Wanita Gerakan urges govt to declassify more findings in future

PETALING JAYA: Wanita Gerakan wants the government to make it a norm to declassify findings of investigations into incidents that had caused deaths and injury, as well as huge sums of tax payers' money to be wasted.

In response to the recent declassification of the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report, Wanita Gerakan secretary-general Jayanthi Devi Balaguru said this move would show the government’s commitment towards transparency and accountability.

“Don’t wait until you are pressured or receive protests from the people before declassifying documents. We should not keep the public in the dark, especially when public interest is at stake,” Jayanthi said in a statement on Dec 7.

She added that revealing the truth would also dispel speculation that the government has something to hide.

Jayanthi, who is also a resident of Bukit Antarabangsa, said action should be taken against person or persons responsible for the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide in Hulu Klang, which killed five people on Dec 6 last year.

“It is good that the government had declassified the final landslide investigation report , which revealed that a poorly maintained and damaged drainage system resulted in the landslide. The residents would then be able to seek legal redress for their loss,” she added.
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