Incinerator is a national issue with far-reaching consequences. Ong Ka Ting should be bold enough to face DAP and other opposition members if he has nothing to hide on Broga incinerator


Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): Yesterday, the Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting admitted to the reporters that the deputy director general of his ministry Fong Tian Yong was sent by him to meet the Broga/Semenyih residents, and the Sunday dialogue was cancelled simply because there was a presence of some opposition members. He seemed to agree with his senior officer that the dialogue must be cancelled just because some opposition members from the DAP were seen among the audience.

Ong 's attitude is deplorable and totally unacceptable. What Ong did not tell the press was that there was also a presence of some MCA members, and that every Malaysian, whether he or she is a member of DAP or MCA, has the equal right to attend any public gathering concerning the interest of the people.

It is also wrong for Ong not to meet the Broga residents until the EIA report for the incinerator project is ready. Look at what happened to the original project in Kg Bohol. There was an EIA report done for the project, and the report did point out many flaws and weaknesses. The project was eventually scrapped because of people power. Not the EIA report.

The DAP has been following the incinerator controversy very closely since day one. We have been fighting vigorously against incinerators within and outside the Parliament from the time when the project was supposed to take off in Kg Bohol, Puchong.

I attended the futile Sunday dialogue as an observer, together with five other DAP Selangor and FT leaders. We were there to listen to the voices of the Broga people. The atmosphere in the hall was peaceful and normal. Everyone was waiting eagerly for Fong and his officers to come to the stage. It was local MCA leaders that informed Fong about our presence, and subsequently instigated Fong to sheepishly leave the hall without a reason, leaving the residents and members of the press in shock. At this point, some residents booed him and a few MCA members, and they were told not to return to Broga.

As a minister, Ong should know that the Broga incinerator is indeed a national issue with far-reaching consequences. Once the precedence is set, there will be many more incinerators mushrooming elsewhere in the country. The Menteri Besar of Selangor has openly admitted that there are plans to build at least another two more in the state (one of them in Rawang area). Every Malaysian has the right to question why the BN government insists on such a high-risked project at all cost.

A memorandum with 19-point objection and an alternative to incineration will be presented to the Department of Environment by the DAP on this Saturday morning at 10 am.    


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary and Selangor state secretary