Lim Guan Eng pointed out that there is hundred of press statements pressuring him but when developer seeking compensation from his administration there is only one symbolic voice supporting his move in asking for funding from the Federal Government and condemn the move of the developer.
On the height of the heritage listing crisis, Lim Guan Eng refused to bit the bullet and remained adamant not to scale down the height of the 4 hotels t to 18 metres or five storey limit after being warned by Unesco regional adviser for the Asia-Pasific Dr Richard Engelhardt.
Dr Richard Engelhardt said George Town had no choice but to follow the guidelines approved by the WHC. Lim Guan Eng insisted that the state government should negotiate with UNESCO's World Heritage Committee over the non-compliance issue. Citing a non-compliance issue in Melaka as an excuse. Apparently, the negotiation was rejected by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. Lim Guan Eng has no choice but to comply.
It was Lim Guan Eng who, in his effort to protect the interest of developers , said his government was in a bind as the state could not afford to face legal action over cancelling the buildings which exceed Unesco's 15-metre maximum height limit. Is he now try to blame civil society for being insincere to justify his move to pay compensation to the developer? Lim Guan Eng should state clearly about his stand on the compensation issue. Is he going to fight the developer in the court of law? Is he ready to give in to the demand of the developer without mounting any challenge in the court of law?
Any right thinking Malaysians accepted the fact that for Penang to maintain it's heritage status, the state government has no choice but to comply with the demand of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. How can Lim Guan Eng now blame civil society for pressuring him to comply with the requirement of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee? If he lost the support of civil society, he should review what he has been doing so far for Penangites!