Gerakan Selangor: DASH project confirmed going, where are you Elizabeth Wong? (31.3.16)

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Gerakan Selangor state Chairman Datuk David Ang Chin Tat challenged the Selangor EXCO cum Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong who is also in charge of Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment to stand out and meet the Say No To Dash (SNTD) group and offer reasonable explanation, after DAP Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lin admitted yesterday that the DASH project has already started.

He said that the Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali blamed the project on the federal government, which Ng now blamed as “a last resort” whereas Elizabeth Wong chose to shy away from the residents with her vanishing acts. Does Wong need to be reminded on her promise to the local residents in 2012?

“If Wong is incapable of stopping the project from taking off, then she should have gracefully conceded to the voters in Bukit Lanjan explaining her failure instead of avoiding the residents, only sitting comfortably in her office drafting press statement. This is not a proper demeanor or behaviour of a people representative and EXCO!”

“Wong threw empty checks to the people during the election, but went missing subsequently, now even another assemblyman (Ng) to come out and inform that the project has already started. In the DASH issue, Wong kept choosing to evading from problems, while loudly defending state government’s decision to degazette forest reserves. Apparently, it is an attempt to obscure public attention in order to cover up her dereliction of duty!”

David Ang who is also Deputy Treasurer of Gerakan, he pointed out that, in one of her statements, Wong kept insisting that that the Selangor state government follows strictly National Land Code 1965 and the National Forestry Act 1984, while degazetting forest reserves, the state government also gazette new forest areas. She maintained that the state government also abided to the state laws never gazetting forest reserves for the use of private interests, only for the development of public infrastructure.

“However, Wong failed to point out which areas are the newly gazetted forest reserves. She seems to forget that, according to the contract, the expressway contractor will collect toll from road users for 65 years after the completion of the project. This goes against the “non-profit” vow of the state government in degazetting and development of forest reserves, as well as their initial election manifesto of not building any expressways with toll collection!”

David Ang reminded Wong that if she cannot duly discharge her duties and responsibilities, lost her ability and passion to serve the people, then she should resign immediately. It is imperative that people’s welfare is prioritized and stop greedy pursuit of power and reward, let those who are capable to take over the role.

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