Update (8 Oct): The three arrested, Wan Han Ming and Rawang Adun Gan Pei Nei special assistants, Alex Gan and Kumaranm, spent the night in police custody and were brought to court today. Police were granted a further one day remand.
Update: Selayang Municipal Council officers arrived and ordered the work to be stopped as they said it violated council bylaws. TNB reportedly complied but it had already done some piling and erected a barbed wire barricade by then.
1505: TNB contractors are disregarding a Selangor state government order and going ahead with the construction of a structure. “This land is state land,” insists a furious Selangor exco member Elizabeth Wong, when contacted.
“Real corporate bullies. Refused to acknowledge local council stop work order, kata see you in court some more.”
This is an apparent breach of an earlier agreement to postpone work until the Selangor government could reach a settlement with TNB regarding alternative routes for high tension cables. But TNB argues that as the Federal Court had ruled in its favour, it had the right to begin construction work.
I ask Wong why the contractors are so adamant about building now.
“Ask (Energy Minister) Peter Chin,” she replies. “This is what happens when we are held ransom by (corporate) monopolies e.g. energy, water, waste, now sewage.”
1449: “Wahliao, xxx tried to knock me down with his car,” Wong exclaims.
1424: Tweets from Wong earlier:
- State Secretary has called TNB to stand-down. Am on the way to Kg SgTerentang w Exco decision papers. about 1 hour ago
- 3 persons arrested thus far in Kg Sg Terentang about 1 hour ago
- TNB w hundred police forced their way into KgSgTerentang 2day to start work on high tension structures. State said hold, TNB ignored about 1 hour ago