Penang Gerakan wants state executive councillor referred to the rights committee

Dec 20, 2016
Gerakan Youth assistant secretary Loh Kit Mun pressing for a clearer explanation on the heritage properties owned by foreigners.
Gerakan Youth assistant secretary Loh Kit Mun pressing for a clearer explanation on the heritage properties owned by foreigners.

Penang Gerakan Youth has suggested that Penang executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow should be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee, for allegedly giving inaccurate information at the state assembly on foreign-owned heritage properties.

Penang Gerakan Youth assistant secretary Loh Kit Mun said since Chow had admitted to not coming clean on the issue, he should be referred to the committee.

Loh stressed that the Sungei Acheh Assemblyman was asked on prewar houses sold to foreigners and not specifically on houses on Section 23 in the Heritage Zone.

“Inaccurate answers are tantamount to misleading the house. You are supposed to give correct answers so that proper check and balance can be carried out at the assembly,” Loh said via a press statement.

Loh pointed out that Chow had said there were 18 units owned by foreigners, while Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng replied there were 61 units.

He also questioned why data on foreign ownership for 2015 and 2016 was left out.

Chow replied in a statement that the 18 units he referred to were confined to Section 23 of the George Town World Heritage Site.

Section 23 of the Northeast district is one of eight areas which form the boundaries of the George Town World Heritage Site.

Loh urged all the Penang State Assemblymen to move a motion against Chow for providing misleading information to the House

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