Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Press Statement by Raveentharan ADUN Batu Uban on the Flash Flood and Landslide near Bukit Gambir

Press Statement by Raveentharan ADUN Batu Uban on the Flash Flood and Landslide near Bukit Gambir

Date: 19 October 2011

The approval of plan by the previous regime is very much suspicious because the developer can build a 3 feet wall and divert the river flow into a drain. This is tantamount to going against nature.

After 40 minutes of downpour, a beautiful but life threatening waterfall appears from nowhere and this has also caused erosion of the rocks and soil.

I think the only solution to arrest this problem is to provide several catchment areas and to build retention ponds at the top of Bukit Gambir. I have already proposed and expressed to the Dewan Undangan Negeri the need to turn this area into an ecopark to preserve the environment as a water catchment area and to build mini reservoir to stop the sudden flash floods. This will also help alleviate the flash flood problems at Jalan Satu and Jalan Enam at Changkat Minden and Sungai Dua area.

I feel very sorry and sympathise for the residents and elderly folks who have to put up with the flash floods and especially those who are staying in low laying areas, and will visit them tomorrow.

Last night I went personally to examine the situation at Mutiara Indah and had requested the DO, Penghulu and JKR Jurutera Daerah to do a study.

RM200K has been allocated by JPS to do the flood mitigation at Sungai Dua. All these water problem originates from Bukit Gambir and flows into Sungai Dua and Sungai Gelugor.

The relevant authorities should come together and solve this problem once and for all. I do not want the residents to live in fear each time there is rain.

Thank you.

Raveentharan A/L Subramaniam
ADUN Batu Uban

56 Jalan Permai
Taman Brown
11700 Gelugor
P.Pinang

Friday, October 14, 2011

KENYATAAN AKHBAR KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG, (KMPP) BELANJAWAN KALI KE 54 BAGI TAHUN 2011

KENYATAAN AKHBAR KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG, (KMPP)
BELANJAWAN KALI KE 54 BAGI TAHUN 2011


Lanjutan dari belanjawan kali ke 54 bagi tahun 2012 yang diumumkan oleh Y.A.B Perdana Menteri pada 6hb Oktober 2011 secara keseluruhannya membabitkan sejumlah RM232.8 Billion. Perdana Menteri turut mengumumkan Dasar Transformasi Nasional (DTN) bagi menaungi program-program transformasi yang telah dan akan dilaksanakan oleh kearah menjayakan cita–cita mewujudkan bangsa Malaysia yang bersatu dan maju menjelang tahun 2020. Justeru itu maka belanjawan tersebut bertemakan “Dasar Transformasi Nasional Yakni Bajet Membela Rakyat, Mensejahtera Negara”.

Bagi lebih menyakinkan kononnya belanjawan kali ini cuba memberi keselesaan kepada setiap lapisan rakyat daripada golongan–golongan Pemandu Teksi, Nelayan, Warga Emas, Pejawat Awam, Pesara, Golongan wanita, belia hinggalah kepada kalangan Kontraktor dan pelabur serta yang terpenting Peneroka Felda. Dalam ucapannya beliau memaklumkan bahawa Pelaburan Swasta dan Awam dijangka meningkat. Secara puratanya belanjawan 2012 menyediakan peruntukan RM181.6 Billion untuk perbelanjaan mengurus dan RM51.2 Billion untuk perbelanjaan pembangunan.

Pihak KMPP berpandangan jika berpaksikan DTN maka soal kebajikan rakyat lebih-lebih lagi mereka yang menyumbang kearah menjana ekonomi negara harus diberikan keutamaan. Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa secara praktikalnya bajet tahun 2012 tersebut adalah untuk rakyat yang merangkumi semua kategori. Namun hakikatnya terdapat kecacatan yang boleh dikategorikan sebagai berat sebelah apabila pihak kerajaan hanya menitik beratkan kakitangan awam daripada kakitangan swasta. Presiden cuepacs begitu teruja apabila hampir 80% tuntutan mereka dipersetujui oleh kerajaan. Sejumlah 1.3 juta pejawat awam akan menikmati bayaran bonus, kenaikan gaji, umur pesaraan wajib ke 60 tahun, serta lnsentif untuk melanjutkan pelajaran. Namun pada hakikatnya Presiden Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja (MTUC) meluahkan rasa kecewa setelah pengumuman yang ditunggu tunggu selama ini iaitu mengenai gaji minima sektor swasta tidak disentuh langsung didalam bajet tersebut. Hanya sedikit tempias yang dapat mereka perolehi ialah caruman (KWSP) dinaikkan ke 13 % kepada mereka yang menerima gaji bulanan RM5000.00 dan ke bawah. Namun skim persaraan swasta (SPS) masih menjadi teka teki bilakah ianya akam diumumkan. Begitu juga dengan bayaran elaun sara hidup (COLA) yang pada masa ini dibayar kepada kakitangan awam juga tidak dinikmati oleh pekerja swasta. Perjuangan pihak MTUC bagi mendapatkan gaji minima RM900.00 yang difikirkan mengikut keadaan sekarang adalah relevan memandangkan kenaikan kos sara hidup pada masa kini.



Sebagai NGO Melayu yang Neutral pihak saya berasa hairan apakah sebab kerana 1.3 juta kakitangan awam tersebut yang majorititnya orang Melayu maka golongan ini diberi keutamaan dan sedangkan ramai orang Melayu juga terlibat di sektor swasta dan mengapakah mereka diabaikan? Bagaimana pula dengan mereka yang bukan Melayu disektor swasta dan perlukan dalam isu ini mereka mereka ini dianaktirikan. Sama ada sektor awam mahupun swasta mereka juga bertanggungjawab untuk menjana pertumbuhan ekonomi negara dan oleh itu pihak KMPP berpendapat pelaburan swasta dan awam akan sedikit terencat jika tidak ada keseimbangan dari segi kebajikan yang di jadikan keutamaan oleh pihak kerajaan. Kenyataan kekecewaan oleh pemimpin MTUC haruslah dipandang serius dan diharap kerajaan dapat mengkaji semula tuntutan mereka lebih lagi soal gaji minima tersebut. Pihak kerajaan perlu sedar bahawa segala tuntutan dari pihak MTUC jika diluluskan tidak langsung memerlukan sumber kewangan dari kerajaan. Jadi mengapa mesti ada pertimbangan berat sebelah dalam hal ini.

Timbul tanda tanya apakah kewujudan cuepacs dan MTUC ini yang mempunyai tanggungjawab terhadap ahli-ahli mereka terutamanya soal kebajikan di mana resolusi mereka apabila diketengahkan untuk tujuan penambahbaikkan kepada pihak kerajaan, maka pihak kerajaan hanya akan memihak kepada kakitangan awam sahaja? Dan apakah rasionalnya? Situasi ini dipandang sebagai tidak sihat kepada ekonomi negara kita. Oleh yang demikian pihak KMPP berharap supaya bajet rakyat berkenaan adalah untuk rakyat dan perlu dipastikan saluran pengagihan sumber bajet belanjawan tersebut bebas daripada unsur rasuah serta unsur kronisma. Sesungguhnya bajet 2012 adalah bagi meningkatkan keyakinan rakyat Malaysia terhadap Kerajaan.

Sekian, terima kasih.

KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG
RAHMAD ISAHAK
PRESIDEN, (019-4728509)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Press Statement on Kek Lok Si Carpark by Prof Jimmy Lim

Devastation of the natural environment in the name of providing a Car park for Kek Lok Si.
Sunday, 9 October, 2011


A. Illegal Acts

1. Done illegal construction that had intruded into public domain. All constructions are required to be set back from the legal boundaries of the property by between 2.0 – 6.0 metres.
To build beyond the setbacksis illegal and plans would not be approved. Going beyond the legal boundary is a double breach of the law and illegal.If there is an Architect and Professional Engineer this could not have happened.

2. No permit given.

All development and construction on site can only commence after plans have been submitted and approval given by the Local Authority.
Any work done prior to permit being given is illegal.

3. No application for building submitted.

If no plan application is made to the Authority for any development, work done on that site, especially if it is large scale, is extremely serious as public safety is involved and is illegal. How did this happen if they had employed the services of an Architect and Professional Engineer?

4. Destroyed a natural river .

This is a blatant disregard for public property and the environment and water ways.
Catchment areas are protected for collecting surface water run-off. Likewise rivers are protected for the purpose of allowing a natural course of water to flow.Causing it to be changed without consultation is illegal. Damaging it is another illegal act.

5. Illegal excavation and commencement of Earthworks.

Unless earthwork’s permit is given no excavation and earth moving can commence as public safety and properties are involved.

6. Destroyed ancient rocks.

Heritage is not limited to only Georgetown which is an inscribed World Heritage site.
These rocks and flora are an integral part of the Natural heritage. Had all Georgetown’s buildings destroyed there would be no world heritage site today. It is short sighted to destroy these rocks illegally.

7. Destroy an ancient Datuk Kong for the Seven Sisters.

Lack of respect for the local customary religious practice is socially irresponsible. It is an integral part of the rituals of the people living in that location. This is destroying local heritage.

8. Destroyed an edifice donated by the Aw Brothers of Tiger Balm fame.

Philanthropic icons are important milestones in the culture of any society. Eradicating or obliterating such charitable mementos deprives the future generations to appreciate the good deeds of their forebears.

9. Reduced the flow of the water. Narrowed the channel.

This site and river, being part of the natural easement for slowing the flow of water from up-stream and the Ayer Itam dam will cause backing up of water that may lead to flooding in the general location of the development. Flashing flooding due to excessive rainfall is not uncommon. Public risk is involved.

10. Introduce concrete culvert and retaining walls.

This is not ‘green’ in today’s world of sustainability. Retaining walls have been known to fail, eg the Gua Tempurong earth failure. Public risk is involved.


B. Consultants’ breach of professional conduct.

1. Consultant Engineer and architect are collaborators in this construction.

For a large project involving public safety there must be professional consultants.
These consultants employed would have to advised the client of how and what to do.
In this case it would appear that they are collaborators otherwise they would have alerted MPPP of this illegal commencement of works.It would mean that the engineers and architects may have breached the Professional Code of the respective Lembaga.

2. Breached the Professionalism.

All professionals registered with the professional Boards are responsible to act in the manner of public concern and safety.With Professional consultants on this project and this happened means that they are not controlling the project or running it.They may have breached the Professional Code governing their profession.

3. Matter should be raised to the Lembaga.

It should be determined if there were consultants commissioned to do this project. If there were, they should be referred to their respective Boards to look into how the environment was destroyed.

4. In the event of a failure who will be held responsible.

Since no plans were submitted and approved it may be impossible to hold the consultants responsible as they did not submitted any plans.In this case the Government will have to hold the temple responsible.

5. Irresponsibility of the consultants must be highlighted to prevent others from doing similar or encouraging such acts.

