Previously, ex-Penang Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of Land Development and Land Affairs Committee, Abdul Rashid Abdullah, has challenged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to expose the alleged land discrepancy cases that have supposedly taken place under the previous state administration.
Now he has denied making such a dare when CM Lim accepted his challenge. Worse, like many others, Abdul Rashid is using The Star as a punching bag.
He accused them for “...playing with words to sell newspapers. I did not challenge Lim to prove that he invited me. I challenged The Star because it was The Star that claimed I was invited. “So now everybody wants me to respond. How can I when I don’t know anything? I don’t care about Lim’s deadline. Who is he to give me an ultimatum? So what? I did my work,” he said.
Who is CM Lim? He is the Chief Minister who was elected by the people to lead the state. Hence, Lim is dispensing his duty to ensure any misappropriation is brought to book. Abdul Rashid was the person in-charge of land matters and yet he claimed ignorance. This is totally unacceptable. Should we send him for a medical check-up for memory loss? Just like Dr Mahathir at the VK Lingam inquiry?
On Tuesday, Lim had told a press conference that the state government wanted Abdul Rashid to explain why premium discounts were given to certain quarters and why state land was alienated to some big companies.
This is a serious matter because in the past the state administration claimed lack of state land as a prime reason for not being able to catalyst Penang's development. Many investments were directed to Kulim High Tech Park.
Near to the bridge, on the island side, the piece of land now occupied by Tesco, E-Gate and high-end condominiums was previously state land. Why was it alienated to a big developer? The original plan by the MPPP (local council) was to build a logistics transit point for buses going to and from Sebarang Prai to Bayan Lepas FTZ. Bigger lorries can also use the transit to unload to smaller vans and lorries to go into Georgetown. The original plan to ease traffic congestion on the Penang bridge during peak hours.
Why was the plan scrapped and the land alienated to a big developer?
We want the state government to continue investigate all improprieties.
Abdul Rashid must answer the public.