Wong: PR local govt election just a gimmick

Saying his piece: Pulau Jerejak Barisan coordinator Wong Mun Hoe (left) giving his opening speech at the Bayan Baru Health Carnival 2012 at the Residents Association of Bayan Baru clubhouse in Jalan Nibong

THE state government has been urged to appoint more representatives from non- governmental organisations (NGOs) to become municipal councillors instead of politicians.

Penang Gerakan vice chairman Wong Mun Hoe said this was to prove that Pakatan was sincere in calling for local government elections.

“They know that the state is unable to call for such an election without an amendment to the Constitution so why put it in their manifesto?

“If they are really all for democracy, they should appoint NGO representatives to be councillors to show their sincerity,” he said after opening the Bayan Baru Health Carnival 2012 in Jalan Nibong recently.

Wong added that the state should appoint at least 12 NGO representatives out of the 24 as councillors.

“They have the power to do so in the last four years but they didn’t. Show your commitment.”

“Work must start and politics must end. Where’s the development plan for Penang? Has the affordable housing problem been solved? What about traffic congestion issues?” he asked.

Wong also described the state’s proposal for the anti-hopping Bill as “nonsense”.

“They only want things that are advantageous to them. Why didn’t anyone rebuke Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sept 16 scheme to take over Putrajaya?”

He said Barisan was ready to debunk the state Pakatan government’s myths and fallacies soon.

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