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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 – 12:16

HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION: Lee was instrumental in gazetting Bukit Gasing as a green lung

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state assembly observed a minute of silence yesterday in memory of deceased assemblyman Edward Lee (DAP-Bukit Gasing).

Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Kim, who called on the assemblymen to commemorate Lee, offered his condolences to Lee’s family.

Several assemblymen also offered kind words in his memory.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (PKR-Ijok) gave a short speech about Lee’s achievements and insurmountable dedication to his duties as a people’s representative.

“Even though he was stricken with cancer, he carried out his duties till the end,” he said.

“He was a champion of human rights issues, especially environmental matters.”

Abdul Khalid said Lee was instrumental in gazetting Bukit Gasing as a green lung to be preserved for future generations. He ended his speech with a short poem, in recognition of Lee’s services.

Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong), on behalf of the opposition assemblymen, also expressed condolences to Lee’s family.

“We appreciate all his efforts towards representing the people,” he said.

“We hope his wife remains strong in view of their loss of a people’s representative and beloved husband.”

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR-Seri Setia) said Lee had always defended good policies in the state.

“He emphasised the importance of sustainable development and even proposed a moratorium on high rise development until adequate infrastructure was provided,” he said.

“He also set up the All Petaling Jaya, Selangor Residents’ Association Coalition and greatly contributed to the Selangor State Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) as a member.

“We have lost a fatherly figure and a comrade.”

Lee succumbed to cancer on Dec 20. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 but had remained active in championing local issues. He was 61.

He is survived by wife Christine Lee and three sons.

Noel Achariam, NST Streets, Friday, 21 July 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: A high-powered meeting of Kuala Lumpur MPs will be held at the Selangor Menteri Besar’s residence in Shah Alam next week to discuss controversial KL issues.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who is MP for Bandar Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, has called the meeting on Wednesday with the 10 Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur and the Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur.


Coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said Khalid is not pleased with the Draft KL City Plan 2020.

“Khalid has invited us to explain in detail CSKL’s plans and our objections,” he said.

Aziz said the CSKL working committee and environmental and town planning activist Derek Fernandez will explain in detail the flaws of the Draft Plan and what course of action needs to be taken.

One of the main issues that will be raised, he said, is City Hall’s claim that the Draft Plan is not bound by the regulations of the National Physical Plan (NPP).

“City Hall holds the view that the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 governs the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020. But that Act has been superseded substantially by the Town and Country planning Act 2001, which came into force in March 2002,” he said.

CSKL recently sent a letter to the prime minister, Federal Territories Ministry and City Hall stating that the draft plan is full of flaws and contravenes many acts and laws.

“The Mayor has responded to our objections and what was said in the media. We are now preparing a statement on the points raised about the flaws in the draft plan, and how it does not comply with the NPP,” he said, adding that the statement will be released next week.

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