…but Selangor Menteri Besar wants the Cabinet to make landslide report public

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 07:16:00 

MalayMail – Pearl Lee 

WHY did the Selangor government decide at the  11th hour yesterday not to release the much awaited Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report?

The effort by the State government to declassify the report last week has ended in vain, and it looks like the report will not be made public any time soon, for a Selangor government source disclosed the State could  have been “ill advised”on its move.

The declassification of the report by the State last week gave hope to residents that they would finally know what caused the landslide and enable them to get more information on the safety of the area and its surroundings.

While members of the media were provided with a four page summary on what  caused the Dec 6, 2008, landslide, the State government’s U-turn to not release the report will leave many  residents, who had been
eagerly awaiting its release for almost a year, very disappointed.

But why the U-turn after “declassifying” the report?  While the Selangor government announced last week it had declassified the report under Section 2C of the Official Secrets Act, its decision not to release it yesterday
has drawn speculation the State does not have the authority to declassify the report in the first place.

It is also believed that the State was forced to bow to pressure from certain quarters. Menteri Besar Tan Sri
Abdul Khalid Ibrahim when declassifying the report last week said he was using his powers under Section 2C  of the Official Secrets Act to do so.