GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) has confirmed that it is responsible for the posters criticising Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his administration, which have sprung up all over the state.
State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the posters were part of the coalition’s efforts to highlight the 51 unfulfilled promises by the Penang government over the past 10 years.
Teng, who is also the state Gerakan chairman, said the posters were part of their “dry run” for the coming polls.
“We have gone through a list of 51 projects announced by the state government and none of them had been carried out. We will reveal details of the projects in the coming days.
“Our thanks go out to the DAP excos, MPs and local government councillors who have highlighted our posters on Facebook.
“Don’t worry, we will not put up more posters tonight. The state officials can sleep soundly,” Teng told a press conference at the Gerakan Air Itam service centre here today.
The posters, mostly in Chinese and some in English, read: “51 empty promises, after 10 years” and include a Chinese euphemism, “big cannon”, which refers to those who are “boastful”.
The A5-sized posters show a picture of Lim pointing at cars, wading through flash floods against a background of an apartment on a bald hillside. There is a footnote on the poster which reads: “Printed by Penang BN”.
Teng said about 500 to 600 posters in Bahasa, English, Chinese and Tamil were printed and placed along main roads at “all constituencies”.
He said they were easy to remove and had not been permanently pasted.
“Our thanks to the local council workers for removing the posters. It is not as bad it is portrayed by Penang government leaders,” he said.
In an immediate response, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the posters had caused uneasiness among residents and were a waste of resources.
“I take this opportunity to appeal to Teng to support Penang’s cleaner and greener initiative by refraining from putting up posters which are environmentally unfriendly.
“The local council workers also have to be redeployed to clean up the mess. Local residents are also unhappy to see their environment impacted by the posters. The general election has not been announced yet.
“If Teng continues with such poster wars, the local councils may not clean them up.
“Instead, it would be left there for the people to see and shame Teng until he cleans up the mess himself,” the state local government committee chairman said in a statement.