PENANG, April 4 â€” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today invited Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the state to discuss development issues.
He said that as a state that contributes 30 per cent to national income, Penang’s development should not be neglected but needed to be given focus so that it could continue to generate national wealth and success.
“The prime minister has said he wants to discuss and talk to all parties, and Penang wants to be the first state to invite him to come for a discussion so that together we can ensure state and national development,” he told reporters after presenting awards to 206 students who excelled in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia examinations here.
He said he extended the invitation with an open heart for the sake of the people and country and was willing to receive contributions from Barisan Nasional as long as they were based on the principles of Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency.
He said Penang’s role in the country’s economic development was very important in terms of its contribution to national income.
Moreover, Penang’s share of tourist arrivals to Malaysia was also 30 per cent and the state also contributed 65 per cent to the health tourism sector, he said.
“I hope the new prime minister considers these facts and continue to allocate funds for Penang’s development,” he said.
On the release of 13 Internal Security Act detainees, Lim said the government should free everyone held under the legislation or take them to court if they had committed any offence.
He said detaining an individual without trial was a breach of basic human rights and hoped Najib would consider repealing the ISA instead of just reviewing it.
“We don’t want them to only change the plate but the content is still the same. If there are terrorist threats, use other legislations to charge those accused,” he said.
On the restriction imposed on the New Straits Times, Lim said it was up to the newspaper to restore ties with the Penang government. “If NST can give space for the state government to make clarification or refute untruth reports, everything will be settled.
“However the ban on Utusan Malaysia was not made by the state government but the Pakatan Rakyat supreme leadership council last year following dissatisfaction over reports by the newspaper,” he said.
Source : Bernama