Tsu Koon should declare his stand in the Penang State Assembly whether he supports the DAPís proposed three-principle five-measure Charter for tenants of pre-war premises


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Penang, Sunday): At the Penang State Assembly tomorrow, Penang Chief Minister, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon should declare whether he supports the DAPís proposed Charter for tenants of pre-war premises comprising three principles and five measures with regard to the repeal of the Rent Control Act 1966.

The three principles are:

The five measures are:

It is most unfortunate that in the Parliamentary debate on the Rent Control (Repeal) Bill last month, the Gerakan MP for Bukit Bendera, Chia Kwang Thye, played the role of the "spoiler", opposing the DAPís Charter for Justice for the tenants of pre-war premises, even objecting to my proposal that the 28-month period for the repeal of the Rent Control Act 1966 should be extended to five years from March 1, 1998 to Feb. 29, 2003.

It is also most unfortunate that the Penang Gerakan had misled the people of Penang, who constitute the most number of people affected by the repeal of the rent control legislation, that it had succeeded in getting a special treatment from the Federal Government - namely a five-year transition period for rent decontrol.

The Penang Gerakan Government should be mindful of the fact that one of the Teluk Intan by-election 20 Points outlining the fundamental demands and aspirations of the people of Teluk Intan on behalf of Malaysians is full support for the DAPís proposed Charter of Justice for the tenants of pre-war premises.

The Penang Gerakan Government ignores the Teluk Intan by-election 20 Points at its own risk of being repudiated by the people of Penang. I hope the Penang Chief Minister and the State Government would be more responsible and sensitive about the need to ensure that the tenants of pre-war premises in Penang are assured of justice and fair play in the rent decontrol process as outlined in the DAP Charter for tenants of rent control premises.

(8/6/97)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong