Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon has turned out to be truly disappointing. As Chief Minister of Penang his performance has been abysmal, and lacks the common touch, fearlessness and initiative of his predecessor, Dr Lim Chong Eu. Is it fair to compare him to Dr Lim?
Now, Dr Lim himself was not perfect as a Chief Minister, which was quite natural because no one expects a politician, especially a Chief Minister, to be ever perfect. But certainly Penangites expect their Chief Minister to be, in the general case, his own man, and to love Penang and serve as best as he could its people. Dr Lim was that, but Koh … alas …
Today Koh is a particularly unpopular bloke for a variety of reasons, but let’s take 3 of the most damning (to him). In this posting I will blog on one, with the other two to follow in subsequent postings.
Koh TK has failed the school children, their parents, and teachers of SRJK Sin Chung in Permatang Sintok, Butterworth. He has allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent that those poor children had to suffer the trauma and indignity of being evicted from school. Then they experienced part of their school being demolished, until a court order stopped the developer Motif Era Sdn Bhd from completely knocking down the entire institute of learning.
SOS (Save Ourselves), a Penang-based NGO, has condemned Koh for evading his responsibility in preventing such an experience and outcome for the students. Koh has had 3 years to bring about a happy set of circumstances that could have avoided the traumatic drama that occurred in the last few days. He could have either transferred the land title to the school or have a replacement school built in time for the students and staff to switch buildings before the developer came bulldozing in. He did neither.
All Koh KT did was his favourite trick, wringing his hands in hypocritical sympathy while trying to act tough against the developer. I have more to say about Koh’s sandiwara (theatrics) in the subsequent postings.
The Prime Minister has now stepped in to urge the school board to build a new school quickly, but that won’t disguise the fact that Koh has abysmally failed the school’s students, staff and parents.
For a start the school board doesn’t have that kind of money that can call upon a construction genie to have a replacement building up in a jiffy. Koh as Chief Minister, and supposedly as one of the Gerakan Party’s articulate Chinese scholars, had 3 years with nothing to show for those poor students, who have found themselves in such a predicament.
The Gerakan Party should look at themselves real good for selecting this man to be its deputy president.