‘Guan Eng looking for excuses’
> MCA president chides Penang chief minister for avoiding debate
SEPANG: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should stop giving excuses and accept Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong’s challenge for a debate over the Penang undersea tunnel project.
He said Lim should not divert from the issue and questions raised by the MCA deputy president, claiming it was crucial that all doubts on the tunnel project be answered.
“Everybody can see that he (Lim) is running away from the debate. He is actually looking for excuses now that he is unable to provide answers to the tunnel questions,” Liow told a press conference after unveiling the new KLIA Ekspres train yesterday.
Wee had challenged Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, to a debate on March 5.
Lim, however, declined the challenge, saying he would only debate the issue with Liow as it was only fitting based on the principle of political protocol.
Liow said failure to accept Wee’s challenge will only create more doubts that Lim has “something to hide” and that the DAP-man was not transparent.
“Lim has been promoting his Penang government as competent, accountable and transparent, but he can no longer say that now. In fact, it is a government with a lot of things to hide,” he said.
“Wee has been clear about his questions, he has a lot to ask. So Guan Eng, please answer the questions. No need to run away,” he added.
Meanwhile, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Noor said the company expects a 5% increase in ridership this year for both its rail services, KLIA Express and KLIA Transit, following the launch of its three new trains yesterday.
She said that ERL ridership dropped over 15% following its fare hike in 2016 when it increased from RM35 to RM55 for a one way trip from KL Sentral to KLIA, but that ridership was expected to increase slightly this year.
Liow in the driver’s seat of the newly launched KLIA Express train yesterday.