Thursday, July 16, 2009

Comments and feedback on DAP Penang poll on Kg Buah Pala issue

DAP Penang launched a weekly online poll campaign on on 14.7.2009, to survey and espouse the views of the people regarding the issues related to the Kg Buah Pala controversy.

Penang DAP Publicity Secretary Sdr Ng Wei Yik in a statement also said that " this democratic approach is a better indicator of the support of the people towards the practices of Penang State Government in solving the Kampung Buah Pala issue.

The first question is : do you agree that the State Government acquire the Kampung Buah Pala land even if it costs more than RM 100,000,000.00 (RM100 million)?

I have received some comments and feedback . I produce below 2 key issues raised.:

1. will the Penang and the State Government commit itself to the poll result irrespective of its outcome or will they merely take the result as a reference and indication only?

2. the first question which quotes a high compensation figure of RM 100 million, is biased and done with the motive to influence participants to vote no to the poll .

I am perturbed by the accusation that the question is done with bias and ulterior motive.

A supporter has said to me that irrespective of what are the demands of the villagers and the final decision taken by the Penang State Government, the State Government must not be seen to be using unfair tactic against them.

I certainly don't think the Penang State Government will use unfair tactic against the villagers.

Nevertheless, the question has given rise to accusation and interpretation.

DAP Penang must therefore be careful and cautious with their questions.It has to ensure that the poll questions must be and seen to be fair, objective and balanced.

Personally, I don't think the above question is suitable as, it seems to imply that this could be an option of the State Government.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has said that the State has a budget deficit of RM 40 million and the State just cannot afford to acquire the land.

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