Guan Eng: No conditions attached to Penang flood relief aid

By Opalyn Mok
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng stressed that there are no conditions attached to the one-off payment contrary to media reports. ― Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 14 — Recipients of the state government’s one-off flood relief payments do not need to register as members of any Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

Lim who is also DAP secretary-general stressed that there are no conditions attached to the one-off payment contrary to media reports.

“This is a baseless accusation as there is no such condition attached to the one-off payment. If you look at our Warga Emas programme, we give it out to everyone, including Umno members, we do not only give to Pakatan supporters,” he said in his winding-up speech at the legislative assembly today.

Lim referred to a newspaper clipping quoting state Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN — Teluk Air Tawar) that those who wish to apply for the one-off payment needed to register as a party member.

To this, Jahara clarified that she had only said ‘difahamkan’ which she translated to “we have been made to understand”.

Lim, then, responded that ‘difahamkan’ is an assertion of fact.

“When you say, I understand that to apply for payment, you must be a member of a political party, this is an assertion,” he said.

He then demanded that Jahara show proof that applicants for the one-off payment were required to join a political party as a member.

“This is a serious accusation so the Opposition must show proof because this is corruption, this is not allowed, there was never such a thing,” he said.

He added that the PH state government is one that acts for all and not only for PH supporters.

“Maybe Barisan Nasional wants to be a government only for its supporters,” he said.

Jahara interrupted to point out that the BN federal government also gave out aid to everyone and not only to the coalition’s supporters.

In response to that, Lim said “maybe” BN wanted to be a government for BN supporters.

He again insisted that Jahara show proof that the Penang government had included a condition for recipients to join as a party member in order to get the one-off payment.

To this, Jahara said she will need time to get proof as she can’t come up with proof there and then.

“I give you until this afternoon after the break to show proof of this,” Lim said.