In yesterday’s entry, I highlighted several quotes from an Off the Edge interview with Gerakan adviser Lim Keng Yaik, including his comment about the dubious land deals in Penang:
(Koh Tsu Koon) was not strong enough to stop the Umno fellas. Let’s see the land cases coming up; you’ll find an Umno arm all over the place. Yes, and Guan Eng is saying, “You did not stop it.”
But check out theSun online today. In an article titled ‘Public land gone!’, Terence and Nades reported:
What was supposed to be land for facilities for the people in the up-market Bandar Utama township has ended up in private hands.
All it took was for the previous members of the Selangor Executive Council to agree and for the then mentri besar to alienate the land to individuals, bodies, corporations – and even political parties….
All in all, seven parcels of land meant for public amenities have been misused….
Political parties have also got into the action and hijacked some of them.
The land on which Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan)’s building is located was meant for a telecommunications exchange, while the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) now owns a parcel of land designated for a Tamil school.
Ouch! Perhaps Keng Yaik would like to clarify. (As for the MIC, that’s a lost cause.)
In the meantime, he appears to contradict acting party president Koh Tsu Koon. Keng Yaik had said that the mood among party leaders and members is to opt out of BN.
But in an NST report reproduced on the Gerakan website, we have Tsu Koon saying:
Certain quarters had made the call for the party to leave the ruling coalition. But it was only a small number that made the call.
The majority of members still want the party to stay in the BN and help to revive and strengthen the coalition.
So which is which?