Rep: Look into issues before the media does

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Jul 2005

JOHOR BARU: Complaints should be looked into immediately and not only after the media highlights them, a state assemblyman said.  

Abdul Halim Suleiman (BN – Puteri Wangsa) said there had been instances where certain matters were already known to the assemblymen or leaders but still took a long time to be resolved.  

“The victims, tired of waiting, would then seek help from the media.  

“This then makes it seem like the Government only takes action once matters are highlighted in the media,” Abdul Halim told the Johor state assembly yesterday.  

Jamilah Endan (BN – Kukup) called for more patrols and tighter security in the Straits of Malacca, especially in areas prone to oil spills.  

She said the Marine Department, marine police and Fisheries Department should deploy more patrol boats to ensure that action was taken against the culprits. 

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Ahmad Zahri Jamil said the seven orang asli fish breeders from Kampung Sri Dungun in Pontian whose fish died mysteriously in April had suffered losses of between RM200,000 and RM250,000.  

He told Ng See Tiong (BN – Parit Yaani) that water analysis carried out by the Chemistry Department could not determine why the fish died. 

He said this was probably because the analysis was conducted only two days later.  

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