PETALING JAYA: April 27, 2008 By IZATUN SHARI
The Federal Government is sincere about working with the Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang state government and has no intention of cancelling projects announced under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the purpose of the three-hour Penang Federal Action Council meeting which he chaired on Saturday was to call for more cooperation with the state government.
It was also to accelerate projects and make them more efficient and effective, and to overcome problems such as land acquisition and cost control.
"The Prime Minister has said that he is the Prime Minister for all. It applies to Penangites as well. The election is behind us now.
"Projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan will continue to be implemented, subject to details and procedures including land acquisition. We will cooperate with the state government for the interest of Penangites. We will reciprocate to implement projects for the benefit of Penangites," he said.
Nor Mohamed, who was asked to comment on Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon's statement Sunday that federal projects committed to before elections should go on, said that statement was in line with what he had said to the media after chairing the meeting.
Koh also said that the Federal Government had no intention of punishing Penangites for voting for the opposition.