Consultants of projects where such activities go on are compelled by law to report the matter to the relevant Authority. They did not. Their inaction need to be exemplified to put all consultants on notice on all future developments.

6. Where are plans for excavation?

It appears the engineers did not submit plans for earthworks. For such extensive earthworks project, some plans for action on site would have been produced.It is important for the MPPP to sight these plans before entertaining any request for consideration. This is needed to ascertain the extent of the damage and the intended proposed damage. Sighting the plans should be mandatory prelude by MPPP.

7. Structural plans not sighted.

It appears the engineers did not submit any structural, footing and foundation stabilisation plans for record with MPPP. For such extensive car parking and earthworks on a slope, some plans for work to start on site would have been prepared.It is important for the MPPP to sight these plans before entertaining any request for consideration. This is needed to ascertain the extent of the structure and the intended proposed structures. Sighting the plans should be mandatory prelude by MPPP.

8. Architect’s plans and sections to show cut and fill of the site.

This is a complex site in any body’s language.Was a site analyse done to study the terrain for cutting, filling, moving of boulders, diverting of the stream, a comparative cross-sectional study of water volume between the existing stream the new Altered stream? If it was prepared we would like to see them. It is important for the MPPP to sight these plans before entertaining any request for consideration. This is needed to ascertain the extent of environmental damage and losses. Sighting these plans should be mandatory prelude by MPPP. Should MPPP do not have the time, man-power or inclination to study them the NGOs will be more than happy to assist on MPPP’s behalf.

9. How were the works carried out? Under what specification?

Designs for the building, earthworks, footings, foundation treatments etc.,would have been prepared by the consultants, as well as BQs and specifications. These documents should be sighted by MPPP as a prelude.

10. Professional consultants are in cohort with developer to the detriment of the public.

Professionalism has been side-lined in this case and the party/ties responsible to be dealt with appropriately. The Consultants have breach public trust. MPPP can and have the right to reject all future submissions by these consultants.


C. Action and Restitution to the People of Penang.

1. Stop work immediately.

Order all equipment off the site.This is to avoid further damage.It is learnt that they are still doing work on site usually after hours when the MPPP officials have gone home. Stern action has to be taken. Setting bad example. Laws should be abided. YB Chow’s instruction means nothing to them.

2. Cannot accept the Submission of Plan application at this stage, in view of the extensive damage to the environment.

MPPP should not accept or approve any more applications to build at KLS. The price paid by the people of Penang the beneficiaries is too high. They have lost too much.

3. An Environmental Audit has to be conducted.

To be done not only for this site but for all the natural assets of Penang. Just as all business corporations have to prepare an audited account annually the same should apply to the government. on the environment and developments A joint effort on the part of the State Government and MPPP is required to protect Penang’s natural resources for the future generations.


4. An Environmental Impact report should be conducted by an independent Consultant to ascertain the extent of damage.

An Environmental Impact report not only for this site but for all the natural assets of Penang.
A joint effort on the part of the State Government and MPPP is required to protect Penang’s natural resources for the future generations.

5. JPS (River Authority) has to prepare a Report of how to rehabilitate the river and its down-steam effect.

It appears neither the MPPP nor the consultant referred this matter to JBS for such extensive encroachment on to rivers and its reserves. JBS ought to have been consulted.Illegal intrusion into river and natural watercourse must be viewed with concerns.It is important for the JBS to sight studies for the damaged river. This is needed to ascertain the extent of the damage and the intended proposed damage. Sighting the study should be mandatory by JBS.

6. The damage is done. Cannot make good what has been destroyed?

How can KLS carry out restitution to the People of Penang? Not in words but in deeds.
The State Government and MPPP to commence such actions.

7. Such irresponsibility towards the environment cannot be allowed to get off lightly.

There must be a check and balance in Life. In this case the Temple Authorities has taken away and destroyed what God has given Man. For what they have taken away they should replace one for the enjoyment of the people as it was intended by God. Any restitution for the damage should be equivalent to all tangible and non-tangible assets destroyed wilfully.

8. Precedent set before for destruction of heritage and historic elements.

Eastern Hotel KL illegally demolished the developer was asked to contribute RM 2 million towards protecting Conservation and Preservation Movement then in its infancy. If this amount for Eastern Hotel is to be used to quantify the recompense, then in today’s monetary terms it should be about RM20milion.KLS should not be allowed further developments. It is a religious institute and must not become and environmental monster that affects the quality of the community it is in.

9. Likewise the KekLok Si Temple should now be asked to provide funds

Today’s equivalent to RM2 in 1990, for the acquisition of a naturally beautiful river of similar features with rocks and trees, to be made into a public space for the people of Penang to enjoy. The money will be used to acquire another natural environment with natural river, streams, rocks and flora that is commensurate to that destroyed by KLS. This will be a public space to be enjoyed by all people of Penang.It will never be able to replace what was destroyed by KLS.

D. Planning a Carpark.

1. Is it a proper planning solution to the traffic problems going to and coming from KLS? Or will this exaggerate the traffic problem with an additional 1000 car parking it will attract more people to drive. This carpark will not solve the traffic problems of Ayer Itam.
Traffic problem of Penang has to be undertaken by the MPPP and Government.

2. Should the carparking station be allowed to be constructed in that location? The location for a carpark is wrong and MPPP should set the planning guidelines for this.

3. Planning of utilitarian projects should be the responsibility of the Authorities and not in the hands of monks. Carparking and traffic problems are to be solved by the Government. Private enterprise cannot solve public problems.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Press Statement by Sim Tze Tzin: PSC Must Lead to Reform Political Financing

Press Statement: PSC Must Lead to Reform Political Financing.

1st October, 2011
With reference to the news reported by Malaysiakini titled “Government Shot Down Political Financing Reform Proposal” (http://malaysiakini.com/news/177299), I would like to congratulate the Bar Council for organizing the Forum on Political Financing. This is not a popular subject and many taboos exist. Most, if not all, politicians avoid addressing this subject publicly for fear of negative perception. However, this is a pressing issue among many honest politicians from both sides of the political divide. It is like an elephant in the room.
Like it or not, politicians and political parties need money to run effective campaigns and serving their electorates. The more intense the political environment becomes, the more money is needed. This is especially true for Pakatan Rakyat as we have neither state-owned TVs nor Main Stream Media covering fairly for us.
During the State Assembly sitting on 4th of May, 2011, I have raised this issue to the Penang State Government. Please read the draft of my Dewan Speech 14.0 to 22.0:
http://www.simformalaysia.com/2011/05/05/draft-ucapan-adun-pantai-jerejak-yb-sim-tze-tzin-dalam-sidang-dun-4hb-mei-2011/
http://malaysiakini.com/news/163288
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/5/5/nation/8608634&sec=nation
Based on the report today, the ruling UMNO/BN has proven again that they lack the political will to reform. The former EC Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid has revealed that the ruling federal government had rejected a proposal to reform political financing by providing state funding to political parties. The excuse given was “Malaysia will be crowded with political parties taking advantage of the funding”. To me, this is an utterly lame excuse.
I vehemently urge the Prime Minister to show his political will for reforms. Several organizations, including Transparency International, have approached him pertaining to this matter. He once remarked that he wanted Malaysia to be “The Best Democracy”. The propitious moment has arrived for him to walk the talk.
I also hereby urge the Parliament Select Committee on Election Reform to discuss and introduce State sponsored Political Financing to build a true democracy. The Parliament Select Committee (PSC) must be able to discuss wide-ranging and much needed Electoral Reforms in order to move Malaysia Forward in its quest to become the so-called “Best Democracy” mentioned above.
For too long, political parties, especially UMNO/BN, have relied heavily on dubious financial sources from lobby groups or parties with vested interests. This has resulted in a deeply embedded culture of corruption and nepotism in the ruling BN government. Even former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir has admitted the existence of such dubious funding in his party.
In today’s increasingly competitive political environment, political parties are racing with each other for more political influence. They have to organize all kinds of activities such as open house, providing financial help to the poor and needy, political ceramah, print leaflets etc. Like it or not, these activities incur expenses. It is also not very economically expedient in maintaining a service center, hiring of political aides and keeping the party divisions running. The killer part is during an election campaign when large amount of money is needed to meet inevitable expenses in a short period of time. Political parties or political leaders, therefore, are in constant need of political funds. Many politicians are forced to raise money on a regular basis. Their sources of funding could come from small donations or larger corporate donations. Many have donated sincerely without asking for favors but such sources could also inevitably open the possibilities of political lobbying by big corporations in time to come. Those who do not raise money from the public are forced to spend their own and be financially burdened. This has deterred good people from joining politics.
I would like to reiterate my view that the PM and PSC must take lead to reform because electoral matters come are under federal jurisdiction. On the other hand, the state governments held by Pakatan Rakyat could also explore such initiatives in accordance with the law. I am well aware of the jurisdiction and legal challenges of such initiatives. The various State Governments can set up committees to look into the legality and feasibility of such initiatives in electoral reforms. In Penang, the State Government needs to fork out only RM8 million to ensure fair play in elections. This small amount is a big step in improving democracy.
I am acutely aware of members of the public who might be skeptical of such an idea. They might not be supportive of using taxpayers’ money for funding political activities. Nevertheless this is just a small and necessary investment to keep politicians clean and to curb corrupt practices. Therefore, for such idea to be accepted, we have to provide sufficient political education and public awareness campaigns. Political leaders and parties must now start discussing these issues to educate and change public opinion.
Malaysia must introduce political finance reforms to emerge as a healthy democracy. Malaysian political parties as well as politicians must break away from conventional methods of private donation. The Parliament Select Committee on Election Reform must take lead to suggest State-sponsored funding for political parties. This will provide a level playing field for political parties and politicians to organize their activities and election campaigns. Tighter laws must be introduced to prevent dubious or covert political fundraising. Furthermore, this will help attract more talents to join politics in future. According to Prof Terence Gomez, 70% of democratic countries around the world have introduced State-sponsored Political Financing to prevent lobbying by funders. It is high time for Malaysia to follow suit.

Sim Tze Tzin
Pantai Jerejak State Assemblyman (KEADILAN), Penang.

Press Statement by Sim Tze Tzin on Boustead Land Reclamation

Statement: People Before Profit – Objection to Boustead Land Reclamation
2nd Oct 2011

I would like to extend my unequivocal support to the residents of Putra Marine, Gold Coast, Bay Garden and the surrounding communities in objecting a possible land reclamation project by Boustead. As their state assemblyman, I fully understand their anxiety and fully support their democratic rights to voice up against a greedy corporate giant that might soon affect their lives.

The whole episode of this project goes back 3 years ago. Boustead Holdings Bhd is a corporate giant closely linked to UMNO. It got the approval from the previous administration to construct a high-rise hotel within the UNESCO World Heritage Zone. After Georgetown obtained its UNESCO Heritage Status, Boustead Hotel was requested to reduce the original proposed height to a max 18m in accordance with the new guidelines.

