PETALING JAYA: A restaurant owner today lodged a police report against Selangor exco Ean Yong Hian Wah for alleging that attempts to disrupt the state government’s redevelopment of a bridge project in a fishing village in Tanjung Sepat were politically motivated.
In the police report made available to FMT, the restaurant owner, Low Swee Kiang, claimed that Ean Yong – who is the Seri Kembangan assemblyman – issued a false statement when he said he suspected the vandalism of a bulldozer here was politically motivated.
Low urged police to investigate the DAP representative over his statement, which he had made on Facebook Live, for giving false evidence and criminal defamation.
Low was accompanied by MCA Youth legal bureau chief Ng Kian Nam.
In an immediate response, Ean Yong told FMT the police report against him had no basis and was clearly a ploy by MCA to gain publicity.
“To investigate (the complaints against) me is just a waste of time and public funds.”
Two restaurants, Lover Bridge Tanjung Sepat and Ocean Seafood, in Tanjung Sepat, were torn down by the local authorities on June 16 to make way for the bridge and beautification project.
They had been operating on government land for many years. Problems arose in 2015 when they could not renew their business licences any more.
Videos of the demolition were shared on Facebook by Ocean Seafood’s owner Serene Lee.
The restaurant owners had handed applications to the Selangor government for replacement lots on June 30.
Yesterday, Sin Chew Daily reported that Ean Yong, at a press conference, said a bulldozer at the construction site was set ablaze at around 4am on Sunday.
It could not be confirmed if the same bulldozer was used to demolish the restaurants.
Ean Yong said villagers had seen “suspicious individuals” around the site and suspected arson as gasoline containers were found at the scene.
“The redevelopment of the bridge is expected to be completed in September. But now the fire incident has delayed its progress,” Ean Yong said.