The so-called Service Center of Seputeh UMNO is obstructing the construction of two public roads, the DBKL flyover, and the other flyover that’s supposed to be built by Road Builders to connect the Sungai Besi Highway to New Pantai Expressway at the juncture of Jalan Kuchai Lama.
Work on the DBKL flyover started around August 2004 and it was supposed to be completed by this June but the project was stalled because Seputeh UMNO refused to move out of its office and it is now like an illegal roadblock to frustrate construction.
Seputeh UMNO Division used to be an arrogant and stubborn law breaker. The building is situated on state land, making it an illegal building, or a squatter.
When the former Seputeh UMNO Division Chief Tengku Adnan held the position of Minister in PM’s Department that oversees FT, the Seputeh UMNO turned from a small pondok to a mini palace with massive—probably illegal—rennovation.
I have raised the squatter status of Seputeh UMNO building with Tengku Adnan many times in the Parliament. Each time when he said that the government was determined to materialise “Zero Squatters” in year 2005 in the Parliament, I would criticise him about Seputeh UMNO and ask him when will the building of Seputeh UMNO be removed. I am not impressed to see that the building is still at the same site and openly obstructing the construction of the DBKL project.
I led our members to hold a protest banner at the entrance of the Seputeh UMNO building as requested by the photographers from Malay and Chinese dailies, as well as the cameraman of NTV7. Our action was noticed by a Umno squatter inside the building.
He then came out and looked for his UMNO squatter buddies and came after us. They wanted to grab our banner, but we refused to surrender it to him. A member, Chee Kok Fah, shouted at them that they have no right to ask for our banner as they were not police. The UMNO squatter replied with vulgar words. Chee then demanded he retract his filthy comments and both parties have serious exchanges of words at the road side. Journalists and photographers who were supposed to leave together with us gathered to watch the follow-up episode.
The deputy chief of Seputeh UMNO Youth then claimed that they wanted to move but they were waiting for PM’s Department to build them a new premise at Taman Desa.
When the press asked him about the exact location of his new premise, he could not answer.
Those who stay in Taman Desa should know that the property and land in Taman Desa is so expensive, how can PM’s Department build a premise for an UMNO Division? Isn’t that an abuse of public funds? (Well, if it is an abuse of public funds, it wouldn’t be the first now, would it?)
I have been told Seputeh UMNO demanded DBKL to look for an office for them and pay the rent for them, but it was rejected by DBKL. As a result, these guys refused to move and continue to obstruct the construction of the flyover which which would benefit the people whom these local squatters profess to represent. (Isn’t it just so typical of UMNO to be acting like SPOILT BRATS?)
DBKL can use the bulldozer to smash this illegal structure like the way they did to many squatter settlements that obstruct public or government construction projects.
But DBKL dare not touch the Seputeh UMNO structure as they are from UMNO and they were backed by high ranking elected reps in the government. Just imagine if that structure was built by DAP. Will a government agency like DBKL tolerate us and even allow us to obstruct construction of public road?
I wouldn’t blame DBKL officers too much as they are facing local warlords with backing right to the top. I blame the high ranking UMNO politicians for allowing their own members to obstruct government projects. This is a form of abuse of power and corruption.
It is also sad for me to see that my press conference on this issue only appeared in the NTV7 Mandarin news and Chinese dailies.
Kosmo and Berita Harian sent their reporters to cover my press conference but they did not carry the story.