Monday February 25, 2013
Selangor to summon companies involved in LRT and other projects
By A. RUBAN
KAPAR: Companies involved in the LRT line extension and other projects in Selangor will be summoned to explain their position following a High Court decision over the Auto-mated Enforcement System (AES), said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Saying that these projects, including six proposed new highways, would be allowed to proceed despite Selangor's decision to ban federal projects, he said:
“They will be asked if they will follow the court's decision.
“We have to clarify this.
“If they say that because the court states that it doesn't matter what the state does, it will be included in their agreement that they will always need to inform and seek approval from local councils for development works.”
If the companies were to refuse, Khalid said the state government may not give them permission to proceed.
Khalid's announcement of a decision to freeze federal projects had come in the wake of a High Court decision that the Sepang Municipal Council had no power to remove AES cameras as these were located along federal projects.
Under planning laws, Khalid pointed out that the local government had the authority to decide whether the building of certain structures were suitable for an area.
“This is a very serious matter.
“The respected companies must submit their proposals to build any structure,” he said, claiming that the cameras installed by AES had not gone through such a process.
Referring to his previous announcement that the Selangor state assembly would be dissolved after Chap Goh Meh, which was yesterday, Khalid said he would discuss a possible date after a meeting with his state exco on Wednesday.