BANGI: MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon has challenged Pakatan Harapan (PH) to produce evidence that it has made plans to improve public infrastructure in Chinese new villages in Balakong.
Speaking to FMT, he said PH’s candidate for the Balakong by-election, Wong Siew Ki, should be able to show the plans if they already existed.
“Don’t just say that you will help the Chinese new villages because you know they need help and make this a promise in your election manifesto but have no proper planning of how to fulfil it,” he added.
There are five Chinese villages in Balakong – Kampung Baru Batu 11, Kampung Sungai Chua, Kampung Baru Balakong, Kampung Kwang Tung and Kampung Bukit Angkat.
Yap alleged that the Selangor government began neglecting the settlements in 2008, when Barisan Nasional lost control of the state.
“If the PH government is really serious about its pledge to help these villages, it needs to come up with the blueprints,” he said. “It must carry out studies to understand what they need in order to grow and keep up with modernisation.”
Among the most pressing needs, he said, were infrastructure upgrades.
He claimed that he made it a point to ensure physical development in the settlements when he was the assemblyman for the area.
“We did all we could during my time, but it must not stop there,” he said. “When Pakatan Rakyat took over in 2008, everything stopped.
“Some of these areas need upgrades, and that is why flash floods happen so often there. These upgrades should have been done 10 years ago. Why now, all of a sudden, are they raising the question of helping the Chinese new villages?”
He also spoke of the need to increase economic activities in the villages, saying the last time new industries were introduced there was in the late 1980s.
“Being behind time, they obviously cannot catch up with the economic advancement elsewhere,” he said. “PH needs to seriously study how to create new industries in the area to create more job opportunities.”