Selangor MB welcomes legal action by senior citizens
A move by a group of senior citizens to sue the Selangor government for not honouring its election pledge to give them RM2,500 each in Takaful insurance has been welcomed by Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
"Can (sue). Proceed to the court, it is indeed encouraged," said a sarcastic-sounding Khalid when asked about the issue during a press conference in Shah Alam today.
Yesterday, some 200 senior citizens, led by Umno's Lembah Jaya assemblyperson Ismail Kijo (left), held a demonstration demanding that Pakatan Rakyat fulfils its 2008 general election manifesto.
Lawyer Kamarudin Ahmad said he would file a suit against the Selangor government in two weeks' time on the unfulfilled Takaful insurance contribution.
Kamarudin is the same lawyer representing a group of single mothers demanding six months of allowance in their suit against the state government - another election promise they claim Pakatan made during the last general election.
Khalid said at the press conference today that the state government has given out bereavement grants of RM2,500 to the families of each senior citizen who died.
In addition, a shopping voucher worth RM100 each has been issued to each senior citizen in the state through the 'Jom Shopping' campaign, although this was not part of Pakatan Rakyat's 2008 election manifesto, he said.
"In our view, we have done more than what we have promised. We have done them and it has been nearly five years already. That is why I want to listen to their demands in the court," Khalid added.
On the cancellation of the controversial condominium project next to the historic Batu Caves, he urged the developer, Dolomite Corporation Bhd, to go to the Selayang Municipal Council for more information.
He said the decision to shelve the 26-storey Dolomite Park Avenue condominium was made on a sound basis, even if the developer was not informed beforehand.
"They must contact the local authority in Selayang. We have a basis for making that decision. It was made before we called all of them to explain the decision to them."
Dolomite Corporation managing director Lew Choong Keong has expressed shock and dismay over the decision, claiming his company was not given the opportunity to present its case or review the research presented by the authority concerned.