A GROUP of protesters from the Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Incenerator were left disappointed after their efforts to meet the Prime Minister and the Kuala Lumpur mayor to hand over their memorandum was unfruitful.
The group’s chairman Isaiah Joseph, together with about 150 people dressed in green T-shirts with slogans declaring their movement against the construction of a proposed incinerator in Kepong, had gathered at DBKL’s headquarters at 10am yesterday.
They hoped to pass a copy of their memorandum and a petition containing 12,469 signatures to mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib personally. However, they were told by a representative that the mayor was in a meeting.
“We sent a letter to the mayor last week, informing him of our intent to hand him our memorandum. However, he is not here to meet us today,” said Joseph.
After they handed the documents to Ahmad Phesal’s representative, Joseph then led the group to march to Parliament located about 4.5km away.
The group comprising men and women of all ages carried flags and banners protesting the Govern-ment’s proposal to build the incinerator. The group’s movement was closely watched by uniformed policemen and DBKL officers.
Close to reaching their destination, Joseph and his committee members swapped their green T-shirts for suits and ties along the roadside as more formal attire was required for anyone entering the Parliament lobby.
The group arrived at the Parliament lobby at noon and were joined by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Batu MP Tian Chua, and Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
They waited for more than an hour, hoping to pass their memorandum and petition to the Prime Minister, the Local Government and Housing Minister, and the Parliment speaker. However, they were unable to meet the leaders.
Dr Tan agreed to pass the memorandum and petition to the Local Government and Housing Ministry. The group dispersed peacefully at about 1pm.
“We still want to hand our memorandum to the Prime Minister,” said Joseph. “We may consider handing our memorandum to him at his office in Putrajaya.
“I hope the relevant authorities will take the trouble to meet us and explain their exact plans for the construction of the incinerator in Kepong.
“Most of the residents are currently in the dark and are worried for their future,” he added.