Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar George Town On 15.1.2013.
Following the shocking comments by Datuk Dr Nik Zamri the consultant of the so-called RM75 billion mixed development project in Balik Pulau, the state government hereby states that it will not even consider nor evaluate it even if they get approval from the Federal government or endorsement from the NGOs. The Penang state government wishes to emphasize that this so-called project simply does not exist as it has not even been evaluated much less approved.
The Penang state government had stated that this so-called project would only be evaluated upon getting approval from the Federal government. The consultant’s comments in the Malay Mail today is untrue in saying that this is not the actual position of the state government as it is intended to divert attention as the general election is around the corner.
As such, the state government will not even consider the project even if prior approval is obtained from the federal governement or endorsement from the NGOs. If the consultant is so confident of getting state government approval, then he can sue the state government for the RM5 million allegedly spent by them on preparing the EIA or involved in getting Federal government approval and see whether he can get back the amount spent.
The state government is confident that the consultant will not get back a single cent as there is no previous commitment or even consideration by the state government. There is simply no such project in Balik Pulau.
Lim Guan Eng
—- Mandarin version —