Malaysiakini Letter

Penang's success: Let facts and figures speak

Jeffrey Chew  |  Published:  |  Modified:

It's been a while since the BN cyber-trooper Calvin Sankaran continued his mindless diatribes against the PR Penang administration of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and covering up the scandals and abuses of the BN adminstration.

His recent frothings are nothing new. Except that he would do well to listen to his own advice that honesty is the best policy.

First he dismisses the enormous achievement of Penang topping the investment tables in Malaysia for the first time ever in history with the highest ever sum of RM12.25 billion.

For a state with less than 6 percent of Malaysia's population contributing 36 percent of Malaysia's critical Foreign Direct Investment(FDI), is nothing short of remarkable.

Lim had never claimed credit for himself stating that it belonged to Penangites crediting this stupendous success to their energy, expertise and entrepreneurship.

But for Calvin to dismiss Lim and his administration contributions is both devious and dishonest.

First if these investors have no confidence in the Penang state government, do you thing they would put in RM12.25 billion?

Secondly if this is not due to any effort on the part of the PR Penang administration and Lim, then why when does Calvin keep on blaming Lim when the investment figures are no good.

To blame Lim when the figures are no good but dismiss him when the figures are good is dishonest at best and egregiously devious at worst.

Further Calvin claims that the record budget surpluses under Lim's CAT administration of Competency, Accountability and Transparency is untrue because it is due to the state government selling land to property developers.

This is a blatant lie as in the years 2008 and 2009 where Penang recorded historic surpluses of RM88 million and RM77 million, no substantial land was sold to public developers that generated tens of millions of ringgit.

Calvin must remember that it is the auditor-general that praised Penang's prudent financial management that recorded the highest asset value of breaching the billion ringgit mark.

Is Calvin questioning the credibility and veracity of the auditor-general's report, when the auditor-general has lauded Penang as the best financially managed state in the country?

Finally Calvin tries to gloss over the scandals of BN whether the RM30 million losses suffered by Penang state government over the surrender of Pulau Jerejak to UDA, or the RM230 million needlessly frittered away in Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai or MPSP over eight years that made MPSP practically bankrupt when PR took over in 2008.

His failure to take BN to task for these losses only exposes him in broad daylight for what he really is - a BN virus and worm to disable our logical thought and congnitive processes to attempt to numb the populace to blindly worship BN by ignoring its corruption, abuses and sheer robbery of the public's treasury.


Jeffrey Chew is special assistant to chief minister of Penang,



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