GEORGE TOWN: A video of an unnamed woman narrating how things have changed for the worse in Penang since the last general election has taken social media by storm.
The video shows a woman, who claims to be in her late 20s and who is a senior executive who lives and works in Penang.
She questions whether the past 10 years under the DAP-led state government were not enough to make life better for Penangites.
She admits to being a supporter of Pakatan Harapan, claiming to have attended anti-government protests, such as the Bersih rallies calling for cleaner elections.
“The opposition won for the past four years. Yes, we won, but how is Penang now?”
She said she had an epiphany when she realised that the cost of living in Penang was as high as it is in Kuala Lumpur.
“We were swayed by your cries of change. But every time things went wrong, you blamed the federal government. You are too proud to admit you are wrong.
“The people we once thought were the culprits ended up saving us,” the woman said, without elaborating.
The video also has a slideshow of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, including pictures of Lim hugging Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the floods last November.
“You think Penangites are well off, but the truth is, most of us are not.
“Isn’t 10 years enough? Make the right choice,” the woman says at the end of the video, apparently made as Malaysia awaits the 14th general election.
The video also features screenshots of articles disparaging the Penang government, including those from mainstream news outlets, such as the New Straits Times and The Star.
The woman also made an impassioned plea on her plight, stating she could not afford to make ends meet, with her salary remaining unchanged.
She ran through various issues which she said were affecting Penang, including the excess supply of luxury homes for foreigners.
She pointed out there were no affordable homes for locals and higher unemployment, with big factories exiting the state.
“Many people are losing their jobs but illegal factories are appearing everywhere; it’s so dangerous. Wasted millions on … undersea tunnel study. What has happened to it now?
“Overpriced highways … why not help us instead? Garbage everywhere and building on mountaintops.
“Look at the reclamation work and 20 flood incidences in 2017,” she said.
At the end of the video, she reminisces about “the good old times” when there were affordable homes and big international factories around.
The video has been posted by pro-BN bloggers on Facebook, including by fierce opposition critic Lim Sian See and Friends of Barisan Nasional.
It was not clear who produced the video.