A casino on Penang Hill? Hold your horses!
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has dismissed the claim by an assemblyman that the Penang government will build a casino in the state. He said it was the policy of the state government not to allow a casino in Penang because it was not suitable for the local economy and the people.
“I was shocked by the statement (of the assemblyman) because it is slanderous. When I assumed the post of chief minister in 2008, I stated that it was my stand and that of the state government that we will not allow a casino to be built in the state,” he told a press conference.
Chinese newspapers had reported on June 22 quoting Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu as saying that he had heard rumours that a casino would be built on Penang Hill.
Penang Hill is located in Penang, within the area called Air Itam, 6km from the city. Situated about 823 meters (2750 feet) above sea level on this northern part of Penang, this oldest hill resort and the first in Malaysia has cool, unpolluted air and historical feature. It stands prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area.
Meanwhile, Lim said the state government was spending RM1.1 million on Asia’s 1st Transformers Street Art to be held at Padang Kota Lama from 19th July 19 – 17th Sept. The event would give the people an opportunity to meet and pose for photographs with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, the main characters “Transformers”, on 10th July.