Thursday, May 27, 2010

Penang upset at being left out of 10MP drafting

Is this the so-called 1Malaysia concept? A way to achieve Vision 2020? The so-called fair-policy being emphasized by our Prime Minister? Read on...

The Penang government is disappointed that the National Economic Advisory Council under the Prime Minister’s Depart­ment did not involve the state when drafting the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in his letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak dated May 25, said the list of projects submitted to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the PM’s Department showed that the state EPU, which was instrumental in drawing up the list, was not invited at all to give its feedback.

“The failure to involve the state is a unhealthy partisan act.

“As Penang’s share of exports was 31% of the total national export, the state should not have been left out.”

Lim added that the state hoped that the Government would take this into consideration and act fairly in approving the state government’s application for an allocation of RM12.56bil for 534 projects in the state.

He said the projects would bring positive changes to the state and increase job opportunities.
Can the Penang government refuse to contribute the 31% service tax from export if the government doesn't want to include us in the 10th Malaysia Plan? I bet that time sure the federal government will jump up and down...

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