‘No, Tidak, Bù and Mudiathu.’
What these four words have in common is that they all mean ‘No’ in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, and also the answer given by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on a suggestion for Penang to be turned into a Federal Territory.
According to a video of Guan Eng speaking at a press conference in Penang today, he claimed the suggestion would threaten the unity of the Federation of Malaysia.
“You threaten the integrity and you threaten the entire unity of the Federation of Malaysia. Penang is a state within the Federation. You want to legislate us out of existence?” he said.
Guan Eng added that he did not wish to be the last Chief Minister of Penang, and that there would be many more CMs after him.
“I will not sell out Penang,” he stressed.
It was earlier reported that Tengku Adnan or Ku Nan as he is more commonly known as, had expressed his wish to expand the Federal Territories if he could.
“I would like to expand the Federal Territories if I can. If I can, I would take Langkawi, Penang and certain parts of Malacca,” he told radio station BFM in an interview.
He said he believed the states would be happy to accept it as it would mean more money and attention being poured into the territory.
To that, Guan Eng said they were not happy at all, stating that no discussion had been made on the matter.
He also described Tengku Adnan as a conqueror who wanted to expand the empire of the Federal Territories Ministry.
Presently, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan make up the Federal Territories.
Ku Nan, in his interview, cited the example of KL, saying that if it was not part of the federal territory, it would not be what it was today.
“We need the Federal Territories because the ruling government has a certain programme and planning (to be implemented),” he said.