Penangites short-changed by ‘migrant’ streams of politicians?

Penang is the most industrious island in the nation. Apparently, after the ‘Political Tsunami’ on 8 March 2008 Penang State Government has been filled by ‘migrants‘ instead of indigenous Penangites as per under Barisan Nasional.

Penangites then had so much hopes when they gave the Opposition the mandate and kicked out Koh Tsu Koon’s BN out. DAP having the most seat in the tri-party-unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-strange-backstabbing-bedfellows assumed the Chief Minister position. One of the Deputy Chief Minister is also a DAP man.

Unfortunately, some of the strategic post in Penang are filled with Non Penangites. The most apparent is Chief Minister is Lim Guan Eng. He is a Melaka born and had been serving Melakans for a long time. He even speak with the wrong Hokkien twang to blend seamlessly with Penangites.

How and why Penangites allowed an outsider to manage them and their affairs is baffling. Appearing at Damansara Utama Methodist Church in Petaling Jaya semalam is a proof on suspicion by many that Lim is a closet Christian. If it is true he had embraced Christianity, then he is now a CEO of a state where the majority Chinese are predominantly Taoist.

Penangites should have insisted that a DAP Penang veteran Wong Hon Wai to be the Chief Minister.

Then there are Non Penangites in the Exco like P Ramasamy who was born in Sitiawan, Perak, Chow Kon Yeow who is from Kuala Lumpur and Mansor Osman, who is a Kedah born man.  MP for Jelutong Jeff Ooi who is Chief of Staff in the CM’s Office is a Pendang-born chap and Bukit Bendera MP Party Strategist Liew Chin Tong hails from Selangor.

These Non Penangites are actually causing a lot of issues if not problems for Penangites. The recent spat between Ooi and Exco in-charge of Housing Wong Hon Wai is reflective of the DAP team attempting to manage Penang isn’t really working well together.

Jeff Ooi let off with warning

2011-08-06 11:24

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) — DAP central committee member and Member of Parliament for Jelutong, Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun was let off with just a warning by the party’s Disciplinary Committee (DC) today for attacking a fellow party member, who is also Penang state Exco member Wong Hon Wai, in the media.

DC chairman Tan Kok Wai said after listening to Ooi’s testimony at the party headquarters here, the committee has decided to issue a “stern warning” to Ooi, who is also chief of staff of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“He has breached party discipline by resorting to the media without exhausting all available internal avenues. This in turn has tarnished the party’s name and image,” Tan told reporters after the hearing.

Ooi had previously been involved in exchanging bards with fellow DAP colleague, Wong, in the media over the latter’s purported failure to get sufficient data on applicants for low cost apartments in Batu Lanchang, since he was the state Exco in charge of housing.

Ooi even went a step further by calling for Wong’s resignation over the matter.

The feud came out in the open when Wong claimed that Ooi did not do his homework when submitting a name list of 178 people who applied to buy low-cost houses in his constituency.

Ooi then retaliated, saying it was a “baseless claim” and called on Wong, whom he labelled as a “little Napoleon,” to resign from his post. Explaining the DC’s decision today, Tan said Ooi’s was given a warning because of the uncalled-for name-calling of Wong which the DC deemed as something that “does not sit well with the public.”

“His remarks will only lead to party’s disrepute” said Tan while stating that the Penang administration has been receiving praise for being a “model state” and the matter Ooi raised did not help solve any grievances of the people.

“Jeff as an MP (member of parliament) and Lim Guan Eng’s chief of staff should act as a party leader who knew how to demonstrate unity among colleagues and use proper channels to raise the matter.

“DAP’s reputation, which has been painstakingly built over 46 years, could be easily destroyed by this kind of action,” he said.

Earlier, Ooi when meet by reporters after giving his testimony said he was ready to face any decision taken by the DC, if they found him under any offence and hoped the DC would also have the “wisdom” to haul Wong for his explanation.

However, Tan explained later it was not necessary to call up Wong


This suspiciously looking that DAP Secretary General who is also the Chief Minister is applying some degree of favourtism and ‘intervention”, so that one of his own is not reprimanded too hard. Even at the expense of Penangites. The fact that Ooi was just let off with a warning is reflective of the fact that Penangites have been short-changed with this migrant politicians running their administration business.

In business terms, the current DAP didn’t do much better for the state compared to when it was under BN. In fact, under BN Penang saw a steady economic growth and investment. Then again Chinese Chauvinist DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is unable to do math very well.  There are more complaints against the Penang State Government now as compared to the aggregated complaints against the BN Government for almost 40 years.

In hindsight, Penangites are better having one of their running their affairs.

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 14:08  Comments (9)