Personally, I don't think there is a need for the Star group editor-in-chief Wong Chun Wai (pic) to accept Lim Guan Eng's 'special invitation' to Penang and listen to his explanation on what the newspaper has been campaigning for 30 years - 'the crying hills'.
First, Wong is not a politician to discuss the issue with the chief minister. The matter should be deliberated at the State Assembly and other channels, including with the contractors and developers.
And secondly, I believe Wong has his own standpoint - sharing it with the rest of the media members in Penang, especially pro-government newspapers Utusan Malaysia and New Straits Times which Lim bans.
Why can't Lim invite the editors from all newspapers and TV stations, instead of picking Wong alone?
Lim could at least try to woo back the media by lifting the ban, and I don't think a senior journalist like Wong likes the idea of the Penang State Government imposing such a restriction on pro-Barisan Nasional publications.
What's on Lim's mind?
Just because the Star is so loud on its reports on hill slope development in Penang - and Wong for a fact is also a Penangite - Lim feels he could seek some justifications in Wong by telling him what actually took place in the State!
Or does Lim think he can change the Star - the leading English daily - aptitude by giving him and Pakatan Rakyat some good and positive coverage?
Lim has yet to justify why he banned the two newspapers from coming close to his office and function. While shouting about the Press freedom, the chief minister doesn't walk the talk and is now seen as a monster to the media.
If a politician cannot take criticism, better don't criticise and ridicule others.
As for the 'crying hills', I think Lim should issue a press statement to the media rather than calling up Wong or the reporters 'he likes' for a press conference. No point dodging around and telling people that you are doing the right thing...