18 June 2018
Bersatu man in Ramadan bazaar controversy wants accusers probed
Bukit Bintang Bersatu Youth chief Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim wants authorities to investigate those who accused him of misusing his political connections to secure rights to Ramadan bazaar lots and rent them out for exorbitant prices.
Noorhisyam lodged a police report to that effect at the Dang Wangi police headquarters around 1.30pm today.
“I am making this report to reject and deny these accusations which were made viral, and also to enable the authorities to investigate these claims made by certain parties, including the media.
“This is so that my name is cleared, along with Bersatu and also Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun’s name,” he said in the report sighted by Malaysiakini.
Noorhisyam also said that he was willing to cooperate with the police, MACC and Kuala Lumpur City Hall in their investigation.
The division Bersatu secretary Abdul Razak Zabir and information chief Azrul Feisal Abdullah also filed their own reports to clear accusations about their involvement in the Ramadan bazaar lot rentals.
Previously, Bersatu Youth had requested authorities to investigate the matter.
17 June 2018
Masjid India ‘mafia’ controls bazaar, say traders
Ameer Ali Mydin, head of the local business association, tells of physical threat when he ‘made noise’ about the problem.
A mess left behind by the Ramadan bazaar traders in Jalan Masjid India. (Ameer Ali Mydin pic.)
PETALING JAYA: A “mafia” has been in control of the yearly Ramadan street bazaar in the Masjid India area of Kuala Lumpur, say local businessmen, urging that the authorities take action against them.
Ameer Ali Mydin, head of the Masjid India Business Association, said: “There is a mafia there. If anyone lodges a report, they’ll be finished.” He said he had been threatened with physical harm in the past “just because I made noise over the matter”.
He told FMT: “Nothing was done. Everyone just wants to be a hero and deny their inaction during the crisis. So what is the difference between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan? It seems no one can stop this nonsense.”
Ameer said he had urged Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun to come to the area urgently to better understand matters at hand, as an “association” had been selling stall lots for years.
Fong has been embroiled in a controversy after news reports alleged that PPBM Youth member Noorhisyam Abd Karim had profited from the bazaar by charging hawkers as much as RM5,000 rent for one of the 80 lots licensed by City Hall (DBKL), although the city licensing fees and other charges amounted to only about RM6,000 in total.
Fong had said that the only reason he issued a letter of support for Noorhisyam was because he wanted to help traders who didn’t have a licence to set up stalls at the Ramadan bazaar.
Ameer said he had received feedback that “rentals” for the stalls could reach as high as RM18,000 during the last week of Ramadan.
He said DBKL had managed the bazaar poorly, leading to traffic jams and littering.
16 June 2018
Bukit Bintang MP to lodge MACC report over Ramadan bazaar controversy
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun is expected to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the Ramadan Bazaar scandal in Jalan Masjid India involving a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth leader.
This comes following news report that Pribumi Youth leader Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim was accused of allegedly misusing political connections to secure 80 bazaar lots and renting it out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.
Fong’s special assistant Sally Sian said he would be filing a report once he returns from an overseas trip.
“Also, we have asked the traders, who had paid any fee in order to get the Bazaar Ramadan lots, to come to our service centre and clarify the matter.
“However, none have come forward so far but we still welcome them.
“There should not be any middleman handling the Ramadan Bazaar lot and this is a serious matter.
“If the allegations about Mohd Noorhisyam are true, we will leave it to MACC to investigate,” she said during a press conference held at Taman Wahyu, Kepong on Saturday (June 16).
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, who was also present at the press conference, said the letter of support by Fong was given in good faith.
“This is to help the poor hawkers to get a lot in the Ramadan Bazaar, but there are culprits who use it for their own gains instead,” said Lim.
IS THIS A TRUE COPY OR A FAKE?
15 June 2018
Ramadan bazaar row: DAP MP admits writing support letter, denies pocketing rent
KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun today admitted writing a letter to City Hall (DBKL) to support the application of a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth member at the centre of controversial corruption claim concerning the rental of Ramadan bazaar stalls here.
