Source: Malaysiakini | Zikri Kamarulzaman | 6:00PM Oct 17, 2014
Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali decided to tour Pulau Ketam on a bicycle with state exco Elizabeth Wong riding pillion.
Along the way, he made several brief stops to meet with the local residents and listen to their grouses.
But it was not all fun and games for the menteri besar.
Ditching the bike, Azmin continued his tour of the island on foot, inspecting a damaged basketball court, and the garbage piling up underneath the walkways.
The island visit falls in a series of turun padang programmes, part of Indonesia’s Jokowi-style populist politics the menteri besar has done since he was sworn in about a month ago.
For the past three weeks, Azmin has been climbing into monsoon drains, jumping up dumptrucks, and checking on undocumented migrants, criss-crossing the state from his home constituency of Gombak to Kuala Langat.
All of his “terjah” activities – a pop culture term typically used when a celebrity is ambushed by paparazzi – was shared widely on social media by a team of youth supporters.
During today’s visit, Pulau Ketam village representative Andy Cheah told Azmin that they used to burn the debris and trash, but no longer did so because it was illegal.
Shipping the trash out of the island, meanwhile, is too difficult.
The menteri besar was determined to clean up the mess, and make Pulau Ketam more attractive to tourists.
“Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) and Worldwide Holdings Bhd (WHB) have been given the responsibility to ensure the island’s cleanliness immediately, so that the eco-tourism industry in Pulau Ketam can be enhanced.
“WHB will look into the need to create an inland landfill, using the locality here. It will enter the (proposed) site tomorrow,” he told reporters.
Besides cleaning up Pulau Ketam, Azmin also wants to expand’s the island’s jetty, to accommodate the high number of visitors during weekends.
He also pledged to look into the request for a temporary occupancy license (TOL) for 1,200 residents, as well as for the fish farms.
Azmin’s journey to Pulau Ketam kicked off at 8.30am, with the menteri besar travelling onboard a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency vessel.
Along the way, the menteri besar stopped by a fish farm, where he “caught” and released a large fish using a net.