MYT 12:44:14 PM

By LOH FOON FONG

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional candidates have promised promise to look into their concerns of Bukit Gasing residents who are calling for zero development on the hill. Barisan’s Bukit Gasing candidate and incumbent Datuk Dr Lim Thuan Seng said he would not be forced into signing a pledge but would consult with the mayor to find out the reason for the land development approval.

The rights of the three condominium dwellers too have to be considered, he said during a question and answer session in a closed-door forum between Bukit Gasing and PJ Selatan candidates and the parishioners of St Francis Xavier church on Wednesday.“You can vote against me but my conscience is clear. I don’t want to make empty promises but would do what I can with sincerity,” he said in response to a member of the audience who went up the stage with pledge forms for the two Barisan candidates to sign.

The pledge contained a public appeal to the Prime Minister to say “no” to developing Bukit Gasing.PJ Selatan incumbent and candidate Donald Lim said he could not decide on the matter because he was not the Prime Minister but could show the residents the way to go about resolving the issue.

A member of the Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing said residents were concerned about the development because the hill structure was made up of only sand and mud, and the Geological Society had in 1994 confirmed that the soil was unsuitable for development.

 “You are going to have a calamity of tremendous dimension if you go ahead with development projects,” he said.

“We have been fighting the case for two years and no action has been taken by the Government to stop the project,” he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/2/28/election2008/20080228124333&sec=election2008

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