Guan Eng Sweltering under Political Heatwave

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Even as Penangites battle soaring temperatures in the state, the political pressure on their chief minister has also risen

Source: Berita Daily

For many years Penang has been spared the ignominy of dealing with home-grown controversies as all eyes seem to be fixed on national issues.

In a way, the people of Penang, known for their outspokenness on issues and political activism, have been distracted by the happenings at the national level.

And the national issues are aplenty – from financial scandals to Umno’s squabbles and the opposition’s blunders in governance.

But of late things have begun to heat up again in the Pearl of the Orient, similar to the heatwave now enveloping the northern region.

The political temperature is surely rising for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his troopers.

The combative DAP secretary-general is literally caught fighting fires on the hills and in the seas.

Lim’s administration is having its hands full dousing opposition to wanton hill development and a mega reclamation project to underwrite the RM27 billion Penang Transport Masterplan (PTM).

The PTM is a state government initiative to overcome traffic congestion, but it is facing opposition because it supposedly threatens the ecology.

While civil society is up in arms over the PTM and the state government’s lukewarm measures to check hill development, more than 3,000 fishermen are outraged by plans to reclaim land off Permatang Damar Laut in Bayan Lepas.

At a recent dialogue, the fishermen claimed that the fishing grounds in Damar Laut are the most fertile in the state owing to the calm waters. Continue reading

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What do you Expect?

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Do you really expect the Saudi Arabia govt to make an official statement that they have officially funded Najib and BN to stop the Arab Spring from spreading in Malaysia (via the opposition’s Malaysian Spring) by retaining the govt in the elections, fight extremists and also anti-terrorism efforts?

Would you also expect a similar statement from the USA saying that their overt-CIA, the NED has been funding and training the opposition for years in order to fight against the government?

Or that DAP or PKR would make an official statement to admit that they have received funds from the USA and their allies to topple the government?

Of course not.

It appears that the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia’s comments were to send two key messages to the world.

1) Yes, Saudi confirms the money was sent from Saudi Arabia to Najib. Najib and MACC, Zahid and AG did not lie that the money was from there and not from 1MDB.

2) Yes, Saudi agrees with Malaysia’s attorney-general decision that there was no wrong-doing by Najib and they agree with the AG’s decision.

Those are the two key messages that the foreign minister wanted to send.

Whether the money flow was donation or investment is actually secondary and is probably used by the Saudi as an excuse to transfer the money to Najib’s accounts. Because they simply cannot say donation.

You would also not expect the CIA, NED, DAP, PKR, the USA and their allies to also similarly make such open declaration that they have been funding elements in Malaysia for years even though there has been much evidence of such funding, right? Continue reading

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Greetings from the Dog Killer of the Year! We Kill Dogs, don’t Monkey Around With Us!

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The Saga of PAN Party Logo

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DAP since 1969

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Tokong Land’s Amazing Bicycle Lane

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Congratulations to Tokong and friends!

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A RM2.88b sale of part of the Penang tunnel land and a share price that has tripled since March after the first piece of Penang tunnel project land was given.

Looks like the Penang Tunnel project has somehow passed its feasibility study and perhaps its EIA since they are now selling the land already.

The company given the project concession has started selling off the 110 acres super-price land given by the state. 50 acres = RM2.88b thus 110 acres would be RM6.34b.

Only very strange state govts would trade super-prime land that appreciates every year and price it at today’s price for a tunnel that you would only START construction in the year 2021.

By the time the tunnel is complete, the land price would have gone up much higher – perhaps doubled or more,

(Penang govt got this land for FREE! as it is part of the compensation signed by Gerakan BN govt in 1990 where land reclamation rights were given. The very same project that Tokong repeatedly lies to his moronic followers was only RM1psf sale price)

Anyway, Tokong’s way of highway privatization is really weird.

BN’s way is to ask the private concession holder to fund the purchase (and perhaps give a soft-loan for part of the cost) and then allow a toll concession to get back their investment, repay the loans and make a profit).

Tokong’s way is to pay the entire full RM6.3b construction cost with appreciating Penang state land worth RM6.34b at today’s prices for a project that will be delivered maybe in 10 years time and STILL allow the company to make more profits with a 30 years toll concession.

Anyway, what do we know.

He is Tokong and we are not.

*50 acres = RM 2.83 bil
*110 acres = RM 6.336 bil

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