Lim Guan Eng warns he'll make heritage a global issue
GIVE Penang the promised RM25 million allocation for heritage conservation or the issue will be highlighted on the international stage.
That was the warning sounded to the Federal Government by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday.
Lim (DAP-Air Putih) said the state government needed the money to undertake heritage conservation work effectively after George Town was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
He said former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had promised the money to Penang, but the state had yet to receive anything although Malacca had already received its share.
Penang and Malacca were jointly listed as World Heritage Sites by Unesco last year.
Lim said the state government had so far been hesitant to take the matter up to the international arena as it did not want to tarnish the country's image.
"We will continue appealing to the Federal Government for it to fulfil the promise.
"If it does not work, we will work towards finding other financial resources to preserve and protect Penang's heritage.
"However, if we are forced to the point of desperation, we will take it up at the international level."
He said this in reply to a question by Ong Chin Wen (PKR-Bukit Tengah) on alternative financial resources to preserve heritage in the state.
Lim earlier said that the issue should not be politicised, adding that the sincere wish of the former prime minister to give Penang the allocation was now just an empty promise.
He added that there were rumours that the RM25 million had been hijacked by others.
tunku : after so many years of being an opposition leader, this kit siang's son still acting as an opposition even though he's the CM of Penang now.before becoming cm, he promised moon and stars to the people,he will solve all the problems within a year but it is coming to 2 years soon and still nothing have been done. as a cm he should communicate with federal government if the money was promised by them and not blackmailing in the state assembly.this is a gangster way of doing things not a cm.afterall a "kurang ajar" will always be "kurang ajar".he can't even raise rm25million. where have the money gone(commissions) from making the lease hold lands to free hold?