Sunday, August 09, 2009

State Government cannot set up Selangor Royal Commissions of Inquiry - this is just an excuse, is it not?

In response to my posting (below), someone responded stating that only the Federal Government can establish a Royal Commission...

It is the power of Fed Govt to establish royal com. State Govt only can blacklist contractors and set new guidelines for demolition & other safety measures.

Why can't the HRH Sultan of Selangor set up a Selangor Royal Commission of Inquiry? Why can't the State Government set up a Commission of Inquiry? After all the deaths happened in the State of Selangor, did it not?

Just because, it has never been done before when Selangor was governed by the BN does not mean that it can never be done now when this state is being governed by the Pakatan Rakyat...

Malaysia is a Federation - and States have powers still to do as it pleases within the State...It can even acknowledge rights within the State - just include rights in the State Constitution, and this rights can be more than those now stated in the Federal Constitution - right to food, shelter and clothing, right to universal healthcare, right to freedom of information, etc...

Not doing anything now - giving the excuse that things will be done ONLY when Pakatan Rakyat is able to take over the Federal Government is an excuse that only fools will accept. ...

That earlier post is Royal Commission of Inquiry for 7 workers who were killed in 'unapproved' demolition work of Jaya Supermarket building - Petaling Jaya, Selangor??
In the end of May 2009, in Petaling Jaya, Selangor (a Pakatan Rakyat governed State), 7 people ...workers lost their life, and I wonder whether the will be any Royal Commission of Inquiry...or any Inquiry into the death of the 7.

Remember, the construction company (the employer) started demolition works without the requisite approval from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health(DOSH) - and apparently, with the approval of the local council.

Is there any investigation going on?

The 7 deceased workers - what are their names? Have their family been compensated? Etc..

Oh, you appointed (not-elected) Local Councillors of PJ... MB and government of Selangor -- Minister of Labour (in charge of approvals, employments, SOCSO/Workers Compensation) from the UMNO led-BN Federal government - UPDATE us....

This is Malaysia - and we do have the tendency of not being bothered about the 'small' people - the workers, the peasants, the poor - Sweep it under the carpet - that is the way things are done here. Is the Pakatan Rakyat any different?

The bodies of all seven workers trapped in the rubble of the collapsed Jaya Supermarket building here have been recovered.

The last three were pulled out yesterday, said Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed.

On Thursday, the five-storey portion of the supermarket building collapsed right to the basement, where the car park was located, during demolition work. - Star, 31/5/2009, Bodies of all seven trapped workers found


The Department of Occupational Safety and Health did not give approval for the demolition of the Jaya Supermarket in Petaling Jaya, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam.

He said the developers had a demolition permit from the local authority and while they had applied for the department’s approval, they did not obtain it when they started the demolition work.

Dr Subramaniam said the department began its investigations on Monday and it would take about two weeks to complete. - Star, 3/6/2009, Jaya Supermarket demolition done without approval


This is a really old story - why bring it up again? Well, we have to because if not 'they' may 'cover-it-up' and the victims will not get justice, and the wrong-doers will get off scot-free. We, who want answers, must persist and repeatedly knock at the doors until finally we will get some answers...

See also earlier posts:-

Jaya Supermarket Collapse: 7 Workers dead - Is there a 'cover-up'?


PJ Local Council's responsibility in the death of 7 Jaya Supermarket incident cannot be ignored...


Jaya Supermarlet Demolition tragedy :- Pictures reveal 'mistakes' that resulted in 7 dead workers


Worker Safety is not a BN priority - Occupational Safety and Health is no more important - 90% Transportation Companies...90% Estates..



746 workers died in industrial accidents in Malaysia in 2008

1 comment:

Master Ari's said...

what's the use when only federal depts can take actions related to law and order. state level commission only appropriate for land/religion issues.