Prove Penang exco profited from hospital project, Guan Eng tells Teng
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wants his political foes to prove their claims that he and his state government have vested interests in a hospital being built in Jalan Zainal Abidin.
He was responding to Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow, who had last week accused Lim (picture), the CM’s political secretary and four members of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state executive council of having profited from the sale of a land that had been earmarked for the construction of the private hospital.
Lim said the issue was the use of land for the project, saying the initial plot of land set aside was not big enough for the hospital project as the Housing and Local Government Ministry requires hospitals to be located on land that measured at least two acres.
“Chor Chee Heung himself asked for minimum two acres,” he said, referring to the minister in charge. I have no idea why Gerakan wants us to use the smaller plot.
“So we offered a plot of 11 acres, 10 times more than the original size,” Lim told reporters in George Town today.
The Malaysian Insider obtained an audio recording of the news conference.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, demanded Teng back his accusation, which he said was serious.
He also accused the Gerakan secretary-general of lying to gain publicity in the run-up to elections.
“This is no times (sic) for games. He thinks he can speak with no consequences. Don’t think you can just lie and nobody will care,” Lim said.
He said he will give Teng a chance to substantiate his allegations before deciding if he would sue.