As a result, the current state government under the leadership of YAB Lim Guan Eng was forced to negotiate a settlement with Boustead. Failing to do so, the state is at risk of facing law suits amounting to hundred of millions of ringgit.

I urge Boustead to put the Rakyat and the hard earned Penang Heritage Status first before financial profits. The UNESCO World Heritage is a crown jewel to Penang and any corporate company must respect this status. It is utterly greedy for some corporate companies to calculate losses and threaten to sue the State Government for hundreds of millions of ringgit simply for adhering to UNESCO guidelines. It is equally unscrupulous to force the State Government to compensate them by reclaiming large tracts of land to cover their losses. The Government Linked Companies belongs to the Rakyat. They have to lend their ears to the voice of the Rakyat too!

As the State Assemblyman of this area, I have clearly raised my objection and reservation as early as May, 2011. In my Dewan speech, I put forward my question to the Chief Minister. Please read my Dewan Speech here, para 30 to 35:
http://www.simformalaysia.com/2011/05/05/draft-ucapan-adun-pantai-jerejak-yb-sim-tze-tzin-dalam-sidang-dun-4hb-mei-2011/

After my speech in the august House, I have raised my objections not less than 5 times to the Chief Minister himself during formal and informal settings. I have also arranged 2 meetings for the RA with the Chief Minister. At those meetings, the residents have repeatedly expressed their objection to the CM.

I hope the Chief Minister will stand firm and not succumb to the pressure from a Corporate Giant. The Rakyat will fully support you in negotiating for an amicable solution. We want to send a clear message to Boustead and that is: “People before Profits”!

Sim Tze Tzin
Pantai Jerejak State Assemblyman



文告:人民利益优先-反对Boustead控股填海计划
我全力支持Putra Marine,Gold Coast,Bay Garden及附近一带的居民,反对极可能进行的填海计划。身为他们的州议员,我完全了解他们的感受,及全力支持他们提出反对的民主权利。他们面对的将是一间强大贪婪的商业集团。

这个事件的起源,可以追朔到3年前或更久。前朝政府批准了Boustead在乔治市兴建高楼酒店。但是,不久后,乔治市获得了联合国文教组织的世界遗产地位。随着而来的是比较严厉的发展条规。Boustead被逼减少高度到仅仅18米。Boustead是与巫统关系密切的公司。随后,Boustead就要求州政府补偿损失。如果没有赔偿,他们将会提控州政府上法庭。如果州政府败诉的话,将会被逼赔偿高达数亿令吉的赔偿金。

我谨此呼吁Boustead以人民利益为优先,盈利放次要地位。 世界遗产地位是槟州的“国宝”,Boustead身为政联公司必须尊重遗产地位。我遗憾部分政联公司打算趁机施压州政府赔偿巨大赔偿金祢补他们的损失,这种贪婪的作风,令人不齿。同样可耻的是同时狮子开大口要求填海赔偿损失,这好象是趁火打劫。政联公司是属于纳税人的,他们必须尊重槟州人民的声音。
身为本区的州议员,我早在5月初的州议会里就提出了我对这个计划的疑虑。请阅读我在州议会的纪录(30-35段):
http://www.simformalaysia.com/2011/05/05/draft-ucapan-adun-pantai-jerejak-yb-sim-tze-tzin-dalam-sidang-dun-4hb-mei-2011/

我也超过5次亲自向首席部长表达人民及我反对的立场。我也安排两次首长与居民协会的对话。居民已经很清楚表达他们反对的立场。我们希望首长在与Boustead协商的时候能站稳立场,不要向巫统朋党控制的公司妥协。人民将与您站在同一阵线,向贪婪的大企业说“盈利虽重要,人民利益价更高!”


沈志勤
班台惹雅州议员启
2011年10月2日

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Press Statement by Penang Gerakan Economy & SME Bureau Chairman Michael Heah

Two types of investment, says Heah

Press Statement by Penang Gerakan Economy & SME Bureau Chairman Michael Heah


Aug 24, 2011


A Penang Gerakan leader has urged InvestPenang executive committee chairman Lee Kah Choon to concentrate on his portfolio to bring investments to Penang for the benefit of the people.

Penang Gerakan economy and small and medium-scale enterprises bureau chairman, Michael Heah, said Lee should spend more time improving on his network to reach to more foreign investors, with the aim of attracting them to come to Penang.

“Don’t sleep on your job and wake up trying to pick up quarrels with people. You are paid with public money and you should repay your gratitude with good results and achievements,” said Heah in a statement.

Heah said Lee should know that there are two types of investment, namely new and reinvestment, as far as Penang is concerned.

He said for reinvestment, a firm decision can be made faster, especially when the existing company is already in operation in Penang for many years. The company knows the level of infrastructure available, transportation facilities, availability of supply chain and sub-contractors, experienced and high skilled human resources. So, the company does not have to take a long time to decide to reinvest in Penang.

“However, all these important factors cannot be built overnight and they are being built over a period of time during Barisan Nasional's government previously,” said Heah.

As for the new investment, Heah said, the boss of any prospective company would take a longer time before deciding to put the company’s footing on Penang shore. Faced with other competing countries like China and Vietnam, the company has to consider so many other factors besides those that have been mentioned above, including the geographical location of Penang and Malaysia, political stability, government incentives, culture and language. This is time consuming and it usually take years before a firm decision can be made.

Press Statement by Penang Barisan Nasional Working Committee Chairman Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan

I didn’t approve the Jelutong dumpsite, says Dr Teng

Press Statement by Penang Barisan Nasional Working Committee Chairman
Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan


Aug 24, 2011

Former state executive councillor Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said today that the Jelutong dumpsite has been existing for umpteen years and certainly it is not “me who approved” the site.

Dr Teng, who is also Penang Barisan Nasional Working Committee chairman, said in fact when
he was Exco in charge of local government, he had stopped the Jelutong dumpsite from taking in
organic waste and instead had it transferred to the Pulau Burong landfill in Seberang Prai.

“For Exco in charge of health, welfare, environment and caring society Phee Boon Poh to say that
I had approved the Jelutong dumpsite is sheer ignorance and nonsense,” Dr Teng said in a press
statement.

However, Dr Teng agreed that he had advocated a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) system when he
was a State Exco member.

“Yes, I advocate MRF but whether it is to be at the Jelutong dumpsite, Pulau Burong or elsewhere,
there is no decision made during my tenure,” he said, adding that MRF is the way forward for waste
management for Penang instead of using incinerators.

“I appreciate that the present state government is following up with my proposal to use MRF,” he
said.

Dr Teng urged the state government to immediately find an alternative site which is suitable other
than Jelutong to carry out waste management including MRF, instead of blaming the previous
Barisan Nasional state government.

Dr Teng reiterated that the Jelutong dumpsite had outlived its usefulness and that it was unsuitable
to be located in the midst of commercial and residential development.

On Phee’s statement that RM817, 215 had been collected since July 2009 and the money was used
to support hardcore poor families, Dr Teng said he was surprised that after two years, only RM817,
215 was collected.

“The people would like to know the amount was collected from how many commercial outlets and
supermarkets, the monthly collections, how many hardcore poor families have since received the
money and who are these people?”

“There should be transparency and accountability, a motto advocated by the state government. Is
there a reduction in the use of plastic bags and what is the quantum?” Dr Teng asked.

Monday, July 25, 2011

KENYATAAN MEDIA YB ABDUL MALIK KASSIM - Kerajaan PR P.Pinang membela semua kaum

KENYATAAN MEDIA

25 Julai 2011


Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang Membela Semua Kaum,

Tidak Pinggirkan India Muslim



Selain memperkenal dan mengamalkan urustadbir Cekap, Akauntabiliti dan Telus (CAT), Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang terus mendokong prinsip pentadbiran kerajaan berjiwa rakyat, adil kepada semua kaum.


Demi rakyat – inilah yang membezakan pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang yang baru berusia 3 tahun berbanding kerajaan negeri terdahulu yang mengutamakan kroni dan suku sakat sejak lebih 50 tahun. Sebab itu tidak menghairankan, apabila wujud kaum dan kelompok tertentu terus terpinggir.
Biarpun media yang dikuasai Umno Barisan Nasional sentiasa mengelapkan kejayaan demi kejayaan kerajaan negeri, namun hakikatnya rakyat Pulau Pinang khususnya, dapat mengecapi kejayaan dan menghadam manfaat ini bersama-sama.

Kenyataan Presiden KIMMA Kebangsaan, Senator Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader dalam akhbar Sinar Harian bertarikh 25 Julai 2011, yang kononnya masyarakat India Muslim Pulau Pinang terpinggir, hanyalah contoh sikap pemimpin hasil didikan Umno Barisan Nasional. Jika benar apa yang dikatakan, maknanya beliau mengiakan apa yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan terdahulu.

Saya percaya di dalam lubuk hatinya, beliau melihat hakikat bahawa di bawah kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang, baik masyarakat India Muslim mahupun mana-mana kaum terus diberi perhatian tanpa diskriminasi.

Saya ingin menasihati Syed Ibrahim, usahlah bersikap mengampu dan membodek dek terhutang budi kerana dilantik sebagai Senator. Janganlah sanggup mengadai prinsip dan maruah diri dengan cuba memporakperandakan keharmonian masyarakat India Muslim di sini.
Hakikatnya sejak 2008, kerajaan negeri memberikan perhatian dan prioriti kepada India Muslim, jauh sekali untuk meminggirkan mereka.

Kerajaan Negeri sentiasa komited memberikan sokongan dan bantuan kepada mana-mana pihak yang memerlukan, termasuk golongan India Muslim yang banyak melibatkan diri dalam Badan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO). Pemimpin kerajaan negeri sentiasa turun padang bersama komuniti India Muslim dan memberikan sokongan kepada mereka.

Selaku Exco Kerajaan negeri saya kerap bertemu dan berbincang baik secara rasmi, mahupun tidak rasmi dengan masyarakat India Muslim. Berbincang dalam pelbagai perkara, baik yang besar mahupun kecil, berkaitan isu agama, masjid dan surau hatta tanah wakaf.
Malah saya sentiasa cuba memenuhi undangan daripada masyarakat India Muslim, meskipun kadang-kadang saya menerima notis jemputan dalam masa singkat.

Program yang diperkenalkan oleh kerajaan negeri, iaitu “Penang World Heritage Celebration” hanyalah sebahagian bukti usaha kerajaan negeri melibatkan masyarakat India Muslim secara langsung dalam memacu kejayaan negeri ini. Masyarakat India Muslim turut menerima manfaat daripada program ini, dan hakikat ini tidak boleh dinafikan oleh Presiden KIMMA.

Begitu juga dengan usaha Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (MAINPP) yang sentiasa memberi perhatian khusus kepada masalah yang dibangkitkan dan dihadapi oleh komuniti India Muslim.

