UMNO wants more Power in Penang

Press Statement by Chris Lee Chun Kit on “Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s statement that the Penang Chief Minister’s post being too powerful” in George Town Penang on 21st August 2017

This statement is in response to this press report: http://www.thestar. it-is-time-to-separate-penang- cm-from-state-agencies/

And in particular, the below statement:

“The Penang Chief Minister may not lead state government agencies such as the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB) if Barisan Nasional wins the state in the next general election.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it was time to separate the Chief Minister from state government agencies.”

This statement above by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan is a rare glimpse into what Penang will be like if Barisan Nasional recaptures the State in the next election.

He is trying hide the fact that even if the Chief Minister’s post is held by a BN component party like Gerakan or MCA, the real power behind the scenes and controlling Penang State Agencies will be UMNO. He is hiding behind that fact by saying that the Chief Minister’s post is too powerful.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan should know that with Malaysia being such a centralised country today, a lot of power in the Malaysian states are already in the hands of the Federal Government controlled by UMNO. The Federal Government even controls public transportation directly under the Prime Minister from UMNO and not the Ministry of Transport held by MCA. And yet UMNO is still so greedy and wants to control Penang behind their puppet component parties like Gerakan and MCA?

Penangites should know by now that the BN component parties will not be able to stop UMNO from imposing their will on Penang. First, they control their Chief Minister by stripping him of the position’s power over state agencies, will the conversion of Penang to a federal territory as a gift to the Prime Minister to rule Penang directly be next?

Chris Lee Chun Kit is a City Councillor with the City Council of Penang Island representing the DAP

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