Friday, November 25, 2011

'Show us the proof,' says Lau

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 12:49:00

PETALING JAYA: A wild accusation to tarnish the image of Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and its local councillor.

 That was how Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lau Weng San described the recent report claiming the Selangor MCA Public Complaints Bureau was forced to set up their welfare booths along the walkway of Seri Setia Community Hall in Jalan SS9A/1, Sungei Way.

"This is not the first time the local councillor has received such complaints from the Selangor MCA Public Complaint Bureau and it's chief Datuk Theng Book. This is nothing but a cheap publicity stunt to tamper with the local councillor's image. I want Theng and Kampung Tunku's coordinator, Kelvin Chong Seng Foo, to come forward and show us the proof if it was true," said Lau who holds the portfolio of Organizing Secretary for Selangor DAP.

Lau demanded both individuals present evidence that MBPJ had rejected their applications to use the community hall.

"The hall is open for booking to anyone as long as they submit their application through the proper channels via email, in writing, or even in person to the respective local MBPJ authorities at Jalan Tengah or its headquarters at Jalan Yong Shook Ling," he told reporters during a site visit at the hall recently.

MBPJ public relations officer, Zainun Zakaria, who was also present, confirmed the city council did not receive any applications for the use of the hall as claimed. The news report had quoted Theng as saying two applications had been submitted on Oct 1 and Nov 10 respectively.

Meanwhile, Kampung Baru Seri Setia's local village and security committee (JKKK) president, Ding Eow Chai, said the matter was brought to their attention after some 340 applicants were forced to line up under the scorching sun to hand in their welfare applications at the booths.

"Out of our good hearts, we opened the doors of the community hall for these applicants to seek shelter and use the toilet facilities," said Ding.

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