GEORGE TOWN, Dec 24 - Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng praised Penang Barisan Nasional for being a capable Opposition after the latter announced its intention to give contributions to Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) top scorers.
Commending his political foes for their plan, the DAP secretary-general said even DAP was not as capable as BN when it was the Opposition in the state.
“It is good to have BN as the Opposition here, as they have the resources to give contributions like this.
“Perhaps, they should remain as an Opposition for a win-win situation for Penangites,” he said.
Lim said Penang BN, when it was the state government, had never given such contributions but now they are doing it when they are the Opposition.
He added that the Pakatan Rakyat state government had been giving contributions to SPM and STPM top students in the last few years.
He said this in a press conference after presenting contributions of RM300 and RM250 each to three visually impaired PMR students who scored seven and six As respectively.
Lim quipped that it is good that Penang BN made full use of its resources now, which will benefit the people of Penang.
“My Christmas wish is for them to continue contributing to the people regularly and not once every five years,” he said.
Several days ago, Penang BN Teng Chang Yeow announced that Penang BN will reward PMR straight A students and outstanding unified examination (UEC) candidates in Penang with cash incentive
The students will be given cash and plaques in January as a recognition of their academic achievement.
Lim had also pointed out that with Penang BN as the Opposition, it had also pushed for Penang’s freeport status to be reinstated.
“Previously, when they were the state government, they did not think about doing this but now as an Opposition, they are trying to push for Penang’s freeport status to be reinstated which is a good thing,” he said.
The PR state government has been asking for the state’s freeport status to be reinstated.
Penang has had the freeport status since colonial times until it was revoked in 1969.
Both the Penang BN and PR state government had said that by reinstating Penang’s freeport status, it would spur the tourism industry and also attract more foreign investors.