Time to save the Broga people after saving the Bukit Cahaya agricultural park and Ulu Yam vegetable farms

Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya,  Wednesday): In an article published in the Malay daily Berita Harian on Tuesday, 08 March, 2005, the author Salina Abdullah was very critical of the Selangor state government for the very fact that the state alone has allowed three major projects to be carried out in some valuable water catchement areas.

She has named the world’s largest incinerator to be built in Broga/ Semenyih, the sanitary landfill in Bukit Tagar near the Ulu Yam Dam, and the abattoir in Batang Berjuntai as examples.

In our opinion, the pending RM1.5 billion incinerator poses a bigger threat to the natural environment than what has taken place at the Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam Agricultural Park. The incinerator is like a gigantic cancer factory. It will inevitably emit cancer-causing dioxins and other poisonous gases into the air, apart from discharging highly toxic ashes which will contaminate the valuable water resources.

The Broga people have highlighted their plights to the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers after repeatedly stonewalled by the local government, the Minister of Housing and Local Government and the Selangor Menteri Besar. They were even forced to bring their case to the high courts to stop the project as a last resort. The DAP has done our part by educating both Government and the people on the potential dangers of the incinerators. Both the DAP and the Broga residents have rightly pointed out clearly the importance of the valuable Broga/Semenyih water catchment area as well as the potential risks of the incinerator to the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers in all our memoranda.

Malaysia cannot afford to build and maintain such a humongous incinerator both for the environmental and economic factors. No one in the world has the experience to keep such a costly and dangerous giant monster. But the Selangor MB and the Minister of Housing and Local Government have chosen to listen to the truth. They will not hesitate to proceed with the incinerator project unless and until the Prime Minister puts his feet down on the matter.

The PM has gotten the support of the people for what he has done for the Bukit Cahaya agricultural park and the Ulu Yam vegetable farms. The DAP is now once again calling the PM to look into the Broga project before the damage is done.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief