Gerakan upset over snub by Penang Exco on undersea tunnel

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GEORGE TOWN: Questions on the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel and three main roads in the state are merely an echo of what Penangites want to know, a Gerakan leader said today.

State Gerakan Acting Youth Chief Jason Loo said it was disappointing that a Penang executive councillor had snubbed him for a debate on the matter, which he says was for public interest.

Loo had earlier invited Public Works Exco Lim Hock Seng to debate on the cost of the mega project. Lim had rejected his invitation.

“He (Lim) had asked ‘Who am I?’ when I invited him for the debate.

“Lim wants to wait until I am an elected representative, given a mandate by the people — only then he would talk to me.

“Why such an attitude? Whatever (queries) I raised is for the future of Penangites,” he told reporters at Komtar today.

Loo had come to Komtar to hand over the debate invite to Lim. An officer from Lim’s office received the letter on his behalf.

Lim, in response to Loo’s call, said all queries had been answered in a lengthy question-and-answer session with BN Strategic Communications Director and Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan before.

He said the answers were also made available on all media outlets.

Lim also said he could not entertain public debate challenges “from just anyone”.

“I’m not being arrogant, but who is Jason Loo? I can’t be entertaining such public debate challenges … at least get someone of the same level as me,” he was quoted in the Malay Mail Online today.

Lim told the news portal the same rule would apply if he had posed the same challenge to a minister, who he said was not likely to entertain his request.

“I might consider a debate challenge by Penang Federal Action Council Chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman,” he was quoted as saying.

Loo, who had contested in the Air Itam state seat in the last election, said he was unperturbed by Lim’s comments.

Loo urged Lim to meet him for the debate if he had nothing to hide.

“If he is not covering up the scandal of this undersea tunnel, then meet me at the Loh Association building in Logan Rd this Saturday at 11am.”