'Penang misleading people by claiming credit for debt reduction'

Modified 1 Aug 2017, 9:17 am

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should cancel the water restructuring deal with Putrajaya if he continues to claim credit for the state's debt reduction, said minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

In a statement, the BN strategic communications director said that 95 percent of Penang's debt reduction was made possible by the federal government.

This was done in a 2011 water restructuring agreement when Putrajaya agreed to convert RM655.24 million of existing state debts to 45 annual lease payments of RM14.56 million, he said.

"In the same agreement, Putrajaya had also agreed to give an RM1.2 billion grant to the state government to expand the Mengkuang dam - contrary to DAP's claim that it does not help Penang...

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