Guan Eng slams PFP for wanting to establish casino in the state

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) has criticised the Penang Front Party (PFP) for reportedly wanting to establish a casino in the state.

He said having a casino in Penang was uncalled for and was against the stand taken by his administration.

He pointed out the PFP adviser was Padang Besar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin who is from Umno.

"What is the stand of Umno in this matter? Is this the new Umno policy to have a casino in Penang?" he asked in a press conference today.

PFP sponsor chairman Lee Poh Kong was reported to have said the party will apply to the federal government for a casino licence in the state if the party takes over the Penang government.

He was quoted as saying this was to boost the tourism industry and to make Penang similar to Macau.

On a separate issue, Lim said his administration will be giving the green light to gazette Penang Free School (PFS) and the Batu Uban Mosque as heritage sites under the National Heritage Act 2005.

He said both sites were rich with history – PFS celebrates its 200th anniversary this year while the mosque has served Muslims since 1734 – and urged the Tourism and Culture Ministry to do the necessary.

Lim also congratulated Penang-born K. Gurunathan who was elected the Mayor of Kapiti Coast in Wellington, New Zealand for the 2016-2019 term.

"He has made Penang and Malaysia proud," he said of the 63-year-old who last served as the special features editor with theSun before moving to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife in 1995.