KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok was accused of “gatecrashing’ a Malay wedding” in her constituency here yesterday by holding a press conference protesting a proposed high-rise and high-density development near the project’s site.
However, Kok said her press conference behind an abandoned school in Taman Danau Desa, which is the proposed project site and opposite the Seputeh Community Service Centre where the wedding was held.
She claimed the situation turned rowdy only after Umno members entered the scene and disrupted her press conference.
“It was the Seputeh Umno people who came to disrupt my press conference and not the other way round,” Kok told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.
“My press conference is at the other side of the road, and not in front of the entrance of Umno Seputeh.”
Umno-linked Malay daily Utusan Malaysia posted a report on its website yesterday claiming Kok had disrupted the wedding with her press conference.
It included a 2:33-minute video taken from the Kuala Lumpur Chronicle blog showing several people complaining that Kok was disrespecting the local community by deliberately holding her press conference at the same time to gain publicity.
The press conference was held to protest against Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor for allegedly selling public land set for public facility to build a high-density condominium.
“I accused Tengku Adnan and DBKL of setting aside the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan and simply approve project at that Seputeh Umno land,” said Kok, using the Malay abbreviation for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
According to the Kuala Lumpur Chronicle, a police report has been lodged against Kok and her supporters for allegedly disturbing the wedding.
However, Kok said the wedding issue was brought up to divert the attention from the issue and complaints of the suburban residents.
“The developer has already started promoting the houses before the DBKL hearing on the objection of the residents in Taman Desa. It is a clear case of abuse of power,” said Kok.
The Taman Desa Residents Association has been protesting the proposed 1,174-unit high-rise condominium development, which will consist of five 35-floor blocks, claiming it will exacerbate the traffic conditions in the area.