Teng slams PH manifesto’s silence on Penang hill development

Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow holding up booklets showing 51 promises he claimed were unfulfilled by the Penang government over the past 10 years. With him are Gerakan’s Oh Tong Keong (left) and Jason Loo (right).

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow has criticised the Penang Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election manifesto for not proposing any measures to protect hills on the island from further damage.

He expressed shock over the Pakatan-led Penang government’s apparent lack of concern over the issue.

“Nothing was mentioned about hillslope development or measures to counter illegal hill clearing.

“No commitment at all.

“Look at the many failed projects over the last 10 years.

“Under DAP, Penang continued to be seriously flooded, parking hours are extended, there is worsening traffic congestion, and there’s no low-cost or affordable housing for the people.

“The Penang people’s lifestyle has not improved,” Teng said.

He said one of the promises in the manifesto that permanent forest reserves would not be reduced was laughable.

“Let me tell you, whatever forest reserves you have today were by the past BN administration.

“Have they (the state government) gazetted an inch of forest reserves in Penang over the past 10 years?

“I know the answer. It is a big no,” said Teng, a former Penang executive councillor who was in charge of the environment portfolio.

On the overall Penang PH manifesto, Teng said it was mostly a repeat of what had been announced by the state government before.

He said with 51 promises by the Penang government remaining unfulfilled over the last 10 years, it was unlikely that the 68 promises in the new manifesto would be achieved.

“If they couldn’t fulfil the 51 promises over the past 10 years, how are they going to fulfil 68 in the next five years?

“In the manifesto, there are promises asking others to deliver — rather than PH taking responsibility to deliver them. Do the people of Penang want such a government?”

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