Gerakan: Selangor government should be held responsible for fireworks mishap (2.1.17)


The Selangor state government should be held responsible for the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) illegal fireworks display mishap, according to Gerakan.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the MPK, whose duty is to issue and enforce various licenses and permits, did not themselves apply for a permit nor use a licensed fireworks operator and putting up to 15,000 members of the public at risk,” said Selangor Gerakan liaison committee chairman Datuk David Ang Chin Tat in a statement on Monday.

“The law is not following the law. This is criminal,” he added.

A total of 14 people – 10 adults and four children – were injured when they were hit by fragments of fireworks after it exploded on the ground at the Pandamaran Sports Complex on Sunday during a new year celebration.

It was reported that the organiser of the event did not apply for a permit for the fireworks show.

Ang said the Selangor Government should “thank their lucky stars” that the outcome was not worse.

“It could have been much worse as shooting high explosive fireworks into a packed group, which includes young children and the elderly, could have resulted in a stampede with horrendous consequences,” he said.

Ang said that the mishap shows poor governance by the Pakatan Harapan-led Selangor state government.

“The Selangor state government should be held responsible for its failure and criminal negligence in performing its duties to the people of Selangor,” he said.

He also called for the “immediate resignation” of Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah and those directly responsible in the mishap.

Source: The Star

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