May 19, 2007

Samy Vellu, The tribe has spoken, it is time for you to go?

DPM is asking about the leaks. While Karpal Singh is asking for Samy Vellu to step down. So what will PM ask Samy Vellu?

Karpal Singh (MalaysiaKini):“In my view, Samy Vellu must step down as works minister. His ability to run his ministry is suspect.

“Someone who is capable enough to avoid disasters in the like of those which have occurred in the last few years within the sphere of the Works Ministry should take over,” Karpal said in a statement.

The Bukit Gelugor MP referred to several incidents which Samy was accountable for including the announcement that extensive renovation is required to fix the leaking roof in Parliament.

“As an architect, I can tell you it is very bad. I don’t want to hide anything from you. There is a lot of work to be done here,” Samy was quoted as saying three days ago

Update from BERNAMA:

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (Bernama) -- The Public Works Department (PWD) will be asked to explain to the cabinet on why no request was made for allocations to repair the roof when the Parliament House underwent an extensive RM90 million renovation in 2004, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that if repairs to the roof had been included in the massive one-year renovation work, the leaking roof problem now could have been avoided.

"We will ask for an explanation in the cabinet from the PWD... what actually happened, how the leak came about. We (the government) regret such a thing can happen. The expenditure to renovate the Parliament House should have taken into account problems like the leaking roof and so on.

"During the submission (for allocations), there was no request to repair the roof. So we are wondering how come it escaped our attention," he said when asked to respond to Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu remarks on Thursday that the Parliament House roof was in bad condition.

The minister had said: "As an architect, I can tell you that the present condition is severe. We must dismantle the whole structure and build it again with the waterproofing equipment."

Under the RM90 million interior restoration and renovation of the Parliament building in 2005, installing the waterproofing equipment was not included in the contract, Samy Vellu said.

Asked whether the Government would bear the cost to repair the leaks in certain sections of the Parliament House as detected following heavy rain on May 10, the Deputy Prime Minister said the matter would be discussed in the cabinet.

"If the roof of the Parliament House is leaking we have no choice but to repair it because Parliament is a very important institution for the country," he added.

The last time this happened was in April 2005, forcing the Dewan Rakyat sitting to be adjourned to June to facilitate renovation work.

Earlier, Najib attended the convocation of the K-Force Programme at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak at the Sime Darby Convention Centre.

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