Bandar Mahkota Cheras dispute: Residents turn to MPs

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Bandar Mahkota Cheras dispute: Residents turn to MPs

Postby admin » Fri May 30, 2008 5:28 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Bandar Mahkota Cheras residents brought their case to Parliament yesterday.
They failed to meet Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohammed, and handed their memorandum instead to DAP central policy and strategic planning commission chairman Lim Kit Siang, who met them outside Parliament House.

Lim described the violence as a "deplorable incident" and urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar to give their personal attention to the issue.

The residents' delegation was led by Tan Boon Wah.

The residents had been battling with the concessionaire of the Cheras-Kajang Expressway to be allowed the use of an access road to the expressway from Taman Mahkota.
Concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd does not want the road opened as residents will bypass a toll plaza.

Over the past few days, residents have demolished the barrier put up by Grand Saga, only to see the barricade replaced. The stand-off came to a boil on Tuesday when a fight broke out between a group of people and residents who were yet again trying to remove the barricade.

After the barricade was re-erected on Wednesday, residents again demolished it. Police who were called to the scene did not stop them.

Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar also urged Grand Saga not to put up the barrier as "the problem is worsening with no end in sight".

Later, Syed Hamid told reporters it was not true police stood by and watched when residents were assaulted.

"If anyone has a problem, lodge a report."

Earlier, in Parliament, proceedings were delayed for the first 10 minutes as Pakatan Rakyat members voiced unhappiness over the speaker's move to reject a motion on the subject.

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