Port Klang assemblyperson and recalcitrant Klang Municipal councillor Zakaria Deros in his explanation of his plight had quoted his good deeds to the people of Kampung Idamam. Among them is the building of a new mosque. But he must know that the mosque is financed by taxes from the people.
Thus, to claim credit solely for himself is not appropriate. As a state assemblyperson, he is just a means of channeling government funds to the people. Being a state assemblyman comes with plenty of perks which he did not mention.
Whatever it is, he cannot use these records to appeal against his wrongdoings. If that can be taken into consideration, a garbage collector, too, can submit his good work in keeping the streets clean everyday in his appeal against the demolition of his illegally erected house.
A dangerous precedent would be set if Zakaria's illegally constructed mansion is not demolished.
Let us take the example of a rich businessman. He wants to build a premises at location 'A' in Klang very badly to start his business. To him, time really means money. His revenue for his business is , let's say, RM1.5 million a month. He would simply ask his architect to submit the plan to the Klang Municipal Council and start construction of the premises before any approval is obtained.
Based on Zakaria' precedent, this businessman would just be slapped with a fine of RM24,000 (which he willingly pay) as he can still complete his building which is more important. Using the same precedent set, the council, too, cannot demolish any illegally-constructed building in the future.