14th protest:Open the access for BMC now!

 Zainuddin, the Director of Public Order from Kajang Police was trying to cut short my speech.

More than 800 residents gathered at the peaceful protest organised by the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Action Committee(BMC-OARAC) today to say no the barricade and also to the toll hikes.

DAP sent its high-level delegation to lend support to the residents.They were 4 MPs from Kuala Lumpur (Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Fong Kui Lun, Tan Kok Wai, Teresa Kok) and 2 State assemblymen from Selangor (Teng Chang Khim and Ng Suee Lim), the Selangor Chiarman Ong Chee Keng and his committee members and leaders from DAP FT. DAP Veteran Club President Lau Dak Kee, former Kajang State Assemblyman Dr Abu Bakar of PAS and former Kajang candidate Lee Cheng Jin of Keadilan and some of their members were also there to give their support and solidarity to the residents. There is no sign of any leaders or members from Umno, MCA, Gerakan and MIC at the demonstration(any surprise?).

The symbolic push: Satu, dua , tiga…tolak!     L-R: Kuan Perk Siong, Steven Chan, Tan Boon Wah, Fong Kui Lun, Tan Kok Wai, Thomas Goh, Teresa Kok, Dr Abu Bakar, Teng Chang Khim, Peter Tan, Ng Suee Lim. Those not in the picture include Selangor DAP state committee members Khoo Chee Pock, Lau Weng San, Teong Wei Keng, Cheong Kai Cheng, Ean Yong Hian Wah, DAP FT leader Lim Ching How and DAP Balakong leader Lee Ah Seng and Sg Long DAP chairman HK Tan.

Tan Boon Wah, the Chairman of BMC-OARAC reiterated his strong objections to the barricade and the toll hikes before passing the microphone to DAP leaders. They each gave a short speech to express their undivided support to the residents.

In my speech, I expressed my great disappointment with the Umno-led BN Government for dragging their feet on the matter. We urge the Government to open the access road first and then holding all-party meetings ( between Malaysian Highway Authority(Government), The Lion Group(Developer) ,Grand Saga (Toll Company) and BMC-OARAC (Residents) to resolve the problem. They must not victimise the residents any longer.

I also highlighted the fact that the action commitee has brought the matter to the Parliament, the Minister of Works S. Samy Vellu, MPKj, LLM, The Lion Gropu and Grand Saga. Even the Prime Minister Department has received our memorandum. There’s no more reasons for the Government to drag their feet on the matter.

 The RM12 million access road wasbuilt by the developer with the approval from the LLM. It was blocked by Grand Saga “illegally”. There is dispute betwen Grand saga and The Lion Group on the question of compensation. Grand Saga is certainly an Umno-related company. But that does not mean that they can do what they want (like blocking the access illegally) without considering the interest of the rakyat. I said Grand Saga has done so illegally because they could not produce any document proof to show that they have the right to block the access during my last meeting with its director Zainal Abidin.

Before the gathering was wrapped up, the committee and the police reached a compromise by allowing the bulldozer to knock a big hole right in front of the barricade(instead of pulling down the barricade) as a symbolic protest. The police was led by the new OCPD of Kajang DSP Rosli.

The crowd has agree to come back on 31 Dec 2006 to stage a protest at the 11th mile Grand Saga toll plaza at 10am. The protest will be joined by concerned citizens and representatatives from all opposition parties and NGOs.

L -R: Lu Lai Ji,  Lee Kee Hiong, Tan Boon Wah, Thomas Goh, Ronnie Liu, Teresa Kok, Tan Seng Giaw, Tan Kok Wai, Peter Tan, Fong Kui Lun, Kuan Perk Siong, Steven Chan, Ong Chee Keng, Lau Dak Kee.

MerdekaReview has the story…

过路费高涨出入还得付两次
蕉赖皇冠镇居民第14次怒吼
■日期/Dec 17, 2006   ■时间/03:02:51 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊庄迪澎
           
