Former exco member Khor Gark Kim has rated Koh Tsu Koon’s performance as the worst among Penang’s chief ministers so far. (And to think that Koh is now in charge of monitoring Key Perfomance Indicators at the federal level…)
All I can say is if you look at the quality of life in Penang – the overall environment including congestion, the state of cleanliness, water and sea pollution, the cutting of hill-slopes, haphazard property development – since the 1970s, it has clearly deteriorated over the years.
This report from The Star:
Guan Eng’s situation likened to Chong Eu’s struggle
July 27, 2009
THE challenges faced by Lim Guan Eng as Penang Chief Minister are similar to those faced by Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, China Press quoted former Penang exco member Datuk Khor Gark Kim as saying.
He said both became Chief Minister when they were in the Opposition.
“Chong Eu’s biggest problem was to ensure the nation’s stability, and development was second in his priority at that time.
“The anti-establishment sentiment was very strong at that time because many government policies were obsolete and the country was lagging behind,” he said.
He said Guan Eng’s situation was similar to Chong Eu’s struggle and whether he could make it as a successful chief minister would depend on the state government’s relationship with the Federal Government.
In a special interview with the daily, Khor also said among the four chief ministers, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon was the worst in terms of performance.
“His team members did not have the guts to perform their duties sincerely.
“Everyone of his state assemblyman only wanted to be the ‘nice guy’,’’ he added.
He said Dr Koh inherited a state with rich resources when he took over the office from Dr Lim.
“Both the state government and the Federal Government were ruled by the Barisan Nasional during his time and he did not have too many difficulties like Chong Eu and Guan Eng,” he said.
“However, he lost everything after 18 years as chief minister and this shows that there were weaknesses during his governance,” Khor said.