Malah, kerajaan negeri telah mengadakan banyak pertemuan dan perbincangan dan sentiasa membuka pintu rundingan untuk mendengar pandangan daripada komuniti India Muslim. Hasil pertemuan dan perbincangan tersebut banyak masalah sejak zaman kerajaan terdahulu dapat dirungkai. Hanya segelintir kecil komuniti itu yang berlagak hero menggunakan media memburukkan kerajaan negeri. Golongan itu cuba mencipta isu yang bukan isu sebenarnya.

Perlu saya tegaskan, sebagai sebuah kerajaan berjiwa rakyat, adil kepada semua kaum, demi rakyat -kerajaan negeri sentiasa komited membantu mana-mana pihak tanpa mengira bangsa, agama mahupun fahaman politik.

Pada kesempatan ini, saya mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih atas kehadiran pada sidang hari ini dan mengalu-alukan sokongan aktivis agama masyarakat India Muslim Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim, aktivis masyarakat India Muslim Shahul Hamed, Persatuan Muslim Tanjung Nasir Mohidin dan para pengusaha Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kenyataan Media Chow Kon Yeow mengenai Projek Vista Mutiara

Kenyataan Media Oleh Pengerusi DAP Pulau Pinang Dan
Ahli Exco Kerajaan Tempatan Dan Pengurusan Lalu Lintas Chow Kon Yeow
Selepas Melawat Projek Perumahan Vista Mutiara Di Jalan Jelutong, Pulau Pinang





Pada 19 Julai 2011

Dakwaan SPNB Bahawa Kerajaan PR Sengaja Ubah Syarat
Untuk Lengah CF Adalah Tidak Berasas.

Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) mendakwa bahawa Kerajaan PR sengaja ubah syarat untuk lengah CF adalah tidak berasas.

Saya telah mengarah Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) untuk menyiasat dakwaan tersebut dan mendapati ianya merupakan tohmahan sahaja.
MPSP telah melaporkan bahawa ia tidak mengenakan sebarang syarat tambahan yang baru semasa CF dipohon. Permohonan diproses mengikut syarat yang telah diluluskan dalam Pelan Bangunan.
Pada masa kini, MPSP sedang memproses permohonan CF daripada SPNB untuk 1 blok rumah pangsa kos rendah 4 tingkat (82 unit) di Taman Sejahtera Indah, Telok Ayer Tawar dan permohonan tersebut diterima pada 29 Jun 2011.

MPPP perlu melaporkan bahawa projek rumah pangsa kos sederhana rendah 27 tingkat (404 unit) Vista Mutiara di Jelutong baru mengemukakan permohonan CF pada 16 Jun 2011. Walau bagaimanapun dua syarat didapati belum dipatuhi iaitu penyerahan tanah tapak penjaja kepada MPPP dan syarat penamaan jalan.

Pada 14 Julai pemaju mengemukakan permohonan kali kedua dan jika semua syarat dipatuhi, CF dijangka boleh dikeluarkan dalam masa yang terdekat.
SPNB seharusnya menunjukkan bukti bahawa PBT sengaja ubah syarat untuk melengah CF.
Pada lazimnya CF tidak dapat dikeluarkan kerana kegagalan pemaju memenuhi syarat syarat.
Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mengalu-alukan pihak pemaju sama ada dari sektor swasta dan awam untuk memajukan projek perumahan mampu milik.
PBT diarahkan untuk memudahkan proses permohonan supaya matlamat menyediakan rumah mampu milik boleh dicapai.

Lebih baik bagi SPNB merunding dengan PBT untuk menangani masalah teknikal daripada membuat tuduhan yang berasas di surat khabar.

Press Statement by Chow Kon Yeow: Response to MP’s call for halt in Balik Pulau projects

Press Statement: Response to MP’s call for halt in Balik Pulau projects

Jul 19, 2011

I refer to Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff’s comments, published in FreeMalaysiaToday.com yesterday, calling for a blanket halt on all development projects in his constituency.
The state government cannot arbitrarily halt projects that have been approved unless they are found to violate the conditions set on its approval. Stop-work orders can be issued in the event projects do not comply with the many conditions such projects need to adhere to. These conditions include environmental, traffic, as well as social impact concerns. In this regard, I welcome MP Yusmadi’s concern for Balik Pulau and await his official input on the matter.
Indeed, the State Government refers project applications to local representatives for their comments before approvals are decided upon. We have rejected applications before, especially those involving hill slope development and active agricultural land. As for squatters, ‘resettlement’ is also a condition of approval.

The Penang State Government reiterates its commitment to be a people-friendly government that practices good governance. We welcome constructive ideas from all quarters for the holistic and sustainable building of a better tomorrow.

Chow Kon Yeow
Penang State Exco Member
(Local Government and Traffic Management)

Kenyataan Media Chow Kon Yeow, Isu Penswastaan Sisa Pepejal

Kenyataan Media

Isu Penswastaan Sisa Pepejal Negeri Pulau Pinang


Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang baru-baru ini menerima surat daripada Datuk Ahmad bin Haji Kabit, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan bertarikh 8hb Julai 2011 mengesahkan bahawa Kerajaan Pusat telah memberi kelulusan kepada Negeri Pulau Pinang dan Selangor supaya kecualikan daripada penguatkuasaan Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 yang akan dikuatkuasa mulai 1hb September 2011.

Perkara ini juga mendapat mengesahan daripada jawapan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan kepada YAB Lim Guan Eng, merangkap Ahli Dewan Rakyat Bagan di dalam Dewan Rakyat pada 28hb Jun 2011.

Ini bermakna, Kerajaan Negeri telah berjaya menolak penerimaan penswastaan pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam di bawah Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007. Oleh yang demikian, semua tanggungjawab berhubung dengan pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam akan dipikul oleh Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan Pulau Pinang. Kos-kos pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam juga akan ditanggung oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan PBT Pulau Pinang tanpa bantuan daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Dalam hal ini, isu permohonan lesen di bawah Akta 672 juga tidak timbul dan pihak operator perkhidmatan pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam di Negeri Pulau Pinang tidak perlu membuat permohonan lesen kepada Jabatan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Negara.

Walaubagaimanapun, PBT Pulau Pinang sudi mematuhi KPI yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya dapat melaksanakan kerja-kerja pengurusan sisa pepejal dan pembersihan awam dengan baik.


Chow Kon Yeow
19-7-2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

709: A Penangite relates his story



Yeap Ban Choon, a businessman from Penang and an avid Facebook user relates his experience as a demonstrator during the Bersih march on 9 July 2011. Bersih is a coaliation of NGOs demanding free and fair elections. The ruling government outlawed the Bersih movement together with its yellow T-shirts and other related materials, and severely clamped down on Bersih supporters.

Even the media was not spared. Four Chinese dailies were called up by the government for publishing articles that were described as "uncomfortable" to the ruling party although the authorities claimed that they were just regular meetings.

Currently, six members of Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) are still detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO), which is detention of up to 60 days without trial for purportedly supporting the Bersih movement.

Bersih 2.0 is also dubbed as "709".

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jenice Lee: We march together



Jenice Lee, ADUN for Teratai was spotted among the crowd of Bersih protesters on 9 July 2011, outside of Tung Shin hospital at around 3:30 p.m. This interview was conducted just moments before the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Most of the protesters ran inside Tung Shin Hospital the second time. However, this time the police charged into the hospital grounds to arrest the peaceful demonstrators.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sever ties with PAS, Gerakan tells DAP

Sever ties with PAS, DAP told

Press Statement by Gerakan Vice-President and Penang Gerakan Chief Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan


July 14, 2011


Gerakan vice-president Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan today challenged DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to have the guts to sever ties with PAS, now that PAS has been persistently pursuing its intention to establish an Islamic state of government in Kedah.

Dr Teng said that Lim and DAP should stop bluffing and misleading the people that PAS would discard its intention of establishing an Islamic state of government in Malaysia.

“Stop promising the people that they should not worry and should support Pakatan Rakyat to take over the federal government in the next general elections and that PAS has given up its intention. PAS has no such intention and in fact is using its power in Kedah and Kelantan to vigorously implement policies which encroach into the rights and freedom of other Malaysians who are not of Muslim faith,” said Dr Teng in a statement.

Dr Teng was commenting on PAS Kedah government decision to ban entertainment outlets in Kedah from operating during fasting month.

Dr Teng, who is also Penang Gerakan chief, said DAP had directly or indirectly been responsible for helping PAS to take power in the Kedah state government, especially when the DAP had campaigned for non-Muslim votes for PAS candidates in the 2008 General Elections and in all the subsequent by-elections.

Dr Teng said it was obvious and crystal-clear that PAS is slowly, surely, consistently and persistently working towards establishing an Islamic state of government in Malaysia.

Slamming PAS over its latest move, he said Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak has been making strenuous efforts in Kedah to realize PAS’ objective.

Dr Teng recalled that the DAP had in the 1990s severed ties with PAS over disagreement with PAS’ Islamic state policy. “What more, we can still remember DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s expletive “Over My Dead Body” when he vehemently objected against PAS’ Islamic state policy.

The Kedah State government had decided that entertainment outlets, including karaoke centers and discotheques will not be allowed to operate during Ramadan in Kedah.

Live-band performances with singers at bars, hotels, restaurants and eating outlets and areas with easy access by the public are also not allowed to open.

The decision has drawn objections from several quarters.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Press Statement: On Bersih 2.0 by Chow Kon Yeow

YB Chow Kon Yeow
Pej. Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan
Tingkat 52, KOMTAR
10503 Pulau Pinang.
Tel: 04-2619888
Email: chowkonyeow@penang.gov.my

Press Statement: On Bersih 2.0

Jul 11, 2011

I view with great concern the rising state of repression in our country. With regards to Saturday’s (Jul 9, 2011) Bersih rally in the nation’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, it is impossible to ignore the violent actions of the Royal Malaysian Police in acting against peaceful protesters. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak’s comments today that “Police had used minimum force and there was no actual physical contact” is an outright lie, which is contradicted by the abundant availability of photographs and video clips documenting the blatant opposite of his imagined claims.

PM Najib’s dishonest assessment of Saturday’s events is propped up by a wall of silence from his approving coalition partners, who – unless they speak up strongly and immediately – collectively sanction the use of chemical weapons against unarmed Malaysians. This is particularly agonising given the fact that one man has died as a result of this violence. Further denials by the Police that they “did not lay a finger” on the late Baharuddin Ahmad ring hollow especially as they also unabashedly denied attacking Tung Shin Hospital on Jalan Pudu when protesters were forced to seek refuge from the choking and stinging effects of inhaling 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (a.k.a. CS gas). Instead of issuing mere denials, Home Affairs Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar must confront the hard evidence that their men fired numerous volleys of tear cas canisters as well as sprayed chemical-laced water into hospital grounds – where protesters were trapped without any safe dispersal route available – thereby creating havoc and risking the wellbeing of patients in the hospital. This rabid and irresponsible action by the Police is uncalled for and I demand Minister Hishamuddin and IGP Ismail be held accountable.

