GEORGE TOWN: Penang has only received RM794mil in federal grants in the last eight years even though it had contributed RM25,670mil in taxes and custom duties.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the numbers were revealed by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a written reply in the recently concluded Parliamentary sitting.
“Penang received only a shocking 3% of what it had contributed from 2001 to 2008.
“The state has been left out of the development mainstream too long and that has resulted in a slower rate in the building of public infrastructure compared to other states,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
He added that even Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had made the observation that Penang was developing slower compared to other towns like Ipoh or Seremban.
“The Penang government will seek a fair deal from the Federal Government to allow all Penangites equal opportunity for success and prosperity regardless of race or background.
“Our efforts in ensuring that everyone has a share in the fruits of economic success has led Penang to become the first state to wipe out hardcore poverty with every family receiving at least RM500 a month,” he said.
He also wished all Penangites a Merry Christmas.
tunku : he expect federal government to give it back all the taxes to the state? what a dumb cm he is? may be he expect everything to go back to penang as he can "sweep" all.did he calculate in all the federal government projects in penang? why should he quote what lee kuan yew had to say?? ooo they are from same party before.lee kuan yew is dap's mentor.now lee kuan yew is ruling penang through his proxy.he is making sure that his proxy is trying their best to make penang as the second singapore not economically but trying to get penang out from Malaysia like what they did with singapore in the sixties.the penangites should not be fooled by them.