Labuan proof that Penang will suffer if federalised, says Guan Eng

By Opalyn Mok
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng gestures as he speaks to the media, on December 5, 2013. — Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, March 14 — The lack of development in the Federal Territory of Labuan is a glimpse of Penang’s future if it were to be federalised, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Lim said Labuan’s lack of development was raised in Parliament yesterday by Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh.

“An Umno MP questioned why there was no development for Labuan and asked why till today, Labuan remained the same despite being a federal territory,” he said in a press conference at his office today.

He said this showed that Putrajaya could not keep its promises, not even to Sabah which is a Barisan Nasional state.

“This is why Penangites are smart, if you look at the I Love Penang Run, more than 10,000 came out to support to show that they love Penang and rejected the federal territory idea,” he said.

Lim said the state government will organise the second I Love Penang Run, this time in Butterworth, on April 9 with an aim of attracting 5,000 participants.

The I Love Penang run was part of the state’s I Love Penang campaign launched in response to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s suggestions for Penang be made a federal territory last month.