Monday, December 19, 2016

Penang, Government of Competency, Accountability and Transparency: Deceit, Lies and Typically Hypocrite, Part 1

Should Pakatan Rakyat coalition (now Pakatan Harapan) wins a Parliamentary and 4 state assembly seats in Penang in the 2008 General Election, the Sg. Nyior toll will be abolished, an entry to the DAP website on February 2007. 

Knowingly the toll is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, regardless, Lim Guan Eng and his ambitious coalition harp on the public and voters sentiments to deny Barisan Nasional a win in Penang. 

They won and head the state administration. Question is, did Lim and his cohort kept their promise? It is important to note, they are not committed nor sincere except to their political agenda and personal cause behind the play; defending the people and Democracy. Then, they excused from the matter that it would be resolved when took over Putrajaya.

Since taking office of the Penang state administration, more lands are being bulldozed, making way for luxury development projects by Lim Guan Eng’s cronies such as:

. Sri Tanjung Pinang Phases 1 and 2 (about 1,000 acres of reclaimed land) at Tanjung Tokong by E & O
. Penang Undersea Tunnel and the Wellness City of Dreams (50 acres of reclaimed land near Gurney Plaza) by Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd and Ewein Berhad
. The Light (on reclaimed land) along the Jelutong expressway by IJM Land Bhd
. Penang World City (includes reclaimed land) at Bayan Mutiara by Tropicana Ivory Sdn Bhd
. Queens Waterfront project (includes reclaimed land) at the Queensbay Mall coastline developed by Ideal Property
. Pulau Jerejak, resort, hotels and residential handed from PDC to Q Island Develoment (subsidiary to Ideal Properties) joint venture with UDA Holdings
. Southbay City and Southbay Plaza at Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas by Mah Sing Group
. Southern Reclamation Scheme (almost 4,500 acres of reclaimed land) at Bayan Lepas-Gertak Sanggul stretches by SRS Consortium (comprise of Gamuda, Ideal Properties and Boon Siew Group)

The list of luxury development project goes on, to project Penang an upscale modern living to attract investors. A couple of the luxury development projects had their genesis during the BN administration; pre 2008 and post 2008 poised the greater part of Lim’s investment agenda, allowing more reclaimed lands (namely the shoreline) to quench his cronies thirst. 

Lim Guan Eng has earned the title “Penang Land Broker” for failing to disclose sale of state land from the people of Penang to private sector; a modus operandi to squeeze and skim money from them and the state’s asset. 

While Lim professed and try to project a good image of a transparent administration, the same is not seen in his household. His wife, Betty Chew, a practicing lawyer accepts the offer to assume office of private or public entities. Let alone Rainbow or Phaik Kheng temporary stay, if went unnoticed by the public.