Public quarrel over Parliament repairs unacceptable, PM tell

TOKYO: Just do it thats what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu over the maintenance of Parliament House, which has a leaking roof and faulty wiring. Pointing out that a public quarrel between two government organisations over who should be maintaining the august House was unacceptable, Abdullah said whoever was responsible must execute their duties and take action when needed. Dont wait to be told, (if) that is your responsibility, just do it, Abdullah told Malaysian journalists covering his five-day state visit to Japan yesterday. Abdullah, who had earlier met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was asked to comment on Samy Vellus claim on Saturday that the Public Works Department, which is under his ministry, was not responsible for maintaining Parliament House. Samy Vellu was quoted as saying that the maintenance had all along been under Parliament itself and not the PWD, adding that the department could not interfere as Parliament was independent and could not be ordered around.

The 44-year-old building, which was renovated two years ago at a cost of RM90mil, suffered from, among others, cracks and water seepage on the concrete roof, clogged gutters, defective waterproofing and sewerage pipe leaks at VIP and other toilets. Abdullah said he had already told Samy Vellu that he would have to oversee all works relating to the maintenance of public buildings. So stop the public quarrel over the matter, said Abdullah. It is shameful that government departments have to quarrel over their respective responsibilities. Isnt it better if departments cooperate with each other? Lamenting the lack of maintenance culture, the Prime Minister said Malaysians should try to emulate the Japanese who are highly disciplined and have a high sense of civic consciousness. Look at how they queue. Irrespective of how long the queue is, and there is obviously a space where they can do it, they never jump queue. This is something that we can learn from, he said.

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We have a very long way to go if we’re to learn from the Japanese. Starting with respect towards others alone would take 100,000,000,000,000,000 years.

Well said Ian… :slight_smile:

again mr samy vellu tried to divert blame on other
since tun M retire, no one can protect him from criticism.
who give d tender for renovation?
ur time is up mr. vellu!

Can respect be encapsulated in our boleh mindset? Is the act of courtesy, considerate, rationale, and tolerate ever be regarded?

I find Mr. S.V. very amazing. When the ringroad crack, he opened his mount and shouted RM70M immediately (If I remember correctly) and he got it. When the roof leaked, he shouted xxM and when relatively new building started to give way, he shouted 20M for inspection. Someone is abusing our tax payer money!
My conclusions are simple - the JKR people are incompetence, SV have to step down. He is simply too expensive for tax payer to keep. Also, the layers are too many, ie, by the time actual money reaches the contractor who is doing the work, I think only 10% of the original budget is left.

By the way, we don’t need to look too far. Our Pan Borneo coastal road is supposed to be a highway. We ended up having a tiny killer road and ride like roller coaster.

To Make S.V step down. first we the voters should give him a helping hand. to make him step down. or with all his cabinet frens down.