IPOH: Perak MCA questions the need for a referendum to decide if the Pasir Pinji market here should be rebuilt.
Its public service and complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan (pic) believed that the referendum, which will take place over the weekend, is a waste of public funds and a way to silence the voice of the minority.
"The respective state representatives are responsible over the development of the constituency. They should not push the responsibility to the people in the first place.
"And I don't see the need to involve every city folk when it just involves the Pasir Pinji constituency," he told a press conference here on Friday (June 21).
It was reported that Pasir Pinji assemblyman Lee Chuan How had called for the referendum for the 60-year-old market, which he felt needed rebuilding.
Some 10,000 ballot papers would be printed for the exercise, which will be conducted by the Ipoh City Council.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, in a separate press conference, had said he was not aware of the matter and also that it was not the state's standard operating procedure to have a referendum to decide on rebuilding the market.
Low said having the city council conduct the voting process during the weekend would incur cost and taxpayers' money.
"I've filed a complaint to the Public Complaints Department and I hope they would look into it," he said.
Lee said he does not see an issue with the referendum.
"I think there should be a public vote on any public project to allow the people to decide.
"If the city council agrees to do it, is there be an issue?
"I also think it's the responsibility of the local government engage the people," he said.