KUALA LUMPUR: Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar today challenged DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang to tell his son, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to resign.
Noh, in a media conference at Parliament today, said this was in response to Kit Siang's recent demand that he step down following the Sept 14 Keramat Tahfiz school fire tragedy that killed 23 people.
He said going by the same line of thinking, Kit Siang should do the same for his son following the landslide tragedy at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah, Penang on Saturday which saw 11 workers killed.
He pointed out that people should not be politicised tragedies.
However, the opposition leaders were always "too quick to blame the government" whenever tragedies struck, he said.
"When the tahfiz school tragedy happened, Kit Siang demanded for my resignation. He blamed me for the fire.
"Cases like this should not be politicised but the opposition likes to take advantage of such incidents. But look at what happened now...God is great.
"So now, I would like to challenge Kit Siang to make a statement telling his son (Guan Eng) to resign following to the landslide tragedy," he said.
Kit Siang, on Sept 15, had written on his blog that Noh had failed to take his responsibility seriously and therefore should be sacked.
Meanwhile, Noh said his ministry has sent an official letter to the Penang state government today, calling for the tabling of the landslide tragedy report to the National Physical Planning Committee, be chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, on Oct 30.
Noh claimed Penang did not follow the hillside development guidelines created by the Federal government and has its own guidelines, which according to Noh, was "more detailed".
He pointed out that state governments have the power to decide whether to adhere to the guidelines set by the Federal government.
With that, he said the Penang government should not blame the Federal government for the landslide on Saturday.
He said all three opposition-ruled states; Penang, Selangor and Kelantan, have refused to follow the Federal government's guidelines.
"The oppositon feels that they are more clever. But then again, their guidelines seemed more detailed than the federal government's.
"Maybe they need the guidelines to be different because of the topography and such. But it's not wrong for them to follow their own guidelines. It is their rights."