TTF: If you are bitten by a snake, you may recover if you’re treated on time. But however good the treatment, the scars will undoubtedly remain. And once you’re bitten, you’re twice shy.
Penangites, who have been bitten multiple times by the Lim Guan Eng administration, are finally calling it a day. They know, that not only does the Chief Minister manipulate figures to conceal his government’s shortcomings, he spent so much on unregulated development that the state is now a virtual ‘catchment zone’.
Yes, instead of helping resolve flood woes like he promised to in 2008, the Chief Minister exacerbated the problem by spending truckloads on reclamation and luxury high-rise development than he did on flood mitigation projects.
Ask his excos how much was spent, and you’ll be given such and such an amount. Ask Guan Eng the same thing, and you’ll be given another amount. Nobody really knows how much money is truly involved in anything the Chief Minister does.
Which is why, the only way Penang can be saved is if the Chief Minister resigns. The people must realise, that cleaning up the state isn’t only about clearing the physical mess left behind by floods (see news item below), but draining the swamp that currently has the Lim Guan Eng administration clogged.
GEORGE TOWN: The clean-up of Penang is nearly complete, almost two weeks after it was hit by the storm and massive flooding on November 4 and 5, said Penang state secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus.
“On the mainland, 95 per cent of the flood-hit areas have been cleaned except for the village in Tasek Gelugor as this was the last place for the flood waters to recede completely several days after the floods,” he said in a press conference with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the temporary waste disposal sites in Juru, Bukit Mertajam , Padang Lallang and Sungai Dua have closed, and all refuse will now be sent directly to the Ampang Jajar landfill.
Farizan added that the temporary sites were no longer needed as most households have since cleared away items damaged in the floods.
According to Lim, the situation in Penang was back to normal for all.
He said the manufacturing sector in Penang was not badly disrupted by the floods as the factory sites were not inundated save for the first phase of the Prai Industrial Zone.
“A majority of the factories were not affected and most resumed business as usual after the floods,” he said.
On the RM700 one-off aid for those affected by the November 4 and 5 floods, Lim said the application forms will only be released after November 20.
He stressed that the RM400 one-off payment for 7,037 people this weekend is for those affected in the previous floods on September 15.
“We are paying out the RM400 first so we hope the public don’t become confused between these two different payments,” he said.
The state government is yet to fix a date to release the application forms for the RM700 one-off payment, saying only that it will be after the RM400 payment was disbursed.
Source: The Malay Mail Online