GEORGE TOWN, April 12 — Motorcyclists using the Penang Bridge shall not have to pay toll if Barisan Nasional (BN) wins back the state this election, Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised today.
The BN chairman said he will add this to the Penang BN manifesto for this election, which also promised to build 65,000 units of affordable housing in Penang.
“If the people let us win back Penang, all motorcyclists do not have to pay toll at the Penang Bridge,” he said.
The caretaker prime minister pointed out that the federal government had allocated RM4 billion worth of projects in Penang in the last five years.
He also approved Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya’s request to build a RM10 million pedestrian bridge in Kampung Seronok in Balik Pulau.
Najib launched 12 projects under the Health Ministry worth a total RM1.64billion at a school field in Balik Pulau today, which included expansion and construction of new wards and facilities for government clinics and hospitals in Penang.
In his speech, Najib told the crowd that it is better for them to support him than “a 93-year-old”, a veiled reference to former prime minister-turned-Opposition leader Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“They said they want to save Malaysia, there is nothing to save, our GDP last year was 5.9, amongst the highest compared to other countries and our currency, the ringgit, is among the best performing currency where it rose from RM4.41 to RM3.86 against the US dollar in just a few months,” he said, referring to the gross domestic product.
He also took a swipe at the Penang caretaker chief minister Lim Guan Eng, saying he came to Penang “not to look at a new bungalow or a tunnel that never seem to take off”.
“I am here to tell the people that BN has an excellent record in managing the country that can lead to a better future,” he said.
He added that it was time for Penang to return to BN this election.
“When you let them win, you get floods and the water tariff increased four times in 10 years,” he said.
He also said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration approved 39 hillslope projects between 2008 and 2017.
“In comparison, BN only approved four hillslope projects in five years previously,” he said.
Najib reminded the crowd that BN had allegedly fulfilled 99.4 per cent of its promises to the public, accusing the Penang PH government of breaking 51 promises.
BN is expected to launch its manifesto for Penang this Sunday.