Who protected the DAP Chief Minister if not the Police?

The ‘hottest’ issue in DAP controlled Penang State Government is the highly controversial deal of Kampung Buah Pala. Yesterday, the residents of Kampung Buah Pala whose homes were scheduled to be demolished by the developer (who got a High Court decision to evict the kampung residents) staged a last minute attempt to demonstrate outside the Chief Minister’s offfice in Komtar and later in the evening at his residence.

The Star has the story:

Tuesday August 4, 2009

Villagers picket outside Lim’s home

Newsflash: Another reprieve, confrontation averted

GEORGE TOWN: Some 30 villagers from Kampung Buah Pala staged a picket outside Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s rented bungalow on Pinhorn Road here last night in a last-ditch bid to get him to save the village.

protest outside LGE

 Last-ditch attempt: Some of the Kampung Buah Pala residents picketing outside the Chief Minister’s home in Pinhorn Road last night in a final bid to save their village. — RONNIE CHIN / The Star

Carrying candles and placards, they began at 7.30pm and dispersed at about 8.20pm after being told to do so by police.

Among them were an 80-year-old grandmother and a 22-month-old baby. Some of them broke down in tears as they chanted prayers and sang old Tamil songs.

Lim was, however, not home as apparently he was chairing a Pakatan Rakyat meeting in Komtar.

Earlier in the day, representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were among those who joined the villagers in a 200-strong gathering at the village from 8am in anticipation of the demolition team’s arrival

The group held placards and shouted slogans denouncing the proposed tearing down of the 20-odd houses. The demolition, however, did not take place.

Part of the group, numbering more than 100, moved to Komtar at about 10.30am where they staged a demonstration.

Lim said those wanting to buy the land must pay the market price which is more than RM100mil. “The state’s annual budget is only RM477mil. I cannot sacrifice the interests of 1.5 million Penangites by allocating almost a quarter of the budget to save the home of 23 families,” he told reporters in his office in Komtar at 10am.

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If not for the Police, the safety of Lim cannot be guaranteed as the Kampung Buah Pala residents are very disappointed and angry. Their anger and disappointment is made worse because during the PRU 12 general elections, Lim promised to resolve their issues but never did. The Penang State Government did not revoke the development order nor building plans approval for the redevelopment of Kampung Buah Pala.

The fact is that, the DAP has structuredly been trying to rubbish, if not demonize the Royal Malaysian Police for the longest time. Their leaders have controversially raised and make-a-mountain-out-of-a-mole-hill every single opportunity to do so, to bring down the credibility of the Police.

Shouldn’t the DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, who is also the Penang Chief Minister be grateful that the Police is there the serve at times like this?

If he has some degree of common sense as an Executive of a state and is grateful enough, then he should lead his party to reconsider their position of the Police. In fact, they should constructively do to ensure that the people who the DAP give ‘priority’ to serve are being considered everytime there is an enrolment into the Police Force.

That is the right thing to do, for the people who promoted “Malaysian, Malaysia”, now that they have executive power.

 

Published in: on August 4, 2009 at 14:34  Comments (39)