Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In The News: A stroke of pen alone is not enough

by G Krishnan

High Chaparral, the pig abattoir, the race card, double standards! What you see is not what you get.

It seems as if many politicians - and I use that term to also include some activists - have gotten all hot under the collar on the DAP's failings in the Kampung Buah Pala issue and for locking horns with PAS on the pig abattoir matter in Kedah.

Get a grip people.

First, Hindraf and P Uthayakumar needs to cool off; perhaps have some refreshing chendol and think thoroughly on the High Chaparral matter. Does he really think Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is in bed with the developers?

For a lawyer, he must know better that the potential implications of a breach of contract - in this case, a contract the former state government had undertaken under the former chief minister's watch.

Yes, perhaps a stroke of the pen by the current chief minister may save the homes of the residents of Kampung Buah Pala but at what cost to the rest of the residents of the state?

It doesn't just take a stroke of the pen to undo the BN's mess. Indeed, Uthayakumar ought to know better. If he's worried about the marginalised Indians in Kampung Buah Pala, just imagine the legal and financial bind a stroke of the pen by the current chief minister to undo the agreement with the developer may cost the state government.

Am I suggesting the residents of Kampung Buah Pala should therefore just become sacrificial pigs? No. They'll have to accept the reality that the former Gerakan/BN state government did them in.

And they have to be willing to work with the present chief minister now to find a solution that can be a win-win situation for them, the developers (who now have a legal stake in the property), and the rest of Penangites who also have a big stake in the matter.

Probably much like the hullabaloo about the pig abattoir controversy in Kedah, what you see about the Kampung Buah Pala is not all that simple and straight forward as some would make it out to be.

So, Hindraf, sit down with your one hope - the DAP, and find a compromise where the residents can be reasonably compensated and relocated without causing any impact to the rest.

Source: Malaysiakini

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