DISGRUNTLED RESIDENTS: More stage demonstrations over Selangor government's unfulfilled promises
SHAH ALAM: ABOUT 200 Section 7 residents here gathered at Jalan Plumbum S7/S yesterday to demand benefits promised to them by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in its 2008 election manifesto.
Vijayarani Sundram, 41, one of the disgruntled residents, said she was thankful to the Barisan Nasional government for having provided the 1Malaysia People's Aid of RM500 and book vouchers for her three children.
In contrast, she said the Selangor state government governed by PR had not assisted her family in any way the past five years.
Vijay Kumar Balani, 57, who also attended the demonstration, berated the state government for having neglected its election promises. "For five years, they have not fulfilled the promise of giving a monthly allowance of RM50 per child to parents of pre-school children. My grandson will be attending kindergarten soon. How can I trust the state government to provide the allowance promised if they have not fulfilled this in the past five years?" he questioned.
Lawyer Kamarudin Ahmad was on site to brief the residents on the legal avenues available for them to claim the benefits promised by PR. He said the failure of the state government to fulfil its promises had disappointed the people.
"A government is valued by the promises it fulfils. Thus a good government has to deliver on its promises," he said during the demonstration.
He said the opposition had hoodwinked the people by giving various assurance during the last election simply to garner support.
He added that the state government not only did not address the demands of single mothers, water consumers, senior citizens and parents of pre-school children, but had taken up a confrontational attitude towards these citizens.
The PR-led state government had, among others, promised Selangor residents 20 cubic metres of free water and an RM100 monthly allowance for single mothers in the state as part of its election manifesto during the 2008 general election. It had also promised to contribute a Takaful insurance premium of RM2,500 per person for senior citizens in the state.
To date, more than 13,000 suits have been filed with about 10,000 more pending filing.