When the people of Penang are united to find solutions to curb the flood and landslide problem that has hit Penang especially on the landslide tragedy in Tanjung Bungah which involves the loss of life, DAP is only sent one representative and even so, he appeared midway in the discussion.
There are 19 DAP assemblymen led by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, PAS has one, PKR 10 while BN has 10, but only Pulau Tikus ADUN Yap Soo Huey was present at a forum and dialogue session attended by about 200 attendees organized by the Penang Forum recently.
What has DAP or Guan Eng to fear or does this signifies that they do not care about the issues that have disturbed the rakyat?
DAP and Guan Eng are obliged to be present to at least listen to what the Penang Forum has to present when they have made analysis, collecting data and highlighting methods and solutions to the issues. It is rather regrettable when parties that are supposed to address these problems are conveniently absent.
From the BN Penang bloc, leaders present besides Datuk Jahara are the Pulau Betong Assemblyman Datuk Muhamad Farid Saad; Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headen Ayoob and state BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow. Apart from that, representatives from PKR are Dr Norlela Ariffin; from Machun Bubok Lee Khai Loon and Bayan Baru Member of Parliament Sim Tze Tzin.
Earlier, Guan Eng was clearly trying to dismiss the recent landslide issue that occurred in Tanjung Bungah by shifting them to developer’s mistake a technical perspective whereby clearly shows that he is abstaining to admit mistakes done by the state government.
He should look at it in terms of the development, enforcement and workers related issues comprehensively and not be talking about the accident or disaster alone hence not easily jumped into conclusion based on assumptions.
What was presented by the Penang Forum is a much bigger issue which involves lacking in enforcement and the state government is required to view the matter seriously.
When it is clear that the Penang DAP-led government to take the necessary responsibilities, then BN will lead other assemblymen to table a motion at the next states DUN sitting to seek the Penang government to stop all constructions in the hills and hillsides as well.
If Guan Eng and DAP are still keen to lead Pulau Pinang, they should come together to find a solution and the coming sitting should be the platform. In fact, everyone at the forum agreed that the environment must be preserved and it is paramount.
The question now is whether Guan Eng and the state government would pledge that it will conduct strict and proper enforcement of its own regulations at all times when often they will announce to take actions to enforce them but ended up nothing.