Enforcement in Penang under fire

Enforcement in Penang under fire
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Enforcement agencies in Penang came under fire for failing to act against illegal businesses that have be­­come the source of econo­­mic power of certain groups.

Delegate Datuk Mohd Zaidi Said questioned what was stopping the agencies from taking action against illegal entertainment outlets, as well as gambling and prostitution activities.

"I have seen gambling outlets in Per­matang Pauh since I was young. They are still there today. What are the enforcement agencies doing?" he asked.

The newly elected Permatang Pauh Umno chief called on enforcement officers not to shirk their duties. "Are the agencies unaware, blind or tainted?" he said.

Following the relocation of the Butterworth Royal Malaysian Air Force base, Mohd Zaidi called on the Government not to allow the DAP-led Penang government to use the 430ha piece of land in Teluk Air Tawar to build more high-end homes that were beyond the reach of residents in the area.

Mohd Zaidi, who was debating the president's speech, slam­med Umno mi­­nisters for "stopping short of kissing" Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

"On the ground, we are going all out to fight the DAP for demolishing Malay stalls and villages.

"But we have Umno ministers hugging Lim and even visiting him at home. What is this?"

He also questioned why the Federal Govern­ment gave Lim another lifeline by approving the RM200mil (S$78 million) cable car project in Penang.

"Lim is taking credit for it," he said.

Mohd Zaidi said he was confident that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could be defeated in Permatang Pauh in the next general election.

"Anwar is not invincible. We made inroads in Permatang Pauh in the last election.

The Chinese voters gave Anwar the lifeline, he said, adding that Umno was still strong in Penang, as it won 10 out of 15 state seats it contested in, and at the parliamentary level it lost only two out of the five seats contested.

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