The call for Lim Guan Eng to step down is unwarranted and has no basis

The call for Lim Guan Eng to step down is totally unwarranted. Lim Guan Eng was elected by voters in Bagan for parliament and Air Puteh for state assembly, and has the support of 29 members out of 40 in the Penang state assembly.

Where is the need for him to step down? For him to step down the state assembly must pass a vote of no confidence. Those who want him to step down must lobby with state assemblymen and not protest in the street or make slanderous call in media.

The racist UMNO cannot tolerate good governance by non Malays and they try to instigate demands and protest. Those who call for Lim Guan Eng’s resignation has to wait till the next election. But Penangites seem to be happy with his performance and it looks like he will win again for the following reasons

1.        Lim Guan Eng announced to waive all summonses issued by the Penang Municipal Council and Seberang Perai Municipal Council involving hawker licences and parking offences issued before March 2008.

2.       Lim Guan Eng announced that the state exco had approved an open tender system for projects exceeding RM50000. For projects between RM20,000 and RM50,000, a balloting system will be introduced and a two-week objection period would be given for both the open tender and balloting systems. Lim made attempts to form a clean and cost-effective government.

3.       Lim Guan Eng is certainly a better leader than the UMNO puppet Koh Tsu Koon.

4.       Lim introduced competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) in Penang government. It may take some to be transformed into action. The civil servants will take a longer time to imbibe these values. UMNO has spoilt and pampered the civil service which has made it uncompetitive with poor decision makers and poor leaders.

5.       The Penang state government has helped the Indian community by providing allocations to temples and Tamil primary schools. Not only was the first Indian Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang appointed but the 28 Tamil primary schools were given a yearly allocation of RM1.5 million along with other Chinese primary, Sekolah Agama Rakyat, missionary schools and Chinese independent secondary schools. Further Penang put up the FIRST Tamil road signs in the country alongside with Arabic, Chinese and English bilingual road signs in Georgetown.

6.       A projected deficit of RM 40 million in 2009 Budget has been turned around to record a surplus of RM 77 million. In fact the 2009 budget surplus would have been a record RM 92 million were it not for the payment of RM 14.7 million as a result of the Tang Hak Ju land scam of the previous administration.

For a government of 2 years this is a great achievement. Let’s all give a hand to make Penang become the pearl of the orient once again.

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