OPPOSITION leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim (BN-Penaga) has called the Pakatan Rakyat state government “Bapa Perompak” for accepting RM2.2mil land premium from Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Pulau Pinang Bhd over the sale of Kampung Buah Pala land.
He said if Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng labelled the previous Barisan Nasional administration as “perompak” (robbers), then the Pakatan Rakyat state government was “Bapa Perompak”.
Azhar said the cooperative paid RM1mil to the Barisan state government in 2007, but after Pakatan Rakyat took over the state last year, they accepted RM2.2mil from the cooperative on March 14, 2008.
“So who are the robbers?” he asked during the winding-up speech by Lim to pass a bill on the establishment of the Penang Hill Corporation.
Lim said the land premium was part of the Sales and Purchase agreement signed by the previous state government led by former Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
“The payment was following an agreement approved unanimously by the state executive council.
“After we took over, we did not sign any agreement with the co-operative or developer,” he added.
He asked Azhar who the people robbing the villagers were.
“We have to clean up the mess created by the previous state government and we will continue to solve the problems and put things into the right perspective,” he said.
Syed Ameruddin Syed Ahmad (BN-Bayan Lepas) interjected that the previous state government had to act fairly as there was another development issue involving 800 residents of Tanjung Tokong.
“The land in Tanjung Tokong was to be developed by UDA Holdings Bhd, and the residents were given compensation between RM70,000 and RM75,000.
“The state government acted fairly and decided that both the areas would be developed and the residents given compensation,” he added.
Syed Ameruddin said either both the areas should be demolished for development or neither touched at all.