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PUBLISHED: Nov 10, 2014 2:06pm

Penang opposition leader questions the dwindling of land in the state

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ZALINAH NOORDIN By:
Zalinah Noordin

Penang Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (right) claims that before DAP started leading Penang, the stock of land reserved in the state stood at 18%. — TRP pic by Zalinah Noordin

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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 10, 2014:

The state stock of land has dwindled drastically to some 6% since 2008, claims state Opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid.

She claimed that before DAP started leading Penang, the stock of land reserved in the state stood at 18%, then down to 10% but it was learnt now that the figure stood at only 6%.

She described the trend as worrying and demanded an explanation from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“He needs to provide an answer as the matter involves the rakyat.

“When the problem of land shortage occurs, the state government resolves to a shortcut measure of carrying out land reclamation,” she said after the second sitting of the second term of the 13th State Legislative Assembly here today

On the same note, Jahara (BN-Teluk Air Tawar) also questioned the 213% increase for the administration expenditure for 2015 compared with 2014 following Lim’s budget tabling last Friday.

She added that the matter gave rise to many questions as the estimated expenditure for the Chief Minister’s Office did not budge at RM184,980, including the payment of salaries and fees.

“The fact that there are 60 staff working in the Chief Minister’s office now compared with only 13 in the previous administration also raises many questions,” added Jahara.

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