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Pot Calling the Kettle Black November 15, 2008

Posted by malaysianstory in Uncategorized.
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IT is easier said than done. Or is it the case of a Pot Calling the Kettle Black?

First, the Lim Guan Eng regime made headlines when he told the whole world that he flew on Economy Class ticket and slept in a cheap hotel.

Later, he unveiled his new regime policy which centres around the values of Competency, Accountability and Transparency or CAT. In Bahasa Melayu CAT means kucing, a pet that is loved by many.

The new chief executive has introduced some populist measures and claimed to be the first to implement the CAT (Competency, Accountability, Transparency) policy in the country.

In an interview after he was sworn in as Penang’s fourth Chief Minister, Guan Eng said, “For example, they should fly economy instead of business class and take a deluxe room instead of a suite, which they are entitled to. When holding government functions, we do it in government complexes and have cooked food that is catered so that small-time businesses can earn some money.

“We do all this belt tightening so that we can channel back the savings to the rakyat. It is very tiring and I get a migraine but we must send a message that we must save and the only way to do it is leadership by example.

“If I could do it in the past, why not now? You are using the people’s money, you should treat it as your own,” Guan Eng was quoted in the interview.

Guan Eng thought the rakyat have forgotten what he had said.

Now after eight months in power, Guan Eng no longer flies in economy class or take a deluxe room.

His recent controversial so-called trade mission to South Korea has created more hullabaloo than good.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week during the trade mission between the Penang Development Corporation and South Korea company DK ENC Company Ltd to develop a proposed RM350mil golf resort in Batu Kawan covering 152ha of state land, including a hilly area.

It was later discovered that the golf course was not in the original development plan for the Batu Kawan satellite township as the previous state government wanted to retain the hills for the greenery.

South Seberang Prai already has two golf courses, one of which has ceased operations. So, why do Guan Eng needs a third one?

After bored and sick flying Economy Class and sleeping in deluxe room, maybe Guan Eng now needs to play golf with the Koreans and a good massage to overcome the tiredness and migraine.

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