Saturday, July 7, 2012
CM must guarantee KK High Court and State Library lands for public purpose only
KOTA KINABALU - If there is no satisfactory guarantee by the Chief Minister that the KK High Court land and the City Library site will be reserved for public use, then SAPP's two assemblymen will raise this issue at the coming State Legislative Assembly later this month.
Accordingly to the assemblywoman for Luyang, Melanie Chia Chui Ket, she and fellow SAPP assembly person, Datuk Liew Teck Chan of Likas, will raise this issue in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Assembly.
"We hope this Cabinet will not be irresponsible and refuse to entertain this issue of public interest by abusing the so-called "defeated by time" tactic like when the BN leaders avoided debate on the Saham Amanah Sabah (SAS) issue two years ago," said Melanie when contacted on her views of the current issue over the fate of the High Court and library sites. It is learnt that the Legislative Assembly will sit on 16, 17 and 18 July.
"We will raise this issue because the assemblyman for the Api Api constituency, within which the High Court and Library are situated, has refused to promise that these public lands will be retained for public purpose. Many people in Kota Kinabalu, including the Luyang and Likas constituencies, have expressed their worries about the loss of urban public lands, the threats to the Likas Wetlands and Atkinson Clock Tower, the State Railway reserve and KK Sea Front, among others," said Melanie.
"We will wait until Monday for the Chief Minister to promise that these city centre lands will be protected and reserved for public purpose before we take further action on raising this issue at the Assembly," said Melanie.
The Api Api assemblyman for 14 years, who is also a Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr. Yee Moh Chai, has so far refused to commit to protect these city centre lands including the DBKK building and the Women and Children Clinic next to the Chong Thien Vun Park.
Pix above shows SAPP Leaders present at press conference - (From Left) Philicica Chong (Mudanita Chief), Chia Miu Lee (Supreme councillor), YB Melanie Chia (Wanita Chief), YB Datuk Liew Teck Chan (Deputy President), Bahari Aship (Assistance Information Chief), Carrie Fong ((Supreme councillor), Noor Fadizla Hamzah (GKB Chief).
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