Malaysiakini Letter

Penang carpark: Ng Yen Yen ultimately responsible

NK Khoo  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The budget entrusted to the Tourism Ministry for tourism facilities enhancement in Malacca and Penang are poorly utilised by both states. Malacca’s often unreliable monorail that often breaks down, and Penang Hill’s unsafe and poorly designed car park are signs of poor financial management.

The Tourism Ministry and its minister, Ng Yen Yen have failed miserably in ensuring that funds are properly managed and utilised by both these state governments that have world heritage status.

Delegating the project development tasks to the respective states does not mean the Tourism Ministry has no responsibility and accountability for the budget. The minister has to make sure the projects follow every statutory and engineering requirement before her ministry and treasury department release the fund.

Ng Yen Yen chiding Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over the Kancil car park failure (she is selectively forgetting Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam also screwed up in the monorail project) is an uncalled for, tasteless and immature response.

We the rakyat are asking for full accountability from Ng’s ministry because the funds are allocated by her ministry. Delegating a job to others without follow-up is called negligence and abandonment of duty, and this is what has happened in the Tourism Ministry.

By the way Ng Yen Yen has banned me from posting any comments in her Facebook although the Facebook is paid for using taxpayers’ money; legally and technically, that makes me also one of the co-owners of her Facebook so she has no right to prevent me airing my views.

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