Malaysia

Ngeh: Perak Eco Hub more ‘pie in sky’

By Clara Chooi
May 30, 2011

Ngeh told Zambry to address basic problems before promising mammoth development projects. — file picNgeh told Zambry to address basic problems before promising mammoth development projects. — file picIPOH, May 30 — Perak DAP today scoffed at Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s announcement of the Perak Eco Industrial Hub, predicting it would turn into another “pie in the sky” project unlikely to materialise.

Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said in a statement today that the state Barisan Nasional-led (BN) government was known for trying to “deceive the people” by announcing mega-projects even before they were ready to be kicked-off.

“The BN Perak government tries to give the impression that it has brought much development to Perak to deceive the people when in fact it has failed to do so. An inquiry from an interested investor is announced as if the project is taking off in Perak,” said the former senior state executive councillor.

Ngeh predicted that the Eco Industrial Hub would likely fail to materialise like other projects in Perak including the Aluminium Plant, Gulf Petroleum Project, International Halal Meat Hub, Aerospace Tourism from the Ipoh Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, the building of luxury homes in Tronoh where residents own personal planes, the production of ethanol from mangrove palms (Nipah) and the seaweed project.

“The list can go on,” he said.

Zambry recently announced the state’s plan to set up the hub at a 1214.1ha site in Perak, claiming it would create some 12,000 job opportunities and contribute at least 14 per cent to the state’s gross domestic product.

Ngeh, however, told Zambry to prove his worth by first solving basic problems like public transportation in Manjung, where the former’s state constituency of Pangkor Island lies, and issuing titles to renew expired land leases within a month, which had been done by the previous Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government.

He also reminded the state of its promise last year that a new public bus service system would begin operations early this year, a pledge yet unfulfilled with nearly half the year gone.

Ngeh added that he had also been receiving complaints from the public that the renewal of their expired land leases were being delayed for over two years now under BN’s rule.

During PR’s administration, said Ngeh, the state had managed to cut down unnecessary procedures and was able to issue the titles within one month after an application was made.

“I call on Zambry to actually serve the people rather than making rosy announcements to deceive the people. I hope the people can see clearly that the BN grab of power in Perak is for power and not to serve the people,” he said.

Perak was claimed by the loose PR pact of DAP, PKR and PAS following Election 2008 but fell into BN’s hands following the defection of several assemblymen in February 2009.