Najib: Gerakan to hold CM post once again if BN wins back Penang

14-Apr-2018 Intellasia | The Malay Mail Online | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Penang chief minister’s post will continue to be held by a Gerakan leader if Barisan Nasional (BN) wins back the state in the 14th general election, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Barisan Nasional chair said this was due to an agreement made between all BN component parties throughout the years.

“We will maintain this concept of sharing of power in Penang that has been practised for so many years here, so if we win back Penang, the chief minister’s post will not be held by Umno, but our BN component party,” he said.

The BN chair said he wants to be fair to all component parties in BN, which is why the Penang chief minister post will remain under Gerakan.

Ever since Gerakan won Penang from MCA back in 1969 as an opposition party before it joined BN, the chief minister post has always been held by a Gerakan leader up till they lost the state in 2008.

Najib, who was speaking to thousands of people at a dinner event in SMK Teluk Kumbar today, reiterated his stand to cancel reclamation projects planned by the Pakatan Harapan state government in the southern part of the island.

“This project affects fishermen’s livelihood and BN will not carry out a project that causes hardship to the people,” he said.

Najib said it does not make sense that the state government needed to reclaim land in order to fund a transportation master plan.

“The federal government can build Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd and monorail without reclaiming land, so I don’t see why the state needs to do so,” he said.

He called on Penangites to support BN and win the state back to BN so that they could cancel the project.

The Penang state government had proposed a Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project as a means to fund the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

The PSR includes the creation of two man-made islands off the coast, of about 2,000 acres and 1,300 acres respectively, and later another island covering 800 acres.


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