MPPP Councillor Lim Mah Hui has issued a statement to clarify his remarks on the ‘Penang Paradigm’ which he claims were misquoted in a New Straits Times report.
I wish to set the record straight on what was reported in the New Straits Times on 22 February 2013 under the misleading heading “’Penang Paradigm’ is nothing new”. The author misquotes me and takes me substantially out of context. Furthermore, juxtaposing what I said with what Teng Chang Yeow said (the Penang state government’s vision is just two words, i.e., Penang Paradigm) makes me seem like a bedfellow with the Barisan Nasional.
Last week the author of the article asked me about the Penang Blueprint and the Penang Paradigm. I told her that the Blueprint which sets out the development agenda and priorities for the state was completed a couple of years ago but shelved to accommodate the Federal’s government request to work together for a greater Penang development plan.
Since nothing came out of it (and we heard today (23 February 2013) at the official launching of the Penang Paradigm that the Penang State government waited in vain for a year for a response from the federal government about the progress), the state government decided to launch its own development agenda – this time the Penang Paradigm. It is not totally new in the sense that it builds upon the basics of the earlier Penang Blueprint; it is new in another sense that it is more comprehensive, analytical, and even more participatory. A series of workshops with stakeholders, including civil society, was held over a couple of weeks to solicit input for the formulation of the Penang Paradigm. In addition, with the official launch of its website today, members of the public are encouraged to provide further feedback and input to make the document an even better one.
This is a far cry from the policies and methods of the Barisan Nasional.
To put me together with Teng Chang Yeow and to publish the article just one day before the official launch of the Penang Paradigm seems mischievous at best and malicious at worst. I call upon the New Straits Times to correct the misreporting and to exercise more professionalism in future.
Dr. Lim Mah Hui
Member of Board of Directors of Penang Institute