Penang unlike other states is well known to be the unwanted son of Malaysia. Long neglected and marginalized by the federal government. Penang with it's limited resources can not effort to dish out welfare handouts which will eventually run out. It is more effective to lift people out of poverty through micro-finance than welfare handouts.
“If we give individuals food for today, what will happen tomorrow? They’re going to be hungry. If we give individuals clothes for today, they’re eventually going to wear out, - Peter Greer”If Lim Guan Eng is sincere in helping the poor and really appreciate the contribution of senior citizens, he should put in effort to design a micro-finance scheme aimed at helping the poor and senior citizens to earn a living. The primary way to help people is to create and to provide opportunities for people to earn a living.
Instead Lim Guan Eng seem to deprive the people the opportunity to earn a living when he insisted that the so called illegal hawker centers that have been operated for more than 15 years should be closed for good. Lim Guan Eng seem to like the easy way of welfare handout that keep individuals in a position of dependency. Lim Guan Eng doesn't seem to bother to lift individuals up and to give them the healthy sense of dignity that they’re supposed to have.
If Lim Guan Eng is sincere in helping the people, he should uses the millions of ringgit to start a micro-finance scheme. A micro fianance scheme does not deprived him the opportunity to mingled with the crowd, does not prevent him from taking photo shots featuring how grateful the people are when receiving micro-finance from him.