May 22, 2008
THE DAP should honour its general election promise of waiving parking charges on Penang island after 6pm and on weekends, said MCA Pengkalan Kota service task force chairman Lee Hack Teik.
He said state DAP secretary Danny Law made the promise in a press conference in June last year.
“The Pakatan Rakyat state government should waive the charges to lessen the financial burden on Penangites.
Lee showing the parking charges listed on a Penang Municipal Council signboard.
“With prices hitting the roof, it will be a good news for the people if parking is free after 6pm and on weekends,” he said.
Lee, who is former Pengkalan Kota assemblyman, said he had received many complaints from Lebuh Cecil residents about the high parking charges there.
Currently, Lee said the half-hourly parking charges were 40 sen in commercial areas and 30 sen in non-commercial areas.
In 2006, he had written to the council to reduce the parking rates and to allow free parking on weekends and public holidays.
“I was told by a council officer that they will look into it but nothing has come out of it,” he said.
When contacted Law, who is state Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage committee chairman, admitted he issued the statement last year.
“We will tackle this issue later. Now, we are focusing on more urgent matters,” he said.