‘Scandals causing people to lose trust’


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 01 Aug 2019

The speakers and audience holding up placards during the talk on current issues at the Forastero Cafe in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth.

A GROUP of people listened attentively during a talk titled ‘Current Issues’ at the Forastero Cafe in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth.

Organised by Bagan MCA, the event was the third of its kind and aimed at providing a check and balance on the ruling Pakatan Harapan government.

Bagan MCA division chairman Dr Tan Chuan Hong, who opened the talk, brought up several issues, such as the sex video scandal said to involve Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and another incident involving a Perak exco member who was accused of raping his Indonesian maid.

Dr Tan claimed that such incidents would make the people lose trust in Pakatan Harapan.

“These issues will impact investors coming into the country,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, Bagan MCA division secretary Sum Yoo Keong spoke on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement in Parliament last August that the RM19.4bil Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds were “robbed” by the previous Barisan Nasional administration.

“This is a serious issue. In fact, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found that no money was missing from the GST refunds,” said Sum.

Another speaker was Bagan MCA organising secretary Tan Ming Huan who touched on the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

“The impact of the project includes air pollution and noise pollution near schools.

“There are many questions about the PTMP that have yet to be answered,” he claimed.

On the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project, Tan said it could affect the livelihood of the fishermen in the B40 group.

“The government promised to introduce a policy to assist the B40 group, but this seems to counter it.

“The civil society organisations have also questioned the environmental assessment report and were dissatisfied with the answers given by the government,” he said.

Others who spoke at the event recently were Bagan MCA publicity bureau chief Lim Jit Fong, its deputy secretary Chan Wooi Jin, and its political education bureau chief Khoo Hang Ken.
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