Isu penjualan tanah Taman Manggis di Jalan Zainal Abidin yang sepatutnya didirikan rumah PPR terus menjadi bualan hangat di P.Pinang. Guan Eng seolah-olah cuba lari daripada menjawab isu ini dengan memberi alasan yang bodoh untuk menghalalkan penjualan tanah berkenaan .
Alasan seperti keluasan tanah yang kecil dan terbaru untuk membina sebuah hospital swasta tidak mendapat kelulusan KKM . Ini semua bukti jelas Guan Eng gagal menjelaskan kepada rakyat tentang mengapa tanah milik kerajaan neger ini yang sepatutnya dibina rumah kos rendah untuk rakyat miskin telah tergadai .
CHIEF Minister Lim Guan Eng has been told to explain why the 0.4ha of land in Jalan Zainal Abidin was too small for an affordable housing project but was good enough for a hospital. Penang Barisan publicity bureau chief Tan Cheng Liang said the people were puzzled why the land was not earmarked for a 16-storey affordable housing project to cater for the low-income group in the first place.
“He (Lim) should not run away from answering to the people on this issue,’’ she said. It was reported that Lim had said the land was too small and not feasible for public housing and had identified another plot (4.45ha) in Jalan S.P. Chelliah to build homes.
Tan also said Lim had contradicted himself in an earlier report by claiming the Health Ministry had not approved any new application to build hospitals in Penang since 2008.
“The ministry has approved five hospitals and specialist centres since 2008 including the one in Jalan Zainal Abidin.
“Lim shouldn’t make baseless accusations. He should do his homework first,” she said in a press conference at the state Barisan Nasional headquarters in Jalan Datuk Keramat yesterday.
Tan claimed that the 30-storey specialist centre would consist of three levels of podium parking, six stories for a medical centre and 19 stories for a hotel. The state Barisan had said the 0.4ha of land in Jalan Zainal Abidin was slated for the Phase 2 of Taman Manggis. She also cautioned Lim that he had not been updated on the matter. “It is Phee (Boon Poh)’s portfolio and yet he did not know the Health Ministry had approved the hospitals and centres,” she said.
The press conference was also attended by Penang Barisan chairman Teng Chang Yeow’s special officer David Yim and state Gerakan Youth vice-chairman Tan Kah Leong, Phee who is state Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman said the state had never guaranteed the company that it would obtain approval to operate a private hospital.
He had also said the Health Ministry had not given licence to the hospital but only approval for the company concerned to submit a planning application for the proposed project. – The Star