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An open letter to Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng

Sub:This is the price of using ex-BN politician

Dear YB Lim,

This open accusation from your own man is very serious.

How could a non-technical person was appointed as a technical manager? I suggest you remove Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) general manager Datuk Lee Kah Choo and reopen the job interview for PHC technical manager position.

How could they said sabotage is a probable cause before any full investigation? This is very unprofessional PR skill.

Even the NST reporter has forewarned ticketing problem before last week. I have said it before PHC management has very poor planning skill judging from the delay of canteen project.


Ng: Unqualified personnel running operations at hill

GEORGE TOWN: A government backbencher took the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) to task for failing to live up to the objective of improving the popular tourist destination.

Ng Wei Aik (DAP – Komtar) said the PHC, which was set up following the passing of the Penang Hill Corporation Enactment 2009 at the state legislative assembly two years ago, had failed to meet expectations.

Ng, who is Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, said the PHC had appointed unqualified personnel to various managerial positions which had resulted in the problems.

“A non-governmental organisation (NGO) activist was made acting technical manager, bypassing others who had undergone training in Switzerland. These people were not even offered a position in the corporation.

“Isn’t this a waste of public funds?” Ng said when debating a motion of thanks on Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ address yesterday.

He said visitors fainting from the heat since the funicular train’s operations resumed on Sunday and insufficient tickets proved that those appointed by the PHC had failed in their planning.

“Everything from traffic control to ticketing was problematic, especially when the visitors came in droves,” he said.

“Only two ticketing counters were opened. There was no proper signage for first-time visitors and the new carpark is still not operational.

“The traders on the hill and at the station below also complained that they were not given trading lots for their business. They were looking forward to resuming their business after the funicular train upgrading project was completed.

“How could this have happened? These traders have been operating at Penang Hill for years,” he said, describing the situation as “chaotic”.

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