"..residents living in slope areas should be more sensitive to their environments as landslides can happen anywhere." - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, Energy, Water and Communications Minister. Read the Star's online report here
What? Did I get that right? RESIDENTS need to be sensitive to their environment? Just what does that mean?
At best, I take it that our dear Minister means that people should not be so stupid as to stand and gawp as megatonnes of earth and rocks and trees are rumbling their way, and that they should run like hell immediately should they be in the middle of a landslide.
However, I have serious reservations about this line of reasoning.
1. Are residents supposed to have some kind of spidey-sense as to be able to detect landslides before they happen?
2. Is the Minister implying that the residents are stupid because they ignored their spidey-sense?
At worst, I would take it that our dear Minister means: It's your own damn fault. You chose to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Either way...you can take your "statement" and shove it where the sun don't shine, Mr Minister!
I wonder what you would say if it was your family under all that rubble!
I wonder what you would say when you remember that the Federal Court ruled in the Highland Towers case that the local council who approved the overdevelopment is not to be held liable!
I wonder what you would say when investigations point at negligence of several parties, but there's nothing you can do about it.
These are dead people we are talking about Mr Minister. They did not choose to die by landslide. They did not lose their property because they were "insensitive to their environments". They died because your UMNO co-lackeys didn't do their jobs and were more interested in lining their pockets and being lazy than in safeguarding people's lives.
Mr Minister, I wonder if you have a conscience...
Eyes Wide Open