Lim: Pe­nang not bet­ter un­der BN

> Chief min­is­ter says growth dur­ing PH term was top for 2014-2015

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AARON NGUI

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment does not agree that the state per­formed bet­ter eco­nom­i­cally un­der Barisan Na­sional (BN).

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said his ad­min­is­tra­tion recorded a 5.5% gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) in 2015 com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 5% then.

The GDP for Pe­nang in 2014 was 8% com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 6% then, he added.

Growth for GDP per capita (GDP di­vided by pop­u­la­tion) in Pe­nang un­der Pakatan Hara­pan recorded the top spot for the 2014-2015 pe­riod, Lim said.

This was com­pared with the 2006-2007 pe­riod when the state was at the bot­tom of the GDP per capita ta­ble.

He also re­leased fig­ures for the 2005-2010 pe­riod show­ing GDP per capita had im­proved in Pe­nang since 2008.

“The best is yet to come,” he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Lim’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has been in a ver­bal face-off with BN and Ger­akan lead­ers over the state’s eco­nomic per­for­mance.

On Sun­day, Pe­nang BN chair­man Teng Chang Yeow de­fended the BN gov­ern­ment of the 1990s which lost the state in 2008.

Fig­ures he re­leased showed Pe­nang GDP from 1992 to 2007 was above the na­tional av­er­age ex­cept dur­ing the 1998 fi­nan­cial cri­sis, with the high­est GDP growth recorded in 1994, at 14.1%.

He said Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) recorded a GDP growth higher than the na­tional av­er­age only in 2008 (the year PH won the state) and 2010.

The fig­ures for eco­nomic per­for­mance un­der PH were dis­puted by Lim, who said they were out­dated.

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