Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rainbow (and the pot of gold) in Penang

The saying that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is probably best applied to CM Lim Guan Eng's promise to build 3000 affordable homes on the island.

Whats with Guan Eng and rainbows?

Promising to build 3000 homes and giving instructions to the State Secretary to 'find' land for 3000 homes are really two very different issues.

Because, to promise that you will build it means you already have the means and ways to do so, but to merely direct the State Secretary to FIND land means you haven't yet found the land.

Which would mean that you only have the wish to do so but do not have the means to as there isn't any land available on the island.

And I suppose when push comes to shove, his best reply would be 'we tried but land is not available because the previous Gerakan led state government' had given it all away'.

It is not likely that land can be found at the snap of the fingers, and with the driving cost of development in Penang largely due to the demand there, it will be a challenge to state governments no matter which side they represent to unearth swaths of land for this purpose.

So, why did Guan Eng promised this in the Pakatan Rakyat 5th Anniversary celebration?

With the scarcity of land and the escalating cost of development with almost doubled since Pakatan came to power, then I did say he better go look for the rainbow so that he will find the pot of gold at the end of it. After all, the disparity between the haves and have nots in Penang is fast widening.

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