Friday, May 30, 2008
People's Victory! Barricade must go!
The Cabinet has decided that the barricade put up at Bandar Mahkota Cheras to prevent residents from using the access road has to go. In short, it means no more barricade. The happy news was conveyed to the residents by Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed just an hour ago, according to The Star. The access road will now remain open until the court case is completed. It's a victory for the people there who have fought strongly for their rights. Grand Saga, the highway concessionaire, has been claiming the access road is illegal. It's a lot of nonsense, really. The access is on state government land and any developer worth his salt can tell you that the state has a right to open it if it wants to. But what is even sadder is the unnecessary use of force by the police and the thugs against some residents and reporters who covered the protest. Suhakam has rightly condemned against the "excessive use of force" on the residents, especially a 21-year-old man who ended up in hospital, after being whacked by the cops.