State wants apology from Chang

THE Perak Pakatan Rakyat governmen has demanded that state Gerakan chief Datuk Chang Ko Youn apologise for forcing Medan Kidd bus operators in Ipoh to move to Medan Gopeng.

State Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming said the move in 2004 had inconvenienced the public.

Nga claimed that Chang, who previously held Nga’s portfolio under Barisan Nasional, had called for bus operators to move to Medan Gopeng when the building did not have a certificate of fitness (CF).

“Even until today, the Ipoh City Council refuses to issue a CF for Medan Gopeng because the building doesn’t conform to safety standards. Medan Gopeng was also not designed to be a bus terminal,” he said recently.

Nga said that in the event of any unfortunate incident, Chang should pay compensation to the victims as the former exco member in charge of public transport.

“Chang Ko Youn must apologise to the public and only then will Pakatan Rakyat consider forgiving him,” he said.

Nga said this in response to Chang’s criticism about the new Ipoh Central Transportation Hub in Meru Raya.

Chang had said that the new hub was a waste of public funds as Medan Gopeng was functioning perfectly well and at a more convenient location.

Chang had also hit out at the state government for displaying the logos of Pakatan parties for the Deepavali celebration at Little India. He had said the previous Barisan administration had never turned the celebration into a political event.

In response, Nga told Chang not to harp on trivial matters.

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