GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has hit back at Lim Guan Eng’s warning of catastrophe in the state if Barisan Nasional (BN) retakes Penang, saying the “disasters” he had predicted were already taking place under DAP rule.
Penang Gerakan first vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong said under the Pakatan reign, there have been more flash floods, hill levelling and other environmentally damaging acts than there were when Gerakan led the previous BN state government from 1969 to 2008.
“Tell me, who ‘botak’ (flattened) our hills? In Kelantan, non-stop rain for two days would cause flash floods. In Penang, a heavy downpour would cause floods in a mere 30 minutes to an hour.
“During (the time of) former chief ministers Lim Chong Eu and Koh Tsu Koon, tell me, was there any ‘botak’ hill?” Oh said in a press conference today.
Yesterday, Lim said all efforts by the current Pakatan government would be put in “reverse” if BN returned to power in the state.
It would also pave the way for Penang turning into a federal territory, as previously envisioned by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor, he warned.
“If Penang was under BN, clean will become dirty, green will turn ‘botak’ (balded), enough water for all (will turn to) to water rationing.
“There will be logging, permanent forest reserves will be cleared. The current government has not touched an inch of our reserves.
“Don’t look so far, look at Kedah, they are subject to water rationing. If BN returns to Penang, there will be ‘malapetaka’ (catastrophe) for us all,” the DAP secretary-general had said.
Oh admitted that during BN’s time, flooding had occurred. However, he said they had immediately implemented flood mitigation measures, unlike the current administration.
“Here, after nearly 10 years of rule, only now they want to launch projects. The projects appear to be like a response to every time a massive flooding happens,” he said.
Meanwhile, state Gerakan secretary H’ng Chee Wey told Lim that Penangites were a good judge of how well his state government was serving the people.
“But please, do not assume Penangites cannot make a difference. Please reduce the politicking and do your job for the people sincerely,” he said.