Chronology of events

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  • Thursday, 15 Jun 2006

Nov 8, 2005 - MPPJ approves increase of assessment by 10% for most properties in PJ for next year. 

Jan 16, 2006 - Residents protest increase, citing RM60mil worth of assets still unaccounted for, as reported in the Auditor-General’s report for 1992 and 1995. 

Jan 23 - Residents declare increase illegal as no justifiable reason was given beyond MPPJ president Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh’s assurance that the increase was necessary. 

Jan 26 - Kampung Tunku assemblyman Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou announces that council accounts will be be revealed to the public. 

Feb 14 - Residents formally request for full set of accounts for the years 2000 to 2005 and other relevant documents via a memorandum. 

Feb 28 - Termizi rescinds Dr Wong’s offer for the accounts and says residents can look at the Gazette (government publication) for the general accounts. 

March 6 - Residents show proof of wastage by pointing to rubbish bins sponsored by MPPJ that purportedly costs RM1,000 each. Four such bins were sent to parts of Damansara Jaya and Taman SEA. 

March 8 - Residents produce evidence of impropriety where the MPPJ Sports and Cultural Club issued receipts for a book that was produced by MPPJ. 

March 13 - MPPJ holds a briefing to explain to residents why accounts could not be revealed. Residents reject the explanation. 

March 23 - Residents reveal that MPPJ does not have a clean bill of accounts as shown in the Auditor General website and the council’s accounts have not been published in the Gazette since 1999. 

March 29 - MPPJ finally reveals their summarised accounts to residents for a brief period of two hours and thirty minutes. Photocopies were not allowed. Residents made handwritten copies of the accounts. 

March 31 - Residents reveal the facts they gleaned from the accounts, which includes RM38.6mil in arrears that was accrued from 1999 to 2004 (that figure has since increased to RM50,686,417 as of Feb 28 - source: 

April 11 - Residents issue memorandum to MPPJ to explain account’s findings. 

April 26 - MPPJ does not respond to the memorandum. PJ residents give committee mandate to pursue matter. Several outsiders carrying placards in support of MPPJ disrupt the meeting. 

May 8 – Star Metro reveals the nature of illegal billboard advertising and the millions that it can cost MPPJ in uncollected licensing revenue. 

May 10 - State assemblymen Yong Dai Ying, Dr Wong and Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng urge the council to take action against agencies over the illegal billboards. 

May 17 - Poly Dimension Sdn Bhd attempts to build a pedestrian bridge in Section 10 PJ, citing approval from the Public Works Department. MPPJ enforcement team, led by MPPJ legal advisor Abd Muttalib Mohd Ali stops the project. MPPJ councillor V. Subramaniam accuses Muttalib of siphoning off money from billboard advertising (Subramaniam has yet to make good on his promise to tell all). 

May 20 - Section 10 PJ residents say they do not want the pedestrian bridge and that consent was not sought. 

May 31 - Termizi confirms a newspaper report that the council was mulling the possibility of awarding a single consortium advertising rights for areas under its jurisdiction. 

June 8 - PJ residents reveal that unknown persons have leaked out council documents. The documents reveal that approval for a proposed privatisation of outdoor advertising licensing to Seni Jaya Sdn Bhd for 15 years was given to the company, despite the councillors not having signed their approval. 

June 9 - PJ residents formally hand over a memorandum demanding answers on all the issues raised to date. 

June 13 - MPPJ responds with a two-page letter, but residents dissatisfied with the answers. Residents to file police report tomorrow.  

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