MB Selangor should be accountable for all the bad records under his leadership

Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya,  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