SHAH ALAM, July 3: The opposition at the Selangor State Assembly (DNS) session today was once again criticised for purposely covering up facts regarding the weaknesses of the previous Umno-BN administration.
This time it is regarding the sand mining issue which is said to pollute the environment.
BN Assemblyman from Dengkil, Shahrum Mohd Sharif continued to accuse that the sand mining activity during the Pakatan Rakyat era was allegedly not under control.
This received the attention of Pakatan Assemblyman from Sri Muda, Shuhaimi Shafiei who blaster Shahrum by saying the uncontrolled mining activities had already occurred rapidly during the BN administration prior to year 2008.
Shuhaimi also said that this issue has already been explained several time with proper evidence at the assembly and through the media.
“The large mine was left by BN, we just want to correct it. There is no need to wait for the Chief Minister to respond, I will answer this question.
“The sand we have been mining is much smaller compared to BN, but the revenue received was far more than BN,” said Shuhaimi when intercepting Shahrum’s speech at the DNS session yesterday.
Pakatan also, after taking over the administration of the State Government, had to contain activities that adversely affected the environment with relentless effort from the Local Authorities (PBT) and other authorities.
This matter was finally acknowledged by Shahrum when he realised that Local Authorities have successfully raised millions of ringgit from the lawsuits against illegal miners.
Shuhaimi also said that the sand mining revenue in Selangor is only five percent of the state income and is not the main source of income as alleged by Umno-BN.
Shahrum failed to dismiss the facts presented by Shuhaimi after that and started to quibble by giving excuses simply to educate new Assemblymen who are participating in the session for the first time.
Yesterday, Opposition Leader, Datuk Shamsudin Lias was criticised for saying that the Constitution and the law prevents the citizens from protesting against the results of the 13th General Elections (GE-13).
Shamsudin was found speechless when he was asked by a Pakatan Assemblyman to state which laws prevent the people from protesting.