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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jamal's resort torn down, rep denies vendetta



The Sabak Bernam District Council (MDSB) has demolished a resort in Sekinchan belonging to Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunus.
In a Facebook posting, the red-shirts leader accused Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali of ordering the demolition as an act of vendetta.
"They stuck the notice this morning and tore it down this evening.
"This is a vengeful act by the Selangor state government for how vocal I am in criticising the state government under Azmin's leadership," he said.
Jamal added that he had been protesting against Azmin to fight for Selangor residents who had to face water disruptions.
Yesterday, the Umno man turned up at the Selangor government's headquarters in Shah Alam wrapped in towels.
He demanded to have his bath in Azmin's office, as he could not do so at home due to water disruptions in his area.
Meanwhile, Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim said he had been informed by local councillors that the demolition of the Sekim Resort was not related to Jamal's protests.
"There is no act of vengeance whatsoever... It is just a coincidence," Ng told Malaysiakini.
He said MDSB had been sending Jamal notices about his resort over the past five years, on non-compliance with land and development regulations.
"The council has sent him notices, summonses, compounds, all of these. MDSB even asked him to demolish the resort himself."But he continued to be defiant, so MSDB and the land office took action. It can't be seen that the council is not strict in enforcing the law,"

"A lot of tourists come to Sekinchan, so if anything happens at the resort, such as a collapse, and someone dies, the one who will be held responsible is the state government," he added.
The DAP representative said he had no qualms with anyone operating a business in Sekinchan, but they must follow the law.
Malaysiakini has contacted Sabak Bernam District Council (MDSB) secretary Awaluddin Zakaria for comment and is awaiting his response.- Mkini

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