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    Local Government: Batu Caves Condo row

    Isn't this cute? Create the problem, then offer to solve the problem if the Indians vote for BN to take back Selangor. In layman's language, we call this blackmail. He must think the Indians are as stupid as the Indian leaders in Gerakan and MIC, who were responsible for the mess and are now suffering from amnesia.


    It is clear UMNO does not know how to govern and should be sacked! It will only turn more government servants against UMNO. The days of inflicting fear are over.

    Condo row - MPS head transferred, foul play claimed

    • Zulaikha Zulkifli

    • 5:55PM Nov 14, 2012

    Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president (YDP) has been transferred by Putrajaya with a 24-hour notice, sparking speculation that the move was designed to frustrate the state government.

    According to Selangor exco member Ronnie Liu, Zainal Abidin A'ala's sudden transfer could be due to his Oct 30 press conference, in which he cleared Pakatan Rakyat of approving a 29-storey condominium project next to the Batu Caves temple complex.

    “I am sad to lose such a hardworking YDP who has the ability to handle important issues. He has suddenly been transferred, so you cannot blame me if I feel this is unusual ...

    “As the exco in charge of local government, I am unsatisfied (with the transfer),” Liu (right) told reporters in Shah Alam today.

    Checks with MPS confirmed that the transfer instruction was issued this morning and that he will report for duty at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) tomorrow.

    “This is usual for PTD (diplomatic officers and civil servants),” a corporate communication officer, who introduced himself as Mohd Zin, said when contacted.

    Telephone calls to Zainal Abidin for comments went unanswered.

    This is the second time in six weeks that the head of the local authority in Selangor had been suddenly transferred since Petaling Jaya City Council head Mohamad Roslan Sakiman on Oct 1.

    Too cooperative with Pakatan?

    The condominium project was approved in 2007 by MPS when BN ruled Selangor. Recently, MIC has protested against the project due to its proximity with the temple complex.

    Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has since ordered for construction works to cease pending a review while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has promised to scrap the project should BN take Selangor during the next general election.

    When contacted, MPS councillor Lee Khai Loon believed that Zainal Abidin's sudden departure after serving just over a year, was purely political.

    "The YDP has been tasked with investigating how the project was approved in the first place. He is also the person who signed the stop work order.

    "He was professional and cooperative with the state government. So it looks like his transfer was due to political considerations," said Lee.

    Unlike council members, the appointment of local government heads is under the purview of the civil service department in Putrajaya and not the state.

    Additional reporting by Ahmad Fadli KC.

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    Batu Caves condo - 'Guilty parties will face justice'

    4:39PM Nov 14, 2012

    The prime minister's rousing pledge to stop the 29-storey condominium project planned next to Batu Caves has only strengthened the Selangor government’s resolve to “undo the previous BN government's negligence”.

    In a statement today, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government will not only correct BN's mistakes, it will also bring those responsible for “negligence and abuse” to justice.

    “The people of Selangor must weigh the PM's ‘promise’ carefully, considering that it was the BN-led Selangor government which approved the project,” he said.

    “We put the people's interests first and will not hesitate to take any party to justice, if any form of negligence or abuse is found.”

    Khalid also said it was “unprofessional” of premier and BN head Najib Abdul Razak(right) to vow tocancel the project if the BN wrests power from Pakatan in Selangor in the upcoming general election.

    He said this clearly shows that Najib is merely seeking popularity and has no interest in solving the problem.

    “His statement ... has a negative impact on good governance and integrity ... as the cancellation of any (approved) project must follow procedures,” noted Khalid.

    “Najib's behaviour has motivated the Selangor government to administer (the state) in a more professional, transparent and responsible manner compared to the inconsistent BN.”

    Head of review panel appointed

    Khalid announced that the state government will appoint former Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) director N Sadasivan to chair a committee that will review the condominium project.

    Sadasivan was chosen as he is experienced in matters of management, and has held directorships in prominent organisations like Bank Negara Malaysia, Danaharta Nasional Bhd and Petronas.

    “He will be assisted by several committee members, to be announced at a later time, consisting of professionals and independent parties who will assist the government in handling this issue,” he said.

    Selangor town and country planning department deputy director Norasiah Bee will act as the committee secretary, while the department will provide any assistance required.

    “I will meet with Sadasivan and the other committee members this week to inform of them of this decision,” Khalid said.

    Among others, he said, the committee will review all development projects that have been completed and planned in the Batu Caves area, taking into consideration community well being, Hindu interests, environment and prevailing regulations.

    “The state feels that this committee will be able to add value to the effort to have the Batu Caves listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site,” he added.

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