|Wong Koom Mun|
The Star (9 May 2012) reported that DAP state assemblyman for Damansara Utama Dr Cheah Wing Yin had written what appears to be a tell-all letter to DAP top guns where he described Pakatan Rakyat’s four year rule in Selangor as a comedy of errors makes it apparent Pakatan is only preaching competency, accountability and transparency in order to fool the voters into supporting them.
The huge victory obtained by the Opposition was because the people were fed up with BN and were attracted to Pakatan’s promise of fairness and justice. But while we in BN have learnt from our mistakes and been revamping and transforming ourselves to serve the rakyat better, Pakatan seems to have taken a wrong turn.
Rate payers overpaying for services?
Dr Cheah had alleged that the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had approved debt collection to a legal firm which was recommended by a PKR representative for RM 15,000 but the DAP councillor had then diverted the project to her associate’s firm for RM 55,000 instead. This is a serious accusation of impropriety of ratepayers’ funds and warrants MACC probe if necessary. Why should ratepayers have to cough out more funds if the expenses can be capped?
Connecting the above scenario with past examples would be allegations formerly by popular blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin that most of the legal work by MBPJ was given to council members Derrick Fernandez and LatheefaKoya who are both PKR members as well, and to Subang MP Sivarasa and PKR VP N Surendran too. This is an abuse of power by Pakatan, and the matter should be looked into as it involves public funds.
Inept city councillors, no improvements from before Dr Cheah’s letter also pointed out that city councillors have failed to uphold their responsibility to serve the people as some have not attended council meetings, and some have even called for a walkout to boycott council meetings.
It is apparent through this letter that many of Selangor’s Pakatan-aligned councillors are inept and irresponsible, and the fact that some are still being re-appointed is blatant proof of cronyism and nepotism. It is disappointing that the Petaling Jaya City councillors, who are supposed to serve the people, have ended up serving themselves instead, and the Pakatan partiesare doing absolutely nothing about it.
This is in direct contrast to their promise urging voters to change the systemfor the people when they accused the BN government of doing everything that they are now guilty of. Their claims that they will improve the system have fallen short as they are now deteriorating while BN on the other hand is undergoing a process of transformation, thus proving that Pakatan is not the perfect angel that they make themselves out to be to the public.
Wong Koon Mun is the MCA State Liaison Committee Secretary and State Assemblyman for Kuala Kubu Baru