Thursday, April 24, 2014
White elephant no more
The bridge to Pulau Bunting in Yan, Kedah had become a subject of ridicule by the opposition.
During the Sungai Limau by-election, there was an attempt to raise the issue in the blogs but it did not catch-on to become a major campaiggn issue.
One blog Anak Sungai Derhaka ridiculed it as BN project for goblins (orang bunian). The blog claimed it cost RM7 billion to build the bridge. [Read here.] Off course, RM7 billion is excessive a spin and will reflect badly on the opposition blogger's reputation and professionalism.
Another opposition blogger, Ameno World debunked her own team's allegation. She admitted it only cost RM126 million. [Read here.] But still harp on what is Dato Mukhriz going to do with the bridge that have become a favourite fishing spot for the area.
In March 2014 recently, another opposition blogger Kedahkini here asked when will it be officially launched.
The answer to all these insinuations is to wait no more.
However, there was a reply to Anak Sungai Derhaka during the by election by bloggers who bothered to answer. What actually happened was explained and then around to accuse PAS for lack of vision and capability to solve problem and realise an opportunity to develop the state of Kedah.
However, this is peace time and not by-election time, their constant nagging should be appreciated in pushing government accountability. The bridge will be made full use and it will not be a white elephant any more.
The bridge was part of a big plan during the MBship of Dato Mahadzir Khalid. That was why the bridge to the island was build to be used as deep water jetty.
Just like what happen to Selangor water, the change of government in Kedah delayed the planned development. PAS Kedah government was too much a populist and terrible in administering the state. Investors lost confidence and the project can't get going.
The state government then also played to the chorus of local cheap politics and the project could not advance any further.
Mahadzir Khalid met the late Dato Azizan Abdul Razak to explain the strategic importance of the project but PAS being PAS, the late Azizan had shot his mouth and he would look bad to retract it. So it was left looking as an abandoned project.
It was a pity to the project initiator who had put his heart and soul, blood sweat and tears, not to forget money poured into initiating the project. If what was heard is true, the project have overcome it's problems, got themselves the financier and assured buyer for the product.
It is about to take off.
Finally after three Menteri Besar, he made it. Must take our hats to this guy and he deserve to put get his face next to word perserverance in the Oxford dictionary. Boleh ke KJ?
Not only it will get off the ground and the place will no more be a white elephants for goblins and anglers, it will lift off in a big way.
To those PAS rumour monger and instigators, there's tomato catchup for them to eat their shoe with. Hopefully the people, be them UMNO or PAS, will stop the endless politicking and reap the benefit from the opportunity that will present itself.
* Edited 6:00 PM
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