DAP welcomes the positive and statesmanlike response of Tajol Rosli to the DAP's win in three Kinta Valley parliamentary seats and is prepared to fully co-operate with the Perak Mentri Besar to ensure vigorous and sustainable development for Kinta Valley and Perak state

Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang

(IpohThursday): DAP welcomes the positive and statesmanlike response of Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali to the DAP's win in three Kinta Valley parliamentary seats of Ipoh Timor, Ipoh Barat and Batu Gajah and is prepared to fully co-operate with him to ensure vigorous and sustainable development for the Kinta Valley and Perak state.

Tajol admitted yesterday that "there could be some level of dissatisfaction among the people towards certain development projects" resulting in Barisan Nasional's defeat in the two Ipoh parliamentary constituencies and he will set up a special committee to take a relook at the development in the Kinta Valley.

He said the first task of the committee would be to have a dialogue session with the Perak Chinese Chambers of Commerce, dislocated farmers and Taxi Drivers' Association.

Tajol is on the right track, very conscious of the democratic right of voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast their vote and to use the ballot box to send clear and unmistakable messages to the ruling government of the day setting an excellent example to other Barisan Nasional leaders in other parts of the country whose first reaction would be to sulk at any electoral defeat and to threaten voters who had voted for the Opposition with all sorts of dire consequences and punishments!

I have known Tajol in Parliament since his election as MP for Grik in 1978, climbing up the government ladder as Parliamentary Secretary for two years from 1984, Deputy Minister for 13 years from 1986 in the Ministries of National and Rural Development; Energy, Telecommunications and Post;
Housing and Local Government and Home Affairs before he was promoted to full Minister in the Prime Minister's Department from January to November 1999.

Although we have had our differences and "tussles" in Parliament, and sometimes very intense and heated ones, we respect each other and I believe we can work together for the betterment of the welfare of the people of Kinta Valley and Perak.

The Kinta Valley DAP will establish a think-tank comprising representatives from a cross-section of the people and various sectors of the civil society who are prepared to work with the DAP to promote a vigorous and sustainable development of Kinta Valley, which will be the basis for the DAP's representation to the Perak State Government as to the desirable path of development for Kinta Valley.

For a start, in the review of development in Kinta Valley promised by Tajol Rosli, the Mentri Besar should re-visit the long-standing and unresolved controversy over the irregular and improper construction of the light industrial estate in the heart of massive housing estates in Ipoh Garden East, which is against all planning laws and industrial development guidelines.

Furthermore, he should rectify the four-year failure of the Perak State Government and the Ipoh City Council to comply with his directive in August 2000 to demolish nine factory buildings as well as for Ipoh City Council to allocate RM100,000 to provide a children's playground and a landscaped
garden to reduce the health, environment and safety hazards to the residents posed by the light industrial estate in their midst.


* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman & Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor