Lim Guan Eng should not hide behind his own shadows. He should be brave enough to come out and clarify if a plot of land in Bayan Mutiara, Penang, which was sold to a private developer, was earmarked for a mosque.
If there is any truth in it, admit it. If there is no truth, then deny it. Why keep the people in suspense.
Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin had said that he had given the reference number of the plan where a mosque was supposed to be built.
But until today, the Chief Minister had been evasive on the issue, only threatening to sue Shaik Hussein for accusing him of selling land for the mosque.
By threatening to sue is short of an explanation required of him on whether it is true or not. Don’t go into rhetorics.
The state government had disposed 41.5ha of land in Bayan Mutiara recently at a cost of RM1.072bil.
However it has been met with controversy after it was said that the sale went through via negotiated tender, rather than open tender.
This runs contrary to the promise by Guan Eng (soon after the 2008 general election) that all future projects that are above RM50,000 would undergo an open tender system.
Now another controversy has cropped up. A section of the land was said to have been allocated for the building of a mosque.
Certainly it is of concern to the Muslim community on what had happened to the site which has been earmarked for the mosque project.
If at all it is true, then has an alternative land been provided and were the mosque authorities consulted or informed on the change of plans.
Guan Eng as the chief administrator of the state is obligated to explain.
By keeping mum, he is only creating more speculation and suspicion.