Saravanan: Forum fosters closer ties

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 19 Apr 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The encouraging participation of residents’ associations and NGOs at the Federal Territories Ministry’s round-table forum showed that Kuala Lumpur folk still believed in a consultative approach, Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said.

He said while some MPs had abused and made hurtful remarks at the organisers, the associations’ representatives raised pertinent points and performed ably.

“The forum has fostered closer relationship between the ministry, City Hall and the associations,” he said in closing the two-day event yesterday.

He said now that the ministry had built a bridge between the authorities and the residents, the participation of the MPs was therefore not necessary anymore.

He also advised the representatives against seeking the help of their MPs who “will politicise matters.”

His remarks did not go down well with the Opposition MPs. The Pakatan Rakyat won 10 of the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur, with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique the only Barisan victor in Titiwangsa.

Titiwangsa MP Dr Lo’Lo’ Ghazali of PAS rose to interrupt his address, saying Saravanan should not be saying such things.

“Thank you. I respect you YB but I’m just worried. You can check with others what Wangsa Maju (Wee Choo Keong) and Segambut MP (Lim Lip Eng) did yesterday. We feel sad,” he said.

He said all matters brought up would be discussed by a committee chaired by him and forwarded to Zulhasnan.

The two-day meeting gave MPs 20 minutes to table issues under four modules - Delivery Service System, Services in the City, Public Facilities, and Laws within the Local Authorities.

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