Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
In Komtar, George Town On 12.3.2016.

NGO Councillor Dr Lim Mah Hui Should Apologise To Both Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang(MBPP) Datuk Bandar Dato Patahiyah binti Ismail And MBPP Secretary Ang Aing Thye For His Lies That MBPP Staff”s Lackadaisical Work Attitude Has Resulted In Only Towing One Car Per Month!

NGO Councillor Dr Lim Mah Hui should apologise to both Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang(MBPP) Datuk Bandar Dato Patahiyah binti Ismail and MBPP Secretary Ang Aing Thye for his lies that MBPP staff”s lackadaisical work attitude has resulted in only towing one or two cars per month for blocking traffic. I am shocked at the exposure by both Dato Patahiyah and Ang of Dr Lim’s outrageous lies with the statistics and facts that MBPP had been towing an average of 500 cars a month, and not one or two cars as claimed by Dr Lim.

In a public dialogue with me on 29.2.2016, Dr Lim had lambasted the MBPP Enforcement team for not doing their work and that they should be sacked. I had instructed the MBPP staff to be sacked if Dr Lim’s allegations are true. Clearly Dr Lim had lied. Dr Lim even claimed that Ang had to practically beg the MBPP staff to work, which Ang had vehemently denied as a lie.

Lying is the special preserve of BN politicians and no self-respecting NGO activist, especially one as highly-regarded as Dr Lim, should stoop so low so as to justify his motive to sack MBPP enforcement staff. Whilst Dr Lim wants more cars to be towed, he should also have some consideration for special religious festive occasions such as Thaipusam, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya or Christmas celebrations.

However to make the outrageous claim that MBPP staff just towed one or two cars a month when the actual number is 500 monthly is grossly irresponsible and unfair to both Dato Patahiyah and Ang. Dr Lim should stop his lies and argue with facts. He should also stop confronting and running down MBPP with his lies. I have instructed Dato Bandar and MBPP officers not to accept Dr Lim’s bullying but to confront him courteously and firmly, whether in internal meetings or in the media with facts and the truth.

I wish to urge Dr Lim to work together with MBPP as an appointed councillor. He has every right to criticise but he should do so without trying to project himself as a hero with lies but yet refuse to take up the challenge to resolve the problem. My offer to him to reform the MBPP enforcement division on towing cars still stands, where he will have every power to sack errant staff and full resources to improve MBPP’s efficiency and effectiveness to his satisfaction.


Cheong Yin Fan 
Press Secretary to Penang Chief Minister