Buck­et­load of anger

> Umno Youth leads protest at state sec­re­tar­iat over wa­ter dis­rup­tion


SHAH ALAM: An­gry con­sumers frus­trated with the re­cent spate of wa­ter dis­rup­tions in the state, threw empty wa­ter buck­ets and bot­tles into the Se­lan­gor state sec­re­tar­iat yes­ter­day.

They de­manded the state gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately re­solve the wa­ter is­sues in­stead of blam­ing it on sab­o­tage.

Led by Umno Youth ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Datuk Ar­mand Azha Abu Han­i­fah, the group of about 100 started march­ing from the Shah Alam City Coun­cil to the state sec­re­tar­iat at about 11am.

Pro­test­ers held up plac­ards read­ing “wa­ter, wa­ter”, “where are our rights?”, “vic­tims of cir­cum­stances”, and “sab­o­tage or mis­man­age­ment?” and car­ried empty buck­ets while chant­ing along the way.

They then started rat­tling the locked gates of the sec­re­tar­iat.

While tem­pers started to flare, sev­eral Fed­eral Re­serve Unit (FRU) per­son­nel as­sem­bled and formed a line be­hind the gate in prepa­ra­tion.

The pro­test­ers de­manded to meet a state as­sem­bly­man.

Af­ter about 45 min­utes, the men­tri be­sar’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary, Shuhaimie Shafiei (PKR-Sri Muda), met the pro­test­ers and Ar­mand was al­lowed through the gate along with a few oth­ers.

The pro­test­ers dis­persed peace­fully at around noon.

State ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for en­vi­ron­ment El­iz­a­beth Wong later handed over four bro­ken buck­ets which were thrown into the state sec­re­tar­iat com­pound to Pa­hang PKR leader Bob Manolan Mo­hamad.

Wong (PKR-Bukit Lan­jan) said Pa­hang, which is fac­ing wa­ter is­sues of its own, may need the buck­ets more than the Se­lan­gor state gov­ern­ment.

Plas­tic buck­ets and bot­tles seen strewn across the street at the main gate of the Se­lan­gor sec­re­tar­iat build­ing in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

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