GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government is awaiting feedback from the developer regarding the cross sign at Grace Residence in Jelutong here.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said he was waiting for the State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus to complete a report on the matter.
He said he believed the developer was aware that the matter had gone viral on social media and hoped he would come forward to provide the necessary explanation.
“I believe this project has yet to be completed and no certificate of completion and compliance had been issued.
“The contractor may be in the process of testing out the facilities, including the lighting. We are awaiting explanation from them why the lights appeared in the form of a cross, since this is supposed to be residential units,” he told newsmen today.
Yesterday, Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor urged the state government and the Penang Island City Council to explain the cross sign at Grace Residence.
He had said that the matter could be solved amicably if all parties were willing to be tolerant of each other.
He had also advised the people to be mindful of their acts to ensure they do not disrupt the harmony in a multiracial society.
Meanwhile, Chow advised the people to further promote tolerance and to appreciate the built environment in looking after the sensitivity of all.
“I think the cross sign has no intention in hurting anyone’s feelings,” he added.
Commenting on the same issue, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the Penang government should be mindful of the Mufti’s advice.
“The state authority has the power to make right what is wrong, whether done deliberately or otherwise.
“This is not an issue of non-tolerance by certain quarters but what is happening is an eyesore and can cause restlessness. As such, immediate action should be taken,” he said.
Reezal said the developer should be summoned to explain the matter.
Several images went viral in social media about a cross sign in Jelutong which was displayed at a new apartment here recently.
Some netizens even claimed that it was the largest cross sign in the world.
However it turned out that it was not a cross sign but only a series of lights which when lit appeared as a cross sign.