Friday, May 09, 2008
Khalid Ibrahim refuses to turun padang to Cheras
Sadly, Khalid Ibrahim as the first non-BN MB of Selangor has failed the people of Cheras who had supported and voted him in as Federal MB for Bandar Tun Razak.
Malaysiakini tells us in its article Barricade row: Pakatan state gov't 'weak' that the Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) residents have slammed Khalid Ibrahim for refusing to order the Kajang Municipal Council into taking legal action against Grand Saga for erecting the illegal structure.
The Kajang Municipal Council has jurisdiction over the road on which the toll company has built a barrier to prevent Cheras residents from accessing the highway.
To add insult to injury, Khalid Ibrahim had turned down their invitation to visit the barricaded area. This is in contrast to the people's oriented action by Ronnie Liu, the DAP ADUN who is also a Selango exco member. Ronnie had turun padang almost immediately to look into the Cheras residents' grievances.
Alamak, is Khalid's old red and white stripes showing though?
An emotional Tan Boon Hwa, who was assaulted by the police, cited Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, which states that anyone who erects an illegal structure in a public place can be arrested without warrant by any police officer or officer of the local authority.
Instead the residents became the victims of the action of Grand Saga, an action taking place in a public place on Selangor State land, and were battered and tear gas-ed by the police who arrived on the scene to support the actions of the road toll company.
And Khalid Ibrahim has not only avoided taking remedial action over the illegal structure, when he possesses the power to do so, but has also refused to visit the site where the illegal structure is victimising the Cheras residents. He snubbed the residents' invitation.
What a lousy MB - is he any better than Khir Toyo for his apathy to the rakyat's genuine grievances as a consequence of a big company's illegal action?
As I said, his stripes …….. or spots ........ may be showing through (looks like he's indicating to us that those can never be changed).
Incidentally the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency has the second largest number of voters (72,628) in Kuala Lumpur after Seputeh. It embraces 19 housing estates: Taman Mulia, Taman Bukit Anggerik, ..... Batu 3-4 Jalan Cheras, ...... Taman Connaught, ........ Taman Len Sen and Taman Bukit Cheras.
Its residents comprises 52% Malays, 39% Chinese, and 8% Indians.
Police tear gas-ed Cheras residents - enabled barriers to be erected by toll company