So far, Dr Koh Tsu Koon has remained mum over the controversy surrounding the PGCC project. While the ex-chief minister is going around the country trying to impress upon Gerakan members that he is such a gentleman for the smooth transition of power to DAP, Koh has remained silence over more serious issues concerning the state. One of such issues is the PGCC.
Until now, the Acting President of Gerakan has failed to answer critics why he helped to launch a project without any necessary approval given to it. In a Malaysiakini.com report, members of the Penang Turf Club have lodged a report on alleging that the Penang state government lost an estimated RM200 million in revenue when it took upon itself to re-zone the turf club land to ‘mixed development’ for the PGCC project.
Koh has a duty to come out clean on this allegation and the previous ones on the project. According to Tan Kok Ping, a member of the turf club, in so doing, then chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon had helped PGCC developer Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd in not having to pay the hefty premium fee for the land conversion.
This is a serious allegation which taints Dr Koh's service record as the state 3rd CM. If he is a responsible leader/politician as self-proclaimed, he should come out to clear his name. Koh's involvement in this issue becomes a key consideration if he is still fit to continue leading the party.
PGCC was a huge election issue used against Gerakan/BN candidates with great success. Hence, he must answer these key questions:
1) Why did he help to launch a project which has yet to receive any approval from the authority?
2) Why didn't his administration charge the conversion fee of RM200 million to Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd?
3) Was he pressured to speedtrack the project by anyone above the hierarchy? If yes, what was the personal interest involved?
Without a proper accountability, there is absolutely no chance for both Koh and Gerakan to make a comeback in Penang.
Picture courtesy of Malaysiakini.com