We were there with the villagers last Tuesday 30th of June,from 4.00pm till over 7.00pm at Komtar waiting for the Chief Minister to come and talk to the Villagers, to hear their side of the story, something which he has not done till todat the 3rd of July.. We informed , we requested, we pleaded for Guan Eng to come down and just listen to the villagers point of view that day- late as it was in this episode.
All we got back were parrot like responses from his political secretary – “ The Chief Minister has asked me to meet you.. the Chief minister has asked me to take your memorandum, the Chief Minister cannot meet you.” In fact when he repeated that so many times like a parrot, I got so mad, I asked him if this was the Competency that the Chief Minister so often talks about –like a parrot, even like a robot, that was really some competency I must say, in the way he is dealing with this whole issue of fundamental rights. Can you blame whoever for rudeness when he said, “…the Chief Minister had sent his office boy to meet us.” to deal with an issue so complex and fundamental, great decision is all I can say.
The Villagers waited in the KOMTAR auditorium for several hours for the CM to come down, but he just plain refused to come down, inspite of the stand of the villagers that they will not leave unless the CM comes down to meet them. Further, look at this. The 2 DCMS had gone to the village to meet the villagers to give the the “good news” about the postponement of the razing of the village for a month” at the same time that the villagers were at Komtar at the doorsteps. Who are they trying to play around with. Isnn. this palin stupid, Just like all the things we used to say about Pka Lah. When asked why had they gone there when all the villagers were right there , the political secretary again like a parrot only repeated that they had gone there to give some “good news”. Is there a difference in this kind of inanity between Pak lah and Guan Eng.
This was exactly the cavalier manner in which Pak Lah treated the Hindraf’s thousands of appeals,requests and memorandums to address the Indian marginalization issue. He never once came and met up with the affected people. Because in truth he never represented their interests - understandable.So is there a difference here – you judge. What is the Chief minister so afraid of? Is he afraid his true position on the matter will be exposed - that he actually stands with the developer than with the people. Well he has done exactly that now , in my opinion by his decision not to meet the people. See how he shoots his own rwo feet, with his cavalier actions, just like Pak lah.
He seems to have more information from the developer and much of it distorted – like the quantum of compensation offered to the villagers – some RM 200,000. When we ask the villagers, did they offer you any such compensation all we get back is angry responses about the lie. In any case Guan Eng seems to have information that could only have come to him from the Deevelopers side. Why does he not want to get the Villagers side of the story from them, himself. This was always the case with Pak Lah, he always held the view of the rich and the powerful. I suggest that in this case Guan Eng too is aligned with the rich and the powerful and against the people, no matter that the problem was caused by Koh Tsu Koon’s Government – just like Pak lah was in all those cases of temple Demolitions. Only this time he is hiding behind the law, the courts and the apparent economic costs of an alternative solution.
Then , Thomas Chan, the Chief guy at NUSMETRO VENTURES who stands to reap 100s of millions Ringgit,in profit, issues a statement saying he will be there with the bulldozers on the 2nd of August to raze the village. He cannot do this without the consent of the State government, as we understand these things – so what is Guan Eng ‘s stand here. Is it really going to be any different than Pak lah’s positions on the many demolitions. On this we will wait and see.
Yesterday the court bailiff’s showed up to paste the notices and who do they show up with other than the Developer, his gangsters and the police. This is exactly like the time under Pak Lah, it was always the rich and the powerful, their gangster, the courts behind them and the police to keep the people down should there be any resistance. Deja Vu.....! All of this is under the watch of a Chief Minister who rode the Makkal Sakthi wave, promising all kind so of goodies, got the votes and now forgotten.
Guan Eng has forgotten who really put him up there. If he persists, in acting like Pak lah, he will eventually face the same consequences that Pak Lah faced.. may not even have to wait till the next General Elections, it could happen on the 2nd of August when he shows his side clearly for all the nation to see, is he with the developers or is he with the people.
Unless of course , now he wants to go further downstream along Pak Lah’s line and shut us all up under ISA. I will not be surprised if his thoughts are flowing that way, because of the way he has been behaving up to now…..just like Pak Lah.
Guan Eng , please answer this - is there any difference between yourself and Pak Lah in essence?