggestions by Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, that the amendments were done to "beautify" the reports.

He said his superior, DSP Gan Tack Guan,(ABOVE) had reasoned that the amendments were necessary because the copies of the reports were not in "good condition". Zulkarnian was replying to Kamarul Hisham's questions during the continuation of his cross-examination.

ABOVE: Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, surprised everyone in courts when he produced a copy of the report filed by Zulkarnain which stated a different unit number from the flat owned by Sirul Azhar

"The previous reports were destroyed as they were not clear because of problems with the printer and photocopier," he said when asked about the discrepancies in the reports. Zulkarnain also told judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin he lost count of the number of times he had signed the amended copies of the reports because Gan had told him to re-sign the copies on numerous occasions. Asked if he had signed the copies before the trial started, Zulkarnain admitted doing so. He said he "blindly" signed the amended copies without reading their contents.

"I did not check the details. I just signed the space where my signature was required," he said. The amendments included the insertion of Sirul Azhar's name on the report, and the addition of the words "something", "yang" and "ada" to the report which stated that Sirul Azhar had told Zulkarnain and Chief Insp Koh Fei Cheow he could take them to his house in Kota Damansara to show where he kept the jewellery. It also stated that Zulkarnain had cautioned Sirul Azhar before he made the revelation. Kamarul Hisham asked Zulkarnain about his visit to Sirul Azhar's flat and the recovery of the jewellery from the inner pocket of Sirul Azhar's black jacket.

He also caught the prosecution off guard when he produced a copy of the report filed by Zulkarnain which stated a different unit number from the flat owned by Sirul Azhar. "Can you explain why the report states the unit number as 5-2-4 whereas my client's unit number is 5-3-7?" he asked. DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah and Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda's lawyer, Wong Kian Kheong, said they did not have a copy of the report referred to by Kamarul Hisham. Mohd Zaki then instructed that copies be made available to the others after lunch break. Zulkarnain said he obtained the unit number based on one of the utility bills which he recovered from Sirul Azhar's flat. Kamarul Hisham then pointed to the photograph taken by the police team headed by Zulkarnain which showed clearly the unit number as 5-3-7, but Zulkarnain was unable to offer an explanation. Zulkarnian was also quizzed about his report which stated that the jewellery was seized from Sirul Azhar's wardrobe, and not his jacket as claimed.

Photos of Sirul Azhar pointing to the jewellery placed in his jacket after it was recovered were also shown to Zulkarnain who admitted instructing Sirul Azhar to pose for the shots to be taken.

Zulkarnain denied an earlier suggestion by Kamarul Hisham that he had offered to help Sirul Azhar if he cooperated with them by providing information during the investigations.

ABOVE: Glum faced, ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin (ABOVE) leaving court after being questioned throughly by Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin. (BELOW) The evidence carted to court on Day 31 Trial

= = = = =Bernama’s Account

August 08, 2007 21:16 PM

Two Versions Of Police Reports With Varying House Address
SHAH ALAM, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- The defence in the murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu raised questions on whether the jewellery belonging to the Mongolian woman was found at the flat of the accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar or another house since there were two versions of the police reports with varying addresses. The police reports were lodged by ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin, 34, from the Major Crime Department, D9 at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters on the finding of the jewellery at Sirul Azhar's house after he and his team returned from inspecting Sirul Azhar's flat at no 5-3-7, at Jalan Camar, 4/1 Gugusan Semarak, Section 4, Kota Damansara, Selangor on Nov 7 last year.

Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represented Sirul Azhar, produced to the court a copy of a version of the police report with Zulkarnain's signature on it which stated the address of the house where the police went to inspect was 5-2-4. More shocking was when the prosecution and lawyers representing the other accused, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, did not have the copy of the report with the 5-2-4 address. High Court judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin then ordered that they be given copies of the report.

When questioned by Kamarul Hisham, Zulkarnain, who is the 23rd prosecution witness, denied that he and his team went to another house instead of the house at the address 5-3-7. However, Zulkarnain, admitted that after returning from inspecting Sirul Azhar's house he did lodge a report on the finding of the jewellery and wrote in the report the address of the house where the inspection was conducted as 5-2-4. Zulkarnain then clarified to the court that he had made a mistake in the police report by writing the address 5-2-4 based on a bill or letter (he could not remember which one) which he had taken from Sirul Azhar's house.

