Hindraf has demanded that the new Penang government step in to resolve the ongoing crisis in Kampung Buah Pala. Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy sharpened his attacks by accusing Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng of being a party to the allegedly fraudulent transaction of Kampung Buah Pala village land in Bukit Gelugor.
Another PKR lawmaker lambasted the CM for not upholding human rights and social justice in handling the 'High Chaparral' Kampung Buah Pala crisis. Balik Pulau parliamentarian Yusmadi Yusoff said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should know that any development forsaking human development and values is in breach of universal laws and principles.
Lim has explained that the economic cost of buying over the land can be astronomically high. The cost does not only involve the land value but a potential compensation which has to be paid to the developer for a lost of revenue. In return, the developer will have to pay compensation to buyers for its failure to complete the project.
This controversy is an unfortunate and a costly 'inheritance' from the previous government. This is the burden of power. It appears easy for both Yusmadi and Waythamoorthy to launch a tirade of attacks and criticism against the present government.
However, a deeper look at the crisis appears to invite more questions than just a simple solution suggested by Waythamoorthy. Some of the questions are quite obvious.
First, can both Yusmadi and Waythamoorthy assure us legally that the court's decision can be overturned and the ultimate cost to allow the residents to stay put at the village will not drain the state finance?
How much is the actual cost of take over despite the use of Land Acquisition Act? Can Waythamoorthy confirm that the figures quoted by several sources in the state administration are not accurate. I have personally heard several approximates ranging from RM100 million to as much as RM300 million.
Next, should the present government be burdened with the legal cost if they were to adopt Hindraf's recommendation to acquire the land and stop the project. Does the land acquisition act protect the state government from any litigation?
In the event the state were sued by the developer, how confident are both Waythamoorthy and Yusmadi that the state will prevail and the public will not have to bear the burden of another huge compensation to be paid to the developer?
Can Hindraf accept a facilitation between the developer and the families to work out a viable and fair compensation? I would like to remind Waythamoorthy that a case like this may open up a possibility for greed to flourish too. Some may want to use the ongoing political spat between Hindraf and the state government to obtain the highest mileage possible.
Is it fair for the public to pay up for the folly and greed of the past administration by selling this piece of land to the cooperative and eventually a politically linked company?
I have said it in my previous post that the state government should exercise its power to protect the poor and helpless. I would like to reiterate that a legal and political action must be taken against the culprits. The current state government must get down to the bottom of this issue.
The chief culprit has kept very quiet about the issue. His new political secretary was quick to ask for an instant remedy to the dispute in the appointment of MPSP president. He should be consistent enough to ask for a quick reaction from his boss and party.
However, I would like to urge Waythamoorthy and Yusmadi to weigh in other options too. Hurling criticism alone is easy especially when the compensation does not come from the pockets of both Yusmadi and Waythamoorthy.
Are Hindraf and Yusmadi prepared to form a joint legal team to sue both Koh Tsu Koon and the BN for raping humanity and the universal law of justice?
This issue is not as easy as both Waythamoorthy and Yusmadi would like us to believe, sadly. I may not vote for my PR representatives but I will definitely not vote for a BN candidate either.
Policy makers and politicians should challenge themselves to think deeper to come out with a workable solution to solve their own mess. Not throwing tantrums and make the public pay through their noses.