Penang Gerakan tells state govt to stop the blame game


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Feb 2017

GEORGE TOWN: The “battle of the logos” here continues with Penang DAP trying to cancel out some of the public issues that Penang Gerakan is highlighting in its logo contest.

But Gerakan is questioning DAP’s “blame culture” saying that the attempt largely involved blaming problems in the state on the previous government.

State DAP publicity secretary Ng Wei Aik refuted issues highlighted in Gerakan’s Love Penang Save Penang logo contest, either by claiming they were national challenges or that they were caused by the previous Gerakan-led state government.

He claimed that issues such as the large number of heritage properties sold to foreigners, hillside deforestation and public housing woes were caused by the previous government.

“The loss of foreign investments is happening nationwide, not just in Penang,” he added.

On traffic jams, Ng told a press conference yesterday that the state had devised the Penang Transport Master Plan but because of the huge project outlays, large-scale land reclamation was needed to finance it.

“Reclamation in Penang is a means, not an end,” added Ng, who is also Tanjung MP.

Participants of the Love Penang Save Penang logo contest are to highlight public issues such as hillside development, traffic jams, floods, demolition and sale of heritage properties, a shrinking manufacturing sector, public housing woes and reclamation.

In response to Ng’s explanations, Gerakan state vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong said: “Why does DAP al­­ways blame others for their problems? We don’t like this finger-pointing culture in Penang.

“Look at what happened in Malacca. Four of their leaders gave up on the party, and they accused Barisan Nasional and faulted those leaders.”

He said Ng’s explanations showed that DAP could see that the public issues highlighted were real and called on the state government to own up after leading the state for almost a decade.

Gerakan launched its logo contest to mimic the state’s I Love Penang logo design competition.

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