Court rejects representative, wants directors to appear


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 May 2005

BY LOONG MENG YEE

SHAH ALAM: For the second time, the Sessions Court rejected the representative of two companies whose directors did not turn up to face charges of environmental violations on land that the firms own in U10 near Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam Agriculture Park. 

Sessions Court judge Suraya Othman yesterday refused to accept Allan Guy Goonting, who appeared on behalf of Kuching-based Lunar Hati Sdn Bhd and Indi Makmur Sdn Bhd, after he failed to produce a letter of authority. 

The judge issued an ultimatum for the common directors of the two companies to appear before her on May 11, failing which warrants of arrest would be issued against them. 

Counsel Paramjit Singh, who accompanied Goonting, told the court that the two directors were overseas – one attending to his son who had a brain tumour and the other, family matters. 

To a query from the judge, Goonting, who is the public relations and development manager of the two firms, said that while he did not have any letter of authority, he had been nominated to represent the two directors. 

Judge Suraya said the directors, as legal decision-makers in the companies, should appear to hear the charges. 

Yesterday was the third time the two directors did not turn up in court. 

They could not be located the first time when the framing of charges of environmental violations against selected companies pertaining to land in U10 came up in March. 

The directors also failed to show up last month when the two companies were due to be charged.  

Instead, they sent common external secretary Yeo Puay Huang, who flew in from Kuching. 

Judge Suraya rejected Yeo on the grounds that she did not have any letter authorising her to represent the companies. 

The judge fixed Oct 3-7 to hear the case against another company, Green Hill View Development, for allegedly carrying out illegal land work on a plot of land in U10. 

Its director Ismail Othman represented Green Hill.  

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