Penang PAS now wants MACC to probe Penang state government over flash floods

 |Sep 25, 2017
Penang PAS environment bureau chairman Saiful Lizam Mohd Yusof speaking to reporters at the Penang MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here today before handing over a flood report to the Commission to investigate.

GEORGE TOWN: After a police report lodged yesterday against the Penang state government over the recent flash floods and other environmental issues occurring in Penang, the Islamist party today brought the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Its land and environment bureau chairman, Saiful Lizam Mohd Yusof, said that the Penang state government should be investigated under MACC’s Environmental Protection and Anti-Corruption Caucus (EPACC) introduced in April this year, whether there was abuse of power when it approved development projects in Penang.

“We view the EPACC as a way to for us to inform the MACC which views environmental issues seriously.

“Penang PAS also takes the issue on environment very seriously and we think the Penang state government should be held responsible for the incessant flash floods and other environmental problems Penang is currently facing.

“The Penang state government has caused a lot of damage to the environment for approving many development projects in the state and I think the MACC should investigate,” he told reporters at the state MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here today.

The Islamist party also handed over a report on the flood status in Penang before and after the DAP administration to the MACC

Yesterday, a police report was lodged by the Islamist party against the DAP-led Penang state government at the Jalan Patani police station on flash floods that have been occurring in Penang.

Its land bureau chairman, Yacoob Omar, was reported as saying that the state should approve development projects only after ensuring that there is efficient drainage infrastructure in place.

In its report, the Islamist party wanted the police to investigate whether power abuse was involved when the state approved development projects.