20 November 2014

Sultan Pahang kata G.Palanivel tak buat kerja...

Sultan terkilan ahli Parlimen ‘lepas tangan’ isu banjir Cameron Highlands...

Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah menzahirkan rasa terkilan terhadap Ahli Parlimen kawasan itu, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel yang dilihat seolah-olah bersikap ‘lepas tangan’ berhubung kejadian banjir yang melanda daerah itu, lapor Utusan Malaysia.

Baginda bertitah, sejak kejadian banjir pertama yang berlaku tahun lalu, tiada tindakan drastik diambil oleh Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar itu untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut.

“Apa yang telah beliau lakukan? Tiada apa. Rakyat kita menderita secara mental dan fizikal apabila bencana ini berlaku.

“Rakyat telah mengundi dan memilih beliau pada pilihan raya umum lalu, tetapi inikah yang diberikannya kepada rakyat?

“Beritahu beliau supaya buat sesuatu dengan segera. Saya serius mengenai perkara ini,” titah baginda seperti yang dilaporkan oleh Utusan Malaysia.

Baginda bertitah demikian ketika berkenan mencemar duli melawat Lembah Bertam yang terjejas ekoran kejadian banjir kilat pada 5 November lalu.

Yang turut mengiringi baginda, Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Sultan Ahmad Shah mengingatkan Palanivel, sekiranya masalah itu tidak diselesaikan segera, baginda serta rakyat tidak akan memilih beliau sebagai Ahli Parlimen lagi.

“Beta rasa malu dengan kejadian ini. Beritahu menteri kamu supaya memberi keutamaan kepada kawasan sendiri terlebih dahulu.

“Jangan masa pilihan raya sahaja turun padang, lawat kawasan. Jaga tempat sendiri,” titah baginda.- fmt

Pahang sultan roasts Palanivel over landslides...

The Pahang sultan has reportedly lashed out again over the Cameron Highlands landslide, this time training his fury at Environment Minister G Palanivel for being "not serious" about the tragedy.

Sultan Ahmad Shah was reported in Umno-owned Berita Harian today reprimanding Palanivel, who is also Cameron Highlands MP, for not being serious about the incidents, in a front-page article 'What is Palanivel doing?'.

"What has he done? Nothing... the people are suffering mentally and physically when such a tragedy happens.

"The people voted and chose him during the last election; is this what he gives them?" Sultan Ahmad Shah was quoted saying.

"Tell him to do something about it immediately," he added.

Yesterday the Pahang ruler was upset over land clearing in the mountain resort district.

His ire comes after a deadly mudslide in Cameron Highlands, the third this year, which killed five people, including a 13-year-old student.

Last October, a flood in Bertam Valley in the area took four lives but no one has reportedly been held accountable since the tragedy.

The sultan said Palanivel should go to the ground and visit his own constituency, and not only make an appearance when the general election approaches.

The monarch lamented that despite two previous incidents of mudslides and landslides, nothing has been done to avert the problem and stop it from recurring.

“Tell the minister to give priority to his constituency first. Do not only come when there is an election.” he was reported saying.

He warned Palanieval to resolve the problem lest the people not reelect him as an MP in the next general election. 

Palanieval was rejected as BN's candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election in 2010 following the death of its MP Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

Instead BN fielded a newcomer P Kamalanathan. The MIC president eventually allowed to contest the Cameron Highlands seat in the 2014 general election.

Following the present disaster, Cameron Highlands residents have petitioned Palanivel as well as DAP Tanah Rata assemblyperson Leong Ngah Ngah for a meeting. 

Mipas: What about state responsibility? 

Meanwhile Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (Mipas) has come to Palanivel's defence, pointing out that the issue of recurring landslides was under the state government's responsibility.

"It is not fair to blame Palanivel. What happened to the Pahang MB and the state government's responsibility?" asked Mipas Secretary General S Barathidasan in a statement today.

"Land issues are under the state government's responsibility," he stressed.

His response follows a flood of criticism from MIC strategic director Vell Paari who said Palanivel is unfit to head the Environment Ministry as well as the party.

Vell also slammed Palanivel for being absent when the sultan visited the disaster area yesterday as well as during the last incident.

"This a violation of protocol and respect accorded to the ruler," Vell said in a strongly worded statement calling for Palanivel to step down.

In another report in The Star, the sultan said he has also directed that all illegal agriculture in the popular highland resort be stopped immediately, complaining it has been happening for a long time since the British occupation era.

