Lim Boo Chang said he could not stomach the interference into the council
KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Boo Chang, who recently left Parti Keadilan Rakyat and quit as its Bukit Gelugor branch head, said he did it because he couldn't stomach the interference in the Penang Municipal Council.
When contacted by The Mole, Boo Chang said the interference into the council’s affairs came from both the DAP and the State Government.
A blog posting in The Unspinners stated that the reason why Boo Chang had quit PKR was due to the controversial subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (sPICE) project.
On sPICE, Boo Chang said the matter should have been discussed between the municipal councillors but instead it went directly to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The sPICE project had from the start been shrouded with controversies.
Last month it was reported that four locals have challenged the validity of the agreement between the Penang government and Eco Meridian Sdn Bhd, the developer of sPICE.
Boo Chang alleged the project was given through a direct negotiation by the Chief Minister to Eco-Meridian without any consultation with members of the municipal council.
Having served both the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat governments in Penang, Boo Chang said the DAP had been taking over almost all of the council’s decision making power, unlike during the previous Barisan government.
“The council had to get Guan Eng's approval for almost every decision, including enforcement,” he said.
However, Boo Chang said he would not institute any legal action or take up the matter with the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as he believed he done his part by resigning from his posts.
“It’s time for the people in Penang to make their stand and choose what’s right for them,” he added.
Commenting on a news report that his former party Gerakan may not accept his application to rejoin it, Boo Chang said he has high hopes of being accepted despite his history.