Ini petikan dari The Star Online pada 16 Februari 2012
PETALING JAYA: A PAS assemblyman’s adamant objection to the setting up of a cineplex in his constituency has put a plan by developer Andaman Property Management Sdn Bhd in a quandary.
The issue has become more complicated because state investment arm PKNS is the joint developer of the proposed mall, Sentral@Bangi CDB, where the cinema would be located.
PAS’ Bangi assemblyman Dr Shafie Abu Bakar had insisted that having a cinema in Bangi would lead to vice activities and that movies were not in line with Islamic values.
He also said that residents could go to the movies in the surrounding areas of Kajang and Putrajaya.
Andaman Property Management sales and marketing head Datuk Dr Vincent Tiew said it would work hand-in-hand with the state government.
“This is a joint-venture project with PKNS, which is the major shareholder and landowner of Sentral@Bangi central business district (CDB) and PKNS is an investment arm of the state government, which will want the best for the rakyat.
“We will work hand-in-hand with the state government,” he said, adding that a cinema was a form of healthy entertainment as there was no alcohol served or gambling involved.
Citing the first cineplex in Shah Alam, which was opened last year at the new Space U8 mall in Bukit Jelutong, he said it took many years for the authorities to give the green light for the cinema and bowling centre.
“We have to allocate space for the cinema. If not, what happens when the ban is lifted later and there is no space allocated for a cinema when the shopping centre is built?” he said.
Meanwhile, MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Chai Kim Sen said a cinema was a place for students or workers to release their stress after a long hard day of working or studying.
“If Dr Shafie were to take a look around, he may notice that cinemas are also a great attraction among families as it is one way of bringing the members together and in doing so, strengthen the family institution,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
He added that PAS needed to change its “regressive mentality”, citing the economic benefits a cinema would bring, including jobs and opportunities for downstream suppliers.
Selangor MCA Youth chairman Dr Kow Cheong Wei questioned how Dr Shafie could show dominance over other Pakatan exco members in the state government, including PKR and DAP with his “inconsiderate demands”.
“It is also a disservice to both the local community and non-Muslims when Bangi PAS imposes its conservatism on them without consultation,” he said.
“I would like to remind him that in any society, the minority also has rights which must be protected.”
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