Kamarul: This is your report with the address 5-2-4?
Zulkarnain: True.
Kamarul: Referring to the report. What caused you to make that mistake
5-2-4?
Zulkarnain: At the house of the second accused (Sirul Azhar), I had taken several handphone bills, water or electricity bills or letters from the house. One of the bills that I took stated
5-2-4. I can't remember the bill or letter.
Kamarul: You did not check what other bills stated?
Zulkarnain: Other bills I can't remember.
Kamarul: You just picked the one that happened to be
5-2-4?
Zulkarnain: True.

Sirul Azhar, 36, and Azilah, 31, both from the Bukit Aman police Special Action Unit, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, near Shah Alam, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year, while Abdul Razak, 47, a political analyst, is charged with abetting the two. All three face the death sentence if convicted.
During the 31st day of hearing today, the defence also questioned Zulkarnain's testimony which said that Sirul Azhar was the one who disclosed and showed to the police where the jewellery belonging to Altantuya were kept.

At the last hearing, the court was told that the jewellery were found in the inside pocket of a black jacket belonging to Sirul Azhar in a cupboard in a bedroom of Sirul Azhar's two-bedroom flat.
Kamarul contended that Zulkarnain had made a proposal to Sirul Azhar that the police would help him (Sirul Azhar) if he (Sirul Azhar) agreed to follow the police and show as well as identify the jewellery belonging to Altantuya. However, Zulkarnain disagreed with Kamarul.

Zulkarnain also denied that he had asked Sirul Azhar to pose for the photographer by holding the black jacket and show the jewellery based on their previous agreement.

Zulkarnain also disagreed with Kamarul Hisham when it was put to him (Zulkarnain) that he had ordered Sirul Azhar to sit at a dining table (ABOVE)at his (Sirul Azhar) flat while he and five other policemen entered Sirul Azhar's bedroom and closed the door for 10 to 15 minutes.

The witness also disagreed when put by Kamarul Hisham that a few minutes later, three policemen came out of Sirul Azhar's bedroom carrying a bag whose contents were unknown. Zulkarnain denied that he then directed Sirul Azhar to go into the bedroom. During the hearing on Friday (Aug 3) the defence had raised questions on the presence of two separate police reports by Zulkarnain which contained several differences, including the spelling of his (Zulkarnain) name and date of birth.

However, Zulkarnain had clarified to the court that there were two reports because he had amended several words after checking it for the second time on the same day.

Meanwhile outside the court, a 51-year-old woman, dressed in a black coat like a lawyer and seen at the court almost everyday during the Altantuya's trial, had lodged two police reports to refute a report lodged by a court policeman alleging that she had disrupted court proceedings. In her report, the woman, who is from Sarawak, stated her occupation as a freelance security consultant and that she had obtained the court's permission to place a chair at the public gallery for her to sit as she had only recovered from an accident. The report by Lance Corporal Zulkifli Abdul Rahman stated that the woman had directed policemen on duty at the court to place a chair for her at the public gallery and that the chair should not be removed by anyone, including the lawyers and members of the press.

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ABOVE: Malaysiakini had the early story yesterday from Langkawi, details H E R E by subscription.
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RM7b Aluminum SmelterStudy-Built Deal -Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd CMSAustralian Rio Tinto in Bintulu.; On-Stream by 2011; 2 Smelters NO Undersea Cable?

Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto on Tuesday sign an agreement with Conglomerate Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) to study-build what is perhaps one of the worlds largest Aluminum Smelter. The cost of the project was not disclosed but industry sources indicated the cost would be around US2 Billion (escalating to US5b) using power from the Bakun Dam.

ABOVE: A "greenfield" Aluminium smelter - no pollution?

The study will take 12-18 months covering technical, operational, environmental to social economic analysis of the smelter. The smelter would be known as the SACSarawak Aluminium Company and situated in Similajau – the eastern part of Sarawak and would be operational by 20010.
It will have an initial production capacity of 550,000 tones per year rising to1.5 million tones. The smelter will be powered by the 2,400-megawatt Bakun hydroelectric
dam due to be completed by 2010.
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud boasted " another proposal from a Malaysian-Chinese consortium to build an aluminium smelter in the state remained on the table. "after we have some experience with Rio Tinto.

So with two smelters , the undersea cable to Peninsular is scuttled?

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August 07, 2007 18:13 PM

CMS, Rio Tinto's Proposed Aluminium Smelter Aims For Full Production By 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Conglomerate Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) and global Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Tuesday signed an agreement for the proposed development of a US$2 billion (RM7 billion) aluminium smelter in Sarawak. The plant in Similajau, Bintulu division is expected to go into full production by the end of 2011.

