More on the Penang International Convention Centre.
Tan Seng Hai, the person spearheading a petition expressing concern about the PICC, sent the following letter to The Star – but it apparently has not been published.
I refer to the report “Council will announce successful bidder of PICC, says CM” (Sunday Star, 14 March 2010) in which Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was quoted as saying critics of the PICC have their “own political motives and agenda behind their criticisms”.
I do not belong to any political party and have no affiliation to any organisations. I initiated the on-line petition against building the PICC on my own initiative out of love for Penang and in the hope that the Penang State Government will do the right thing and do it right.
It is disappointing that the Chief Minister has taken such a defensive and arrogant stance to lambast all the critics of PICC regardless that the much of the feedback and input given was sincere and genuine. Many who signed the petition and gave their inputs are apolitical professionals and genuinely care for the State. After all, the Chief Minister himself requested for feedback and input to the PICC project.
I have sent two emails to the office of the Chief Minister requesting a response to the feedback and an invitation to a dialogue with resident associations committees and management committees of Bayan Baru, Sungai Ara, Bukit Jambul and Relau. These are the major stakeholders affected by the PICC project. I have still not received any response from the office of the Chief Minister. I would expect at least the courtesy of a response from the Chief Minister’s office.
Tan Seng Hai