GEORGE TOWN, April 1 – Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, Teng Chang Yeow hold a press conference today at Gerakan Headquarter said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is trying to trick the public by dilly-dallying and not answering questions on the purchase of his bungalow which was extra-ordinarily cheap, and the sale of the Taman Manggis, Phase 2 land in Jalan Zainal Abidin, here.
He said Guan Eng was purposely creating other issues and finding fault with the previous state government in order to silence the scandal on the bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn as well as that of Taman Manggis. He said the statements that Lim has made on the bungalow and Taman Manggis issues are very contradictory, it seems like an attempt to cover his mistakes, and we are very used to his dilly-dallying tactics.
He added that now, they want the state government, especially Lim, to explain truthfully the two issues as the people are really fed-up with the many statements he has made to defend himself, especially on the real value of the property. Teng also said the state government should reduce the price of all affordable homes in Penang at RM276 per square foot, the price at which Lim bought his house, being the yardstick.
In the meantime, he was also confident that if the new price was used for every affordable home in Penang, the houses could be sold at less than RM200,000, making it possible for the lower and middle-income group to own their homes. He said at the moment, affordable homes in the state are priced upwards from RM400,000 but if you calculate at RM276 per square foot.
He said he believe that many people in the state can buy it as the people can take bank loans. He added that when Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon was chief minister and he was an exco (state executive council) member, they approved the price of affordable homes to be at less than that of the Federal Government.