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Pandamaran assemblyman was called a liar by his voters


Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu


(Klang, Sunday) : Dr Tee Kim Poh must honour his election pledges and quickly find a solution for the Jalan Papan residents.

Selangor DAP launched its anti toll hike leaflets and held a voters registration exercise in Pandamaran this morning. At the press conference, we called on the BN Government to disclose all toll agreements and bring down the prices immediately to lessen the burden of the people. We urged the people to participate the 6 th protest to be held at the Leisure Mall in Cheras on 22 April at 4pm.

We urged all youths who attained the age of 21 to register as voters in order to exercise their rights as citizens of this country.

We also urged the government to build more Chinese primary schools in Pandamaran. Currently, there are only two SJKCs serving more than 35,000 Chinese population here.

All the 2,000 leaflets we brought were distributed within one hour. The response was very encouraging. The hawkers (mainly Chinese and Malays and some Indians) responded positively to our campaign. One Malay lady responded by saying " lawan habis-habis" when I told her that we were fighting against the Kesas toll hike (increased from RM1.50 to RM2.20). Another Malay hawker actually said "tol jangan naik, bagi Rocket naik tak apa." One Chinese trader asked why the BN government refuses to reduce the price of petrol now that the price of crude oil has dropped significantly. You can see them reading our leaflet or keeping it for future reading. This is another indication that the toll and petrol hikes were certainly very unpopular decision.

At the end of our leafleting campaign, we met a procession from the local Jalan Papan squatters. Some 80 of them, mostly Indian settlers, were holding banners and placards, calling the local MCA state assemblyman a liar. They called him a " xiao ren  Ph D holder who went back to his pledges and promises". They said the man not only did not help to resolve their problems (providing an opportunity to buy medium cost houses with a discounted price after the demolition of their homes in Jalan Papan), he now interferes with the negotiations between the Jalan Papan residents and the developer. The group was walking from street to street with their protest banners and placards. Just imagine how frustrated they were with Dr Tee, the local MCA warlord who happens to be the Klang MCA division head.

We want Dr Tee Kim Poh to honour his election pledges and promises to the Jalan Papan residents without any further delay.


*  Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP CEC member and NGO bureau chief

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