Irate Expat takes on Penang’s Chief Minister Guan Eng over Traffic and Development


June 3, 2016

Irate Expat takes on Penang’s Chief Minister Guan Eng over Traffic and Development

by Predeep Nambiar

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

 Lim-Guan-Eng

Businesswoman from China raises concerns about development, saying ‘Why must Penang be like Singapore or Hong Kong? Penang must remain calm, beautiful’

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng spent five minutes calming down a frustrated expatriate who had complained about worsening traffic and uncontrolled development in the state.

Chinese national Sophia Zhou, vented her frustration at Lim as he was leaving the Golden Screen Cinemas in Gurney Plaza last night. Zhou, who has businesses in Europe, raised concerns about the need for an undersea tunnel and uncontrolled development in Penang.

Penang–Still Pearl of the Orient

Lim had just opened the Penang Le French Festival, accompanied by French Ambassador to Malaysia Christophe Penot. Lim, who appeared unfazed with her comments, calmly explained to her that with progress came development and the need for proper transport infrastructure.

“Do you know that The Aga Khan Trust has an agreement with the Penang government to develop our heritage city?The fact that they want to come here means they are confident that Penang can promise a sustainable development,” he said.

Zhou then related her experience when she first moved to Penang under the Second Home programme. “When we arrived five to 10 years ago, there were hardly any tall buildings around. Right now, everywhere there are buildings. Now you want to build a third bridge,” Zhou said.

To this, Lim said the government was keen on building a tunnel, and the third bridge remained an option if the Federal Government allowed it. Lim then told Zhou that the undersea tunnel would only be ready 12 years from now in 2027.

Zhou also queried why the contract and land was given to a Chinese company. Lim then explained to her that a Malaysian company won an open tender to build the tunnel.

It had been reported previously that the entire Penang Tunnel project was awarded to joint venture company Consortium Zenith-BUCG Sdn Bhd, which comprises Zenith Construction from Malaysia and Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) from China.

Later, Zhou commented that the Penang Government should focus on building reliable public transport instead of roads. She suggested to Lim perhaps a subway (underground train system) could be built.

“I think public transport needs to be improved. I waited 40 minutes for a bus. Why don’t you build a subway? There are too many cars on the roads and we are often stuck in traffic.

Lim then said: “That is why we are building an LRT system. Subways are expensive.” The Chief Minister was then led off by Penot.

Zhou then addressed the media present, asking: “Why must Penang be like Singapore or Hong Kong? Why can’t it be what Penang is supposed to be? Calm and beautiful.”

 

25 thoughts on “Irate Expat takes on Penang’s Chief Minister Guan Eng over Traffic and Development

  1. Zhou then addressed the media present, asking: “Why must Penang be like Singapore or Hong Kong? Why can’t it be what Penang is supposed to be? Calm and beautiful.”

    Chinese national Sophia Zhou has businesses in Europe and thus is a very successful and very busy businesswoman who need a place to relax periodically.

    Thus she may be suggesting that Penang should not be like Singapore or Hong Kong and thus be developed and that Penang should be calm and beutiful or in other words a ‘Retirees Island’?

  2. Zhou, don’t get carried away just because LGE entertains you.
    Try talking to our esteemed PeeM or other UMNO goons and see what shit you will get, that is if you can get near to them and they obliged by answering you in Bahasa. These goons are so ashamed of talking in English!

  3. Look fellas, this is a narrative of Penang’s over-development, environmental chaos and unbridled over consumption. Heck, the whole effing island is a giant car-park during public holidays and it’s famous street food has morphed into crap.

    Let’s be fair to this lass – who is saying what many Penangnites dare not voice. LGE is as cronyfied as any Establishment hack. He may only be ‘respected’ and deified to the level of his incompetence. His knee-jerkism does no one any favors – least of all DAP’s hypocrisy with regards to all things political.

    Such insular Kiasu-Kiasi-ness is not what DAP used to represent.

    As the largest Oppo party, all they do is yodel and shout inanities instead of providing a calmer, considered leadership and inclusive national discourse. For example, the Hudud Hadi’s FUBAR – instead of protesting in tandem with the Lap-Mongrels of BN, all they do is to blame complicity and insist that it’s a mere political ploy – which it certainly is NOT! Stand across the political divide to thwart the threat!

    To be honest, many folk of my ilk are sick and fed-up of DAP’s reactionism, polemics and hypocrisy which is becoming more and more like their cretinous political adversaries. I’ll probably sit out the next GE, for lack of credible alternatives.
    ________________
    I agree with you, CLF. DAP is not the party I knew in 2008. The Young Turks in DAP are what you say about the pary–arrogant, polemical, and self righteous. I do not blame Tunku Aziz for leaving it, although I may disagree with him when he switched to support Najib. –Din Merican

  4. This bloody China woman from China should than pump in Trillions of clean money to Penangites so that Penang remain to her taste. Otherwise she can retreat to the slums of Quilan.

  5. I was just merely pointing out that the source of the story should be ‘freemalaysiatoday’ and not ‘freemalaysiakini’ I was not in any way undermining your right as a blogger to edit the article.

