Kuala Lumpur, Nov 12 – Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong reminded DAP Penang state government not to blame the former state government on the flood disaster in the state, instead it should act like a ruling party to take up the responsibility that a ruling party should bear.
He pointed out that the development policy of the present Penang state government had failed, not only that the environment policy was a failure but the affordable housing project had also failed, yet they put the blame on the former Gerakan Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon.
According to him, during Koh Tsu Koon’s tenure as Penang chief minister between 2004 and 2008, only four housing projects in Tanjung Bungah were approved but after the DAP took over the state government, the number increased by ten times.
“Penang was the shining Pearl of the Orient but today it can no longer shine. Now whenever it rains, people will start to worry, the Pearl of Orient has become tear drops,” he added.
Mah Siew Keong said this in his development policy speech at Gerakan’s 46th National Delegates Conference today, he also reminded Penang Gerakan to be united with the party’s central leadership to ensure that it has representatives in the Penang state legislative assembly.
On the other hand, Gerakan was being laughed at as a “mosquito party” when it only won one parliamentary seat and three state assembly seats in the last general election, Mah Siew Keong hit back by saying that DAP has got “Alzheimer’s disease”.
“When the former prime minister Tun Mahathir was at the helm, many DAP leaders were the victims in the Ops Lalang and Memali incident, but now the party has become dotard, Mahathir has become its good friend because of interests, just like suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”
Mah Siew Keong also said politics in Malaysia had been defined as fear, fragmentation, personal aggression and exclusion. He hoped opposition leaders would work together with the government in developing the country and not to continue to act as a destructive opposition party.
He reminded all politicians particularly those from the oppositions “maybe you don’t like the government, but national interests must supersede political interests. We must not harm others even without benefitting ourselves, we should welcome all efforts that will benefit the country regardless of political stance, and should play the role of constructive opposition party.”