Friday, March 19, 2010

Pow wow over disputed TNB’s cable project

A committee comprising representatives of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Selangor government representatives and residents of Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang, has been formed to resolve issues standing in the way of the implementation of the utility’s high tension cable project in the new village.

Among others, those who will sit on the committee include Selayang Member of Parliament William Leong, Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei, Pandamaran assemblyman Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, two village security and development committee (JKKK) members, the headmaster of SJK(C) San Yoke and the headman of Kampung Sungai Terentang.

The Selangor Menteri Besar’s press secretariat in a statement here today said the decision to form the committee was reached between senior TNB officials and representatives of the village after a meeting with Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim at his office here today.

The statement said that TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, who headed TNB’s delegation to the meeting, had given the assurance that the utility would find the best approach to resolve the issue.

“An agreement was also reached that the residents’ homes would not be demolished until an amicable solution was found,” the statement added.

In November last year, the Federal Court allowed TNB to proceed with the project but ordered the company to pay compensation totalling RM10.4 million to residents who would have vacate their homes because of it.

However, when the company wanted to move in men and machinery to start the project on Monday, the villagers mounted barricades and formed human shields to prevent them from entering, necessitating today’s meeting. — Bernama

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