BALIK PULAU, 11 Nov 2009: Penang Umno Youth has urged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to resign for “cakap tidak serupa bikin” (not doing as he had claimed).
Its treasurer, Aziaan Ariffin, said Lim should clarify the matter of land conversion, which was brought up in the state assembly in August.
“As a state government leader who follows example of Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz and who also practises the principles of competence, accountability and transparency, Lim needs to clarify land ownership conversion.
“We (Umno Youth) have lost confidence in him, and therefore urge Lim to resign as he is not qualified to govern this state,” Aziaan said at a news conference here today.
An English-language newspaper reported on 1 Nov on Pulau Betong state assemblyperson Muhammad Farid Saad, who claimed that Lim had misled the state assembly during its August sitting by saying there had been no change in land status between April 2008 and June this year.
This was in the face of reports that the state government had approved an application to change the status of a piece of land in Georgetown from leasehold to freehold.
The newspaper also reported that a company would build a luxury condominium and a seafood restaurant on the land.
“What is his motive for hiding the approval from the people?” Aziaan asked.
According to new Penang land administration policy, only residential land can be converted from leasehold to freehold. — Bernama