(Sounds too good to be true – problems solved with a stroke of the pen. Image source: http://www.progressivereform.org)
The Malaysian Insider reported:-
The campaign to save Kampung Buah Pala in Penang from demolition is shaping into a big “do or die” battle for Hindraf, the banned movement whose fortunes have been on the decline in recent months for want of a rallying cause
And if one reads further:-
Waythamoorthy repeated Hindraf’s point of view that the state government was not without measures to avoid paying a large compensation to the developers but that the chief minister was empowered under the Land Acquisition Act to acquire the land at a reasonable rate subject to a court review.
He also scoffed at Lim’s attempt to shift the blame to the previous Barisan Nasional administration, insisting that Lim should “remember that the actual transfer of the said land had occurred during his tenure as chief minister. If the previous government had made a fraudulent deal then he is part of the fraudulent transaction for having sanctioned the transfer.”
If you ask me, it is getting out of hand and given the facts of the case, Waythamoorthy may have chosen the wrong target to shoot at – read Khoo Kay Peng’s take on this issue, Waythamoorthy may have some answering to do himself.
Some issues cannot be resolved with “a stroke of the pen”, especially if the issues was created by the past state administration and there is a high cost involved and legal complications is looming. Why is deafening silence from the previous Chief Minister and administration? Even the current administration have not made serious effort to purchase the land from the developer by invoking the law, the question that remains to be answered – is the Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng doing the right thing?
Certainly spending millions of ringgit to save the village would be unfair to the rest of the people in Penang.