Press statement by Penang Barisan Nasional State Chairman Teng Chang Yeow
No transparency and accountability. Bayan Bay reclamation project approved by Penang State Government without open tender & held in secretive for more than 2 years.
The 25 acres of reclamation land in Bayan Bay announced in the State Assembly on 6th November 2015 was approved way back on 29th August 2013 by the DAP-led Penang State Government.
We quote the following statement from the Chief Minister’s 2016 budget speech in the State Assembly:-
“tanah tebus guna baru adalah di Bayan Bay. Tebusguna tanah Bayan Bay oleh Tetuan Ideal Gim Ventures Sdn. Bhd. dengan keluasan 24.79 ekar akan digunakan untuk pembinaan 2,100 unit perumahan seluas 11.79 ekar, 11 ekar sebagai rizab Kerajaan dan 2 ekar lagi untuk kegunaan infrastruktur”
One wonders why the DAP-led Penang State Government must hold in secretive from the public the approval for the last 2 years and 3 months.
We believe the reclamation was approved without an open tender. The DAP-led Penang State Government has been boasting of awarding every single project based on open tender since coming into power in 2008. This is only a short-lived promise, never meant to be kept!
This clearly breached their Competent, Accountable and Transparency (CAT) slogan. The CAT is now proclaimed dead!
The original approval granted to Ideal Gim Venture Sdn Bhd was 13 acres on 29th August2013. An additional 0.99 acres was granted upon appeal on 18th July 2014. Ideal Gim Venture Sdn Bhd made the application on 5th July 2013, exactly 2 months after the 13thGeneral Elections. Within a month, the planning permission was approved by the State Planning Committee chaired by the Chief Minister! This is a superfast approval!
One wonders why this particular company enjoys such privileges. We dare not conclude that this is cronyism!
This is scandalous!