“I hope the federal government will do something to alleviate the problem as they have all the equipment, and urge that they disburse the balance of the RM38 million to deepen the Sungai Bertam estuary,” the English daily quoted him saying.

Meanwhile in Berita Harian, the sultan denied earlier reports that the palace had issued yellow letters of support to open the land there to agriculture.

“I do not know about it, and if I know, I will punch him (the person who had issued such letters),” he was reported saying. - mk

Don't point fingers, says Palanivel on royal rebuke...

MIC president G Palanivel has refuted the claim that he has done nothing to tackle the flood problems in his parliamentary constituency.

He was responding to Pahang ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah, who unleashed a caustic salvo against the Cameron Highlands lawmaker.

"What has he done? Nothing... the people are suffering mentally and physically when such a tragedy happens.

"The people voted and chose him during the last election; is this what he gives them?" said the ruler yesterday.

In his defence, Palanivel said that the matter required serious attention, and not finger pointing.

"Many things had already happened even before I was elected as MP.

"But I am sure we can rehabilitate Cameron Highlands and stop the massive environmental degradation that has happened," he added in a statement today.

Cameron Highlands was hit by another mudslide recently, which killed five people, including a 13-year-old student.

Meanwhile, Palanivel said he shared a good relationship with the ruler.

"I will explain everything to His Highness, both the good and bad. I am certain the sultan's concern for the land and his rakyat is genuine and his heart is always on their welfare.

"Let us all realise that we are equal stakeholders and work to save Cameron Highlands," he added.

'I have donated money to the victims'

Palanivel, who also faced a call from MIC strategy director S Vell Paari to step down, said that since he was elected as MP of Cameron Highlands last year, he had visited the area numerous times.

"Flood disaster is a serious perennial issue for many years now. The recent deaths have only increased grave concern.

"The government is committed to finding a long term solution. As an immediate measure, the government has allocated RM40 million for flood mitigation for Bertam Valley," he added.

Palanivel, who is also natural resources and environment minister, said he had raised the Cameron Highlands issues several times with the prime minister and during cabinet meetings.

"I have also held discussions with Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob.

"The government takes a serious view on illegal land clearing which has been going on. One more immediate effort to be taken in resolving this issue is an intensive tree planting project.

"Besides that, I have also requested funding from the federal government for the Ringlet river mitigation works," he said.

"I have already held discussions with the district officer, the land office the Forestry Department on this matter and am working together with the Reach chairperson other NGOs.

"The Immigration Department is also taking action against illegal workers and their employers in Cameron Highlands," he added.

According to Palanivel, he also met 75 residents affected by the flood and donated RM1,000 each.

"With the recent disaster, both the PM and DPM have taken the matter seriously.

"As a result of the Cameron Highlands flood meeting, chaired by DPM, it was resolved that a more concerted effort should be taken which will prevent such occurrences in future," he added. - mk

TRP Sultan Pahang
Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah dan Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (kiri) ketika meninjau keadaan di tebing Sungai Bertam di Cameron Highlands.

Sultan Pahang sound MB dan pegawai kanan negeri...

Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah hari ini menzahirkan kemurkaan dan rasa dukacita terhadap aktiviti penerokaan tanah secara haram untuk pertanian di Cameron Highlands menitahkan agar pihak berkuasa memastikan semua aktiviti berkenaan di seluruh daerah itu dihentikan serta-merta.

Baginda turut menitahkan supaya tindakan tegas diambil kepada pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab yang membiarkan perkara itu berlarutan.

“Sila hentikan aktiviti ini (penerokaan tanah secara haram) secepat mungkin.

“Mereka ini melanggar undang-undang bahkan mereka juga yang bertanggungjawab terhadap segala kemusnahan yang berlaku di Cameron Highlands,” titah baginda kepada pemberita selepas melawat kawasan yang terjejas akibat banjir lumpur dan tanah runtuh di Lembah Bertam, Rabu.

Baginda menyifatkan kegiatan penerokaan haram itu sebagai penyakit yang sudah melarat turut berharap kerajaan Persekutuan menghulurkan bantuan dalam ikhtiar membanterasnya.

“Perkara ini telah lama berlaku, sejak zaman British lagi. Sudah tiba masanya kegiatan haram ini dihentikan serta-merta.

“Dalam hal ini, beta berharap kerajaan Pusat akan membantu kerajaan negeri mengatasi masalah ini kerana mereka mempunyai kelengkapan secukupnya,” titah baginda.

Baginda turut kesal dengan tindakan peneroka haram yang sanggup mengupah samseng bagi memastikan kerja penerokaan mereka tidak diganggu oleh sesiapa hingga menyukarkan pihak berkuasa mengambil tindakan.

