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Jumaat, 14 April 2017

Penang Is Now A Hub For Corruption

The proposed assembly motion by Barisan Nasional demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng could receive the support from PAS, PKR and even DAP assemblymen in May sitting.

Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Huan Cheng Guan said there had been talks that some of DAP’s assemblymen would support the motion as they felt the “clean” image of DAP was being compromised so long Guan Eng remained as the chief minister.

“In my honest opinion, it is time for all the leaders of Penang to stand up against all the corruption scandals that have engulfed the state,” he said in a statement today.

Penang Umno announced earlier this week that Barisan assemblymen have submitted the motion to the House Speaker Law Choo Kiang for tabling in next month’s sitting.

Although the speaker can reject it from tabling, the motion can still be tabled as an emergency motion if it had a proposer and 10 representatives supporting it.

Barisan currently has 10 state lawmakers.

Huan pointed out that Penang was once a proud and clean state with no corruption scandal whatsoever when Barisan was ruling it since independence until 2008.

“Now we are famous for all the wrong reasons starting from our chief minister, who has been charged in court for corruption.

“We also have influential Penang business tycoons as well being investigated for corrupt practices,” he said, referring to recent arrests of two developers – a ‘Datuk Seri’ and his ‘Datuk’ son, by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Huan claimed that the detained developers, aged 74 and 47, were close with certain leaders in the DAP-led Penang government.

The father and son were allegedly involved in the sale of land in Penang without going through the correct procedures as required by law.

The investigation is being conducted under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

“This shocking incident proves that Penang has now become a heaven for influential businessmen with links to high-ranking state government officials to commit corruption on a mega scale.

‘Penang has now become a hub for corruption,” said Huan.

The arrest of this influential tycoon and his son comes on the heels of another mega corruption scandal in Penang involving Guan Eng, who currently faces two corruption charges pertaining to his bungalow purchase and a land deal.

He was charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and Section 165 of the Penal Code.

“Due to all these corruption scandals in Penang, the people have started to lose faith in the Penang government,” said Huan.

He said prime lands were being sold to developers at an alarming rate and multi-national companies were closing down and moving to other states or countries that had better governance and policies.

And, he said finally cost of living had skyrocketed until housing prices on the island had become untenable.

“This has all burden the people of Penang tremendously especially the young generations.

“Penang has now transformed into a heavily corrupted state. Everything is up for sale … worse than bandits. They have sold all the lands. Soon they will even sell the grass.”

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