I need to voice concern, too, with the Police’s violent handling of Bersih 2 and Pakatan leaders. Reportedly, Parliamentary Opposition Leader Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim sustained injuries to his head and knee and had to be hospitalised as a precaution. His bodyguard was less fortunate, taking a direct hit to the face from a tear gas canister and required surgery to repair damage to his face. The deliberate firing of a dangerous projectile into the crowd or aiming it at particular persons is a criminal act. I understand the Police have a role to play in dispersing a crowd that has turned rowdy or violent. However, the act of firing canisters at peaceful people directly is criminally motivated, hence utterly disparages Malaysia’s image as a democratic nation.

The immediate step PM Najib Razak needs to take is to recognise the sheer amount of discontentment with his government’s continued lack of commitment for free and fair elections. If it is true, as it is reported, that he isn’t “afraid” of fair elections, it is time to take Bersih’s demands seriously and reform our electoral system. As for Home Affairs Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, he has to take full responsibility over Police brutality, the usage of chemical weapons in enclosed areas and a hospital, the city-wide lock down, the massive network of road blocks, as well as intimidation against peaceful rally-goers. I also demand the release of the six PSM activists, including my colleague in Parliament Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who are still detained under the Emergency Ordinance. As the detention order was justified on belief that the PSM six intend to participate in the Bersih rally, I call upon the Police to release them immediately since July 9 is already a matter of history and it is no longer humanly possible for them to travel back to that date.

Saturday’s Bersih rally, which saw tens of thousands of Malaysians defying the government clampdown and rise up to voice their collective concern for free and fair elections, is a clear indication of the rakyat’s ability to join hands across the imagined boundaries of ethnicity and religion – boundaries which have been used by UMNO-BN to divide and rule this country for so long. Also encouraging is the fact that Malaysians and their friends from all over the world gathered in various cities globally to lend support for Bersih’s cause. This is patriotism at the highest level. There is reason for all Malaysians to have hope for genuine multiracial politics in this country instead of suffering under the continued ethnocracy of UMNO-BN. And for that to happen, the rakyat must remember that, despite all odds, the 9th of July was the peoples’ victorious celebration of democracy in Malaysia.

Hidup Rakyat!

Chow Kon Yeow
Member of Parliament, Tanjong.
Penang State Exco Member and State Assemblyperson, Padang Kota.
Penang DAP State Chairman.

Press Statement: On Bersih 2.0 by Chow Kon Yeow

YB Chow Kon Yeow
Pej. Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan
Tingkat 52, KOMTAR
10503 Pulau Pinang.
Tel: 04-2619888
Email: chowkonyeow@penang.gov.my

Press Statement: On Bersih 2.0

Jul 11, 2011

I view with great concern the rising state of repression in our country. With regards to Saturday’s (Jul 9, 2011) Bersih rally in the nation’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, it is impossible to ignore the violent actions of the Royal Malaysian Police in acting against peaceful protesters. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak’s comments today that “Police had used minimum force and there was no actual physical contact” is an outright lie, which is contradicted by the abundant availability of photographs and video clips documenting the blatant opposite of his imagined claims.
PM Najib’s dishonest assessment of Saturday’s events is propped up by a wall of silence from his approving coalition partners, who – unless they speak up strongly and immediately – collectively sanction the use of chemical weapons against unarmed Malaysians. This is particularly agonising given the fact that one man has died as a result of this violence. Further denials by the Police that they “did not lay a finger” on the late Baharuddin Ahmad ring hollow especially as they also unabashedly denied attacking Tung Shin Hospital on Jalan Pudu when protesters were forced to seek refuge from the choking and stinging effects of inhaling 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (a.k.a. CS gas). Instead of issuing mere denials, Home Affairs Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar must confront the hard evidence that their men fired numerous volleys of tear cas canisters as well as sprayed chemical-laced water into hospital grounds – where protesters were trapped without any safe dispersal route available – thereby creating havoc and risking the wellbeing of patients in the hospital. This rabid and irresponsible action by the Police is uncalled for and I demand Minister Hishamuddin and IGP Ismail be held accountable.
I need to voice concern, too, with the Police’s violent handling of Bersih 2 and Pakatan leaders. Reportedly, Parliamentary Opposition Leader Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim sustained injuries to his head and knee and had to be hospitalised as a precaution. His bodyguard was less fortunate, taking a direct hit to the face from a tear gas canister and required surgery to repair damage to his face. The deliberate firing of a dangerous projectile into the crowd or aiming it at particular persons is a criminal act. I understand the Police have a role to play in dispersing a crowd that has turned rowdy or violent. However, the act of firing canisters at peaceful people directly is criminally motivated, hence utterly disparages Malaysia’s image as a democratic nation.
The immediate step PM Najib Razak needs to take is to recognise the sheer amount of discontentment with his government’s continued lack of commitment for free and fair elections. If it is true, as it is reported, that he isn’t “afraid” of fair elections, it is time to take Bersih’s demands seriously and reform our electoral system. As for Home Affairs Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, he has to take full responsibility over Police brutality, the usage of chemical weapons in enclosed areas and a hospital, the city-wide lock down, the massive network of road blocks, as well as intimidation against peaceful rally-goers. I also demand the release of the six PSM activists, including my colleague in Parliament Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who are still detained under the Emergency Ordinance. As the detention order was justified on belief that the PSM six intend to participate in the Bersih rally, I call upon the Police to release them immediately since July 9 is already a matter of history and it is no longer humanly possible for them to travel back to that date.
Saturday’s Bersih rally, which saw tens of thousands of Malaysians defying the government clampdown and rise up to voice their collective concern for free and fair elections, is a clear indication of the rakyat’s ability to join hands across the imagined boundaries of ethnicity and religion – boundaries which have been used by UMNO-BN to divide and rule this country for so long. Also encouraging is the fact that Malaysians and their friends from all over the world gathered in various cities globally to lend support for Bersih’s cause. This is patriotism at the highest level. There is reason for all Malaysians to have hope for genuine multiracial politics in this country instead of suffering under the continued ethnocracy of UMNO-BN. And for that to happen, the rakyat must remember that, despite all odds, the 9th of July was the peoples’ victorious celebration of democracy in Malaysia.

Hidup Rakyat!

Chow Kon Yeow
Member of Parliament, Tanjong.
Penang State Exco Member and State Assemblyperson, Padang Kota.
Penang DAP State Chairman.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Press Release from LA on Bersih 2.0

BERSIH 2.0 Rally in Los Angeles CA, USA

Los Angeles, July 9 - Amid intimidating arrests and brutal assaults by the police during the BERSIH 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians from all ages, races and backgrounds, together with some foreigners supporting our cause, stood united and marched peacefully in the heart of Los Angeles downtown in support of free and fair elections in Malaysia.

A total of 85 attendees, dressed in yellow, gathered at Pershing Square in Los Angeles downtown. They carried self-made banners, posters and placards to express their dissents and frustrations. Organiser, James Cheng gave a brief introduction about the rally, why it was organised, and briefed about the police brutality against protesters in the BERSIH rally in Malaysia on the same day. The crowd then started the peaceful march toward the Consulate General of Malaysia. As the office was closed, the crowd, led by organisers Caterine Chang and Phebie Thum, read aloud the memorandum and the 8 electoral reform demands.

The crowd then marched towards the Los Angeles City Hall, while chanting the slogans "Bersih", "Hidup Rakyat", and "Reformasi". Cars and pedestrians passing by sounded their car horns and cheered to show their support.

When they arrived at the City Hall compound, the protesters observed a minute of silence to show respect to their Malaysian counterparts, who fought rain, assaults and risk of arrest to march for their freedom of speech and demand for clean elections. At 1pm, the crowd ended the rally by singing Negaraku, the national anthem of Malaysia.

By James Cheng

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

KMPP mengesa PDRM menahan Umi Hafilda atas mengtalkinkan Anwar




President Kongress Melayu Pulau Pinang, Rahmad Isahak mengesa agar PDRM mengambil keterangan Umi Hafilda serta menahannya berasaskan kenyataanya yang merupakan satu ugutan serta ancaman keatas Anwar Ibrahim dan Wan Azizah.

Kembalikan kuasa kepada rakyat



Rahmad Isahak, president of Kongress Melayu Pulau Pinang (KMPP) calls for the PM to dissolve parliament.

Monday, July 4, 2011

KENYATAAN AKHBAR KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG on Demonstrasi Jalanan

KENYATAAN AKHBAR KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG, (KMPP)

DEMONSTRASI JALANAN - KMPP KECAM TINDAKAN EZAM MOHD NOOR


KMPP mengencam tindakan Mohamed Ezam Mohamed Noor yang menjadi dalang utama dalam demonstrasi.

Seperti mana yang dilaporkan oleh beberapa media cetak dan elektronik tempatan di mana Dato Musa Shaikh Fadzir yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Pulau Pinang dan merangkap Ketua UMNO Bahagian Bukit Mertajam telah mengkritik secara terbuka Pentadbiran UDA Holdings Berhad yang kononnya akan melantik kontraktor dari luar Negara serta mengabaikan kontraktor tempatan untuk memajukan projek gergasi iaitu Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) yang mana dianggarkan melebihi 6 billion Ringgit. Beliau juga mensarankan supaya operasi UDA Holdings Berhad ditutup. Akibat daripada kenyataan beliau ini telah menyebabkan hampir 1,400 orang kakitangan Syarikat milik kerajaan pusat ini berada di dalam situasi panik. Pihak KMPP memandang serius kenyataan beliau. Jangan pandai membuat andaian tanpa usul periksa kerana Pengerusinya Dato Nur Jazlan telah mengesahkan bahawa pengumuman rasmi hanya akan dibuat oleh Kerajaan dalam sedikit masa lagi. Pihak KMPP hairan apakah motif sebenarnya yang tersirat terhadap kritikan beliau.


Pihak KMPP ingin menasihatkan beliau supaya lebih fokus kepada masalah ekonomi orang–orang Melayu terutamanya dikawasan Bukit Mertajam dimana beliau adalah Ketua bahagiannya. Jangan hanya nampak kuman diseberang laut tapi hakikatnya anak dirumah mati kebuluran. Orang melayu Pulau Pinang masih tidak lupa suatu ketika dahulu semasa era pemerintahan Barisan Nasional di Pulau Pinang, siapakah yang berhasrat memajukan tanah pertanian di Relau disebelah Pulau, walaupun mengetahui tanah pertanian tersebut adalah milik Kerajaan Pusat. Nasib baik pembangunan tersebut dibatalkan. Jika tidak berapa banyakkah faedah orang-orang Melayu yang akan mendapat faedah keatas pembangunan tersebut? Siapakah yang pernah mencadangkan agar jawatan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang diberikan kepada Orang Melayu dan beliau jugalah yang pernah mencadangkan supaya jawatan pengerusi PBA diberikan kepada pemimpin Melayu. Apakah asas serta cadangan beliau menguntungkan orang-orang Melayu pada ketika itu? Kenapa cadangan beliau ini diutarakan? Sudah pasti ada agenda yang tersembunyi disebalik cadangan beliau pada ketika itu.




