Praise for Penang state government after big win

Lai praises the state government for upgrading roads and markets. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Lai praises the state government for upgrading roads and markets. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

PAKATAN Harapan has been given a bigger mandate to rule Penang for the third time, having won 37 out of the 40 state seats compared to 30 in 2013 and 29 in 2008.

Souvenir stall operator Lai Fei Seong, 44, said the state government had been developing the infrastructure for the past 10 years.

“The roads are well-maintained and some of them were also widened to ease congestion.

“You look at the many markets here which have seen upgrading works being carried out. We can see the difference.

“These are the things that the rakyat want.

“That’s why Pakatan was voted back into power with such a resounding victory,” he said at his stall at the foot of Penang Hill yesterday.

Asked whether there could be a lack of check and balance with only three Opposition reps in the state, Lai said: “We have faith in the DAP-led administration”.

Beverage stall operator Mar Jia Leong, 24, said the state has been a hit with tourists.

He singled out Penang Hill as an attraction which has seen major transformation since Pakatan Harapan took over in 2008.

“The hill used be a deserted but now there are many new things to see at the top.

“Small-time operators like us benefit from the influx of tourists,” he said, adding that tourism drives the economy.

Air Putih resident Cheah Zeng Ming, 24, praised the state for its ‘no plastic bag’ initiative as well as its car-free and merrymaking events.

“All these are good programmes for the people. We need such activities which are beneficial for the future generation,” he said.

Asked if the major Pakatan win could lead to a lack of check and balance, Cheah said voters nowadays were smart in exercising their rights.

“If you are not performing, we will say goodbye to you in five years’ time.

“I am sure the Opposition would be eager to make a comeback and win back voters,” he said.

Meanwhile, teacher Nurul Farziana Halim, 48, hoped the Pakatan Harapan representatives would not become ‘big-headed’.

“I hope they’ll stay grounded and continue serving the people.

“In fact, having just three Opposition reps does not bode well as a stronger voice is needed to keep the ruling coalition on their toes at all times,” she said.