The Penang Chinese Chambers of Commerce has come out to say they are interested to bid for the Penang Port. ‘For the sake of Penangites’ they claim.
This comes after various statements by Lim Guan Eng attacking the privatisation, saying that the man who won the bid, Syed Mokhtar is a BN crony.
Here is the irony:
The man who leads the PCCC is Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping who is…a Guan Eng crony! And Kok Ping in turn is a close ally of Tan Sri Vincent Tan so what we essentially have is a situation where Guan Eng tells the people he is against cronyism but ends up being funded by BN cronies!
Anyway back to the matter at hand. As mentioned in our earlier article, the Penang Port is in terrible financial shape and owes banks more than a billion ringgit.
In comes Syed Mokhtar who has agreed to take over all the debts and turn the port around. A businessman who has created a world class port in Tanjung Pelepas that is now out-competing the Singaporeans. He has also turned around the fortunes of Johor Port which was in the dumps for a long time. He may be a crony, but he sure knows how to run a port.
It is unfortunate that Guan Eng decided to make the port an electoral issue. Of course, he has no clue about the port business and figures that the best way is to play on emotions. Hence the Port for Penangites campaign. (Okaylah, Gerakan also foolishly copied this)
Tan Kok Ping too is playing this game, saying the port should be run by Penangites and that the Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce is interested to join in their bid. Well, STL has found out from very reliable sources that the Malay Chambers is not interested to play this kind of politics and will not be jointly bidding.
What we have here is a dangerous anti-national campaign. DAP must stop splitting the country up just for politics.