GEORGE TOWN: A DAP councillor in Penang has taken offence to Umno treasurer Salleh Said Keruak’s remarks that the Penang state government under Pakatan Harapan has neglected rural areas and failed to deliver on 51 promises.
Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai councillor Joshua Woo Sze Zeng countered the allegation by providing “evidence” of the Pakatan government’s commitment to develop rural areas, and provide for the people’s welfare.
Salleh had also said that Barisan Nasional would draw up a manifesto specifically for Penang in the upcoming general election, including formulating policies and programmes to develop the rural areas and provide more job opportunities for the people of Penang.
Woo said Salleh’s statement was “not only confusing but it leaves the reader wondering whether he is illiterate or completely ignorant of the achievement of the Pakatan state government in the past nine years”.
Woo claimed in a statement that since Pakatan took over in 2008, the priority had been to develop the rural areas in the state, most of it in Seberang Perai.
He said 77% of the State government’s development budget of RM3.1 billion had been allocated for the upgrading and enhancement of mainland Penang.
“When Penangites are affected by the introduction of GST by the Federal Government and the negative economic repercussion due to the 1MDB scandal, the Pakatan government exempted the property owners of low-cost, low-medium-cost, and kampung houses from paying assessment tax. This measure has helped to save RM14 million for these owners.”
He said from 2008 to 2015, the Pakatan state government had created 128,317 jobs. This, he claimed, was a 20% increase compared with the previous BN-led administration for the same duration.
He said this showed Pakatan’s leadership ability to create jobs and maintain low unemployment in Penang.
Woo said the Penang government dealt in actual improvements and not engage in rhetoric such as formulating special manifestos.