KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has violated the model code of conduct by 'threatening' voters to urge them not to cast their votes in favour of Barisan Nasional (BN), said Gerakan.
Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said Lim had intimidated the voters because he knew that they were aggrieved with the state government.
He noted that many problems had surfaced under the DAP-led state government, such as traffic congestion, constant flash floods, sky-rocketing housing prices and the selling-off of state assets.
“It is ridiculous for Lim to claim that should BN recapture Penang, the forests in the state will become 'botak' (bald).
"The fact is, past BN state government had spared no effort to preserve the greenery in Penang.
"But since the Opposition took over, many hillsides were destroyed in spite of promises to protect the forests," said Lau in a statement.
He was responding to a remark by Lim on Tuesday that Penang would go on “reverse” should BN regain power and all the projects implemented by the current administration would be undone.
Lau pointed out that Balik Pulau, Tanjung Bunga, Bukit Gambir had all gone 'botak' under the present state government.
He added that Lim is also fearful that should BN manage to recapture Penang, the scandals that took place under his regime would be exposed.
"Penang voters should cast their vote wisely and not put the same lawmakers in power again, so that they can benefit from development projects which take into account their views and reflect their needs.
"Voters must also teach the Opposition not to take their voters for granted especially when they have voiced concern on various issues such as sea reclamation, the undersea tunnel and transport master plan," he said.