Rio Tinto Aluminium Limited Chief executive Oscar Groeneveld said today the smelter would have an initial production capacity of 550,000 tonnes per year and the capacity to expand to 1.5 million tonnes, with its raw materials to be sourced from its Australian Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone, Queensland. "At the first stage, when it is expected to commence operation by the fourth quarter of 2010, about 900 megawatts of electricity will be utilised from the Bakun dam while we are looking at establishing joint partnership with Sime Darby Bhd (Bakun's owner), to use its energy in the long term should there be opportunities to expand in subsequent stages," he told reporters after the signing of the agreement today.

The agreement between CMS, represented by its group chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail, group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis and deputy group managing director Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, and Rio Tinto, represented by Groeneveld, Smelting (Australia) managing director Sandeep Biswas and Smelter Project Development general manager Matt Liddy, was witnessed by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Australian High Commissioner Penny Williams.

ABOVE: The deal signed witnessed by Australian High Commissioner Penny Williams (Back Left) and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (Back, 2nd Right)

Following the agreement - detailing feasibility studies on the design, engineering, construction, commissioning and operation of an aluminium smelter - the project will be known as Sarawak Aluminium Company (Salco), with CMS taking 40 percent stake and Rio Tinto 60 percent initially. Groeneveld said over the next 12 to 18 months, Salco would be examining the technical, environmental, operational, social and economic aspects of the proposed smelter, which would be on an industrial site of eight sq km to incorporate downstream activities. Given that the smelter would be a Malaysian project, he said, locals would be given priority in terms of employment with about 1,300 jobs per year to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) at current metal prices, he said.
Meanwhile, Curtis said CMS would raise funding for the project from its own equities and the international capital market.
Earlier, Taib said the development of the smelter project was timely as it would be the catalyst for the next phase of Sarawak's economy based on energy intensive industries under the Central Development Corridor, which is expected to be implemented by next year. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the Sarawak government has earmarked Sarawak's central region, stretching from Tanjung Manis in Mukah to Similajau to set up energy intensive industries to take advantage of the ample energy resources, including oil and natural coal deposits and hydro power from river systems.
Taib was happy to note that Salco was committed to providing industrial training of locals in overseas smelters and educational institutions besides conducting in-depth community and environmental assessments for the host communities in the state.

ABOVE & BELOW: The final handshake- acknowledgment of the deal between
CMS group chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail (Left)and Rio Tinto CEO Groeneveld

= = = ===from Reuters
Tuesday August 7, 1:48 PM
Malaysia's Sarawak sees room for 2 aluminium smelters
KUCHING, Malaysia, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Sarawak state on Borneo island has room for two aluminum smelters, with the second plant likely to go ahead around 2013 as more power supply becomes available, Sarawak's chief minister said on Tuesday.

Global miner Rio Tinto Ltd/Plc on Tuesday agreed to a feasibility study of setting up the first aluminum smelter in Sarawak, to be powered by the huge 2,400-megawatt Bakun hydroelectric dam. Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said another proposal from a Malaysian-Chinese consortium to build an aluminium smelter in the state remained on the table. "After we have some experience with Rio Tinto, we will be dealing with them," he told Reuters, refering to the proposal by Malaysian tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary and a Chinese partner. Taib said additional power supply could come on-stream by 2013.

Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Oscar Groeneveld said his firm was made to understand that the Malaysian government has nominated local conglomerate Sime Darby as the owner of the Bakun power generation. "We now have to enter into those discussions with the state and federal governments," he told reporters when asked when power supply talks would begin.

== == = = ==from Bloomberg via Biznews
Rio Tinto Says Malaysian Smelter May Cost $5 Billion Eventually
Updated : 07-08-2007 Media : Bloomberg; Story By : Stephanie Phang

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Rio Tinto Group, the world's third- largest mining
company,
said an aluminum smelter it plans to build in Malaysia with local construction firm Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd. may eventually cost $5 billion. The smelter, to be located in Sarawak state, would have initial capacity of 550,000 tons a year and cost $2 billion, Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Oscar Groeneveld said in a telephone interview from Kuching, Sarawak today.The project may be expanded to 1.5 million tons in time, he said. The smelter, which may start output from 2010, would need 900 megawatts of Electricity initially, he added.

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