10 November 2017
Press statement by MCA Publicity Spokesman cum Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
Lim Kit Siang said, “don’t let Penang be the Venice of the East”
“People of Penang must make clear to Penang State Government that “Enough is Enough", that they do not want Penang to become the Venice of the East and they do not want any more talk but real action from the government.”
This remark was made about 20 years ago. I am just doing it - a replay!
“Yesterday was another watery disaster for Georgetown, where after over an hour of downpour from 4.30 pm, Penang was again transformed into the Venice of the East.
Most parts of George Town were congested with traffic with flash floods affecting the vicinity of Pengkalan Weld, Komtar, City Stadium, Jalan York, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang Hospital, Jalan Burmah, Jalan Perak, etc and other major parts of the city.
There were massive traffic jams paralysing Georgetown as it happened after office and school hours.
The 250 residents at the 60-odd double-storey terrace houses in Lorong Air Terjun were stranded when their homes were submerged in more than 1.2 m of flood water.
This was not the first time the area was flooded, though the waist-deep water level was by far the worst.
The residents at Lorong Air Terjun as well as the people of Penang as a whole must be quite tired of empty assurances about immediate flood mitigation plans and I call on the Penang Chief Minister, Tan Sri Dr. Tan Tsu Koon to personally head a task force on immediate flash-flood mitigation in Georgetown to send out a clear message that the State Government has no intention to allow the Penang island to stumble into becoming the Venice of the East.”
Does this sound familiar? It was a statement issued by DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang on 7 August 1998.
Fast forward to the floods that hit Penang on 4 and 5 Nov, 2017 which claimed seven lives, most of them senior citizens.
Will Lim Senior be issuing same kind of statements to force his son and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to put an end to floods in Penang caused by rampant over-development?
To quote Lim Kit Siang from almost 20 years ago: “The people of Penang as a whole must be quite tired of empty assurances about immediate flood mitigation plans.”
“So what is being done to ensure the people of Penang will not have to suffer more due to the DAP state government's pro-development stand?"
Will Lim Kit Siang and his son walk the talk?
Lim Kit Siang's 1998 statement can be read here:
Fast forward to 10 years later when after the 2008 general election (GE):
DAP Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik assures: ”DAP will solve flood problem in 9 months”
One term in office: It still floods, nothing Ubah
Fast forward to after the 2013 GE:
15 Dec 2013 – Lim Guan Eng promised: “If we win in Pahang and Putrajaya, give us one term and the floods in Pahang will be resolved.”
Now look at the stake in his own State after DAP and Lim Guan Eng assumes power:
Oct 2013 – Flood havoc at Balik Pulau
Aug 2015 – Flood havoc at Batu Maung, Balik Pulau
July 2016 – Flood havoc at several places in Penang
Sept 2016 – Flood havoc at Georgetown
Oct 2016 – Flood havoc at Air Itam, Bkt Bendera (It has not flooded here in 24 years)
Sept 2017 – Flood havoc in Penang & minor landslide at Tanjung Bungah
Coming to the end of the second term, and after 9 years in office: Ubah for the worse
Oct 2017 – Major landslide at Tanjung Bungah, 11 innocent lives gone
Nov 2017 – Major floods ravages in Penang, state comes to a standstill, Penang hospital flooded (first time in history), 10,000 evacuated.
Kit Siang words fulfilled DAP’s self-fulfilling prophesy
Penang is no more the Pearl of the Orient but the neo Venice of the East;
Replace the gondolas with sampans and motorboats.
Replace the crooning gondoliers with Penangites crying over losses.
Replace Georgetown’s tarmac roads with the “Yellow Sea.”
Replace green lawns with strewn rubbish and debris from homes.
Penang Flood waters in 1998 were waist-deep but by Nov 2017, the record climbs a notch higher to chest-high tiers.
Penangites must tell the Penang DAP state government: “Enough is enough! We don’t want anymore:
Penang hills that grow bald (illegal hill clearing at Bukit Relau)
Land reclamation (for marine-ecology busting undersea tunnel)
Further environmental air pollution (Sungai Lembu illegal sawdust factory)
Replay Lim Kit Siang’s words in 1998 but to the present scenario. UBAH! Just do it !
Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
MCA Publicity Spokesman (English/Bahasa Malaysia)
MCA Religious Harmony Bureau