Bantahan against ADUN Jeram for the actions taken on Jaya Grocer Puncak Alam

The act of the people’s representative to abuse the power given is both wrong and shameful.

Yew Ping Lim, DAPSY Kuala Selangor Chief

Regarding the recent controversial prohibition of non-halal products in Puncak Alam, DAP and DAPSY Kuala Selangor condemns and voice our discontentment against the actions undertaken by Y.B Shaid Rosli, ADUN Jeram to shut down Jaya Grocer’s Non- Halal section.

Jaya Grocer is a well known brand which provides grocery services to its residence. The brand had even taken the liberty to provide a special area specifically for non-halal products in respect of the Muslim community. Jaya Grocer holds a legal permit issued by Kuala Selangor District Council for the sale of alcohol and non-halal products.

Under normal circumstances, it is the state assemblyman’s job to voice the people’s discontent to the district council of Kuala Selangor and go through the standard procedure of having the discontent debated in the council and let the district council do its job. Instead, our ADUN Jeram trespasses into private property and closes down private businesses. The act of the people’s representative to abuse the power given is both wrong and shameful.

We condemn and strongly disagree with the statement published by ADUN Jeram that states that Puncak Alam is a Malay Territory. The act to claim that Puncak Alam is a Malay Territory is both irresponsible and disgusting to promote racial tension during these sensitive times. As the people’s representative, you should not be raising social tensions for your political gains. Malaysia is a multiracial country. Puncak Alam is a multiracial community. As the people’s representative, it is the duty of the state assemblyman to unite the people, not to divide. To promote inclusiveness instead of exclusiveness at its extreme. It is a disgrace to have a people’s representative that causes racial tension instead of working his best to facilitate the development of the community.

Supermarkets pay taxes to the country. The issuance of permit for the sale of alcohol and non-halal products depends on the local government. It is never the case for a state assemblyman to dictate what private businesses do.

ZONE Jeram currently has plenty of issues that needs work and fixing. Yet you chose to pick on private businesses with legal permits at these sensitive times for your political gains. You have let down the voters of Chinese and Indian ethnicity that voted for you during 509.

#ADUN Jeram please respect the 23% non-muslim residents residing in your ZONE.