Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Sandiwara Continues.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants the Selangor government to act against those responsible for the landslide on Wednesday, which claimed four lives. The Prime Minister said the time for finger-pointing was over as it was obvious who was responsible.

"The (Selangor) State Government should take action ... takkan tak tahu (as if you don’t know)," he said when asked about the incident. He was referring to the finger-pointing between Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and developer Ukay Bestari over who was to blame for the landslide.

**** Takkan tak tahu! Now that must have rattled Toyo quite a bit. It isn't everyday that the PM is going to publicly order that action be taken. It is as if the PM is indirectly saying "look Toyo you damn well know who did what so don't act as if you are clueless and drag your feet."

While still spouting the 'blame the developer and heavy soil' mantra he tentatively took the first steps to make a hasty retreat and in the process let the MPAJ 'hang themselves' when he stressed that MPAJ could not shirk its responsibility even though other parties were the source of the disaster. "If they said they are not responsible, that is not correct. They are responsible for overcoming whatever problems that arose in their areas!" Helluva smart move Toyo old son.

Embattled MPAJ president Datuk Ahmad Shafii Saidin then announced that a committee has been set up to investigate the reasons behind the landslide that flattened the longhouses The committee – comprising representatives from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), Ikram, Selangor Public Works Department, Department of Environment, Department of Minerals and Geosciences, Department of Drainage and Irrigation and private engineering consultants – will be given three months to table the report. It will then be submitted to the state executive council. We don’t want to assume anything or point fingers at anyone until the report is tabled.” ( 3 months to table a report? Great. By that time Toyo would have gone on half a dozen trade missions around the world and our permanently amnesia ridden public would have forgotten about the tragedy.)

Adding his expert opinion to the whole sandiwara was Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who speculated that the failure to take immediate action on several minor landslides could have led to the collapse of the hillslope. Samy Vellu said the PWD would conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and present a report to the government within a month. So why does MPAJ need 3 months? You are entitled to your guesses people.

So the sandiwara will continue ad infinitum. However one interesting piece of information that you should note is what Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president Ahmad Shafii quipped. He said MPAJ, despite the criticisms made against it, would not stop development within its administrative area as long as there were developers interested and who conformed with the conditions stipulated by the authorities.

These blokes will never learn. A little acting here a little 'sandiwara-ing' there and all the while in the background that old song plays - 'bringing on back the good times'. These sharks have tasted too much of the good times to just let it be. Who knows in 3 or 4 or 5 months down the road Toyo will smile at you in the papers and say 'Semuanya OK!


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