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Penang Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong said today that it was the Pakatan Rakyat state government that sub-divided the Siamese-Burmese village land in Pulau Tikus and earmarked the settlement as a commercial zone in December last year.
“So the allegation that the previous BN government under Gerakan re-zoned the village into a commercial area was a lie,” Oh told newsmen at the Gerakan office here today.
He said both Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Pulau Tikus assemblywoman Yap Soo Huey had misled the villagers by saying otherwise.
Oh said under the state Heritage Enactment 2011, the state government had the powers to gazette the area as a heritage zone.
“If the state government does not have the power, how did it reject a developer’s application for planning permission to demolish and redevelop the village twice, in 2009 and 2010?” he asked.
He pointed out that the Penang Island Municipal Council had also rejected developer Airmas Development Sdn Bhd’s application for planning permission in 2008.
“If the state government was sincere and honest, it could easily gazette the village as a heritage site,” said Oh.
Oh also explained that all the previous Barisan Nasional government did was re-zone the land in 1996 as a religious-cultural and commercial zone to mirror the development of the area then.
He said the 5,457sq metre village land was sub-divided to lots 10029 and 10030 under a micro-zoning process last year.
The village has an open space, a Burmese trust building and a row of shophouses.
After the sub-division exercise, Lot 10029 comprised the village and shophouses and Lot 10030, the Burmese trust building and open space.
The tender list for the coveted “BMW” number plate is making waves with one number fetching a sum as high as RM188,000.
According to Friends of BN Facebook page, one number plate from the series went for as high as RM345,000.
Some of those who are waiting to get their hands on the number plate included civil servants.
This made some people on social media question the purchases, asking: “How can they spend so much money on number plates?”
On the top of the list were names of royals, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan.
Lee spent RM97,777 on BMW6 while Sanjeevan spent RM174,776 and RM165,000 on BMW8 and BMW11 respectively.
The visibly highest amount went to Tengku Sulaiman Shah Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who got BMW5 for RM188,100.
Sanjeevan, who is a PKR member, received the brunt of criticism due to his role in MyWatch and politics.
Some comments that appeared on Facebook were as follows:
Firdaus Azil said: “Well played Sri Sanjeevan. The guy who talks too much about cost of living. That’s why I don’t trust politicians.”
Kimmy Rai commented: “Didn’t know i can earn so much money from being a MYWATCH chairman … wow … tomorrow im gonna register a YOUWATCH and be the chairman so i can afford 300K+ plate numbers.”
Sanjeevan told The Rakyat Post that the purchases were made as an “investment”.
“There is nothing wrong using my hard-earned money to invest on something I feel is worthwhile. If I sell it off tomorrow, it will be at a higher price.
“People know me as the chairman of MyWatch, but that doesn’t mean I’m being paid there. That is an NGO (non-governmental organisation).”
He explained that using personal money and wasting public funds were two different things, stressing that he ran his own business and had other sources of income.
Last year, the coveted “WWW” series saw a bidding war that resulted in very high prices for the plates.
Dressed in a niqab the veil which covers her face leaving only her eyes visible — 22-year-old Jamila Rahim makes an unlikely face for the DAP, a secular political party that is mostly Chinese.
So much so that her public announcement and appearance as the DAP’s latest recruit has sparked a huge storm on the Internet, with a pro-Umno blog telling the young novelist and activist that she would be better off being a “whore” than joining the opposition party.
But Jamila, popularly known as Melati, is unfazed.
“I think the voice of the activists is quite the minority. Not everyone wants to listen to the voice of activists,” Melati told the DAP’s news portal Roketkini in an interview published today.
“If party members are not with them, who else will be? At least those who join political parties can deliver their voices,” she added.
The University of Selangor graduate said she joined the party to represent the activist community, which she said was marginalised during her four years of activism.
In another interview with English portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) yesterday, Melati said she joined the party as its principles is near to her Islamic values, despite being seen as a “Chinese chauvinist” party.
“If reviewed roughly, in the DAP constitution itself, humanism or humanity is put as the spine or main core. In Islam itself, humanity is fundamental and is a need for a human,” she told FMT. Continue reading
Source: FMT News
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong has alleged that another heritage building in the city is to disappear soon and be replaced with a new posh structure.
Oh said the imminent destruction of Khaw Sim Bee Mansion, which sits across the Pykett primary school, would be another major blow to the state, which prides itself as an international heritage enclave.
“This is another heritage demolition after the flattening of the 218 Macalister Road heritage building,” Oh said in a statement here today.
Oh cried foul over how the DAP-led Pakatan Rakyat state government and Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) could give the go-ahead for the project in Jalan Pykett, despite strong objections and protests by NGOs and neighbourhood residents.
“We wonder whether both the state and local governments have any authority at all when it comes to approving projects with conditions and guidelines, so much so that developers can blatantly ignore and demolish heritage buildings at will,” Oh said in a statement.
The state executive councillor in charge of local government, traffic management and flood mitigation Chow Kon Yeow revealed recently that part of Khaw Sim Bee mansion would be torn down to pave the way for redevelopment.
Oh recalled a news report in 2011 stating that the MPPP had directed the developer to restore the Khaw Sim Bee Mansion. Continue reading
Source: Malaysia Today
While Malaysians remain focused on the Selangor Menteri Besar Crisis, what many may have not noticed is that DAP is facing an internal crisis of its own. And this crisis is regarding its 2012 party election and the 2013 re-election that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) has classified as unconstitutional.
DAP is challenging the RoS in court so in the meantime nothing is going to happen. However, if the court rules that the RoS is correct and that DAP did, in fact, violate its own party constitution, the party may be facing deregistration like what happened to Umno some years back.
The Selangor MB Crisis is basically between PAS and PKR. DAP appears to be quite silent about this matter and for good reason. DAP is hoping that if this crisis is not resolved then the Selangor State Assembly may be dissolved to make way for new state elections.
Umno is not too keen on new state elections and neither is PKR and PAS. In 2008, Umno won 18 seats and MCA two, giving Barisan Nasional 20 seats in the 56-seat State Assembly. In 2013, Umno dropped to 12 with zero for MCA.
Hence if new state elections are held Umno can only win between 12-18 seats, most likely 15 at best. So it is of no benefit to Umno to participate in a state election it is never going to win anyway. Continue reading
Source: The Malaysian Times
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) expressed disappointment with PAS for not respecting the consensus decision of the opposition pact in Selangor to nominate a new Selangor menteri besar to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution said the decision was actually reached between the top leaders of PKR, PAS and DAP in a special meeting on Aug 17 last year.
“I think it is not difficult to understand the importance that the consensus is maintained,” he told Bernama after the party’s political bureau meeting as well as that of 13 Selangor state assemblyman at the PKR headquarters here Friday.
He was commenting on a report in a local newspaper portal yesterday which said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang submitted three names comprising Selangor exco members to the palace to be considered for the post of Selangor’s Menteri Besar.
The media report said the PAS assemblyman who was nominated was PAS Selangor commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad, while the other two were PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy Azmin Ali.
The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has ordered the three opposition parties to submit more than two names as candidates to replace Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.