Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Saturday, October 14, 2006

No one is above the law, but there are different laws for different people

Abdul Salim Mohd Nor had a small food stall in Klang. His stall was pulled down by MPK's (Majlis Perbandaran Klang - Klang Municipal Council) enforcement unit on Aug 18 2006 (after two days notice) following a MPK councillor's directive. Abdul Salim's stall was demolished as it was competing with a neighbouring food stall, linked to the same councillor. MPK explained that Abdul Salim was given a licence only for a mobile food stall but he had built a permanent structure. Abdul Salim was supporting his widowed deaf-mute sister and her five children and is servicing a RM10,000 loan he took from Bank Simpanan Nasional to expand his business.

MPK councillor Datuk Zakaria Md Deros built his palace/mansion without submitting the required building plans. His huge house was built on a piece of state land that had been alienated to his wife Zizah Ngah. MPK council president Abdul Bakir Zin said, "our planning department had instructed him to submit the relevant plans for inspection and approval but he gave excuses. It’s a headache for me". When informed of Abdul Bakir’s revelation that Zakaria had refused to submit the plans despite being told several times, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was evasive, saying that he would only comment after reading the report.

Zakaria’s soon-to-be-completed mansion dwarfs the other houses in Kampung Idaman, Klang.

Final decision? A RM5,000 fine! MPK said that it would not demolish their councillor’s massive bungalow. MPK council president Abdul Bakir Zin said, "The bungalow will not be demolished as it is already 80% completed". Khir Toyo adds on, "this shows that no one is above the law".