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Parliament becomes “House of
Leaks” – why didn’t Samy Vellu, who prides being a architect, foresaw the
“very bad” condition of Parliament roof in his very dramatic inspection two
years ago when Parliament first leaked after RM90 million renovation?
(Petaling Jaya, Friday) : New Straits Times front-page the latest scandal of Parliament as “HOUSE OF LEAKS” – barely two years after spending RM90 million to renovate Parliament House.
Works Minister, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, after a dramatic 45-minute inspection yesterday, said about the condition of the roof of Parliament House:
an architect, I can tell you it is very bad. I don’t want to hide anything
from you. There is a lot of work to be done here," he said at a press
conference in the lobby of parliament.
Who is at fault?
Samy Vellu said everyone was to be blamed for the leakage.
"The Public Works
Department is in charge of public buildings. They should have acted and
advised the government to carry out repairs.
However one party is conspicuously absent from the list of those who should be blamed for Parliament earning a new infamy of “House of Leaks” – Samy Vellu himself.
Why didn’t Samy Vellu, who prides being an architect, foresaw the “very bad” condition of Parliament roof in his very dramatic inspection two years ago when Parliament first leaked after RM90 million renovation?
I don’t have to say that in developed countries, Samy Vellu would have already “sacked” himself, if the Prime Minister had not done so earlier, after such a catalogue of defective structures in government buildings and public construction projects.
Why isn’t Parliament renovation under purview of the House Standing Committee which had been formed with the specific responsibility of overseeing “all matters connected with the comfort and convenience and services and amenities available” to MPs? What is more basic to the comfort and convenience of MPs than a Parliament which does not become a House of Leaks after a RM90 million renovation two years ago?
And what is the cost for the repair of the Parliament renovation and who is going to bear it? Again the public as the eternal suckers?
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman