Stop helping CM deny the facts. For the sake of the Penang people, Penang Institute must answer the 12 questions.

Press Statement By 
 
Gerakan Secretary-General 
 
YB Datuk Liang Teck Meng
 
25 October 2016



1. I am very disappointed that the CEO of the Penang Institute said he refuses to answer even a single one of my 10 questions. Surely the cambridge-trained Dr Lim Kim-Hwa would find there is little difficulty to answer these straight-forward questions which the Penang people have a right to know the answer for.

2. I regret that there may now be speculation that the Penang Institute may have succumbed to the pressure from the YAB Penang Chief Minister on June 28th where he had warned the Penang Institute not to be "dogs that bite the hands that feeds them" and not to tarnish the reputation of the Penang State Govt.

Such speculation would indeed be regrettable and avoidable as I believe the Penang Institute should always be seen to hold on to its integrity as the premier socio-economic research institute in Penang.

3. It was YAB Lim Guan Eng who dragged Dr Lim and the Penang institute into our dispute in the first place and had asked Dr Lim to help answer my press conference where I had pointed out that Penang had the lowest GDP pre capita growth among all 15 states and territories for the period 2008 to 2015.

4. YAB Lim had disputed my figures and said it was outdated. He then provided his own set of data prepared by Penang Institute which now reports that Penang was only the 3rd lowest in terms of GDP per capita growth among 15 states and territories for the period 2008 to 2015.

5. DAP YB Ong Kian Ming also produced his own report which stated that for the period 2011 to 2015, Penang had the 4th lowest growth per capita among the 15 states and territories.

6. DAP YB Steven Sim also added his voice and said that Penang had a median salary that is RM100 per month more than the national average. Based on the same data source from the Department of Statistics given by YB Steven Sim, I had also pointed out that Penang had the lowest median salary growth among all 16 states and territories for the period 2010 to 2015 and was overtaken by Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Labuan.

7. I had also pointed out to YB Steven Sim that based on the more inclusive Median Household Income data from the Department of Statistics which includes other income sources on top of the salary , Penang households had registered the 4th lowest income growth among 16 states and territories for the period 2009 to 2015 and was overtaken by Johor and Malacca.

8. As YAB Lim had earlier disputed my data, I had hoped that Dr Lim was able to help us resolve our dispute and provide us with definitive answers.

9. Bear in mind that the Penang Institute is funded by monies from the Penang public and not by the Chief Minister himself. Therefore, the Penang Institute has a sense of duty to answer any questions on the economy of Penang truthfully for the benefit of the Penang people.

10. There is no reason why the Penang Institute can help YAB Lim who is also the DAP's Secretary-General and a politician, answer his questions but refuses to answer any of my questions.


11. For the sake of the Penang Institute's integrity and the Penang people who funds you. I urge you to answer my original 10 questions. We have a right to know the answers.

12. On top of the ten original questions, I would also request that the Penang Institute answer two more questions which was prompted by DAP's own YB Steven Sim's statement last week - whether it is true that Penang had registered the lowest median salary growth since 2009 and whether Penang recorded the 4th lowest median household income growth since 2010 respectively as detailed in my points 6 and 7.

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