2014年3月6日星期四

7 March 2014 Dairy Statement

Heed your own people’s warnings about the undersea tunnel

The RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project planned by the Penang state government has always been a matter of controversy, ranging from the awarding of the contract, to the fears of increased traffic problems, as well as potential environmental damage. However, despite the many objections brought up by Barisan Nasional (BN), NGOs and members of the public, the DAP-led government has always seen fit to ignore us.

However, it is very clear now that this project is not accepted even amongst DAP itself, with their own state representative for Pulau Tikus, Yap Soo Huey, urging the state government to focus more on improving public transportation. She had even ranked the undersea tunnel as a “low priority” in favour of having better public transportation.

I urge the Penang government, especially its Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, to humble himself, and remember that he is not the "tokong" some have labelled him to be. I would like to caution CM Lim that the consequences of ignoring similar advices of BN and the elected state representative from his own party is so serious that Penangites can easily avoid it in future.

Others woes besieging Penang

As the Chief Minister, the people’s welfare should be first and foremost in his mind. Instead of wasting the people’s money on a mega project which is bound to make their living conditions worse through traffic congestions, he should instead focus on other fields, amongst them, as suggested before, improving Penang’s public transportation, as well as looking for solutions to the parking troubles brought about by Penang’s new coupon system.
Guan Eng must take heed of the people’s needs and wants immediately, lest we see another repeat of the “Bukit Botak” incident whereby only minimal action was taken against the developer, and even then only after many months of inaction by the state authorities.

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