I will not comply with Selcat’s directive, says Manikavasagam

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010

SHAH ALAM: Kapar MP S.Manikavasagam says he will not comply with a state assembly inquiry body’s directive to prepare a statutory declaration (SD) detailing his allegations of the illegal sand mining activities happening in the state.

“On Aug 16, I received a letter from the Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) requesting that I make available a statutory declaration - which includes all my allegations and the names of people involved in the issue.

“I am supposed to deliver the SD within two weeks,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Manikavasagam added it was ridiculous for Selcat to ask him for the SD when he had provided all the information when he attended the hearing in early June.

“So much time has lapsed and even the complainants’ hope to resolve the issue has waned.

“Now, these complainants don’t trust me any more and have taken their cases to the Selangor opposition,” he said, adding that Selcat should have acted on the evidence and assisted the complainants when the case was brought up in May.

Selcat is due to resume its public inquiry next month.

“I have no time to entertain Selcat chairman Teng (Chang Khim), he can go find the witnesses himself,” he said.

On another issue, Manikavasagam urged Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to lodge a police report over the spy camera found in the latter’s office on Aug 11, saying a delay in doing so had raised much doubts.

On Sunday, Sri Serdang assemblyman Datuk Satim Diman alleged the camera found in Khalid’s office could be a political drama as it was difficult for people to gain access to the room of Mentri Besar.

An officer at the state secretariat said Khalid had declined to comment on the matter.

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