Tension running high in new village

Tarani Palani
Free Malaysia Today October 13, 2011

Residents of Kampung Sungai Terentang in Rawang are up in arms against MCA’s Donald Lim over his remarks about a stalled high voltage cable that was to be built in the village.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tension is running high again in Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang, as the controversy over a stalled project to build a high voltage cable running through the village resurfaced.

The residents of this new village want the government to be sincere and not use them as an election tool when resolving the issue.

The residents have been up in arms since 2005 against Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) which was to have built the high voltage cable stretching for 1.5km across the village.

The stretch was part of a longer line covering a distance of 60km from Bukit Tarek to Cudadak. The project was to meet the rising electricity demand by consumers in the Klang Valley.

It was to have been completed by 2007, but was halted when the project into fierce opposition.

The issue cropped up again two days ago when Deputy Finance Minister Donald Lim reportedly told the Chinese press that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has asked him to resolve the matter.

However, Donald, who is also MCA Selangor chief, reportedly said that he was not quite familiar with the issue.

Today, the deputy chairman of the village’s Anti-High Tension Cable Committee, Lim Seng Chong, hit out at Donald for his statement.

Seng Chong said that at the height of the row, the representatives in the area were both from MCA.

‘Don’t politicise’

The village falls under the Rawang state assembly seat and the Selayang parliamentary seat. The then Rawang state assemblyman was MCA’s Tan See Hang and the Selayang MP was MCA’s Chan Kong Choy.

“We have sent many memorandums to the authorities and MCA. So how can (Donald Lim) say he is not familiar?” asked Seng Chong, who gave a press conference at the Parliament lobby here.

Seng Chong claimed that MCA politicians had informed the residents that the matter was discussed at high-level meetings.

He said that if Donald was not aware, it was because “he doesn’t care”.

Seng Chong also said he welcomed any assistance to find an alternative route for the cables.

He also warned the government not to politicise the matter and turn into an election issue.

Also present at the press conference were Selayang MP, PKR’s William Leong and Rawang state assemblyman, PKR’s Gan Pei Nee.

other news at The Malay Mail : Don’t use high-tension cables issue to win votes, MCA told


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ramuseren on October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This matter need to be settled immediately.


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