Monday, July 21, 2008

Govt may name place after Patto - The Star

Jul 21, 2008 By IVAN LOH

THE Perak Government plans to honour the late P. Patto by naming either a memorial park, a road, a school or a scholarship after him.

State executive councillor Nga Kor Ming said Patto, a former Perak DAP chairman, had made sacrifices for the people in his struggle for democracy.

“We cherish and highly recognise Patto’s contribution to the state, in particularly Ipoh,” he said after the opening of the party’s Kepayang service centre at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in Ipoh recently.

“This will be a form of encouragement to all the people in Perak to serve the state,” he added.

Patto, a former teacher, was born in Bagan Serai in 1946.

He was the former political secretary to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who was then the Opposition leader.

He stood against MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in 1974 and 1990 but lost on both occasions.

Patto died in 1995 of a heart failure at the Ipoh Hospital now renamed Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun. At that time, he was Bagan MP and DAP deputy secretary-general.

On another matter, Nga said the state was against the idea of having a private waste management company in the state.

“I can give an assurance that this company will not start on Aug 1. I will call them for a briefing first before any decision on its operations is made,” he said.

It is learnt that the company was tentatively set to begin operations following approval from the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

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