GEORGE TOWN: Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah today said Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng was trying to divert public anger by blaming the neighbouring state for the floods last weekend.
“Take responsibility for the trust given to you instead of pointing fingers at others,” said Bashah.
Lim had said the floods at North Seberang Perai (SPU) on mainland Penang had not subsided because floodwaters from neighbouring Kedah kept pouring in.
Kedah shares its southern border with Penang along the Sungai Muda which runs between the two states.
Bashah said he had no interest in meddling with Penang’s administrative affairs, and said Lim must settle problems in his state.
“To Penangites, I urge all of you to be patient and not to give up,” he said.
“To Kedahans, regardless of your political background, race or religion, I give my assurance that our efforts in being prepared for the possibility of floods after this will carry on,” he added.
He said he could understand the pressure on Lim in dealing with the flood situation.
“This might be a new thing for Lim,” Bashah added.
Penang experienced its worst floods in more than a decade, leaving seven people dead over the weekend. Some 6,000 people were evacuated from their homes.