Seterusnya pihak KMPP amat memandang serius keatas nasib pemilik-pemilik gerai di BAZAR PERDANA DI BANDAR PERDA, BUKIT MERTAJAM. Beliau adalah salah seorang pemilik syarikat pemaju yang terlibat didalam memajukan Bandar Perda tersebut. Bazar Perdana yang dimaksudkan mempunyai lebih daripada 300 unit dan difahamkan dijual diantara RM15,000.00 ke RM20,000.00 seunit. Diantara penjanjian terawal ditandatangani adalah semenjak tahun 1998. Difahamkan sijil penghunian diperolehi semenjak tahun 2003 lagi. Semua unit-unit telah habis dijual dimana lebih 80% pembelinya adalah orang-orang melayu yang mempercayai pelan asal pembangunan pemaju di Bandar Perda dilengkapi pasar besar Bukit Mertajam serta perhentian bas yang akan dipindahkan ke Bandar Perda. Malangnya tanah bagi memindahkan kemudahan pasar serta perhentian bas telah dibangunkan Pasaraya Jusco. Maka dengan itu, bermulalah kegagalan Bazaar Perdana untuk berfungsi seperti pelan asal pemaju. Kini bangunan Bazaar Perdana tersebut hanyalah sebuah bangunan gajah putih yang tersergam indah tanpa penghuni. Dari tinjauan pihak KMPP, banyak rungutan daripada pihak pembeli mengatakan bahawa mereka telah ditipu oleh pihak pemaju. Paling menyedihkan, terdapat beberapa unit milik pembeli kepunyaan orang melayu telah dilelong oleh pihak bank kerana tidak mampu membayar pinjaman akibat kegagalan pihak pemaju mengawalselia Bazar Perdana berkenaan.


Hakikatnya pihak pemaju yang di terajui oleh Dato’ Musa sendiri telah gagal untuk menguruskan bazaar tersebut dan pihak KMPP dimaklumkan bahawa tiada hakmilik strata yang dikeluarkan sehingga kini. Akibat daripada kecuaian tersebut sekarang ini pemilik-pemilik bazaar berkenaan menanggung kerugian dari segi ekonomi yang berpanjangan. Pemaju haruslah di pertanggung jawabkan sepenuhnya kerana gagal menguruskan bazaar berkenaan. Pemaju telah mengaut keuntungan tapi yang menanggung kerugian adalah majoritinya orang-orang melayu. Jangan jadi seorang pemimpin melayu yang hipokrit dan pihak KMPP mendesak agar pihak beliau supaya dapat mengatasi masalah yang berlarutan hampir 9 tahun ini diselesaikan dalam tempoh 30 hari. Jika gagal, atas nama ekonomi orang-orang melayu, pihak KMPP akan bertindak mengikut saluran-saluran tertentu dengan niat untuk menghidupkan kembali aktiviti-aktiviti perniagaan di bazaar tersebut. Ini termasuk juga kemungkinan mengambil tindakan undang-undang bagi mendapatkan gantirugi kepada pemilik-pemilik berkenaan berasaskan kepada terma dan syarat perjanjian jualbeli terutamanya melibatkan kecuaian pihak pemaju. Pada waktu yang sama pihak KMPP berharap agar pemilik bazaar berkenaan dapat menubuhkan satu Jawatankuasa Bertindak Pembeli bagi tujuan memudahkan masalah mereka disuarakan.


Pihak KMPP akan memberi kerjasama jika diperlukan. Sekali lagi ditegaskan bahawa KMPP tidak akan berkompromi dengan mana-mana pihak, termasuk Kerajaan negeri atau kerajaan pusat mahupun parti-parti politik atas isu kegagalan menangani masalah ekonomi orang-orang melayu di Pulau Pinang.


Jangan memperalatkan orang-orang melayu Pulau Pinang untuk meraih publisiti murahan. KMPP akan terus membongkar semua penyelewengan yang melibatkan ekonomi orang-orang Melayu yang tidak diperjuangkan selama ini. Ramai orang melayu yang bukan asalnya daripada Pulau Pinang mendabik dada mengaku diri mereka anak Pulau Pinang, tetapi hakikatnya mereka adalah opurtunis yang lebih mementingkan diri mereka dan kuncu-kuncu mereka sahaja.


Mereka menuntut bantuan dan projek dari pihak atasan, Kerajaan Negeri atau Kerajaan Pusat kononnya untuk menolong orang melayu Pulau Pinang. Sebenarnya projek dan bantuan tersebut adalah ditelan segelintir melayu yang menggunakan nama melayu Pulau Pinang. Pihak Kerajaan Negeri dan Kerajaan Pusat patut berhati-hati apabila ingin membantu Melayu Pulau Pinang kerana hakikatnya mereka ini opurtunis yang merugikan bangsa Melayu.


Akhir sekali pihak KMPP menasihatkan Dato Musa Shaikh Fadzil supaya melepaskan kesemua jawatannya di dalam UMNO Pulau Pinang kerana beliau telah gagal dalam banyak hal terutamanya di dalam membantu ekonomi untuk orang-orang melayu di Bukit Mertajam dan Pulau Pinang amnya.


KONGRES MELAYU PULAU PINANG




………………………………
RAHMAD ISAHAK
PRESIDEN, (019-4728509)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Press Conference by Penang Gerakan Vice-Chairman Ong Thean Lye

Press Conference by Penang Gerakan Vice-Chairman Ong Thean Lye

Penang Gerakan condemns the series of political violence and barbaric political activities currently taking place in the country.

We detest such a political campaign which intimidates the people, threatens their safety, cause
hardship and loss of income. We are strongly against such uncivilized violent acts which do not bode well for Malaysian politics.

Any issue, whether national, state or political, can be resolved through peaceful and lawful means. Barbaric and violent acts will only bring instability.

We urge the police to intensify their investigation so that the culprits involved will face the justice of law. The police should also increase their vigilance to prevent similar incidents from repeating.

We refer to the following incidents that took place in the past few days.

Splashing of green paint at the roller shutter at the service centre of Ng Wei Aik (Komtar
Assemblyman);
Posters defaming Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng;
Splashing of green paint at the house of Chong Eng, MP for Bukit Mertajam;
Splashing of yellow paint at Umno Cheras and Bandar Tun Razak branch premises;
Disrupting and harassing a civil society group from submitting a memorandum to the police
seeking the immediate release of 30 PSM members outside the police headquarters in
Penang Road.

During the press conference, all the Penang Gerakan leaders present wore purple ribbon. Purple
ribbon symbolizes anti-violence. This is a campaign launched by Penang Gerakan on July 15, 2009, to protest against political violence and threats.

Together with Ong Thean Lye in the press conference are Dr Lim Boon Han (vice-chairman), Goh
Kheng Sneah (secretary), Ng Siew Lai (wanita chief), Oh Tong Keong (youth chief), Dr Thor Teong Gee (Publicity, Information and Communication Bureau Chief) and Teoh Hang Chong (Coordinator for Air Itam).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Aru speaks about PSM detainees




S.Arutchelvan, the Secretary-General of Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) was at Penang High Court 3 today. An application was made for a judicial revision to the seven days remand. The decision will be announced tomorrow.

Thirty PSM members were detained on 25th June under Section 122 of the Penal Code for allegedly waging a war against the Agong. Among those arrested were the elderly, women, two seventeen year old students, a teacher and an MP.

Forum Perundingan Kerajaan Tempatan Pulau Pinang 2/2011

Kenyataan Media

Forum Perundingan Kerajaan Tempatan Pulau Pinang 2/2011


Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa kerajaan negeri akan menganjurkan Forum Perundingan Kerajaan Tempatan yang kedua bagi tahun 2011 pada 4hb Julai 2011.

Forum ini akan diadakan di Dewan Bosch, Tingkat 1, Kompleks Mesyuarat Penyayang, Jalan Utama dan akan bermula pada jam 9.00 pagi hingga 12.30 tengahari.

Forum ini akan dipengerusikan oleh YB Chow Kon Yeow, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa MMK Kerajaan Tempatan dan Pengurusan Lalu Lintas.

Isu yang akan dibangkit dan dibincang pada forum kali ini adalah isu perumahan. Pembentangan termasuk Perumahan Mampu Milik bagi rakyat Pulau Pinang dan Pergerakan harga rumah di Pulau Pinang.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mengalu-alukan kehadiran stakeholders dan pihak yang berminat untuk mengambil bahagian dalam forum kali ini supaya dapat bersama-sama menyumbangkan idea-idea demi mempertingkatkan pembangunan sosio-ekonomi negeri Pulau Pinang.

29-6-2011
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檳州地方政府論壇2/2011

檳州政府將于4-7-2011,上午9時至中午12時半,在愛心大廈1樓Dewan Bosch舉行2011年第二次的地方政府論壇。

此地方政府論壇將由檳州地方政府及交通管理委員會主席曹觀友主持。這次論壇將討論的課題為檳州人民有能力購買的房屋以及檳州屋價走勢。

檳州政府歡迎對此課題有興趣的人士參與論壇,集思廣益,提升及促進檳州社會經濟發展。

29-6-2011
Chow Kon Yeow

Memorandum to Penang CPO

MEMORANDUM TO PENANG CHIEF POLICE OFFICER
29 JUNE 2011
ARBITRARY ARRESTS AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST PSM ACTIVISTS

We the undersigned civil society groups in Penang strongly condemn the arrest of 30 PSM activists under Section 122 of the Penal Code 122 for “waging wars against the Yang DiPertuan Agong” that carries life imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 years.

The PSM activists, including Sungai Siput MP D Jeyakumar were halted by police at the Sungai Dua toll plaza, when they were on their way to attend a ceramah dubbed ‘Udahlah tu, bersaralah BN’ at Bayan Baru. The police who found PRM leaflets and newsletter and other paraphemalia including T-Shirts bearing the images of former Communist fighters Chin Peng, Suriani Abdullah and Rashid Maidin, came to the conclusion that the group was trying to revive the communist ideology and therefore they should be investigated for “waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong”.

This is not the only example of abuse of power by police. Basic necessities in the lockup such as adequate washrooms, water etc do not meet basic standards of living. Human rights violation cases taken place during their detention, when a woman who suffered from diabetes was given a cup of sweet water when she asked for warm water, another one was punched and kicked by the police, while all of them were denied access to lawyers. We have also learned that the 7 detainees held at the Penang Police Headquarters are put into solitary confinement and we find this extraordinary treatment very worrying. We have no information on the condition of the other 24 detainees currently held at Kepala Batas. The extreme accusations by the police on peace-loving citizens of this country defies common sense and so we urge the police to open up their purported investigations and conduct for immediate scrutiny. The police cannot simply accuse citizens of a crime and proceed to mistreat them under detention. We reiterate the need for lawyers to be allowed routine visits to ensure the well being of people in police custody.

