By G Vinod
KUALA LUMPUR: A Penang Umno delegate criticised Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for discriminating against Malays in the state, calling him “king of liars”.Debating on Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin's speech at the party's annual general assembly, Aziaan Ariffin, who is Balik Pulau Umno Youth chief, said this was proven when Lim acquired a 270-acre land in Balik Pulau for development purposes.
“He said it was to build educational institutions. My question is, why take land from Balik Pulau which is the last bastion of the Penang Malays in the island?” asked Aziaan.
On Oct 16, Lim came under fire from Penang Umno Youth when the state government started acquiring the plots at Balik Pulau for two universities.
Aziaan also claimed that the state was acquiring the plots in Pondok Upeh and Kampung Genting for RM8 per square feet when the market price was RM18 psf.
However, Lim dismissed the allegation, saying the rate was in accordance with the amount proposed by the National Valuation Department, a federal government agency.
Lim also claimed the land acquisition was carried out by the federal government itself, and not the state, in 2009 under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960.
Aziaan said that Lim also demolished stalls belonging to Malays, while leaving untouched those owned by non-Bumiputeras.
“The Penang Malays are suffering under his rule,” claimed Aziaan, who alleged that Lim was unfit to rule as he is a chauvinist.
He urged the federal government to work with Penang Umno to find ways of winning back the state in the next general election.
“We need to plan for the next general election in order to wrest Penang back from the opposition. To quote an English proverb,'If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail',” he said.