“The senior Lim was responding to calls made by BN’s strategic media communications team for Guan Eng to come clean on his administration’s revenue streams and financing”
KUALA LUMPUR: In an unprecedented move, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang took it upon himself to answer questions Barisan Nasional (BN) had categorically addressed to his son, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The dramatic twist saw the senior Lim telling BN today Penangites would never agree to the idea of their state (under the leadership of his son) failing under mounting debt pressures.
“Are the Penang BN leaders seriously suggesting that Penang is becoming a failed and bankrupt state? That Penang is worse than Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis, Kedah, Pahang, Malacca, Negri Sembilan or Johor?
“Ask the people all over the Penang state whether Penang is becoming a failed and bankrupt state, and the answer is a categorical ‘No’ among the overwhelming majority of Penangites, including Barisan Nasional members, except for the few Penang Barisan Nasional leaders who have eyes that see not and ears that hear not,” he added.
The senior Lim was responding to calls made by BN’s strategic media communications team for Guan Eng to come clean on his administration’s revenue streams and financing.
A statement by the team yesterday (READ HERE) cited specific issues Guan Eng needed to clarify, warning that his refusal to do so would only imply the state was on a collision course with bankruptcy.
The team wanted to know if the Penang Transport Masterplan project had ballooned from RM27 billion to RM46 billion in just one year, or if the state had been forced to make an emergency infusion of RM609 million to the Penang Development Corp and RM30 million to the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBA).
Foremost on the team’s agenda was revenue from the sale of state land, which, according to the team, had snowballed to RM37 billion since Guan Eng first established government in 2008.
The statement follows a similar one made on the 2nd of June 2017, in which the media team repeated an earlier call for Guan Eng to come clean on the state’s revenue streams.