Lies, deception and perception – these are the “hallmark” of Dap today under the leadership of Lim Guan Eng.
A classic example is the controversial sale of the 41.5ha land in Bayan Mutiara in Penang which was purportedly sold through negotiated tender for RM1.072bil.
There are now arguments that it was a negotiated tender and not an open tender which the Guan Eng administration has claimed.
If at all it was a negotiated tender, then it brings to question 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.
He had then said that the tenders would be opened for public viewing and there would be a two-week window period for public objections.
As far as the Bayan Mutiara project is concerned, Penangites can’t recall any public viewing at all. What has happened to the promise that Penang’s administration would be guided by the principles of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT).
If at all such a viewing is held, at least the people can have their voices heard. They would have a platform to voice their grouses.
Certainly massive development will take place on the massive 41 hectare site and certainly there will be massive disruption to traffic conditions and certainly the people will be affected.
However with all these potential problems confronting the people, Guan Eng has not come out in the open to clarify point by point on the various questions that is lingering in the minds of the people, especially among Penangites with regards to the Bayan Mutiara issue.
Until today, he had not been able to produce a comprehensive plan for the road dispersal system in Penang to solve the traffic woes and yet with the stroke of his pen has created an even higher density for the Bayan Baru folks which is within the Bayan Mutiara vicinity.
And yet today, we see massive mega projects taking shape in the heart of Batu Ferringhi (towering super condos and luxury bungalows), Teluk Bahang (the approval of a 44-acre RM120mil theme park project) and in the pipeline a RM800 million one-stop centre in Jelutong which is already confronted with unresolved traffic congestion.
These projects will certainly contribute to the already unresolved congestion. We will also see cost of living in Penang going up with all the mega projects taking place.
Since Penang has not built a single low-cost unit after the 2008 elections, the land in Bayan Mutiara could have been put to better use by building affordable homes for the people.
This is not the first time that Guan Eng has gone back on his words. Again soon after the 2008 elections, he made another pledge.
He said that all elected representatives in Penang will not be allowed to apply for any state land nor have any dealings in land matters. He said that was the commitment to the people.
What bullshit. Now after ruling the state for 3 years, bit by bit, we see his pledges now becoming mere decorative words just to make good reading.
Either Guan Eng has Alzheimer’s or that he thinks that Penangites have short memory and that he thinks he can take them for a ride and can pull through such “stunts” one after another.
Promises are meant to be broken by Guan Eng. Just last year a piece of land of about 1 hectare at Jalan Song Ban Kheng in mainland Penang was leased to Padang Lalang assemblyman Tan Cheong Heng, who is from DAP, for a good 80 per cent discount.
Apparently the land was earmarked for a flood alleviation project but the agenda of the Penang government is such that its own cronies come first, then the people come second as compared to the Barisan Nasional’s 1Malaysia agenda of the People First.
Its “bolih land” now in Penang where everything goes. Developers first, People last.