April 22, 2008
THE Penang Government needs public participation to help the state regain its shine.
Those who believe in an admi-nistration based on competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) will be recruited regardless of their race, religion or political background, said chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
“We want the people to share in the state’s wealth but before we can do that, we need to accumulate wealth.
“That is a task for all Penangites. The general election is over. It is time for all to unite so that Penang can lead the other states again,” he said, adding that unlike previously, the new administration would always consider the opposition’s views.
“If you are capable, we will listen regardless of your political history,” he said.
Penang's future:Guests listening to speeches during the celebration.
Lim was speaking during the Gat Lebuh Macallum Residents’ Association (RA) 25th anniversary celebration at the basketball court recently.
In his speech, Tanjong MP and Padang Kota assemblyman Chow Kon Yeow acknowledged that there were problems that needed attention in the constituency.
“I am aware that cleanliness and the lack of parking space are issues that must be addressed because this is a densely popu-lated area.
“The state together with the Pe-nang Development Corporation (PDC), local council (MPPP) and various neighbourhood associations will work closely to improve the quality of living here.
“The state will provide assistance through various channels including the assemblymen, flat management committees and other related agencies,” he said, adding that the state wanted to act even before complaints were re-ceived.
In his address, RA secretary Abdul Kader Haja Mydin appealed to the state to provide a multi-purpose hall.
“There are about 18,000 residents here and the number is in-creasing.
“We need a multi-purpose hall for our community events because it is too expensive to rent tents every time we want to organise a gathering,” he said, adding that the residents also wanted more job opportunities and low-cost housing.
“I hope the new administration can also look into solving our traffic woes and make our streets safer by installing more lamps,” he said.
In conjunction with the event, logistics provider KBH Capital Sdn Bhd presented RM22,888 to SJK (C) Li Tek A, B and C, Heng Ee Kindergarten and Gat Lebuh Macallum Tua Pek Kong Temple.
Also present were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lau Keng Ee, Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik and Ke-bun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong.
Earlier, Lim, opened the Tanjung and Pengkalan Kota service centre nearby.
Located at block 358-G-5, the service centre is open on Mon-days (8pm to 10pm), Wednesdays (10am to 2pm) and Fridays (10am to 2pm).
Lau said on days the centre was closed, constituents could contact him at 012-4422511 or the centre’s assistants at 012-4283 932 (Lee Heong Wei), 012-4011 522 (Lee Heong Chun), 012-4317 315 (Johnny Chee) or 016-4459 808 (Teh Lai Heng).