Penang govt blind, deaf and stone-hearted, says Gerakan - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Penang govt blind, deaf and stone-hearted, says Gerakan

PETALING JAYA: A Gerakan youth leader today accused the Penang government of being blind, deaf and being stone-hearted in embarking on policies with a negative impact despite public anger.

Penang Gerakan Youth leader Hng Chee Wey reminded the DAP-led state government that it was not the people or non-governmental organisations who were blind, deaf and stone-hearted “as labelled by the ruling pseudo-democrats”.

He said the state government was blind to the negative impact of policies such as selling off parcels of state land, allowing hills to be torn down and planning a massive sea reclamation project that would endanger marine life, the environment and eco-system, and the livelihood of the people.

“The state government is deaf to the dissenting views of fishermen, naturalists and environmentalists and to dog lovers who protested against culling of dogs by the state,” he said.

He described the state government of being cold-hearted towards the grievances of the young working class who could not afford to buy a house in their own home town.

“The state government has been numb to all the grievances aired by people in Penang,” he said.

Hng urged the people to evaluate “the misdeeds of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his state government” since 2008. The DAP and its allies PKR and PAS first came to power in Penang in the 2008 general election.

He lambasted Penang government leaders as as “pseudo democrats”, as it was the cardinal principle that those in power had a duty to formulate and implement policies to benefit the people.

He defended local NGOs from state government criticism, saying that they were set to monitor and supervise state policies. “This is the gist and the rationale of a democratic society,” said Hng in a statement.

He urged Penangites to remember that when DAP leaders took control of the state government in 2008, they had pledged to advocate democracy and uphold freedom of speech, and had created “Speakers Corner” at the Esplanade.

However, to the amazement of the people, anyone, whether an individual or a NGO, who aired dissenting views and opinions about the DAP-led government would be cursed by the Chief Minister and viewed like a witch.

He expressed regret over the government’s negative attitude, as well as Lim’s view that Penangites should not believe negative news reports on his state government. Does he want the people to only believe good things about the state government, Hng asked.



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