However, the veteran lawmaker, who is also DAP treasurer, denied that he had received any monetary benefit from additional charges allegedly collected from stall traders in the Masjid India area as “rental” by his Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleague, who has been named as Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim.
“On June 5, Mohd Noorhisyam asked me for help to issue a letter of support with the intention to help traders who failed to get a licence from DBKL so they could set up shop at Jalan Masjid India during Ramadan.
“I issued the support letter on the condition that no rental charges be imposed by anyone other than DBKL,” he said in a statement.
Laporan polis oleh saya mewakili Biro Integriti, Anti-Rasuah & Salah Guna Kuasa ARMADA Nasional terhadap isu dakwaan Ahli ARMADA/ PPBM memeras ugut bayaran tambahan dari para peniaga Bazar Ramadan di Jalan Masjid India, KL.
DBKL: We were forced to approved Bersatu youth leader’s application
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said he was forced to approve
Bersatu youth leader Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim’s application for bazaar lots after receiving a support letter from Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun.
“We said no initially, but he (Noorhisyam) kept pestering us and we only gave in after receiving Bukit Bintang MP’s support letter,’’ Anwar said.
Anwar was responding to a report pertaining to a Ramadan bazaar scandal in Jalan Masjid India involving Mohd Noorhisyam, who is accused of misusing political connections to secure 80 bazaar lots and renting it out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.
“We also agreed after he claimed that he was only doing it to help poor people earn some money for Hari Raya,’’ he said.
Anwar said that DBKL also made it clear to Noorhisyam that he must ensure that he received the co-operation from the shop owners along Masjid India.
“There was no more space for new lots there, but we allowed them to put up stalls near the Maybank area as long as it did not interfere with traffic,’’ he said.
Anwar said that DBKL scrapped its old system of allocating bazaar lots to political parties in 2014.
The system prior to 2014 has been mired in controversy, with various parties alleging corruption and nepotism.
Masjid India traders back claims of rent-seeking by ‘Pakatan’ members
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Several traders at Jalan Masjid India here claimed people dressed as Pakatan Harapan members demanded inflated fees to ensure that lot allocations for a Ramadan bazaar were not revoked.
During a walkabout organised by PKR Youth Setiawangsa Treasurer Muhammad Arif Safruddin today, the traders expressed anger and disappointment over the demand for up for 56 times the official rental rates stated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Muhammad Arif said he took the initiative to gather evidence from affected traders to be presented to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman released a statement earlier regarding the alleged abuse of power by a local party member.
“In the police report I lodged on Sunday, I met with the leader of the group going around demanding payment from the traders after I received a tip-off from my relative who was one of the victim.
“When I asked their leader, an individual by the name of Man Berong, to produce a letter of authority giving them the rights to collect the rental fees, they could not produce such documents and instead threatened the traders who refused to pay,” he told Malay Mail.
Earlier today, a letter purportedly sent by DBKL informing a Federal Territories Bersatu Youth member of his successful application for 80 lots at the bazaar was circulated online.
Clothes trader Rafidah Mohd Noor, 41 said a group of individuals wearing red shirts commonly associated with PPBM came last Saturday to demand another RM3,000 for her to remain at her present lot.
“I straight up protested saying it was not fair because I paid RM4,000 for the period of four weeks before Ramadan to secure the trading spot and cover my capital within the entire period,” she told Malay Mail.
Rafidah said the same group of five people then returned on Tuesday and reduced their demand to RM2,000 for three days until Friday.
This time, Rafidah caved and paid them off.
Ketua Pemuda PPBM Bahagian, Mohd Noorhisyam buat untung RM 400k atas 80 tapak bazar Ramadhan di Jalan Masjid India. Apa ni
@SyedSaddiq ? Kasihan peniaga-peniaga Melayu kena tipu dgn PPBM.