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Lopsided deal

Only a fool would sign AES agreement, says Loke

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disaster agency spokesman Sutopo PurwoNugroho. Two mo r e L omb o k residents died of heart attacks after the morning quake, with some two dozen people injured and more than 150 houses and places of worship damaged. “Most peoplewere outside their houses or at shelters, so there have not been thatmany fatalities compared to theAug 5 tremor,” said Sutopo. Officials have evacuated some patients from a hospital in Sumbawa island and in Lombok’s capital Mataram over concerns ofmore quakes. – AFP on cancelling AES, six years since it was left unresolved.” The twoAESconcessionaires were Ates Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd. Loke saidsince theagreement was signed in2012, almostRM129 million was paid to the two c omp a n i e s i n t wo - t i e r payments. “And after the fines were reduced to RM150 fromRM300, the whole amount went to the companies. The government never benefitted from this agreement,” he added. In the first tier, a RM16 fee was paid to the concessionaires for each summons issued, even if the fine was never paid. In the second tier, 50% of the fine amount paid went to the concessionaires. TURN TO PAGE 02 X

MATARAM: A series of powerful earthquakes rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 10 and setting off fresh waves of panic after nearly 500 died there following a huge tremor twoweeks ago. The first quake measured 6.3 and hit shortly before midday, triggering landslides and power cuts. It was followed nearly 12 hours later by a 6.9magnitude quake and a string of powerful aftershocks. Four deaths were reported in eastern Lombok and six on the neighbouring island of Sumbawa, said national BY VATHANI PANIRCHELLVUM newsdesk@thesundaily.com PUTRAJAYA: Transport Minis- ter Anthony Loke yesterday de- scribed theAutomatedEnforce- ment System (AES) agreement as a document that “only a fool would sign”. “Even if we collect all the outstanding (fines), it will not become government funds,” Loke told a press conference at theministry. “It will be paid to the two AES concessionaires. It was a very lopsided deal that mostly benefited the two companies, whichwaswhy the government decided to cancel it. “We also disagree that enforcement be privatised. This was why some people weren’t happy and took the matter to court. Thiswaswhywe decided

Moreearthquakeshit Lombok, 10dead

STATELY STRIDE ... PrimeMinister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad inspects a guard-of-honour yesterday after hewas received by a Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at theGreat Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

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Senior copprobedover sexual harassment complaints BY ASHWINKUMAR newsdesk@thesundaily.com

He said thosewhowere allegedly harassed comprised both police personnel and civilians. Local news portals reported that the senior police officer had allegedly sent lewd text messages to his victims and invited them to a hotel room on the pretext of having discussions. On another matter, Mohamad Fuzi denied reports that former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman will be returning to the

country, althoughhe has been advised todo so as soon as possible. “It is not confirmed that hewill come back. I amnot surewhen but I believe hewill return soon.” A recentWhatsAppmessage being spread hadstated that theSungai Sibugaassemblyman will land in Singapore first before entering Malaysia via the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang or the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

received relating to the allegations. “I think there is some truth regarding the allegations. We are taking action on that officer. “I assure you actionwill be taken as soon as possible. “Wereceivedreports fromvariouschannels ... through police reports and (anonymous) letters,” he said after participating in an anti- Aedes gotong-royong in Bukit Aman yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: A district police chief in Sabah will be transferred out soon following allegations that he sexually harassed six of his men and a member of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela). Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, who confirmed the matter, said several complaints had been

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