Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister’s Office In Komtar, George Town On 2.2.2010

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in his capacity as Penang Development Corporation(PDC) Board Chairman has directed PDC to reveal the chronology of events relating to the proposed privatization of operations in the Bukit Jambul Country Club(BJCC). BJCC is run by Island Golf Properties Bhd(IGP), a PDC owned subsidiary company. Bayan Baru MP Dato Seri Zahrain has been the Chairman and Director of Island Golf Properties Bhd since 9th July 2008. Information supplied from PDC is as follows:-


PDC Board meeting on 10 February 2009 agreed with the IGP’s Board’s proposal for outsourcing the operation of BJCC but rejected its recommendation that the RM 2 company be selected. Instead the PDC Board agreed with the Chief Minister’s recommendation that fresh tenders be called.

The Chief Minister had based his recommendation for fresh tenders for the management of BJCC on two important reasons. One, to allow a RM 2 private company to win the tender for running BJCC, that involves expenditure of tens of millions of ringgit, would make a mockery of the meaning of open tender system. Two, the RM 2 company had no track record of running a golf club and was established on 29 Sept 2008, clearly with the sole intended purpose of bidding for the tenders.

The Chief Minister has refused to heed requests to follow the recommendation of the IGP to select the RM 2 company. Instead he had insisted that a fresh tender must be held in line with the CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency. The fresh tender exercise was carried out with 7 proposed tenders received. The tender award is in the process of being finalized and will be decided by the full PDC Board meeting on 9.2.2010.


  1. Dear YAB Lim,

    That is good move to seriously filter the company while award the contract.

    An RM2 company may not necessary is bad, if Penang government concern only the paid-up capital, I think they have no issue to raising it. Do the government base on the CAT procedure? Inside the tender document, do IGP stated the term & conditions clearly?

    This is the new year and chinese new year also coming. May all the reader have a Happy & Prosperous Tiger Year.

    If the Penang government can come out a presentation about what the state government have done for the past 1 year, and what is the achievement, what behind the schedule, what is the plan for 2010, that will be the best for the interest of rakyat Penang.

    Quite a long time not been Penang before, I think under YAB Lim guidance should improve a lot. I still remember I do write in an email to YAB Lim regarding the Penang ferry issue as the service is not up to today standard, hopefully coming visit the service is excellent. I strong confidence in that.

    Recently the Nibong Tebal MP YB Lim continue to comment something I consider “not good” , how far he said is true or false just time can prove it.

    My strongly suggestion that Penang government establish a SELCAT as Selangor state, that is a good move to monitor the efficiency of State-assemblyman.

    I salute to YB Teng move that focus on the agenda rather than the “cronies”.

    Would like to see a better Malaysia.

    TL ONG

  2. Yes Y.A.B. Lim, stick on to the Competency, Accountability and Transparency principles even though you may lose those so-called “friends”. Honesty and integrity is the best policy. Truth will prevail. Let the media know.

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