Under what circumstances did Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor insulted the Penang ruler, asked Gerakan national deputy Youth chief Andy Yong.
He asked this, referring to a statement made by DAP’s Lim Lip Eng who said that Tengku Adnan’s suggestion to expand the Federal Territories to include Penang could be subject to police investigation as it may be deemed an insult to Penang’s Yang Di-Pertua Negeri.
“To me it is more of a political statement trying to create unsubstantiated accusation. If YB Lim really thinks it is an insult to the royalty, he should lodge a police report,” Yong said in a statement today.
In an interview with BFM radio previously, Tengku Adnan said that if he could, he would like to expand the Federal Territories
“If I can, I would take Langkawi, Penang and certain parts of Malacca. With the involvement of the federal government, they would get more funding and more attention,” Tengku Adnan or Ku Nan as he is more commonly known as told the radio station.
Defending Tengku Adnan, Yong said, “One of the reason is federal territorial governments work collaboratively to build a strong, inclusive society and to secure a high quality of life for those who reside in the areas. It will be a good start for the purpose of being progressive into a developed nation as a whole. Just like New York or London.”
“Currently there are three Federal Territories namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital, Putrajaya is the administrative capital and Labuan is an offshore international financial centre.
“Many incentives, programmes and aids are introduced and implemented in the three Federal Territories. The upgraded public transportation (eg MRT) is a good example,” he said.
Yong said he did not see anything wrong with Tengku Adnan’s proposal to have more systematic and better quality territories for city-dwellers, noting that any idea or proposal that would benefit the people should be encouraged.
Lim, who is also Segambut MP, in slamming Ku Nan’s suggestion, had also claimed that under the Pakatan Harapan government, Penang has managed to achieve various international recognitions.
He also urged for Ku Nan to inform the people of the achievements attained by the current three Federal Territories under his administration of the Ministry, before explaining the benefits of Penang becoming a Federal Territory to Penangites.