Speech By Penang Chief Minister DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Penang Political Rereat In Pulau Jerejak On 15.10.2011
If Buddhist bodies are now used by the BN-controlled media to run down the PR Penang state government, will Islamic mosques be the next tool used by the BN-controlled media?
The Penang state government reminds the BN-controlled media to stop playing their dangerous games of exploiting construction by religious bodies to hit out at the Penang PR state government for political gain. We are concerned at certain news reports by some BN-controlled media, slanted in such a way as to give the impression that construction work done by these legally registered religious bodies as similar to that done by irresponsible private developers.
Knowing the desperation of BN to win Penang at all costs, the Penang PR state government is willing to face wild and baseless attacks by the BN-controlled media. However the BN-controlled media should not stoop so low as to try to exploit religion. This is not only unfair but threatens the peace, harmony and respect amongst the various religions in Penang.
The BN-controlled media, by branding these religious bodies and a developer as one and the same, has deliberately blurred the difference between a profit-seeking developer and a non-profit religious organisation. The state government will ensure compliance with rules and act against non-compliance.
However some leeway and exemptions are provided towards religious construction, especially mosques. Due to limited spaces in Penang, the PR state government is willing to make some allowance for mosques.
If Buddhist bodies are now used by the BN-controlled media to run down the PR Penang state government, will Islamic mosques be the next tool used by the BN-controlled media to hit out at the PR state government?
Will there be another fear mongering exercise against some Christian plans for mass conversion of Malay Muslims, even though this is untrue?
BN Must Explain Why They Approved 10.7 Acres To Tang Hak Ju On 15.4.2003 Causing RM 40 Million Losses To The State Government Despite Objections From Technical Departments.
When the Penang PR state government extended the lease of ancestral land that had expired and partly owned by DAP Padang Lallang Assemblyman Michael Tan, BN asks why the lease was extended when technical departments had objected. The state government did not suffer any losses from extending the lease of Michael Tan as this complies with the PR land policy of automatically extending leases of small lots that has expired and is not required for public purpose.
BN must explain why they approved 10.7 acres of quarry land in Bukit Mertajam to Tang Hak Ju on 15.4.2003 causing RM 40 million losses to the state government despite objections from technical departments. Land not belonging to the state government was approved to Tang Hak Ju despite objections from Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa, Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, Jabatan Kerja Raya and the Land Administratior for Seberang Perai Tengah.
Whilst PR agrees that the state government makes the final decision and can over-rule recommendations by the technical departments, such decisions by the state government should not result in losses. To-date, BN has not even apologised nor explained why they makes such a wrong decision in the Tang Hak Ju land scandal that caused the Penang state government to pay RM40 million.
— Mandarin Translation-