The residents of Bandar Bukit Puchong came out in full force this morning to demonstrate against MPSJ and the local Umno branch for illegally occupying their fields with containers. The two containers in red (in the background) were sitting on the playground.
Selangor DAP leaders (Ean Yong Hean Wah, Lau Weng San, Kuan Perk Siong and Edward Pang) and I were there to lend our support to the residents.
In my speech, I told the residents that we would place a container directly next to the Umno’s containers to “force an issue ‘( not to follow the footsteps of Umno). We want the MPSJ to remove the containers here as well as all the other 43 containers illegally placed in the Puchong constituency by various BN component parties. We are in the process of finding an old container for the purpose.
I also named 6 parties who were responsible for this shameful act; they were Umno local branch leader Zawawi, the YDP of MPSJ Adnan Mohde Ikhsan, the local state assemblyman Satem Diman (Sri Serdang -Umno), the local MP Lau Yen Peng (Puchong – Gerakan), the Selangor MB Khir Toyo and the Local Government and Housing Minister Ong Ka Ting.
Zawawi is a resident of BP1. There is a field near his residence. He has no right to occupy the fields in BP3 with containers. We are not suggesting to allow him to place containers in the fields nearer to where he lives.
In one of the meetings at MPSJ, the big bully Satem Diman (who is also a MPSJ councillor) was reportedly saying that “Umno is a government party, and don’t you dare to touch our containers…”. The rest of the councillors from MCA, Gerakan and MIC were timidly quite (the Sun).
On the other hand, the YDP of MPSJ Adnan Mohd Ikhsan has no rights to grant a permit to allow UMNO to place containers in the field. He should stick to his earlier decision i.e. Umno must remove the containers within 30 days.
The Puchong MP Lau Yen Peng is a real coward. As an MP, he lacks the courage to protect the interests and rights of his constituents. He has tarnished the image of his party once again.
The Selangor MB Khir Toyo must not allow anybody to break the laws in Selangor. What more when the culprits were his own members from Umno. The man who once tried to label Selangor as an advanced state must not let down the state by turning it into a “lawless” cowboy state. He must order the MPSJ to remove the containers immediately, instead of allowing MPSJ to “legalise the illegal act of Umno”.
And it’s a shame for Ong Ka Ting to keep mum on the issue as a minister in-charge of local government. He has been talking about the preservation of green lungs and open fields and this is the right time for him to “walk the talk”.
Resident Eugene (third from the left) has written several letter of complaints to MPSJ to demand for the removal of the illegal containers.
This is a very serious matter. Residents who were putting up a protest were beaten by some hooligans from Umno on 21 January 2007. A police report was lodged but the culprits were not punished until today.
We will not allow Umno to bully the residents and MPSJ officials. I have reported the matter to the DAP CEC in our meeting in March.
Selangor DAP Chairman Ean Yong Hean Wah and state secretary Lau Weng San will be helping the residents of Bandar Bukit Puchong to bring these cases to the Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang next week.
We will fight until all the 43 illegal containers be removed from Puchong before we move on to other areas in Selangor. All component parties of Barisan Nasional have practised such shameful acts in the state. It’s time for the DAP and the rakyat to act.
Sinchew, Orientaldaily, GuangMing Daily, Nanyang and China Press sent their reporters and photographers to cover the event. None of the English, Malay or Tamil dailies sent their journalists.
Sinchew updated:2007-04-16 09:37:36 MYT