There seem to be so much F**…. and S**…. about in this blighted country of ours that it’s hard to feel that after our success at the Federal Court in March this year, our journey and fight to have our demand for transparency and right to be heard by DBKL will be smooth one.  What do I mean by “F**…. and S**….”?  Well, let’s have a few examples:

“Fog”: What’s the real amount of government subsidies? Treasury or Pemandu (Idris Jala) figures?
“Fixed”: Judiciary judgements that defy our ability to comprehend laws and justice.
“Fudge”: Was sports gaming license approved or not? Perhaps it’s just when it will be given?
“Frog”: “Funded” leaps to “enlightenment” or just the jumping amphibian?
“First Lady”: “constitutional” and “cultural” types, take your pick.
“Funnies”: go see it in Niamah
“FDI”: Hey guys and gals, we are ok… we will be the chosen destination with our NEM.

Now for the S**……

“Shafted”: Control licenses all designed for the benefit of common folks
“Screwed”: Who or what did it? Only our world class experts will know.
“Scam”: In Malaysia? You must be kidding. Where got?
“Sodomee II”: Something you conjure up after the first attempt failed.
“Scholarships”: Our Gov thinks it should be for studies only in Malaysia to prevent brain drain.
“Submarines”:  Will only dive in tropical waters after extended trials and made only for Malaysia.
“Sultan”: Appears in the word for experts used by our world class authorities i.e. Con-sultan.

There you are, one for each day of the week.

However, the purpose of this entry is to let our readers know that the Judicial Review hearing proper  will commence next Wednesday (23rd June 2010) morning, at the KL High Court (Jalan Duta Court Complex, KL).  We are praying and hoping that the Judicial Review hearing will be fairly heard and not become another of the F**…. and S**…. examples that we all can conjure up

It still defies our understanding that DBKL, an authority that should be delivering the “People First, Performance Now” policies of our most popular PM, should find it hard to grant us the right to a public hearing to allay our fears that our lives and homes are not at risk in their consideration of application to build homes on unstable and steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing.

If DBKL is transparent and acting in accordance with the law, why do they withhold information from us and are unwilling to provide any details on their con-sultan’s and ex-pert’s report that supported Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd’s proposed development on the steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing? Why would DBKL not provide evidence of the many departmental approvals that were supposed to have been obtained?

Gasing Meridian had not found it commercially viable to proceed with a 2 staged approval process required by DBKL back in 1999 for development of 82 bungalow lots. Gasing Meridian was so upset that they sued the then Mayor of DBKL in October 2000 at the High Court but lost. They further appealed to the Court of Appeal and lost again in December 2003.

Yet, it now seems DBKL’s approval for Sanctuary Ridge (name of the current proposed development on Bukit Gasing) is commercially viable. Has DBKL suddenly found that the hill slopes of Bukit Gasing have changed and no longer required the same stringent conditions that were applied in 1999? Is it because of the booming property market that it is now commercially viable for Gasing Meridian to build on steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing when they could not before? Is there such a scarcity of mansions with a view that billionaires are lining up to snap up the 71 bungalows lots now on offer?

One of the causes of the Bukit Antarabangsa landslides was attributed to water leaking from water pipes. Along the boundary of the proposed development by Gasing Meridian is a 2 metre diameter water pipe supplying water from a 23 million litre reservoir from the top of Bukit Gasing and next to one of the proposed mansions with a view in Sanctuary Ridge. Steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing has again and again rebelled against attempts to build on it. They have been featured on this blog.

So, why is DBKL unable to understand our concerns and continue to invoke their powers to ignore us? Will the High Court uphold our rights and bring DBKL to account? Do we have to face the anguish similar to that of residents at Medan Damansara (Damansara 21) or Bukit Antarabangsa as in recent times before the authorities would act to protect us from harm?

In our country of ”F**…. and S**….”, the risk of justice being denied is a real and present danger. Please come to the KL High Court to stand with us and support us at the Judicial Review hearing if you are able. The hearing should take the full day.  We hope that our legal counsels will be given fair opportunity to present our case against DBKL.

Gary Yeoh – JAC for Bukit Gasing.