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.