KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's land sale offer in Ampang Jajar, near Butterworth, is an "insincere" gesture, an MCA leader said today.
Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, who is the party's Penang state liaison committee chairman, said Lim had "chosen to create a spectacle" by publically offering to sell land on which places of worship would be built – but concealed the fact that the land is located next to three big sewage ponds.
"The whole plan stinks because it is not sincere. As usual, he has angrily lashed out at the press after it was exposed.
"He has not explained why he did not talk about the three huge sewage ponds when he announced the land sale offer. In short, he did not want the people and media to know.
"He wanted to play the hero, but he has now been exposed," said Tan in a statement today.
On Thursday, Lim said the Penang government was opening up a little over 8 hectares (20 acres) of prime land facing the Prai River, to build temples and churches.
He said 32 lots, varying in size from 6,000 sq ft to an acre, will be available at the site, located in Permatang Pauh.
Tan said Penang state exco member Lim Hock Seng is now doing damage control, saying the land is “far away from the sewage ponds.”
"He now talks about a 100-foot buffer zone between the ponds and plots of land, which he and Lim did not mention earlier.
"MCA proposes that both of them build their homes next to the sewage pond if they believe so much in their own spin.
"Perhaps the state DAP headquarters can also move next to the sewage ponds," he added.