Keep out, PKR rep tells CM’s aide

(NST) – BAYAN LEPAS: A Parti Keadilan Rakyat assemblyman has hit out at Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary for “encroaching” into his turf and causing unnecessary problems among his constituents.

Batu Uban assemblyman S. Raveentharan said Ng Wei Aik, who is also the DAP assemblyman for Komtar, owed him an explanation.

The rebuke comes in the wake of leaked minutes of a PKR meeting in which those present had discussed issues concerning how DAP was trying to muscle their way into getting more seats in the coming general election.

It was reported that Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mansor Othman, who is also state PKR chief, had during the meeting advised PKR’s Chinese representatives, who were present, to prepare for contingency plans if such a scenario presented itself in the next polls.

Yesterday, Raveentharan said Ng had stirred a hornet’s nest among his constituents over a plan to build a Chinese temple at a former sewage treatment plant site in Taman Lip Sin here.

Raveentharan said Ng’s action had led to residents protesting against it.

“I was informed by the residents’ association that a Chinese temple committee had contacted Ng for help and he had taken it upon himself to encroach into my constituency and hold discussions with certain people over the past three months.

“He did all this without even having the courtesy to contact me first.”

Raveentharan said Ng’s action had caused unnecessary problems for him and he had to face his fuming constituents. “He owes me an explanation. I have to reveal all this as if I don’t, my voters will think that I am subservient to him.”

Raveentharan said residents were angry that the Kew Ong Tai Tay (Tow Boe Keong) Devotees Association, which usually held their Taoist nine-day prayers at the Taman Lip Sin field, was planning to have their permanent prayer grounds at the 0.15ha former sewerage treatment facility.