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MP calls for halt in <b>Balik Pulau</b> projects | Free Malaysia Today

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 02:05 AM PDT

PKR's Yusmadi says there are environmental and social concerns.

GEORGE TOWN: Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff is asking the state to halt all development projects in his constituency, citing environmental and social concerns and risking criticism from his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues.

He said he would appeal to the state government to direct the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) to issue stop-work orders effective until the council had completed a review and given its recommendations.

"I'll be notifying the state formally soon," he said.

"I am also inviting the MPPP president, Patahiyah Ismail, to inspect and review each project personally. I plan to accompany her."

The projects include the construction of residential and commercial buildings and educational institutions. Some of the commercial schemes are oriented towards attracting tourism. Some were approved by the previous administration.

Yusmadi said the projects would enrich a few people but would disappoint most of his constituents, "who are worried about the impact on the environment and their socio-economic status".

He said he was most worried about the fate of some 500 residents who have become squatters following the private purchase of the land on which they had built their homes.

The squatter problem was shaping up to be a major social issue that the state must address, he added.

"It is time that the approving bodies, such as the local authorities, listen intently to the grievances of residents before they proceed to approve projects."

Yusmadi is a member of the PKR supreme council.

He said Pakatan could no longer blame the previous administration for problems related to the environment and social justice.

"Pakatan is now into the fourth year of governance. We must deliver and meet the people's expectations."

He acknowledged that his call could unsettle the private sector and certain quarters in Pakatan, but he said he was thinking of the long-term benefits for citizens as well as the parties in Pakatan.

"People and the developers would know we mean business," he said. "Projects can be approved, provided they do not cause hardship."

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