The Minister of Transport and the current MCA president Liow Tiong Lai must take a responsible and honest stand on matters that fall within his jurisdiction.
After many requests from me, he has failed to meet up with the Penang state delegation to resolve an outstanding land matter that stands in the way of the successful completion of three paired roads on the island of Penang.
The Penang state government has made many requests to the MoT to acquire Lot 135 in Bandar Jelutong for the road project. The state has stated its willingness to compensate for the acquisition of the said land or provide another alternative piece for the MoT.
However, despite many efforts on the part of the relevant state agencies and the main contracting party, the MoT has refused to budge in terms of giving up the small piece of land to the state for the road project.
While other federal ministries have shown the willingness to negotiate with the the state government, the MoT is apparently very reluctant.
The stumbling block, I think is Liow himself who apparently has powerful axe to grind against the Penang state government, for reasons best known to him.
Well, even if he has personal disliking for the Penang state government, surely he should think of the larger interests of the people in Penang.
Or at least try to be seen as an effective minister of transport!
Easing traffic congestion in Penang is one of the top most priorities of the Penang state government. Traffic congestion is getting worse day by day.
I have contacted his office numerous times, but the Liow is not be able to give an appointment. The usual reply of from his staff is that he is either on holiday or too busy to respond.
Finally on December 15, 2017, I wrote a letter to the minister asking for an early appointment to discuss the matter of land acquisition.
On Februry 5, 2018, the minster did not reply, but one special officer wrote to me saying that the land mater would taken up administratively with the office of the state secretary of Penang.
I am not sure whether this reply is a genuine one or an “administrative” attempt to put the matter in abeyance.
If Liow is so keen to meet up with the officials of CRCC during his recent trip to Beijing, a concealed attempt to cast doubts on the proposed Penang undersea tunnel project, he has little or no time to meet up with the Penang state delegation to resolve the land matter that is stalling the completion of the three-paired roads.
He might pretend that he his busy, but surely he cannot disassociate himself from other MCA leaders who want nothing but a “pound of flesh” from the Penang state government at any costs.