I am not comparing Penang under Lim Guan Eng and Koh Tsu Koon. I believe the late Lim Chong Eu was the the force behind the State's development, plus the Federal Government's policy in setting up the first FTZ on the island.
Tsu Koon continued with the development policy while Lim Guan Eng rides on the already booming economy. A simple picture.
However, Bloomberg seems to attribute Penang's growth to DAP and Lim's 'accountancy' scroll from Monash University, Australia. And in collaborating with that notion, Lim himself boasted about how his development policy has turnaround Penang as the most economically-developed, much better than Selangor and other States.
And Bloomberg's article 'Malaysia Losses From Racial Law Exposed' by its reporter Chong Pooi Koon also blamed the Federal for the 'lost time' Penang had under Barisan Nasional's administration.
Slurp, slurp, slurp... that's how Chong licks Lim's balls!
Nothing is envisaged about BN development policy which has steered the growth. No eulogy but asinine claims that it's all about DAP and Lim Guan Eng.
And the Chief Minister, in that interview, was singing his paean. Having sycophant people like Chong to interview him, Lim has lost his balance and kept on bragging about his success and unwittingly belittled the previous authority for all the 'failures' to develop Penang.
He has forgotten than the Federal has allocated more than RM1 billion to his administration, and such a fund is not given based on politics but more on development requirement. Just like Kelantan, Selangor dan Kedah, the Federal had never politicized anything when it comes to developing the nation and in ensuring national growth.
International conglomerates like Robert Bosch and Intel are already operating in Penang when Lim took over from Koh but Bloomberg's report said it was Lim who lured them to invest in the State. It's okay as I think the reporter was trying to play chummy with Lim and the Opposition. Well understood.
“Penang now has a chance to show that if you have good governance, and if you put fairness and justice as your main qualities, free of race considerations, that is actually the way to go for Malaysia," Bloomberg quoted a Ooi Kee Beng, Penang-born author of “Era of Transition: Malaysia after Mahathir” and a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.
Singapore? That's where Lim met Ooi and the others during which he made a detrimental remarks about Johor as being a 'notorious State'.
The reports may look superficial but after reading it through, it was politically-planted to please the Opposition and undermine the actual facts about Penang's growth and development history.
"Lim has managed to keep Penang attractive for international companies even as Najib focuses federal support on regions such as Johor and Sarawak, where his ruling coalition has among its biggest parliamentary-seat majorities," the reporter wrote.
However, we can understand why most Malaysian journalists who serve the foreign media and agencies turned into some macaws - if the story fails to tailor to the policy of their paymaster, it won't be published.