Posted: 25 Aug 2012 07:40 PM PDT
It always amuses me whenever I read Lim Kit Siang's statement on Sabah, partly because he refuses to see the failures of his own DAP government of Penang.
Lim Kit Siang should start looking at the failed promises of DAP government in Penang. They won Penang on the back of many higly publicised promises. These include promise to solve low cost housing, easing traffic jam, putting a cap on escalating prices of houses, guarding the environment, being fair to the Penang minorities especially the Penang Indians and being transparent.
Unfortunately, DAP government in Penang, under his son leadership, has failed miserably. The environment is getting worse, the hill side developmet continues unabated, traffic jam increasingly notorious, the poor and bumiputras are priced out from the expensive housing market on the island and slowly driven out to the main land and despite a much publicised promise by Anwar Ibrahim, the minority Penang Indians in Kampung Buah Pala lost their houses and village in the hands of Lim Guan Eng.
Since DAP took over Penang, premium state lands were sold to cronies and land conversion (which Gerakan was fiercely criticised by DAP before) had became an important source of revenue.
For example, a lot of misleading explanantion were offered to Penangites on the truth about DAP Penang government's failed low cost housing program, the controversy sale of Penang's crown jewel of land, the Bayan Mutiara sea front land which was worth hundreds of millions and its claim of reducing state debts to the Federal government by 95%.
The last example on reduction of Penang state debt was a blatant misleading statement by the Chief Minister of Penang. He boasted and claimed credit that Penang made a history when it sliced its debts from RM600mil to RM30million within 2 years he was appointed Chief Minister.
What he conveniently left out from telling the Penangites was that the state debt was reduced because the Federal Government had agreed to take over the RM600 million debt from the Penang state government and turned it into a 45 year grant status under the water rationalization program! It had nothing to do with Lim Guan Eng's economic policy. Without the federal government's agreement, there was no way Penang would be able to reduce its debts. Instead of thanking the federal government, the typical Lim Guan Eng turned and took all the credit.
When asked why DAP agreed to the dam when DAP rejected a dam in Kota Belud, DAP government in Penang said they need it for agriculture and to ensure enough water supply for Penangites. Those are the very reasons why the dam in Kota Belud was needed to be built! It seems, to Lim Kit Siang, the lives of Penangites worth more than the people of Kota Belud and Sabah.
What is more frustrating is when asked in Parliament by BN MPs, the father and son combo refused to give clear explanantion on many issues affecting Penang.
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