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Monday, May 31, 2010

Security for council president's house endorsed by board - theSun

By Terence Fernandez
SUBANG JAYA (May 30, 2010): The security provided to Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan's home was endorsed by the council's full board way back in 2008, with a caveat that the council does not incur additional cost.

Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan
It is learnt that the finance commitee had on Sept 18, 2008 approved the stationing of enforcement staff at Adnan's home following a request by enforcement chief Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali. (Later endorsed by the Full Board), and two officers were assigned to Adnan's home every day.

It is understood that the council only agreed to the security privlieges as the enforcement staff would only check-in on Adnan's house from time to time while conducting their official duties.

However, investigations by theSun revealed that these officers are stationed at Adnan's home for eight hours on a daily basis, there has been an abuse of process.
In a statement on Friday, MPSJ assistant public relations director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said beginning December 2008, enforcement officers work on shifts where duties at Adnan's house is scheduled into their timetable.

However critics of the scheme say incurring extra expenses is inevitable as the officers have to make a 10km detour to Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam where MPSJ has no jurisdiction whatsoever.
"Furthermore, they are not trained as bodyguards. What if something happens to them," said one critic, adding that if anything untoward were to happen, the insurance company may disclaim liability as it is not within the regular course of duties.

In any case, theSun's stakeout between 10pm and dawn on several occasions for the past two weeks show that the officers are indeed stationed there.

Azfarizal had said protection for Adnan was necessary as MPSJ is aggressively enforcing action against vice and illegal trading activities.

State Exco in charge of local councils Ronnie Liu had defended the privileges accorded to Adnan saying that it is the government's duty to protect its officers if they are being threatened.
The matter is expected to be discussed at tomorrow's Full Board meeting. -- theSun


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