It is very sad that the state of Penang is being ignored in the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020). None of the infrastructure projects the Penang government presented for financial support has been accepted by the federal government. Putrajaya seems to imagine that Malaysia will reach advanced nation status by 2020 without Penang’s contribution; instead KL, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are declared the growth catalyst cities, and will therefore received central support.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was right to be outraged, as all Penangites are.
They do not seem surprised by the fact that the federal government is willing to lower the country’s chances of achieving advanced nation status just for the pleasure of punishing its stepchild state.
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