One rule for the rich and another for the rest of us

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  • Monday, 06 Nov 2006

I REFER to your report, “Demolition dilemma” (The Star, Nov 4) on Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo's explanation on why Datuk Zakaria Md Deros' mansion is not torn down. 

He said many other buildings (e.g. factories and houses of worship) in Selangor were built without local council approval and there could be economic and social consequences if these buildings were demolished. 

He certainly shot himself in the foot again with this statement as it clearly sends the wrong message to the public. 

I, for one, could not understand how he could compare Zakaria's house to a factory or a house of worship and how demolishing his house would have any social or economic consequences.  

I also could not understand why enforcement of the law is so weak that so many buildings are allowed to be put up without council approval. 

Who will be held responsible if these buildings collapse or if there is no proper sewerage system, resulting in flooding and pollution? 

The state government should be more proactive instead of reactive. Have we not learnt anything from the many mishaps that have happened in recent years?  

The law is there not meant for it to be broken and Dr Khir, as a person of authority, should know better. 

Even if Dr Khir's statement is true that the state government would not demolish buildings for fear of the social and economic consequences, why do we hear stories of illegally built houses or extensions, being mercilessly torn down by the authorities? 

The state government obviously needs to get its act together and increase transparency in its action. 

It cannot be seen as practising selective prosecution – one rule for the rich and powerful and another for the rest of us.  



Petaling Jaya.  

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