Another heritage blow for Penang

penang-heritageSource: 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

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DAP the winner in the Selangor MB Crisis

SSK5Source: 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

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PKR upset with PAS for not respecting Pakatan consensus

saifuddin-nasution-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.

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The Arrogance of Phee Boon Poh

Excerpt from Tan Khai Beng’s FaceBook post


The Chinese Press pc today highlighted the arrogance of Mr. So What… that you have no right to question PPS and whether the PPS members are gangsters… but here are some shots of PPS members outside IPD TL.

a1Gaduhan antara Phee dan Wartawan

Phee: Kita sudah hantar semua maklumat kepada polis , kita akan kerjasama dengan polis.

Wartawan: Maklumat yang terbaru sudah serah kepada polis?

Phee: Selepas perkara itu , polis minta maklumat terbaru dan kita serah pada polis.

Wartawan: Adakah kerajaan negeri semak senarai nama?

a4Phee: Kita sudah serah pada polis, adakah ands hendak buat andaian ada ahli kongsi gelap menyertai PPS? Apabila bincang perkara ini mesti ikut portokol. Oleh kerana satu isu, u orang semua hantam PPS, mengapa tidak hantam polis? Banyak isu ada kaitan dengan polis, ini memang tidak adil. PPS jaga keselamatan negeri , penduduk dapat tidur dengan selesa. U orang boleh kutuk saya , tetapi kutuk PPS, saya tidak akan bertolak ansur.

Wartawan: Ada atau tidak?

a3Phee: Tiada.

Wartawan: Jawaplah tiada, mengapa hendak tingkat suara anda?

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Lawyer “ketuk” Anwar kow kow

Mohon disebarkan. Krisis MB Selangor melangkah ke fasa baru apabila peguam Cina ini mula mengajar Anwar macamana Melayu patut hormat Sultan. Wajib tonton!

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Power via Isteri


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Gangster Behaviour

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Hadi ‘admits offering Azmin MB post’ in unity government with Umno

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang told the central committee meeting that he had offered PKR deputy president Azmin Ali a place in the Islamist party to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang told the central committee meeting that he had offered PKR deputy president Azmin Ali a place in the Islamist party to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor

Source: Malaysian Insider

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday told a stunned central committee meeting that he had offered Azmin Ali to join the Islamist party with a few of his PKR members to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor.

But the meeting was told that PKR deputy president Azmin had turned down the offer.

A PAS central committee member, who attended yesterday’s meeting, said Hadi confirmed this when Sepang MP Hanipa Maidin asked him about it, which led to a heated exchange between the two.

The PAS central committee member told The Malaysian Insider that Hadi confirmed he offered the menteri besar position to Azmin in order for a pact to be formed between PAS assemblymen, Umno and embattled MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

“If PKR can steal PAS assemblymen, then PAS can also do the same,” Hadi had allegedly said.

The same PAS member then asked what was the meeting with Azmin about, to which Hadi said that he had asked the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman to join the party along with two or three other PKR assemblymen.

Hadi was also asked how the state government with Umno was to be formed, as 13 PAS assemblymen along with Azmin and two other PKR members would only make 16 assemblyman in the 56-seat state assembly.

Before Hadi could answer, another PAS member asked him if he was agreeable with cooperating with Umno.

The PAS president said “yes”, adding that it was to protect the Malays. Continue reading

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