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Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in Penang fell sharply in the past four years, from RM10.451 billion in 2010 to RM1.794 billion last year.
That was almost a 900 per cent drop.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must explain; or at least clarify on the matter. There’s nothing to hide if there are truth to allegations that the Pakatan Rakyat-led government had done little to woo foreign investors to Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: Barisan Nasional today challenged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to show courage by admitting that foreign direct investments (FDIs) in Penang had fallen sharply in the past four years.
Addressing a press conference at the Gerakan office here, Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the FDIs had dropped from RM10.451 billion in 2010 to RM1.794 billion last year.
He contrasted Lim’s alleged tendency to hide the truth with what he said was the transparent attitude of Gerakan’s Koh Tsu Koon, who was Penang’s chief minister when BN was in power.
He said Koh used to readily disclose FDI figures every year but Lim, in an attempt to paint an impressive picture, had totalled up the 2010-to-2013 figures to show RM20.517 billion.
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As an Opposition Leader, Anwar has been accusing the government of practicing nepotism and cronysim.
However, he has forgotten his ‘wonderful era’ as deputy prime minister and finance minister, before the Cabinet decided to sack him about 15 years ago.
Those with him in the Cabinet knew what he did back then. Many of his friends (and ex-friends) too, especially those who had flourished from his position. I think some people have the story but only a few would come forward.
One of them is former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin:
Tun Daim Zainuddin, the predecessor of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Finance Ministry, said Anwar’s policies during his helm, which included giving away company shares, was the catalyst for the Malays’ lacklustre business performance.
According to an interview by Berita Harian he said Anwar had enriched his allies when he was Finance Minister by giving them shares in companies.
“This led them to think that it was easy to be rich and there was no need to be involved in business.
“If you supported him (Finance Minister), you got shares, then you sold them and became rich.
“This is partly why many Malays are no longer business-savvy. The mentality has stuck since then.”
Penang Umno liason chief Zainal Abidin Osman has questioned if PKR is trying to get rid of Malay leaders within the party.
He raised the query, noting that some PKR Malay leaders had lost their division chief positions against non-Malays.
He particularly cited the divisions of Tanjung and Bayan Baru where state executive councillor Abdul Malik Kassim and Deputy Chief Minister I Rashid Hasnon (left) lost to former Penang Municipal Councillor Ng Chek Siang and Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin respectively.
“The failure of Malay leaders to retain or win the post of division chiefs in several places in Penang raises the question if there’s is a process in the party to get rid of them,” Zainal alleged.
In an immediate response, state PKR chief Mansor Othman said in every poll there were winners and losers, and such results were to be expected.
“Saying there is a process to get rid of Malay leaders in PKR is a wild accusation – there seems to be an intention by Umno to incite racial tension,” he said.
“I sense a feeling of jealousy and envy in Umno leaders for being left out, or for not being able to enjoy such democracy within their party,” he added. Continue reading
Press Statement by MCA Deputy President Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong on DAP and hudud
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and son Guan Eng subserviently aided PAS in cheating the non-Muslim community to open a path for PAS to implement PAS hudud law. When the Lims see MCA’s effort in stopping hudud, they have ferociously attacked us as if they are too afraid that we will spoil their political master’s plan.
Lim Guan Eng blamed us for not saying “no” to Umno in objecting hudud’s implementation and attempted to portray MCA as a Party which is subservient to Umno. But we want to tell DAP that MCA and Umno have been working together in the Barisan Nasional for more than 50 years and Umno has never talked about implementing hudud.
Look at Pakatan Rakyat (PR) which formed slightly more than 6 years. PAS with the help of DAP, has openly announced that it wants to implement hudud. DAP should be commended for selling out the non-Muslims and should the nation become an Islamic state one day, DAP should be remembered as one of the great founders of a theocratic nation.
I want to reiterate that MCA has told Umno clearly and Party President Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai has also informed the Prime Minister in person that we are against the implementation of PAS hudud law. While we are undergoing a Party transformation, we have also organised series of campaigns nationwide like seminars, petitions and etc to defend the rights of the people guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.
MCA has never slackened even after PAS announced that the Private Member’s Bill would be shelved for the sake of the by-elections. We have continued to object against the setting up of a hudud technical committee. The Lims have chosen to be blind and deaf on everything we have done so far.
Other than barking like a mad dog on our effort in stopping hudud’s implementation, DAP has not been constructive as we have not seen DAP organise talks nor talk to PAS in objecting hudud, which makes its stand in objecting hudud questionable. Continue reading
Source: The Rakyat Post
Bukit Gelugor by-election independent candidate Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohd Nabi Sathar said he is ready to face the music by PAS disciplinary board for defying orders for him not to contest in the parliamentary seat.
On Friday, PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar was reported as saying that Nabi Bux might face the music from the party’s disciplinary board if indeed he was a genuine PAS member as claimed.
“I’m ready to face the music — I have no fear as many PAS members are with me in my course to fight for hudud and in ensuring people know what hudud is all about.
“I’m not saying hudud should be implemented straight away in Penang, but by 2020. By then, I might not even be around to see it happen anyway,”he said after visiting the Taman Tun Sardon Market.
Asked whether he agreed that it was “suicidal risk” campaigning for the implementation of hudud in Penang, especially in Bukit Gelugor, a non-Malay dominated area, he shrugged it off and reiterated that he wanted to ensure people understood the beauty of hudud.
On whether he would support his opponent, Ramkarpal Singh Deo of DAP, as urged by Mahfuz, Nabi Bux said it did not make sense for him to support his rival. Continue reading
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Recently, about 500 Pakatan Rakyat supporters staged a peaceful protest at Dataran Merdeka in remembrance of last year’s general election which saw the opposition failed to wrest Putrajaya.
Opposition leaders including DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang and national organising secretary Anthony Loke, as well as their ‘fallen heroes’ such as Bentong candidate Wong Tack and Semenyih hopeful S. Arutchelvan were among the speakers at the event.
They accused BN of cheating votes… again and again. They will ride on it until the next general election – three or four years from now – without assessing and admitting their own dirty game.
DAP and PKR are the biggest cheat. Compared to Umno, MCA and any other BN components, DAP and PKR (and also PAS) did not only fail to conduct their own party election in a fairly manner but also cheated their members of so many issues.
Umno and MCA never had major problems in party poll but for PKR and DAP, vote rigging is a big game.
Lim Kit Siang had forgotten how the DAP poll last year was marred with ‘cheats and lies’ and it took the ROS to nullify it before a fresh election was held. Even that, there are still complaints that the second polling was also a cheat. Continue reading
Source: The Malaysian Times
If DAP is sincere in opposing the hudud law, the party should immediately deliver a protest memorandum to PAS to urge them to drop their attempts at implementing the controversial law, said MCA publicity bureau chief Datuk Chai Kim Sen.
Chai asked: “Will DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng formally inform PAS that DAP is firmly opposed towards their hudud law?
“Will PAS then also give up their insistence in implementing hudud law in order to respect DAP and the non-Muslims?”
“So far, we have only seen DAP claiming that they will fight against hudud law in the media.
“This seems to be nothing more than a political tactic, with no real action being taken, or discussion being held in the issue.
“If Lim was really sincere in his claim of being opposed to hudud, then why did PAS Central Committee member Nasrudin Hassan say that PAS has not received any official complaint from DAP over this issue? Is DAP really against hudud?” asked Chai.
Besides that, Chai noted that PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang had also said that there was no agreement in Pakatan which prevented them from implementing hudud law. Continue reading