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DISGRUNTLED: NGOs want Penang chief minister to clear allegation over sale of land in Bayan Mutiara
MEMBERS of a coalition of non-governmental organisations marched towards the landmark Komtar building yesterday to hand over a letter, demanding Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng explain an allegation over the sale of a plot of land in Bayan Mutiara.
They gave Lim a seven-day ultimatum to answer questions on the status of the land, which allegedly had been sold to a local developer.
Some 30 NGO members, led by Perkasa state deputy chief Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin, gathered at the Simpang Enam Mosque in Jalan Macalister after Friday prayers before taking their protest to the streets.
They carried placards and hurled verbal abuses, accusing Lim of being a traitor to the Muslims.
Traffic flow around Komtar was temporarily disrupted before the group arrived on the third floor of the state government and local council departments about 2.30pm.
They caused a commotion when they started hurling abuses against Lim.
Representatives of the coalition managed to hand over the letter to Lim's special officer, Marziah Mohd Mukhtar.
Speaking to reporters later, Rizuad said they wanted to know about the status of the land.
"We also want to know whether the land has been gazetted or reserved for Bumiputera development."
The group, he said gave Lim one week to answer their queries, failing which they will confront Lim personally.
Meanwhile, another group, said to be from 32 Indian-based NGOs, gathered at Komtar entrance to protest the alleged meddling of DAP chairman Karpal Singh into the state's Indian affairs through the Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB).
The issue was sparked by Karpal who demanded recently for four of the board's commissioners to be removed.
Spokesperson S. Rajan said Karpal had no right to talk or interfere in the matters of the board.
They demanded Lim to take action against Karpal.