Lim Guan Eng would not have been able to wing-in foreign direct investments if not for the support of the federal Barisan Nasional government says Muyhiddin Yassin.
BAYAN LEPAS: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should stop bragging about himself being ‘solely’ responsible for luring foreign direct investments (FDIs) to Penang, rebuked Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
“It takes months to discuss and close these deals, not one two months as being claimed by Lim.
“Penang would not have attracted investments without the federal government support,” he said during a large gathering of industrial workers organised by the Human Resources Ministry in Western Digital here today.
Also present were Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramaniam, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop and BN state chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
He said it was the federal government’s pro-active steps and hard work in negotiating, discussing and finalising finer details of investments, such as on incentives, skilled manpower and location, that had managed to close favourable FDI deals for Penang.
Penang topped investment in Malaysia in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Penang attracted RM12.2 billion worth of investments and last year was RM9.1billion.
Penang contributed to 28% or RM 17.7 billion of Malaysia’s FDI in 2010-2011.
Lim has always boasted his CAT governance based on competency, accountability and transparency as a major reason behind the high FDIs.
Later Muhyiddin told newsmen that Lim should be held accountable for any damages done to natural and living environment in Penang due to current unscrupulous and indiscriminate hillside developments.
He said despite existence of federal rules governing hillside development and hill cutting in the country, it seemed Lim administration was approving hillside developments according to his whims and fancies.
“It looks like Lim does what he wants to do. Hence, he has to take responsibility for whatever damages done on the environment and quality of life,” he said.
On the worsening haze condition in the country, Muhyiddin told newsmen that students were prohibited from carrying outdoor activities, such as sports trainings, if the air quality reached a bad or unhealthy level.
“It’s to prevent the students’ health from being affected by haze.
“The people are also advised to avoid outdoor activities if the haze condition worsens and badly affecting air quality.
“This has been the public health policy for years now,” he said.
He attributed the current hazy condition affecting most western parts of Peninsular to forest fires, drought and hot climate happening across the straits in Indonesia.
He is hopeful that the hazy condition would not last long and neighbouring Indonesia would take necessary action to thwart it.