We are deeply shocked and disturbed by this blatant disregard to the fundamental of human rights in Malaysia as enshrined in Federal Constitution. It is a case of abuse of power by the government machinery, including the police force, the failure of police-prosecutor-judiciary collusion to protect fundamental human rights.

The arrest further illustrates the fear of the ruling party of the people power, when BERSIH 2.0 rally is just around the corner, while police has been used as a political tool by the ruling party to hit their objective. This is clearly seen when a nationwide police crackdown on pre-Bersih activities and reported ban on political events.

We are very much concerned over the continuous act of obtaining blanket unilateral restraining orders against the general public as a means to crack down any activity opposing the ruling party. We are of the view that the act of obtaining such restraining orders is a serious abuse of legal process. Once again, police is the accomplice in this matter.

We, in the light of these incidences, urge the CPO to

1. Release all the detainees immediately!

The arrest is truly an unlawful act and disregard of the Constitutional Rights. Police should release all the detainees immediately and apologise to the public.


2. Take action on police who misuse of power

Any ill-treatment received by the detainees during their detention is not tolerable. Police should be at the people’s side and not the rulling party’s. It is serious when all the injuries, physically or mentally, come from the police because it means the police themselves are the criminals.


3. Stop being used as a political tool by using arbitrary restraining orders against peaceful citizens.

Police has been used as a political tool to arrest citizens exercising their rights. Such orders are made based solely on one party’s prejudice that undermines the subjected parties’ right to be heard.


4. Respect freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

Police should stop disrupting peaceful assemblies and any other activities, either BERSIH 2.0 or leafleting. Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly is enshrined in our Federal Constitution. Respect these freedom means respect your own freedom and vice versa.


5. Stop arresting and harassing activists.

Activists have always been exposed to arrest and detention without trial because most of their demands are away from the benefit of the ruling party. Therefore, in most time police will get order from the ruling party to crackdown their activities. Please stop arresting and harassing the activists for the sake of the society.



6. Grant access to lawyers and family members to visit

We are extremely concerned that conditions of police lockups do not meet basic living standards. Police have also been reported to be mistreating (including beating up) detainees. We demand that lawyers and family members be allowed to visit detainees immediately to ensure their well being under custody.

7. Concentrate more on catching criminals

Instead of getting their head into disrupting activities which threaten the position of ruling party, police should making more effort in catching criminals.

Endorsed by:
1. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)


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Ong Jing Cheng
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Penang Branch Coordinator,
63B-01-07, University Heights,
Jalan Sungai Dua,
11700 Penang.
Tel / Fax: +6 04-6582285
Mobile phone: +6 012 7583 779
E-mail: suarampg@gmail.com
http://suarampg.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

EcoNoon launches newly patented LED




EcoNoon Sdn. Bhd. unveiled its best kept secret at a worldwide launch held at the Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang yesterday – a newly patented LED light module together with two other light products. The Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng was present to witness the signing of the licensing agreement between the manufacturer, Econoon Sdn. Bhd. and Loh Ban Poh, the inventor.

The directors of EcoNoon presented the Chief Minister a rechargeable light bulb that consumes only 4 watts but functions like a 40 watts bulb.

“This launching will (also) help to promote Penang and Malaysia as a leading LED hub,” said Lim in his congratulatory speech, adding that the state government is willing to assist new small and medium enterprises (SME) by providing subsidized rentals for a period of up to two years.

The globe- bulb (GL series) and spotlight and floodlight (SL series) provide bulbs from between 4 and 12 watts. During the demonstration, Lim was overheard commenting that EcoNoon bulbs were less glaring than the other bulbs that were on display.

At present, EcoNoon has an assembly plant located in China, and another plant of about 2500 square feet at Permatang Pauh in Penang. The paid-up capital is 2 million, and the company is forecasting a revenue of RM40 to RM50 million in sales for the first year. The China plant has a production capacity of 100,000 bulbs per month.

Nawi bin Alias, chairman of EcoNoon says that the company is looking for a further investment of RM30 million. Its first order is from Japan and the first shipment will be ready in four months time.

Directors of EcoNoon claim that they are “selling sunlight” and that the lighting industry is a USD100 billion industry.

Marketing Director, Ooi Seoh Lin explains that since noon is the brightest time of the day, they have adopted it as the name for their company.

“Our patent doesn’t need to use the printed circuit board (PCB) and has very good heat dissipation,” he added.

Among the advantages of LED or ‘light emitting diodes’ are effective cost-savings, energy savings, environmentally friendly with small footprint, non-toxic and no maintenance required.

“We are concentrating on commercial use first like manufacturing stadium lights and street lights,” said Charlie See, the Operations Director, adding that the bulbs are able to help save energy of up to 70%.

According to a report in The Star Paper in 2009, technology and capital barriers were the main reason that hindered local participation in an otherwise lucrative and potential industry.

Lim asks Koh to clarify extraodinary investments (Mandarin)



Lim held a press conference to proof that Koh indicated an extraodinary
amount of new investments coming to Penang. Lim showed the reporters
news reports from several sources, including a video clip to back up
his claims.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Punish Ibrahim immediately before it is too late, says Gerakan Press Statement by Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan

Punish Ibrahim immediately before it is too late, says Gerakan
Press Statement by Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan
Gerakan Vice-President and Penang Gerakan Chief


June 21, 2011

Disgusted with Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threat to the Chinese community, Gerakan vice president Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan wants the government to punish Ibrahim and charge him under the Sedition Act.

Dr Teng said it has been too often that Ibrahim has been making racial statements that can
cause “tension, uneasiness and stress” amongst the people.

“It is appropriate that the government should immediately take steps, especially during this political challenging time, to stop any individual or organization from making racist statements that stoke tension and affect the peace and harmony of the nation,” said Dr Teng, who is also Penang Gerakan chief, in a statement.

Dr Teng said Gerakan lauded Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for coming out boldly and in no
uncertain terms to protest against Ibrahim’s racist remarks.

“As Barisan Nasional Youth chief and as Umno Youth chief, Khairy represents the younger generation who is against any form of extremism. The younger generation of the BN and Umno is moving towards the right track,” Dr Teng added.

Dr Teng urged all Malaysians to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s approach of
moderation as the way forward and for the nation and the people to continue to progress.

In this respect, Dr Teng said, the government should take stern action against irresponsible leaders and “nip the problem in the bud” before it is too late.

Ibrahim, who recently announced that Perkasa would hold a demonstration to counter the planned
Berish 2.0 street rally on July 9, had called on the Chinese to stock up on food “as anything can happen”.

In response, Khairy urged the authorities to take action against Ibrahim for making the threat.

“It is a racist and seditious statement that is dangerous. Action should be taken against him as his statement is a clear threat,” Khairy said at Parliament lobby in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Zahrain: Bersih is irrelevant



Zahrain Mohd Hashim, the Independant MP for Bayan Baru explains why
Bersih is irrelevant.

Launching of Durian Festival at Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau



In this opening speech, Abdul Halim, division head of Cabang Balik Pulau, hopes to have a durian replica as a landmark for Balik Pulau. CM Lim Guan Eng launched the event together with several other VIPs.

Friday, June 17, 2011

KENYATAAN MEDIA YB ABDUL MALIK KASSIM, EXCO HAL EHWAL AGAMA PULAU PINANG

KENYATAAN MEDIA

YB ABDUL MALIK KASSIM, EXCO HAL EHWAL AGAMA PULAU PINANG


17 JUN 2011

PEMILIHAN JAWATANKUASA KARIAH MASJID SELURUH PULAU PINANG SESI 2012-2013


Saya selaku Exco Hal Ehwal Agama Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang baru di beritahu melalui telefon oleh Yang Dipertua Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang, bahawa hasil daripada satu pertemuan yang telah diadakan di Istana Negara pagi ini, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong telah menitahkan pemilihan Jawatankuasa Kariah Masjid ditangguhkan buat sementara waktu. Oleh yang demikian pemilihan yang dijadualkan pada 18 & 19 Jun 2011 iaitu esok dan lusa ditangguhkan.

Kenyataan rasmi akan dibuat setelah Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang mengadakan mesyuaratnya.

KENYATAAN MEDIA YB ABDUL MALIK KASSIM, EXCO HAL EHWAL AGAMA PULAU PINANG

KENYATAAN MEDIA

YB ABDUL MALIK KASSIM, EXCO HAL EHWAL AGAMA PULAU PINANG


16 JUN 2011

ANAK-ANAK KARIAH MAHU PERUBAHAN,

PEMILIHAN AKAN DITERUSKAN



Mesyuarat Agong Pemilihan Khariah Masjid Pulau Pinang yang akan bermula pada 18 Jun ini akan tetapkan diteruskan kerana ia menepati Seksyen 22 (4) Enakmen Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (MAINPP).

Justeru, kita tidak akan menghalang sekiranya ada mana-mana pihak yang akan mencabar keputusan ini di mahkamah. Silakan, tindakan tersebut akan dianggap cuba berkonfrantasi dengan kerajaan negeri.
Pihak-pihak yang tidak dapat menerima perubahan ke arah yang lebih baik, yang pro rakyat dan menguntungkan umat Islam pastinya tidak akan menerima perubahan ini.

Apabila MAINPP memperkenalkan pemilihan jawatankuasa masjid, pihak-pihak tertentu, khususnya Umno dan NGO yang sealiran dengannya cuba mengeksploitasi isu ini. Malah mereka cuba mengheret Yang DiPertuan Agong dalam isu ini, dengan harapan supaya orang Melayu semakin marah dengan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat.

Pada hal tatacara pemilihan ini sahaja yang berubah, jika dahulu dengan cara mengangkat tangan sekarang hendak dibuat ala pilihanraya. Jika dulu dibuat pelantikan tanpa mengambilkira pandangan anak-anak khariah, sekarang kita minta anak-anak khariah mencadangkan jawatankuasa masjid masing-masing kepada MAINPP untuk diperkenankan oleh Yang Dipertuan Agong.

Jelas, Umno mempolitikkan isu ini dengan menfitnah DAP, kononnya parti itu campurtangan dalam urusan pentadbiran Islam negeri ini. Saya tegaskan, ini adalah keputusan MAINPP tanpa ada walau sekelumitnya pun campurtangan oleh pemimpin DAP.

Tidak cukup dengan itu, Umno mengugut dengan mendakwa pemilihan jawatankuasa masjid akan memecahbelahkan umat Islam. Saya yakin seramai 4485 orang yang telah menawarkan diri untuk mengisi 4530 jawatan di 151 daripada 200 buah masjid di 6 daerah di Pulau Pinang bertujuan untuk bersama-sama membantu kerajaan negeri mengimarahkan masjid.

