In an open letter to the Barisan Nasional candidates, the PGCC Campaign Group expresses dismay and
disappointment that all our attempts to engage the Barisan election
candidates in dialogue have been spurned.
We have been concerned by
several issues, such as the proposed development for the Turf Club,
haphazard and ad hoc development, the lack of local plans, and the
rapidly deteriorating traffic situation.
As soon as the election was announced
we wrote to all the political parties outlining our position on the
above topics, and asked them if they would be willing to endorse our
position. This was followed by several phone calls and SMS, but with
the exception of the DAP, none even acknowledged our letter.
Early this week we again wrote an open
letter to all the candidates asking them to participate in a public
debate on these topics which we will organise. This too was followed
by telephone calls and SMS. In the same manner we did not get even
an acknowledgement, except from the DAP.
As a last measure yesterday we wrote to
the three candidates who may be our next CM and asked for private
meetings so that we can explain our position and get their reactions.
Needless to say we did not get a reply, even though, as previously,
we made follow-up phone calls and SMS.
We are not a political group and are
only concerned with mundane issues of planning and development, and
the snub is difficult to understand. The unwillingness to meet us
either publicly or in private is surprising and does no credit to all
the parties concerned, and is very much to be regretted.
Campaign Group –
Association of Penang (CAP)
Alam Malaysia (SAM)
Heritage Trust (PHT)
Nature Society (MNS)
Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
For Public Transport (Cepat)
Heights Residents Association
Association of Jesselton
Bungah Residents Association
of the Penang Botanic Gardens