‘ No’ to casino

> Guan Eng: PFP move is con­trary to Pe­nang govt’s stand


GE­ORGE TOWN: Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng has crit­i­cised the Pe­nang Front Party (PFP) for re­port­edly want­ing to set up a casino in the state.

He said hav­ing a casino in Pe­nang was un­called for and was against his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s stand.

He pointed out that Padang Be­sar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin of Umno is PFP’s ad­viser.

“What is Umno’s stand on this mat­ter? Is it Umno’s new pol­icy to have a casino in Pe­nang?” he asked at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

PFP spon­sor chair­man Lee Poh Kong was re­ported to have said the party will ap­ply to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for a casino li­cence in the state if the party takes over the Pe­nang gov­ern­ment.

He said this was to boost the tourism in­dus­try and to make Pe­nang sim­i­lar to Ma­cau.

On a sep­a­rate is­sue, Lim said his ad­min­is­tra­tion will be giv­ing the green light to gazette Pe­nang Free School (PFS) and the Batu Uban Mosque as her­itage sites un­der the Na­tional Her­itage Act 2005.

He said both sites were rich with his­tory – PFS cel­e­brates its 200th an­niver­sary this year while the mosque has served Mus­lims since 1734 – and urged the Tourism and Cul­ture Min­istry to do the nec­es­sary.

Lim con­grat­u­lated Pe­nang-born K. Gu­runathan who was elected the mayor of Kapiti Coast in Welling­ton, New Zealand for the 2016-2019 term

“He has made Pe­nang and Malaysia proud,” he said of the 63year-old, who served as theSun’s spe­cial fea­tures be­fore mov­ing to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife in 1995.

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