“Despite Norlela’s path being strewn with all sorts of hurdles, the state’s Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman stayed well out of reach. Is Phee now going to say he wasn’t made aware of the situation by Chow? Is that why he was ‘missing in action’ when villagers needed him most?”
THE THIRD FORCE
Last Saturday, the 26th of August 2017, Lim Guan Eng organised a Santai Durian (Durian fest) at SJK (C) Kampung Sungai Lembu before presenting a ten thousand ringgit cheque to the school’s principal. The event came on the heels of claims by TTF that the Penang Chief Minister and his exco, Phee Boon Poh, lied to Malaysians on a variety of issues that pertained an illegal factory operating within the confines of the village.
The factory became all the news following revelations that Phee issued two directives to prevent MPSP from tearing it down. Reports showed clearly that the factory emitted plumes of carcinogenic ash into the atmosphere for years on a daily basis. On the 15th of August 2017, Guan Eng admitted that the installation brought negative impact to the people of Kampung Sungai Lembu. Eight days later, his health exco come out to declare that the ‘cancer scare’ was nothing but Barisan Nasional propaganda.
Dr. Afif Bahardin’s surprise ‘disclosure’ came amid reports that the incidence of cancer in the village far surpassed the national average by a factor of 23 times. At the time Afif made the announcement, Guan Eng was seated next to him, meaning, the Chief Minister ‘rescinded’ his apology to the people of Kampung Sungai Lembu and blamed BN for their predicament instead.
Can you believe this guy?
It is becoming increasingly clear that this fellow lacks the moral compass needed to lead a state government. And that is what this article is about – to tell Malaysians why it is absolutely necessary that Guan Eng resigns as Chief Minister. Today, TTF will undertake to highlight key issues raised by him and his exco (Phee) last Saturday to demonstrate just how deceitful and opportunistic his administration can get.
So, without further ado, let us begin:
1. In his speech to SJK(C) Kampung Sungai Lembu, Guan Eng claimed that residents of the village were unanimous in their support for his administration.
If that is the case, can the Chief Minister explain why only 12 percent (or 60 out of 500) villagers turned up for the Santai Durian? And let’s discount that small boy seated in the front row – he’s probably too young to even know what politics is all about.
2. The Chief Minister gave the impression that villagers had forgiven him and Phee for turning a deaf ear.
If so, then why did Guan Eng not respond to my articles?
On the 21st of August 2017, I made public a petition that bore the names, signatures and IC numbers of 179 residents who protested against the Sungai Lembu factory. Why has the Chief Minister not responded to the article, or the one in which I exposed a fatal mishap that occurred on the 6th of May 2015?
The only way Guan Eng will ever be able to convince Malaysians that residents of Kampung Sungai Lembu have forgiven him is if he were to collect signatures from all 179 persons who signed the aforementioned petition. I hereby challenge the Chief Minister to do just that, as well as to obtain testimonies from the families of those who suffered horrendous fates as a result of the factory.
Does Guan Eng have the balls to accept my challenge?
3. Guan Eng claimed that his administration did the people right.
Has he forgotten how his exco (Phee) issued secret directives that prevented MPSP from tearing the factory down?
It has been more than 48 hours since I accused Phee of being “as big a liar as Guan Eng is.” But not only did the state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee Chairman ignore me, he has yet to ‘redeem his dignity’ by taking action pursuant to law against me. Is Phee afraid I may reveal something he does not want the public to know? Is he afraid that I know of his ‘secret’ links with the factory owner, Edmund Gan Eu Lee?
Tell me, how can an administration that twists the arm of local councillors be construed as one that does the people right?
4. Phee gave the impression that he resolved many issues faced by residents of Kampung Sungai Lembu and was “always reachable.”
That is a horrible lie.
The truth is, Phee hardly lifted a finger to resolve any issue and even turned a deaf ear to pleas for the factory to be shut down.
But that’s not all.
On the 8th of January 2015, the principal of SJK(C) Kampung Sungai Lembu wrote to MPSP (below), complaining that the drains and grass in areas vicinal to the school compound were poorly kept and bred mosquitoes. In her letter, Saw Ai Hwa went so far as to claim that the lives of pupils were endangered by poisonous snakes that hid in the drains and undergrowth.
And what did Phee do?
But to understand what Dr. Norlela did, one would just need to refer (below) to the written reply Chow Kon Yeow offered in response to a question she raised on the 19th of May 2017. In a nutshell, Norlela was disturbed by the absence of contracts to clean the aforementioned areas since 2013 and wanted to know factors that precipitated the shortcoming.
And this was MPSP’s position on the matter:
Now do you understand what frustrates Norlela?
Despite her path being strewn with hurdles, the state’s Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman seemed well out of reach. Is Phee now going to say he wasn’t made aware of the situation by Chow? Is that why he was ‘missing in action’ when villagers needed him most?
I am told, not only was he nowhere to be found, villagers took to Norlela as their ‘beacon of hope’ for championing their wellbeing and safety – something Phee should have assisted her with. To address the school’s concerns, the irritated and despaired Penanti assemblywoman undertook to organize gotong royongs with villagers to rid their community of life threatening pests.
And yet, he refused to credit Norlela last Saturday and took credit for himself instead. In his speech, he impressed upon attendees that it was he who helped ‘transform’ their village into a ‘hazard-free zone’.
Really, Phee? I mean, really???
Can you now see how deceitful and opportunistic the Guan Eng administration can get? Do you now understand why it is imperative that Guan Eng steps down as Chief Minister of Penang?
To be continued…