Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pua Insensitive To The Disabled

Report from Free Malaysia Today: 

PJ City Hall councillor Anthony Thanasayan ticks off DAP rep for his remarks on a disabled trader's harassment claims.
PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, a vocal critic of government policies, found himself on the receiving end when he was taken to task by a councillor.

PJ City Hall’s Anthony Thanasayan called Pua a coward for attacking him when he spoke up for a disabled hawker who was harassed by several vendors at the Taman Megah market.

“This is exactly the problem with Pua. He refuses to see the discrimination against the disabled vendor as he does not have the sensitivity to deal with a human being,” said Thanasayan.

On Feb 22, frozen food vendor Cha Seak Nee sought PJ City Hall’s help when she was being harassed by several other vendors to move her stall to the back of the Taman Megah market.
Cha, who refused to be intimidated, stood her ground, saying that her current location was disable-friendly while the one she was told to move to was not.

She claimed that when she sought councillor Tiew Wey Keng’s help, she was chided. Unhappy, Cha filed an official complaint and is being investigated by PJ City Hall’s audit team

Pua told a daily yesterday that the matter had been blown out of proportion and defended Tiew as a woman of integrity.

He claimed Thanasayan, who came to the defence of the vendor, did not show up at the meeting with the market traders on March 8 nor sought a clarification from Tiew.

Dismissing Pua’s claims, Thanasayan said he did talk to Tiew about Cha’s problems but said that Tiew did not act on her complaint.

“That was when I informed Seputeh MP Teresa Kok about Cha’s predicament and she assured me Pua would look into the matter and would contact me, but he didn’t,” said Thanasayan.

“That’s when said Cha approached me for help, as Tiew had refused to look into her complaint” said Thanasayan.

“And that’s why she also filed a police report against Tiew. Feel free to investigate my allegations but you will be disappointed,” said Thanasayan.

On his absense at the meeting, Thanasayan said he was informed by PJ City Hall that it was unnecessary for him to attend.

“I was not even invited for the meeting in the first place. Pua could have told me to attend the meeting but he did not,” he said.

Also read:

Disabled trader claims harassment
Hawkers report ‘threat’ by PJ councillor

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Albert said...

I am a PJ resident & I am very offended by Anthony Thanasayan. Who is Anthony Thanasayan to call YB Tony Pua names? As far as I am concerned, this Anthony Thanasayan is inconsequential. Anthony Thanasayan must realize that Tony Pua is our elected MP whereas who is Anthony Thanasayan? He should show some decorum & courtesy lest he has indirectly insulted many residents of PJ.

For Anthony Thanasayan's information, many PJ residents are extremely proud of Tony Pua for a splendid job done as our MP.

Sang Kancil Guru said...

As good as Tony Pua is in raising complaints in parliament, it does not give him a right to act arrogantly and haughtily towards others. You must realize that we expect Opposition reps and MPs to be open to criticism, and Tony Pua is rightly criticized here by Anthony Thanasayan for not being sensitive to the plight of the disabled.

Do not support Opposiiton reps blindly and think that they are above criticism, even if you are a Pakatan supporters. Have a critical mind.

Anonymous said...

Anthony Thanasayan has as much rights as Tony Pua as do all the people.
Anthony keep fighting for the rights of all.

Arrogance and bureaucracy has been the hall mark of PR in Selangor reps ever since they came into power. Many victims are keeping quiet.

In a matter of time all this misdeeds will boomerang back on PR the same way it did on BN. People will demand nothing lower than excellence from our elected representatives.

We voted for PR in last elections but have been victimised and will not do so in next GE.