Sebanyak 151 buah masjid akan mengadakan mesyuarat Agong, manakala 34 buah lagi yang mengadakan kompromi di kalangan anak-anak kariah tidak akan mengadakan pemilihan secara mesyuarat agong. Sebanyak 59 jawatan utama tidak akan dipertandingkan. Manakala sebanyak 8 buah masjid tidak menghantar borang pencalonan.

Jelas daripada statistik tersebut terbukti bahawa anak-anak kariah telah bersedia untuk membawa perubahan ke arah yang lebih baik.

Yang enggan berubah hanya Umno. Memang Umno, khususnya pertubuhan Perkasa anti pembaharuan, kerana selama ini mereka berfikiran jumud. Sebab itu setiap pembaharuan yang dibuat oleh selain daripada Umno ia akan ditentang secara melulu, walaupun akhirnya mereka akan meniru.

Kita tentu masih ingat ketika kerajaan Kelantan memperkenalkan hari bekerja selama lima hari seminggu, pemimpin Umno menuduh kerajaan Kelantan malas dan akan merendahkan produktiviti. Namun, tidak berapa lama kemudian kerajaan pusat mengikut jejak langkah yang sama.

Sebenarnya Umno hendak melindung kerja jahat mereka terhadap institusi masjid di bawah kerajaan Barisan Nasional. Pemilihan yang tidak demokratik, ia hanya dipilih oleh pemimpin Umno bukan anak kariah. Perlantikan bukan ahli masjid, yang tidak layak dari segi peribadi untuk mengimarahkan masjid.
Insyaallah selepas ini kita boleh lihat perbezaan masjid di negeri yang ditabdir oleh Umno dan Pakatan Rakyat dari segi pengimarahannya.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pay attention to public safety, Gerakan tells state government

Pay attention to public safety, Gerakan tells state government

Press Statement by Penang Gerakan Youth Chief Oh Tong Keong

June 14, 2011

Penang Gerakan regrets the latest incident of a Briton who fell into an uncovered part of a drain in Batu Ferringhi on Sunday, saying the state government should pay attention to public safety.

Penang Gerakan Youth chief Oh Tong Keong said public safety was of paramount importance and
there should be concerted efforts to prevent such incidents.

“It is the state government’s duty and responsibility to see to it that public places including the beaches, pavements and walkways in the Batu Ferringhi tourism belt are safe,” said Oh in a
statement.

Oh said uncovered drain holes and uneven surfaces at pavements and walkways are potential risks
for pedestrians and road users.

Oh said this latest mishap and the incident of a five-year-old girl who was hit by a galloping horse along the beach in Batu Ferringhi on June 5, coupled with the triple breakdowns of the Penang Hill Railway service was giving Penang and its tourism industry a very bad name.

He said state authorities should take proactive action rather than delayed reaction. “State leaders should not pinpoint fingers or put blame on others when the truth is inefficiency, incompetency and lack of initiatives by all those involved,” Oh added.

Brendan Tully, 57, a retiree from England, suffered bruises to his knee and hand after falling into an uncovered part of a drain in Batu Ferringhi while trying to help his disabled friend on Sunday.

“I have seen a number of public spots in Batu Ferringh where the pedestrian walkways are blocked,” he said, adding there were also not many pedestrian walkways in Batu Ferringhi.

Tully, who lodged a police report over the incident, also urged the authorities to take immediate action to cover the hole to avoid further incidents from taking place.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

KJ: It's not possible to have one education system




Khairy Jamaluddin, Youth Chief of Barisan National was in Penang on 22 May 2011 to answer questions from the public. In this video, KJ explains why it is not possible to have a single education system.

Koh looks at members' grievances positively




Andrea Filmer, a reporter from The Star Paper asks Koh Tsu Koon to comment on the issue where some disgruntled members of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia were said to be pushing for an EGM.

Koh: It's an uphill battle




Koh Tsu Koon answer questions on 1) the possiblity of taking Penang back 2) whether BN is prepared is the State Assembly was dissolved before GE-13 and 3) whether he is hinting that GE-13 will be held in four month's time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Press Statement by Chow Kon Yeow on horse riding in Batu Ferringhi

Kenyataan media

YB Chow Kon Yeow, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerajaan Tempatan dan Pengurusan Lalu Lintas telah mengarahkan YDP Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang membuat laporan polis terhadap kes kuda yang mencederakan seorang budak perempuan di Pantai Batu Ferringhi.

Kejadian ini telah mengakibatkan orang awam tercedera. Oleh itu, kami berharap pihak polis dapat menyiasat kes ini dan mendakwa pengusaha yang terlibat.

MPPP telah menghantar pasukan penguatkuasaan untuk meronda di sekitar Pantai Batu Ferringhi setiap hari dari 8 pagi hingga 8 malam supaya dapat membanteras aktiviti kuda di pantai. Malangnya masih terdapat pengusaha yang keluar mencari makan dan telah mencederakan orang awam.

Oleh yang demikian, kerajaan negeri berharap pihak polis dapat mengcampur tangan untuk menyiasat kejadian ini serta mendakwa pengusaha terbabit.


Chow Kon Yeow

Ensure public safety on beaches, says Gerakan

Ensure public safety on beaches, says Gerakan

Press Statement by Teh Leong Meng
Penang Gerakan Local Government Bureau Chief


June 8, 2011


Penang Gerakan has urged the state government to carry out strict enforcement in controlling sports activities along the Batu Ferringhi tourist belt.

The party’s head of Local Government Bureau, Teh Leong Meng, said protection of public safety, particularly beach users, should not be compromised.

“We may have laws and by-laws which will not work when there is no strict enforcement and proper control,” Teh said in a statement.

Commenting on Tuesday’s accident on Batu Ferringhi beach, Teh said the tourism industry in Penang would also be seriously affected if such incidents were allowed to be repeated.

He said the beaches on Batu Ferringhi were popular with people, especially during the current school holidays, and enforcement should have been stepped up.

On Tuesday, a five-year-old girl was building sandcastles on the beach when she was hit by a horse. Arina Kirana Azrin, who was warded at the Penang Hospital, was with her 12-year-old sister when a horse, ridden by a beach boy, came their way.

The two were too surprised to run away and one of the horse’s hooves hit Arina.

Teh recalled that in February this year, the authorities had temporarily banned horse riding and water sports activities in Batu Ferringhi following an accident involving a Chinese tourist.

Zhu Li, 47, broke both her legs when a water scooter rammed into her on the beach while she was taking a walk.

Following the incident, the Penang Municipal Council introduced some new guidelines aimed at making water sports at the beach safer.

Among the guidelines are that only those who are 16 years of age and above can take part in water sports and the water sport operators can only operate from 7am to 7pm.

Council president Patahiyah Ismail said the licensing process for beach operators started on Feb 12 and 31 and the operators had been identified.

Patahiyah said the licences’ requirements included a public liability insurance amounting to RM50, 000, proof that the operators had undergone a first aid course and copies of the operator’s company registration.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PROGRESSING WITH HERITAGE PUBLIC FORUM 4

PROGRESSING WITH HERITAGE
PUBLIC FORUM 4: Building Capacity in Heritage Asset Management


Public Forum: Sat, 28 May 2011
Time: 9.00am- 5.00pm
Venue: Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang

As owners, tenants and custodians of properties within the George Town World Heritage Site, we will need correct approaches, technical know-how and appropriate materials to maintain our heritage assets for future generations.

After years of neglect, there is a lot of 'catch-up' maintenance to be done. Large property owners, whether public bodies, institutions or private companies, would do well to understand what is involved in managing their heritage assets. Investments today will result in great savings tomorrow.
The UNESCO listing is opening up new opportunities for the building industry, building professionals, contractors, suppliers and even training providers.
All those involved need to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the service of cultural heritage management.

The public forum will address issues in common with the conservation of heritage places in George Town, Penang. These include issues such as care and maintenance of traditional porous brick structures with stucco and plaster finishes, timber framed floors and roofs, roofed with terra cotta tiles. The issues to be covered include:-

- How to care for a traditional building.
- How to recover the significance of a building that has been abandoned and neglected for many years.
- How to protect the significant fabric and finishes when adapting traditional buildings for new uses.
- How to plan for future contingencies, including threats and risks.
- Traditional materials and finishes versus modern materials and finishes
- What effects do changes cause? What can be done to counteract the impacts of change.

Main speakers:
Ian Cook - Deputy Chair, AusHeritage, principal of 3CS AsiaPacific consultancy
Dr Donald Ellsmore - principal of Donald Ellsmore heritage consultancy
Barrie Cooper - Director, Westox building products


Registration: George Town World Heritage Incorporated,
Tel: 04-261 6606,
email: info@gtwhi.com.my .

Advance registration PER FORUM (F): RM20 includes printed materials of the forum, lunch and 2 teas.
On the spot or late registration: RM40 for forum
(There will also be a workshop on 29-30 May which is open to 30 participants on a first come, first serve basis.)

Press Release for Blending of Blood, A Unity Project

Press Release for "Blending Of Blood‟, A Unity Project
Date : 25th May 2O11 (Wednesday)


GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2O11

The George Town Festival is a month-long celebration of the inscription of George Town on UNESCO‟s World Heritage Listing on 7th July, 2OO8. Scheduled to be an annual event, the Festival opens as a feast of theatre, music, dance, film, art, opera, food, fashion, photography, and inspirational talks.
The primary objective of the George Town Festival is to provide a platform to promote arts and culture to engage all stakeholders to work collectively with the common aim of increasing the multiplier effect on Penang‟s economy. The Festival acts as a catalyst to advance art and heritage education, promotes dialogue, and encourages mutual understanding between different urban communities, past and present.
The 2O11 Festival will feature over 8O programmes which promote ARTS and HERITAGE in Penang, made possible with the concerted effort of the Penang State Government, Municipal Council of Penang Island, George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Penang Global Tourism and the various communities of Penang.

UNITY PROJECT

Penang has 1.6 million people, more on the island. The population is largely composed of Chinese, Malays and Indians. This diversity of different ethnic backgrounds in Penang has contributed to various types of ethnic mixes which exists now. Penang also has a sizeable expatriate population, many of whom who has decided to call Penang home. Blending of Blood is part of an ongoing Unity project started in 2OO9 by Shahram Entekhabi, Joe Sidek and WL Project in collaboration with Museum & Gallery Tuanku Fauzan, USM, George Town Penang.
The Photographic Society of Penang has previously collaborated with us on the Blending of Blood project. For George Town Festival 2O11, we are honoured to have onboard with us the internationally renowned art and museum curator Marina Betist (Blending of Blood) and internationally acclaimed visual artist/ art director Drew Harris (Characters). Both of them are continuing the effort to showcase the uniqueness of our complex diversity in our ethnic backgrounds of Penang by exhibiting a images of these individuals.

9O, Armenian Street, 1O2OO George Town, Penang
Tel No: +6O4-261 63O8 ∙ Fax No: +6O4-261 63O5 ∙ Email: info@georgetownfestival.com