The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, G. Palanivel, needs to answer serious issues raised by the Al-Jazeera 101 East Program “The Return of the Lizard King”

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang on the 29th of November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

The Al-Jazeera 101 East program – “The Return of the Lizard King” – was published on the 21st November, 2013[1] and it raised many serious issues which must be answered by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, G. Palanivel namely:

(1)    After Anson Wong’s arrest in August 2010 for transporting almost 100 boa constrictors, Perhilitan raided Wong’s reptile sanctuary in Teluk Bahang where 50 wild animals were removed. Why was Anson Wong not charged given that this was his reptile sanctuary?

(2)    When Anson was arrested in August 2010, his laptop and 3 phones were confiscated. This presumably would have had important information pertaining to his wildlife smuggling activities including possible contacts in Perhilitan. What was the outcome of the investigation?

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Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government must give the following assurances to ensure that the incinerator option is not the ‘default’ option despite the international open tender

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, 25th of November, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

Today, a group of concerned citizens from the Kepong area, led by the Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Insinerator (KTI) NGO, have marched from Taman Sri Murni in Kepong all the way to parliament, a walk of more than 15km. They have serious concerns over the proposal by the Ministry of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government to build a 1000 ton / day incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong which is a highly populated area. These concerns include: the release of poisonous dioxins as part of the incineration process, the high cost to build and maintain an incinerator and the high possibility of a fall in property prices as a result of the building of an incinerator in this area.

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Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan must clarify that an incinerator is only one of many waste disposal options at the Taman Beringin transfer station in Kepong

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang on the 19th of November 2013

Yesterday evening, on the 18th of November, Dato’ Dr. Nadzri Yahaya, the Director of the National Department of Solid Waste Management under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government dropped a bombshell on the residents of Kepong when he said that he had ‘misled’ the minister by giving him the impression that building an incinerator was the only available option at the Taman Beringin waste transfer station in Kepong. This was the reason why the Minister, Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan, was insisting that an open tender had already taken place in September for an incinerator in Taman Beringin.

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