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"DAP plays politics of hatred on scrapped market project" - Zambry

IPOH: DAP has been lambasted for employing politics of hatred to mislead the public over the scrapped Gunung Rapat market upgrading project in Pasir Pinji.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state’s DAP elected representatives had spread inaccurate information on the issue and played up baseless accusations against the state government.
Zambry said the RM5.8million-project - which was slated under the RM33.8million allocation from Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry to upgrade several markets in Perak - was cancelled after traders objected to the old market’s demolition.
At a Press conference after the state legislative assembly today, he said some of the traders too might have been influenced by DAP to go against the project and held demonstrations calling for its cancellation.
“We had carried out engagement sessions with the traders but we decided not to proceed to their objection. However, we are still willing to discuss on upgrading the market.
“Nevertheless, we need to go back and apply funds from the federal government, although allocation (for the cancelled project) was already approved in 2010.
“Unfortunately, the traders might have been influenced by the opposition and demonstrations were held,” Zambry said, adding that the issue of rebuilding and upgrading of markets should not be politicised.
Zambry had earlier ticked off several DAP assemblymen in reply to a supplementary question by Howard Lee (DAP-Pasir Pinji) on the proposed upgrade works on the dilapidated market, saying that the opposition had also objected to it.
This prompted Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Kepayang) and Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Sitiawan) to interject and denied Zambry’s statement, leading to verbal exchange with the latter.
Zambry said the duo’s interjection was a blatant disregard for house rules as it was a question-and-answer session, and not a debate.
He said such was a trait of DAP, which had at numerous times consistently created many issues including pertaining to the tabling of Menteri Besar Incorporated’s (MB Inc) accounts, claiming that opposition-ruled states had also done the same.

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