Saturday, May 31, 2008

Guan Eng: What matters is who closed the deal

NST - May 31, 2008


Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has refused to be drawn into a verbal war with an aide of his predecessor over who should be credited for recent high-profile foreign direct investments in Penang.

Lim's press secretary Cheong Yin Fan said in a statement that the chief minister did not wish to engage at the level of those who try to claim credit for the investments.

"The chief minister does not want the effort to attract foreign investment to be politicised for fear that this will not only hinder but may drive away foreign investment.

"The new state government prefers to focus on strengthening Penang's competitiveness and focusing on its physical and human infrastructure.

"This would enhance Penang's attractiveness as the preferred investment destination," Cheong said in a statement yesterday.

Lim had been asked to comment on Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon's former political secretary Mark Ooi Swee Hing's criticism against him.

Stating that he would not stoop to Ooi's level, Lim said: "What is important is who managed to close the deal and that alone speaks for itself.

"Our main priority is to get more investors into the state," he said.

Ooi had said in a statement on Thursday that the RM1.2 billion investment by Japan's Ibiden Co Ltd and RM115 million by Honeywell of the United States were the result of Koh's efforts over two years.

1 comment:

artic turban said...

Good for you YB lim Guan Eng, goes to show either you or somebody from your office is reading the comments section, I commented that a deal is not done until the client signs the dotted line, so what you say is true, its not who reeled in the client, its who landed him on the boat. sybas, you a learning fast, not saying you were slow or anything of that sort, just listen to the rakyat, and you will not go wrong. the rakyat will always support you if things are explained in a clear cut and precise fashion. To the people of gerakan, you forgot the rakyat, now you thrive in the dustbin of Malaysian political history. I remember how arrogant KTK was when he gave the answers during the press conferance where he was asked to repudiate the allegations made by Jeff Ooi about the communication equiptment for the Police force. In my heart of hearts I was thinking to myself, where does he get off from being so bloody arrogant. your next course of action would be to start court actions against the former govt, either through the police and civil suits to recover the stolen loot, or to do it in tandem.