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NST has Identified the Culprits May 19, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, News.

From NST’s editorial on the bocor issue today [the other one]:

To be fair, the April 2005 leak was a minor one, although it dramatically drenched the government benches. It was fixed for the sum of RM25,000, and was deemed unconnected to the RM90 million-worth of renovations and refurbishments to the houses of parliament only just completed at the time.

Some (massive) online digging finds that the sum quoted was not RM25,000; it was closer to RM130,000.

Nevertheless, the renovation contractor was the one ordered to fix that “small problem” of damage to a “small portion” of the ceiling. Those patchwork repairs may have been sound enough, but now, two years on, it seems that episode may have been but an earlier symptom of an inexorable deterioration.

Which independent engineer did NST send to Parliament to determine that the leaks were part of an “inexorable deterioration”? Other papers say that the problem stems from waterproofing material not being part of the original 90mil renovations.

What seems to be the problem now, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, is that the wide flat expanse of roof over the Lower House is not draining properly.

The Star’s editorial says that this is because of the rubbish, “mainly construction waste”, on the roof.

A massive weight of water collects up there during heavy rain and, as water is wont to do, it seeks the path of least resistance: pouring directly down onto the bare heads of the MPs below

Now that’s a brilliant bit of physics. The real killer comes next though:

With the weather the way it’s been of late, the drenching of the Dewan Rakyat may be yet another unfortunate consequence of global warming.

The convenient bogeyman used to be communism, now it’s global warming. Samy, why didn’t you think of that?

A mechanical, structural problem has therefore precipitated one of the nastiest parliamentary spats in memory (which is saying something). While this matter was addressed by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and the MPs concerned,

Right. Now brace yourself; the NST’s going to tell you who’s at fault:

it was left to Samy Vellu to issue perhaps the only sensible statement on the matter: Everyone’s to blame.

To modify a quote from The Incredibles: If everyone is to blame, then no one is. Especially when you blame global warming, “inexorable deterioration”, MP Po Kuan, etc. [Update:] It is also stupefying that NST‘s headline for May 24th blares “Blame Game Must Stop” – Abdullah. Do they not see the massive irony here?

Now read the editorials from the Star and the Sun and decide for yourself which take is better.



1. Wilz - May 19, 2007

Yeah! Way to call them out. Careful though – you wouldn’t want to get sued too. Lol.

2. Anon - May 21, 2007

I suggest use your wisdon and keep items of such nature strictly to yourselves. There is no benefit in voicing our loudly something that is totally self-defeating.

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