Suhakam: Public confused over Broga project status


  • Nation
  • Friday, 31 Jan 2003

BY DALILAH IBRAHIM

KUALA LUMPUR: Confusion has emerged over the status of the incinerator project in Broga, Semenyih, according to Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam Commissioner Prof Datuk Hamdan Adnan. 

He said recent statements by government leaders seemed to indicate the project would be implemented anyway, although the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – which will determine whether the project was suitable and safe to be carried out at the site – was not ready. 

“It is worrying that it has been made very certain that the incinerator project will be implemented even though the EIA report is not ready,” he said after chairing a dialogue between the “No Incinerator Pro-tem Committee” and government officials at Suhakam's office yesterday. 

Department of Environment evaluation director Abdul Aziz Abdul Rasul, Selangor State Economic Planning Unit assistant director Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim and 30 members of the committee, who represented residents from the various housing estates in Semenyih and Kajang, attended the dialogue. 

Members of the committee had expressed their concern over statements made by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas that the project would be implemented anyway.  

Prof Hamdan said the statements had sent mixed signals to the public, especially among the residents of Broga and the areas around it.  

He said he would propose to the Government that information relating to the RM1.5bil project should only come from one source.  

He also expressed his disappointment over the absence of the representative from the Housing and Local Government Ministry at the dialogue.  

Dr Hamdan also said the Government should not allow the people to be guinea pigs by bringing in new technology that could be more hazardous in the long run.  

The dialogue was held following objections from the residents who claimed they were not consulted over the project and that the Government had not conducted a thorough study before making the decision.  

Earlier, the committee's chairman Halil Hussain said that the Government should be transparent when meeting with the residents to explain about the project.

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