MB Selangor should be accountable for
all the bad records under his leadership
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
Tuesday): Selangor Menteri
Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Mohamad Toyo was summoned to see the Prime Minister
yesterday for about one and a half hour in Putrajaya. He has to explain to
the PM on the destruction of the Bukit Cahaya Agricultural Park.
I visited the park with my family shortly after its opening. The park was
then a popular weekend picnic spot for the locals with its natural beauty
and ice-cooled streams.
All these were gone due to the surrounding property developments approved by
the Selangor State Government with little or no enforcement of guidelines.
The Selangor MB now put the blame squarely on the developers. He has now
threatened to bring two of them to courts and claimed to have started
investigations on sixteen others. He also played down the extent of damage
to the park, claiming that only a few areas were polluted.
Apart from the Bukit Cahaya eye sore, Khir Toyo should be accountable for
many other bad records under his leadership. He should be held responsible
for the destruction of Templer Park due to over-development unchecked by the
State Government ; the approval for building the world’s largest
incinerator in Broga/ Semenyih water catchment area; the pending destruction
of 600-acred vegetable farms by state investment arm PKSB in Ulu Yam, which
is a direct defiance of the national agricultural policy; the most costly“kampong
road” in the country (more than RM 4 million per kilometer); large plots
of government land given to certain individuals at a premium of 70 sen psf;
unreasonable compensation for the Sg Chua new villagers effected by the
Kajang Ring Road SILK project…just to name a few. The Ulu Klang locals
almost lose its football field to the man in the name of development.
The Pak Lah’s administration is fast losing its credibility by allowing
such state leader to have his way right under his nose. He should stop Khir
Toyo from doing just whatever he wants. Selangor is rotting under Khir Toyo.
The summoned meeting yesterday was a good step to stop the rot in Selangor.
* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew,
DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief