GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state government’s failure to provide a figure of illegal factories operating in Penang as urged by a new political party, is proof that it does not care about the well-being of Penangites, claimed PAP.
Dubbed the splinter party of DAP, the People’s Alternative Party (PAP) today questioned the DAP-led state government’s silence when asked on the number of illegal factories operating in Penang.
Its vice-president Rahmad Isahak described the failure by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), the two local councils in Penang to furnish details on illegal factories in both municipalities as disappointing.
“The refusal of the state government to give the actual number of illegal factories despite being asked to do so repeatedly goes to show they are trying to hide the actual fact of the issue.
“It’s a serious issue involving the health and safety of the villagers in Kampung Sungai Lembu and other areas which have illegal factories and it is something they should answer if they’re indeed serious in looking after the rakyat,” he told a press conference at the PAP office in Jelutong here today.
PAP had earlier urged the Penang government through MPPP and MPSP to respond to allegations that there are more than 200 illegal factories in Penang.
Rahmad said the party would report the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) by next week following the state government’s inaction over the matter.
Meanwhile, PAP president Zulkifli Mohd Noor, in a separate development challenged DAP to openly announce that they have already dropped the Malaysian Malaysia policy in the 1967 Setapak Declaration with the approaching 14th general election.
He said this was based on DAP’s previous move of signing a political cooperation with other opposition parties championed by Malay and Muslim leaders.
“Do they dare state that they have scrapped the Malaysian Malaysia concept which clearly sets aside the Bumiputera rights in this country?” he asked. – MO