Speech By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng At The DAP Pahang State Annual Convention In Raub On 9.9.2012.
Pahang must punish BN for breakin gits promises of building an independent Chinese school in Kuantan, protecting the people’s health in the Lynas Rare Earth Plant in Kuantan and the use of cyanide by the Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd(RAGM) in Bukit Koman before the general elections.
In Johor the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) project is causing grave problems to the villagers, including eight old Chinese cemeteries. In Pahang, the problem is even more acute as a result of a powerful BN that has become arrogant and forgot to listen to the people.
How arrogant BN is that BN can promise to permit an independent Chinese school to be built and then issue a permit for a national secondary school that does not mention using Mandarin as a medium of instruction. Clearly BN is so confident of winning Pahang again that it can openly lie and mislead Pahang voters.
The voters have given their support in vain for their MCA elected representatives who are Cabinet Ministers in their areas. Being a Cabinet Minister does not give one the right to betray their voters interests and break their promises for the benefit of the few at the expense of ordinary people of Pahang.
What is the use of having a Minister that spends more time travelling overseas than resolving the problems in her constituency? What is the point of having a Health Minister that supports the establishment of Lynas rare earth plant abnd RAGM that harms our health.
BN has failed to protect the people’s health by allowing RAGM to continue in Raub despite the toxic harm caused by cyanide and also issued a 2 year temporary operating license(TOL) for the Lynas rare earth plant. The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) said Lynas’ commitment to ship out all of its Water Leach Purification (WLP) wastes from its rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, is non-binding on its temporary operating licence (TOL).
If it was non-binding and not even a condition of the license what guarantees are there that it would comply with shipping out the radioactive wastes. In other words the AELB can not withdraw the TOL if the wastes are not shipped out of Malaysia as it is not even a condition of the license. There are genuine fears that one of the 2 nuclear reactors proposed by BN may even be built in Pahang.
The time has come to elect a people-centric government that listens to the people, do the people’s work and gives hope to the people. DAP would listen to the people by ensuring that PR close down both the Lynas rare earth plant in Kuantan and the RAGM in Raub as well as approve a Chinese independent school in Kuantan and give yearly allocation to all schools as in Penang and Selangor.
DAP would do the people’s work by adopting a people-centric land policy that gives automatic renewal of land leases that expire with a 90% discount of land premium. Landowners would be able to renew their lease by only paying 10%.
DAP would ensure that PR gives hope to the people by adopting CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency to end the decade long Budget deficits in Pahang and reduce its debts. In Penang, our anti-corruption policies have allowed Penang to record not only budget surpluses but also reduced our debt by 95% from RM630 million at 3.8.2008 to RM30 million at 31.12.2011
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