Friday, May 30, 2008

Desperate for Recognition

Penang must be a place where many would want to go and claim some brownie points these days, more so after the state government secured two sizeable FDIs from some impressive names. Japan's Ibiden Co and the famed Honeywell Aviation, USA.

While the state floundered under the previous Gerakan led state government who themselves were embroiled in a RM1billion fiasco purportedly the contract handed out to Motorola to convince them to stay on in Penang, these two other giants needed no such incentives to put money into the state now led by Lim Guan Eng's DAP and Pakatan Rakyat partners.

While all these has been happening, one smart alec by the name of Mark Ooi Swee Hing was trying to claim a minute of fame for his ex-boss Koh Tsu Koon. Mark was the former political secretary of Koh Tsu Koon. The details can be found here.

He said that negotiations to bring in FDI is not done in a blink of an eye. While that is true, any change in government would have rendered all the work done in the past to convince these people to come in to be pointless too, but kudos to LGE who managed to convince these corporates to stick to their plans. While Mark was busily arguing that they should get their share of commendations, I do not see how he can be so selective in wanting the recognition.

Mark, please acknowledge that you too would take responsibility for all the land scam, PBT's transfer of funds to BAKTI and various other projects that was handed out to cronies at inflated prices. Also, I am sure, Lim Guan Eng would love to meet your ex-boss to thank him for the initial work done on the FDI as well as raising the queries that he has been highlighting all these while which your boss has said he was TOO BUSY and IT IS NOT IMPORTANT.

So, Mark, is this FDI thinggy important? Which is more important? Receiving commendations for the FDI or answering the questions we Penangnites have been asking all these while through our new Chief Minister, Mr. Lim Guan Eng?

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