Penangites grow restless with building frenzy

Source: Free Malaysia Today

By Mata Kuching

The whole island had been declared a city but the council is yet to implement its latest local plan, which speaks volumes on the standard of state governance.

An ever-growing number of Penangites are becoming disgruntled with the frenzied pace of development for the past seven years under the Pakatan Rakyat state government.

These Penang thoroughbreds, including some backbenchers, are increasingly frustrated and disappointed as the current Pakatan government shows no sign of looking into socio-economic development befitting the aspiration of local residents.

It would not be an overstatement to say the Pakatan government has no vision, no insight, and most importantly no blueprint: no structural or local plans for organised, systematic, environment-friendly, human-friendly and heritage-friendly development.

The heritage that is the soul of Penang, is not protected as the state government drags its feet on implementing the Special Heritage Area Plan and the revised as well as an updated state structural plan and city local plan.

The whole island had been declared a city but the council is yet to implement its latest local plan, which speaks volumes on the standard of state governance.

Yet many Penangites remain unperturbed, except for some concerned citizens, because they are not as well-informed — or perhaps because they are busy looking for more details of a certain murdered Mongolian woman.

They can hardly realise that without proper plans in place, no government could possibly carry out socio-development policies to meet residents’ desires.

They fail to see that the lack of these plans allows the state government to implement policies at its own whims and fancies, as is happening now.

Hill forest lands, including gazetted water catchment areas, are being cleared illegally for some mega projects. Heritage structures are being torn down illegally for similar reasons.

Traffic in parts of the city is choking and public transportation is nowhere near being efficient, reliable or affordable enough for all.

Local residents, who provide the meaning and fundamental dynamism to the term intangible or living heritage, are being slowly but surely wiped out from the Unesco heritage area in George Town city.

The state government has not built, and probably never will build, affordable and comfortable lower-cost houses to cater to the dire needs of lower- income people and seem keen only to approve mega housing projects for the rich and the elite.

Perhaps the state has conducted a study and found that the rich and the elite have housing needs much greater and more urgent than poorer Penangites. Continue reading

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Penang Underwater – From Kajang to Penang?

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It looks like newly minted Permatang Pauh MP Granny Wan Azizah has brought her floods jinx to Penang from flood prone Kajang.

Penang has been hit by flash floods since last week even as Tokong spoke of his so called vision to transform Penang’s transportation system. But our dear CM has still being unable to resolve the simple issue of flash floods.

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Feathers ruffled as DAP man rates Penang exco

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Maverick Penang DAP assemblyperson Teh Yee Cheu ruffled feathers among his own comrades holding state executive councillor posts when he gave them marks for their performances.

The Tanjung Bungah representative gave the highest score (74 points) to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Air Putih) and the lowest (47) to state exco on caring society, environment and welfare, Phee Boon Pooh.

Lim heads the state executive council on land matters, land development, information, heritage and non-Islamic religious affairs.

The other 9 state excos received between 55 to 72 marks.

Teh admitted that his survey was “subjective and not official” and was based on his individual observation of their actual performance.

“I do not deny that this may have a personal impact on those evaluated. We are merely human beings. The survey is based on my point of view,” Teh told reporters when met at the Penang legislative assembly today.

“I am more concerned about environment, so I may have made strong comments on the performance of that portfolio. I may not view another exco so strongly,” he revealed.

Teh is often described as the “Green YB’ and he even went bald when Bukit Gambier, popularly known as ‘Botak Hill’, was affected by illegal hill clearing.

The state government has been criticised for hillslope development, approvals for high-rise buildings and reclamation projects.

Teh said the idea of evaluating the performance of the state excos was based on DAP’s internal committee that monitors government spending, adding that he was merely continuing the job of that committee. Continue reading

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Is this how a Mentri Besar talks and behaves? Shame on you Azmin

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He will sue the Lord Buddha next?

Tokong went for Wesak Day do at a Penang temple. They asked him to shake the sticks for prediction and this was the prediction.

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He will sue the Lord Buddha next?

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MCA man injured after being assaulted at ceramah

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The Permatang Pauh by-election campaign is getting tense.

Three unidentified men are reported to have assaulted MCA Penang Public Service Bureau chief Gui Guat Lye at Taman Kelisa here last night.

Guat Lye, during a media conference at the MCA Operations Room, said the incident occurred at 9pm during a ceramah (talk) given by Kedah MCA vice-chairman Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong.

According to him, after the ceramah ended, the three men started provoking and throwing insults at Dr Leong.

He said after that, one of the men punched him on the face and used a stick to hit him.

Dr Leong and others present there quickly resolved the matter, preventing it from getting worse.

“Before the incident happened, one of them asked Dr Leong several questions on MCA’s stand on the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

“After hearing the explanation, they were not satisfied with the answer and started to throw insults.

“They said the people would die if they drank water given by the MCA machinery at the ceramah,” he said here today.

Due to the incident, Guat Lye suffered injuries on his face and hands.

Guat Lye said he went to Perda police station at 11pm yesterday to lodge a report on the incident and expressed his disappointment over the three men’s action.

“I am 63 years old and do not understand why they would hit me and not respect a senior citizen like me.”

In the meantime, MCA Penang vice-chairman Tan Teik Cheng said the party would not hesitate to take legal action against the three men.

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Wanita MCA: Despicable of DAP, PKR to racialise GST comment

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Source: The Star Online

Wanita MCA has filed a police report and election complaint over the “racialising” of her comments on the Goods and Services Tax.

Its chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic) said China Press had explained, clarified and apologised for misquoting her.

“I am saddened that my remarks on the goods and services tax (GST) during an interview with China Press were spun out of context by DAP and PKR where Pakatan (Rakyat) has racialise my comments merely to recoup votes as evidently, even PKR’s survey indicates confidence lacking in retaining Permatang Pauh.

“Since China Press has already explained, given a clarification and apologised for misquoting me, it is absolutely unbecoming of the Opposition to twist and add salt to the comments.

“There should be no racial profiling related to GST, and it is despicable of DAP and PKR to play up the racial card by linking GST to ethnicity to score political mileage,” Heng said in a statement on Wednesday.

Heng said the party filed a complaint with the Election Commission and lodged a police report on the matter.

“We also appeal to the Election Commission and the police to take stern action against any political party who play up the racial card in any form or material during any election.

“To readers who might have been affected by the misrepresentation of my comments by DAP and PKR, I humbly express my deep regrets.

“It is time to put the issue to rest. What is the ulterior motive of DAP and PKR to still harp and twist my comments to center on race?” she said.

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PAS backs BN in Permatang Pauh

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