‘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.

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