Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kg Buah Pala Controversy

Kg Buah Pala Controversy
I have received feedback from fellow Indians who are DAP and non DAP members, following my suggestion that polling be conducted among the villagers to consider 3 options .

It does not surprise me at all that the Kg Buah Pala controversy has become a very emotionally charged issue for many.

While some thought the polling is a democratic exercise which can gauge the actual and true feelings and have welcomed the idea, many have expressed their view that the only right thing for the Penang state government to do is to preserve the village as a heritage village.

This is definitely a good solution which our Sdr Lim Guan Eng will be most willing to adopt if it is a straight forward matter.

However, from what has been uttered by him over the last two days, is is very obvious that he is in a predicament just like the villagers.

I have stressed that the culprit of the controversy is the former administration headed by Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon.

An ideal solution will be for the BN federal government to compensate the developer and take over the land and gazette it as an Indian heritage village.

But it is apparent that Koh Tsu Koon and the BN Federal Government will not want to intervene at all.

Many believe that the federal government will not intervene , especially when even groups or people friendly to the DAP , Penang state government and Pakatan Rakyat have started to demand that the Penang Chief Minister solve the problem.

BN politicians are now "enjoying" reading news reports where DAP is pressured and blasted
Nevertheless, from my earlier feedback, I have sensed the general expectation that a government in power must solve the problem, irrespective of whoever is the culprit and whatever is the cause of the problem.

Sdr Karpal Singh hit the right note when he said in Today's Star that " they are ( the villagers) tired of the blame game and want us to act because we are in power- if I were in their shoes, I would say the same";

The Kg Buah Pala issue is the greatest challenge faced by the DAP and Penang state government since the last general election.

And this is one challenge we must be able to surmount.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Kula, if the Penang goverment were to bring out its fortune to save the 20 families from evacuation, I really feel it is a VERY VERY stupid and selfish move. What happens to those rakyat who are poor and no money yet they rent a house or flat and pay monthly rental o their own wherelse these KBP residents have been enjoying FREE rental for centuries and yet ungreateful about it and DARE to demand the goverment to bring out its fortune to save them....SELFISH.....SELFISH... SELFISH.....RESIDENT OF KBP. SHAME ON YOU RESIDENT OF KBP.