Thursday 13 January 2011

Section 52, PJ Land Development

  • Section 52, PJ Land Development: PKNS's Reply Unsatisfactory
    Pieter D'Cruz 
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    I refer to the reply dated 11 January 2011 by Ms Azilah Arasad, a PKNS public relations officer to allegations which first appeared on 21 December 2010 about the PKNS land development project in Section 52, Petaling Jaya.

    It has taken three long weeks for PKNS to reply but nonetheless they did and for that I thank them.

    However, Ms Azilah’s letter has not clarified matters by much because in the interim other allegationshave come to the surface. Perhaps PKNS itself may not be in the position to provide a fuller explanation, so it is regrettable that political leaders named in the 21 December news report have thus far opted to remain silent. Rest assured that tongues will continue wagging and their credibility as politicians who believe in a transparent and accountable government is at stake.

    PKNS’s claim through Ms Azilah’s letter that the state government was not involved in the series of transaction is a bit disingenuous. Nobody said it was wholly involved but as everyone knows, the Menteri Besar is the PKNS chairman and PKNS is a state GLC.

    On the whole the explanation is somewhat pointless and self-defeating as the real issue has not been dealt with, that is, the benefactor and the real beneficiary from the whole deal remain as alleged.

    What concerns voters is that the ‘old way’ of doing things under the BN state government is being perpetuated by the PR one, which came to power promising to end corruption and cronyism. Has it actually been keeping to that promise in this particular case? That is what the public want to know.

    As someone who had voted for PKR in 2008, I have to say I am beginning to be disappointed. It’s quite reasonable to believe that this PJ Section 52 PKNS land matter is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things that the state governing politicians wish to keep hidden from public view.

    Kelana Jaya, Selangor

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