  6. There are some good comments and suggestions from
    readers of Mr Anil Netto’s blog.

  7. Her traits,loved for islands like Penang,Spore and Hong Kong.
    Today,Spore/Hong Kong has benefitted/reaped their harvest being situated on the world trade route
    A conceited person she is,to trade her pleasure for a paupered Penang.
    If the hustles/bustles are too strenuous she can opt for Pulau Jerajak

  8. “There are some good comments and suggestions from
    readers of Mr Anil Netto’s blog”

    I also read his blog. This woman from China has the same mentality like Mr. Netto who wants to keep Penang serene and laid back, not like the hustles and bustles of congested cities. Does he expect Penang to keep all the Kampungs and stop all developments? Ever wondered why European cities stayed the same decades after decades, even after a few hundred years they still look the same? Because they don’t breed like rabbits. In fact, their birth rate is in the negative territory. That’s why they don’t need high rise buildings. No market for it, not that they don’t want to build.

  9. Before you can edit an article, which to my mind is like a sculpture, the permission of the author must be obtained. Comments who cares do whatever you want to do with the chipping that fall off from the sculptor’s work.
    ________________
    If that is the case, only articles which can match my standard of language, clarity of thought, and cogency will be posted in future. Poorly written comments too.–Din Merican.

  10. /// “When we arrived five to 10 years ago, there were hardly any tall buildings around. Right now, everywhere there are buildings. Now you want to build a third bridge,” Zhou said. ///

    Is this for real? Make up your mind – you arrived 5 or 10 years ago – that’s a huge range. OK, granted you were here 10 years ago – hardly any tall buildings around? Hardly. I think, lady, you are mistaken – you arrived 25 to 50 years ago.

  11. Then you should have edited my comments.
    _______________
    Your comments are well written. I only correct typos.–Din Merican

  12. As usual CLF has the right of it. And yeah, not working in tandem with the MCA regarding the Hudud mess is indicative of the short-sighted take no prisoners style of political conflict that the DAP seems too eager to emulate *cough” PAP *cough*.

    I won’t even get into the whole sub rosa crony game played by the new Mandarins that the apparatchiks seem oblivious to.

    And Mr. Merican is right about the young Turks. When was the last time these young folk offered anything but the standard UMNO must die narrative ?

    And DAP online apparatchiks are the worst. And DAP online apparatchiks are the worst. It’s so true I had to write it twice.

    Honestly sitting out of the next GE is something I’m considering and this from someone who has never not voted since eligible.

  13. Conrad,

    Why don’t you start a new party? You could be the next LKY or even better, who knows. I will join you since I do not belong to any party.

    This article has got nothing to do with politics. I don’t know why some people want to make it to appear so. I guess it’s the pot calling the kettle black. What this woman is trying to say is this;

    ” I have bought a property here on the island. Now I find that it is getting more and more congested. Those of you who haven’t bought a property here, stay away. Go to the mainland. There are plenty of space there. We are not going to build any more high rise on the island.”

    If this is not being selfish, then I don’t know what to call this. She has no right to deprive anyone who wants to live and work on the island to buy a property there even if she is born in Penang. If BN is the state government, I would still condemn her left and right.

    Condos are built by private property developers. If there is no demand, they won’t build. If they still want to build then they are stupid. We cannot stop people from being stupid or smart, can we?

    Have a nice day.

  14. LYW ,

    Why should I start a party and God forbid why would I want to be another Harry ? More importantly the fact that you would join such a party says a lot about you as does your post.

    “This article has got nothing to do with politics. I don’t know why some people want to make it to appear so. I guess it’s the pot calling the kettle black. What this woman is trying to say is this;”

    Did you read the article or does apparatchik glasses redact whole sentences, like this one : “calmly explained to her that with progress came development and the need for proper transport infrastructure.”

    Or you know the so called transparent manner in which the Penang Regime awards contracts, mired in public relation spin , legalese, confrontational bureaucrats, crypto racist spiel and the usual victimization pleas.

    She is not the only person who thinks the way she does and it is neither selfish not reactionary to reject policies of the state government based on criteria which political parties find no profit in.

    “If BN is the state government, I would still condemn her left and right.”

    Don’t make me laugh. The tone of your post here suggest that if it was BN Regime, you would support her without question, probably mumbling on about the Island losing its heritage and greedy UMNO/Malay backed developers destroying the pristine beauty of the Penang.

  15. Conrad,

    In this country, everything is politics. OK. Got it.

    So, you are throwing in the towel, since you are going to sit out the next GE and let BN rule forever. Then, why all the fuss?

  16. LYW,

    I get it. Pointing out the failings of the DAP to folks like you is making a “fuss”?

    In case you missed it, this is a blog with an open comment section. Hence people make comments.

    Also, BN ruling forever is a real possibility because we have the dumbest opposition ever. Don’t blame people for not voting. Blame the political parties for not giving them something worth voting for.

  17. Conrad,

    The oppos are no angels, I know. But we need a two party system badly and it has to start somewhere. If not now, when? What other choice do we have apart from these bunch of dump opposition as you put it? I know it’s very painful for you to vote for these dump asses but for your children’s and their children’s sake, don’t pass this “pain” to them. Just be patient. We may not see the fruits in our life time but it’s a start.

    I sure hope our descendants do not argue about the same subject like what we are doing now 200 years from now.

  18. Conrad,

    I hope there is no ill feeling, it’s just friendly engagement. I hope we are good.

  19. LYW,

    Of course we are good. You made a relevant point that I agreed with. Indeed I think most people would agree with.

    Cheers.

  20. Agreed but I think that sufficient has been said and this topic may now be closed.

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