The Penang state government under the leadership of Lim Guan Eng surprised a lot of those who voted for change by pursuing the policies and projects of Koh Tsu Koon with a zeal beyond the imagination of Penangites.
Lim Guan Eng has willingly without bribery or corruption fast tracked all the projects he inherited from Koh Tsu Koon's administration.
When pressed on the Queensbay land conversion controversy, Lim blamed Koh for the decision.
Lim said he does not quite agree with the decision, but he has to comply.
And he continued to defend the decision by Koh.
The DAP chief minister said that state legal advisers informed him the land was not bound by a crucial proviso in the National Land Code (NLC) 1965 which forbade foreshore land from being converted to freehold.
He said the land had been gazetted as state land – and not considered foreshore – by the previous state administration.
Truth is now being revealed
The chief minister has since wanted to convert a 1.4ha seafront site, adjacent to the 124-year-old Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Hotel along Lebuh Farquhar, from leasehold to freehold at his own free will.
On Oct 15, 2008, Lim issued a press statement that promised not to follow the footsteps of Koh in circumventing the NLC by converting all reclaimed land from leasehold to freehold status.
Now hardly a year has gone by, and Lim has silently converted the PDC Heritage Hotel site from leasehold to freehold status. - Ong Eu Soon, Penang [READ MORE]
Now the people knows what happened to Kg Buah Pala! Same story different verse.