【本刊庄迪澎撰述】雪兰莪州蕉赖九英里皇冠镇(Bandar Mahkota Cheras)的三百多名居民今早十时在衔接蕉赖-加影大道的路口举行第14次的“倒墩”请愿集会,虽然集会因警察一再驱逐而在大约一小时后宣布散会,不过超过半数的与会者仍然零零散散聚集现场,一直到中午时分才逐渐散去。由“皇冠镇开路行动委员会”号召的这场请愿集会,也是工程部长三美威鲁本周四宣布巴生谷五条高速公路过路费猛涨后的第一场请愿集会。巴生谷五条高速公路:白蒲大道(Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong, LDP)、莎阿南大道(Lebuhraya Shah Alam, KESAS)、蕉赖加影大道(Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang)、加叻大道(Lebuhraya Karak)及牙直利走廊大道(Lebuhraya Koridor Guthrie)将从明年1月1日起涨价,新过路费涨幅惊人,介于20%至60%。【点击:五大道过路费高涨20%-60% 下次涨价前政府仍要赔25亿】在野的民主行动党多名党要,包括吉隆坡甲洞区国会议员陈胜尧、蕉赖区国会议员陈国伟、士布爹区国会议员郭素沁、武吉敏登区国会议员方贵伦、雪兰莪州双溪槟榔区州议员邓章钦,以及人民公正党代表都到场为居民打气。皇冠镇是隶属于乌鲁冷岳(Ulu Langat)国会选区,国会议员是巫统的马吉曼(Markiman bin Kobiran);州议席则隶属于杜顺大(Dusun Tua)州议会选区,州议员是巫统的拉末慕沙(Rahmat Musa)。大道公司非法封路
居民付两次过路费
蕉赖皇冠镇是由金狮集团开发的住宅区,位于蕉赖九英里,占地约八百英亩。皇冠镇原本辟有一条公路,直接衔接蕉赖-加影大道的九英里路段,这条公路在今年四月建竣;不过,在这条公路建竣之前,蕉赖-加影大道的特许经营公司Grand Saga私人有限公司已在路口建上路墩,封堵路口,以致居民无法从此路口衔接蕉赖-加影大道,必须绕道而行。蕉赖-加影大道有两个收费站(11英里及9英里),从皇冠镇这个路口衔接蕉赖-加影大道的九英里路段前往蕉赖市区,只需在蕉赖九英里收费站缴付一次过路费。路口遭路墩封堵后,居民必须绕道近七公里的路途,沿着双溪龙(Sungai Long)公路从蕉赖12英里进入蕉赖-加影大道;如此一来,居民前往蕉赖市区就得在11英里收费站多缴付一次过路费。

蕉赖-加影大道11英里收费站的过路费从原本的马币60分调高至90分,而9英里收费站的过路费则从马币70分调高至一元;两个收费站的过路费涨幅分别是50%及43%。易言之,从明年1月1日开始,皇冠镇居民前往蕉赖市区一趟,就得缴付马币1元90分,来回两趟合计马币3元80分。

蕉赖加影大道在1999年启用,由Grand Saga有限公司经营。吉隆坡蕉赖区国会议员陈国伟在场透露,Grand Saga有限公司一直无法出示公文证明政府允许他们封堵皇冠镇的路口。

警察荷枪实弹戒备
神手英雄无用武之地

今早的集会原定上午十时开始,当当地居民在9时50分左右零零散散到场时,警方已经派出荷枪实弹的军装警员及便衣政治部警员到场;后来,蕉赖九英里警察局长及加影警区主任等警官也陆续到场。

集会开始时,“皇冠镇开路行动委员会”主席陈文华(左图)发表简短演讲,谴责政府没有采取行动解决皇冠镇路口遭蕉赖-加影大道经营公司封堵的事;工程部长三美威鲁也曾经承诺要解决此事,但是“封路”事件都闹了一年多,问题还没有解决,过路费却又涨了!

陈文华结束发言后,邀请民主行动党全国副主席、甲洞区国会议员陈胜尧发言,过后原定由民主行动党党要相继发言,不过,当民主行动党非政府组织局主任、“皇冠镇开路行动委员会”顾问刘天球发言中途,加影警区公共秩序组主任再努丁趋前打断刘天球演讲。

再努丁阻止刘天球演讲时,集会者便鼓噪起来,高喊“开路!开路!”许多居民甚至围上来。经过一番交涉,警方允许每人只能以两分钟时间发言。此时,路口另一端开来一辆“神手”(铲泥机),集会者人心振奋,鼓掌欢迎。

过后,陈国伟、方贵伦、郭素沁及邓章钦相继发言后,警方再次催促群众解散;刘天球代表“皇冠镇开路行动委员会”与警方交涉后,同意解散,并以扩音机宣布集会结束。不过,解散前众人到路墩前,以双手做推倒路墩的姿势,象征式表达居民推倒路墩的决心。

在象征式动作结束后,陈文华站上路墩发言,岂料警方行动室指挥官法兹趋前,抓住陈文华的右手臂,试图把他强拉下来,群众大为不满,情绪高涨围上前,甚至怒骂警官,在场戒备的军装警员也赶紧趋前维持秩序。

12月31日再次集会

刘天球告诉警方,这是一场和平集会,群众也要逐步离开现场,警方应该让群众有时间解散,不要动粗,否则群众将不愿散会。

虽然刘天球是在10时50分左右宣布散会,不过,当地居民显然不满集会就此解散,超过一半的与会者迟迟不肯离开现场。虽然蕉赖九英里警局长卡林一再使用扩音器呼吁群众回家,甚至以“刘天球不离开,群众不会离开”的理由力促刘天球离场现场,但当地居民仍然散布现场。

后来,集会者一再要求“神手”司机将“神手”开到路墩处,象征式拆除路墩;集会者“夹道欢迎”神手开往路墩前,神手将路面挖出一个窟窿,群众纷纷鼓掌喝彩。过后,群众陆陆续续散去,从“宣布解散”到真正解散,耗费一个多小时。

虽然历时两个多小时的集会解散了,不过他们将在本月31日上午10时再度举行集会。

“Umno is the mothjer of all evils”.

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