Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has been told to suggest Kelantan and Terengganu be turned into federal territories.
This, said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, is if the idea of turning Penang into a federal territory as the minister has proposed, is to purportedly help the Malays.
“If Tengku Adnan’s agenda is to ‘help the Malays’, he has chosen the wrong state.
“He should instead [consult the royalty] to hold a referendum in Kelantan and Terengganu for the two states to be turned into federal territories under the governance of Tengku Adnan himself,” said Lim in a statement today.
“This is because the two Malay-majority states are among the poorest in the country.
“In fact, Tengku Adnan should first make efforts to return Kelatan’s oil royalties to its people, so that the state can stop its extensive logging activities,” said the DAP lawmaker.
Tengku Adnan in an interview with BFM 89.9 last Wednesday said Penang should be federalised, along with Langkawi and parts of Malacca.
Following outrage from Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the minister justified himself yesterday saying, “We know what is happening in Penang. They (the state government) does not care about the Malays.”
Meanwhile Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh in a separate statement today called the minister’s allegations “baseless”, and challenged him to provide concrete evidence to back claims that Penang has allegedly neglected the Malays.