Sultan Ahmad Shah juga menegur Adnan dan pegawai kanan kerajaan negeri berhubung kelewatan dalam memperbaiki keadaan di Lembah Bertam Valley selepas kejadian banjir lumpur dan tanah runtuh awal bulan ini.

Titah baginda, pegawai dan kerajaan negeri perlu bekerjasama rapat dengan kerajaan Persekutuan memandangkan hanya Putrajaya mempunyai sumber tenaga dan dana yang mencukupi bagi memperbaiki keadaan di kawasan tanah tinggi itu, termasuk bagi membanteras penerokaan haram.

“Mereka perlu bekerjasama untuk menyelesaikan masalah penempatan semula penduduk di sepanjang Sungai Bertam dan memastikan bahawa kerja-kerja pemulihan dibuat secepat mungkin,” titah baginda mempersoalkan mengapa belum ada kontraktor dilantik bagi melaksanakan kerja berkenaan.

Baginda juga berharap pihak berkuasa memastikan penduduk yang terpaksa diarah berpindah dibayar pampasan sewajarnya.

“Anda mesti bersimpati dengan keadaan rakyat dan tidak membiarkan mereka hidup dalam kebimbangan.

“Jangan biarkan mereka hidup dalam keadaan kotor dan tidak bersih,” titah baginda merujuk kepada sampah, lumpur dan pasir yang ditinggal sepanjang tebing Sungai Bertam.

Malah Baginda memberikan tempoh sehingga 19 Jan tahun depan untuk pihak berkenaan menyiapkan kerja memperdalam dan melebarkan Sungai Bertam serta memindahkan penduduk terbabit ke kawasan pertempatan baru yang selamat.

Sebelum itu Sultan Ahmad Shah tiba dengan helikopter di perkarangan Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah, Cameron Highlands kira-kira jam 10 pagi pagi tadi bagi meninjau beberapa kawasan yang terjejas akibat banjir lumpur dan tanah runtuh pada 5 November lalu.

Baginda bersama Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Hajah Kalsom turut diiringi Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, beberapa EXCO dan pegawai kanan kerajaan negeri.

Antara kawasan yang dilawati baginda ialah sekitar kawasan di tebing Sungai Bertam dan Ringlet termasuk Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Bertam Valley.- rakyat pos

Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah menegur Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (kiri) serta pegawai kerajaan negeri berhubung kemelut penerokaan tanah secara haram di Cameron Highlands serta kelewatan memperbaiki keadaan di Lembah Bertam yang dilanda banjir pada 5 Nov lalu.
Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah menegur Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (kiri) serta pegawai kerajaan negeri berhubung kemelut penerokaan tanah secara haram di Cameron Highlands serta kelewatan memperbaiki keadaan di Lembah Bertam yang dilanda banjir pada 5 Nov lalu.
Pahang Sultan warns those clearing land illegally, abusing palace's name...

Illegal farmers in Cameron Highlands were royally warned today to stop their activities with immediate effect.

An infuriated Sultan of Pahang who visited the Bertam Valley today to see for himself the damage caused by the recent floods, squarely laid the blame on illegal farmers.

"Illegal farmers are responsible ... they have been here since the time of the British and for ages they have been responsible for this ... They are to blame!" Sultan Ahmad Shah told reporters after a visit to flood sites here today.

"I am fed up with all these illegal activities, (and I know) these farmers can resort to violence, with the help of gangsters," he said, adding that the state government takes a serious view of the matter and will initiate legal action against those involved.

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and state government leaders.

Asked to comment on the purported existence of "surat kuning" (letters from the palace) which allows the bearers to carry out land clearing in the area, Sultan Ahmad Shah said he was unaware of the matter.

"If anyone shows these 'surat kuning' which uses the name of the palace, I will personally beat him, so do not believe in such allegations," said the sultan, who was clearly not amused.

"Verify with the state government first. Do not believe in such claims which simply abuse the names of others."

"Jika saya tahu siapa, saya akan bagi cukup cukup," (If I find out who they are, they will face the full force of my wrath)," he added.

During the two-hour visit, the sultan also held discussions with the local authorities on works to restore Sungai Bertam with federal government funds.

In this regard, the ruler called on the federal government to use all facilities and agencies to assist the state government as Cameron Highlands is a tourist destination.

Sultan Ahmad Shah, who arrived at the area by helicopter with Sultanah Hajah Kalsom, is expected to be briefed at the Cameron Highlands land office in Tanah Rata today.- theSundaily

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