GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has expressed readiness to organise a separate Corruption-free Pledge (IBR) signing ceremony for the state’s Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen.
Admitting that the state administration did not invite the BN assemblymen to the ceremony this morning, Lim said it was because “the event was for the state government”, claiming that BN assemblymen had always been “hostile” to the state administration.
Lim also claimed that invitations to BN assemblymen by the state government to state organised events had always been rejected even if it involved state financial allocations for each constituency to the BN assemblymen.
“Even allocation they don’t want, we’ve given up on them, that’s why we don’t invite them anymore,” he said.
Lim was responding to state opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid who claimed that the ten BN state assemblymen were not invited to the IBR signing ceremony this morning.
Jahara had also been reported as saying that Penang BN will organise their own IBR signing ceremony soon.
“We can organise for them to sign the IBR plus 10 at the state assembly when all the BN state assemblymen will be around to do it, if that’s what they want,” Lim told a press conference here today.
Earlier today the IBR pledge with an additional ten integrity measures was signed by the Penang state government led by Lim.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad. – MO