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

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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.




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。



Chow Kon Yeow

Memorandum to Penang CPO

29 JUNE 2011

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)

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

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




17 JUN 2011


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.




16 JUN 2011



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

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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