Maria J. Dass
PETALING JAYA (Feb 27, 2007) - Bandar Bukit Puchong Umno, ordered by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to vacate within 30 days for illegally occupying a public playing field, has put up about 30 flag poles outside its "container office".
At last month's full-board meeting, the MPSJ issued a directive to Umno for the two containers to be removed within 30 days, failing which it will be demolished by the council. The notices were pasted on the containers on Feb 6.
Thirty poles bearing Umno and Barisan Nasional flags were found erected on the field along Jalan BP3/1 in Bandar Bukit Puchong 3 on Saturday.
When contacted, MPSJ public relations officer Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said the owners of the containers have been told to remove both the cabins and the flag poles immediately.
On Jan 27, what was supposed to be a meeting between the residents and their Member of Parliament (MP) to discuss the encroachment turned violent when a group, claiming to be from Bandar Bukit Puchong Umno, arrived with 20 others.
Resident Eugene Mark Gabriel alleged the group threatened and harassed the residents, telling them that this was an Umno matter and that they should not interfere.
Residents lodged a report at the Puchong police station later that day and two Umno members were questioned.
The containers are not the case of politicians squatting illegally for their political operations. It was also reported that MPSJ councillor Aftar Singh, who is also Puchong Perdana MIC chairman, had set up his service centre on state land zoned as "open space" for the last nine years.
Early this month, when asked to comment on the matter, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said no one is above the law, not even political parties.
He said they (political parties) can apply for Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) at the land office and they can remain if they get approval.
"If they fail we will have to do something." sun2surf