Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
See the irony? Good to have the CM to say this now.....click here...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I hope more state governments would do the same to help at least lessen the uncertainties of their citizens. Again, Penang leads and it is a good effort. Again, kudos!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"If the rise and success of president-to-be-Obama was inspired by the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, and the dreams they dreamt, surely the dreams and aspirations of our multi-racial fathers and forefathers can inspire a similar event in this country - Twafik IsmailYes we can!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Based on New York Times own recommendation, Penang is ranked 22nd.
It is open for world population to vote their recommendation too!
Penang is now ranked at 33rd. Lets use the power of 4,000 Penangites here to bring up the ranking of Penang!!!!
Vote for Penang at http://www.nytimes.com/int
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Ah....hmmm.....not taking any sides, let's pay a visit to the MIDA website - I don't know. I think while it feels good to hit on some facts with a strong note.....but I am certain that if we were to look at the numbers closely, the numbers for 2008 were closed till Oct 2008 at RM9.5Billion. Whether it is the efforts of the current state government or not, my guess is this - it still goes to show that investors are still confident of Malaysia and if they are not towards Penang, these numbers would have gone South, wouldn't it?
S0, whether who did what...I think history goes to show that the Penangites for one have gone "sian" with the last government. Why? Simply sucumbing to political patronage and unable to focus on closing deals that are so very vital for the state. So , if they were to just allow the previous CM to make his calls and decisions, don't you think we will still be seeing YAB Dr.Koh Tsu Koon still running the state? I guess Penangites are not so dumb. While we acknowledge their hardwork, it goes to say that the previous administration did not how to follow through on matters. It is simply based on my 20 years of sales experience. My first job was being a medical representative. I took over the area of a salesperson who had low sales but lots of contracts and opportunities in the open. Since I was taking over his job, I looked over his barang barang and did some follow through. I guess I was successful and I still acknowledge him.
So, I think the MITI Minister should focus on what ticks - sure the federal govt gives all the goodies. However, I still think our taxpaying money should be apportioned to the state so that the state becomes self reliant and allow more autonomy to the state. That as a voter, I will like to see. Imagine we have a certain percentage of our funds to the state, I think the issue of who did what ... will be minimize? So, BN supporters, are you game for that?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
No to civil servants as Penang councillors
Athi Veranggan Jan 3, 09
Civil servants will no longer be appointed as local councillors or
heads of local municipalities in Penang under a new directive from the Pakatan
Rakyat state government. Instead, politicians will be appointed in their
The move will take effect by end of this month when the state
government makes a fresh annual appointment of councillors for Penang island
under the Pulau Pinang Municpal Council (MPPP) and for the mainland under the
Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP).
The new step to replace civil
servants with politicians is said to be towards restoring the ‘third vote’ or
local government elections.
Both councils, with 25 councillors each, are
currently headed by civil servants.
MPPP, meanwhile, has two councillors as
heads of the northeast and southwest districts while MPSP has three councillors
as heads of the Seberang Perai Utara, Tengah and Selatan districts.
policy effectively means that the current presidents of the councils and the
five district officers would be replaced by politicians from the ruling Pakatan
Rakyat coalition, thus making Penang the first state to drop civil servants as
Political appointees increase
At a press conference today,
co-chairperson the state-level liaison committee, also known as the Penang
Pakatan Rakyat Council (PPRC), Chow Kon Yeow revealed that the failure of
district officers to attend municipal council meetings regularly, thus
disrupting operations and the decision-making process considerably, were the
main reasons behind the latest decision.
He added that since municipalities
were local governments accountable to the public, politicians were the ideal
choices to helm them.
Apart from seven NGO appointees – four on the island
and three on the mainland - the new Pakatan policy will see the numbers of
political appointees in the two local councils increasing from current 36 to 43
with 21 in MPPP and 22 in MPSP.
Gerakan state chief Dr Teng Hock Nan and,
Penaga assemblyperson and state Umno secretary Azhar Ibrahim were last
politicians to become presidents of MPPP and MPSP respectively.
servants began to head both councils since 2000.
Sources said PKR planned to
have one man, Balik Pulau division head Mansor Othman as the head of MPSP under
a power-sharing concept that would see DAP helming the MPPP.
assemblyperson Yeoh Soon Hin, who is currently also an MPPP councillor, is
touted to become the new MPPP president.
Opposition party Gerakan, in its
recent report card on the performance of Pakatan Rakyat councillors, rated Yeoh
as ‘the worst councillor’ for allegedly not being easily accessible to the
public and for failure to carry out his duties effectively.
Chow hit back today saying the Gerakan report card was a deliberate
move to belittle the performance of Pakatan councillors.
"The report was
biased, unfair and politically-motivated," he said.
During the meeting today,
the coalition leaders also decided to replace five of the current seven
councillors appointed last April from among the non-government organisations
(NGOs) with new five NGO representatives.
The NGO councillors are to be
replaced mainly due to poor performance.
Meanwhile, Penang has become the
first state to formalise the coalition’s state-level liaison committee – PPRC –
which will have three co-chairpersons comprising representatives from DAP, PKR
Each party will have seven representatives on the PPRC and a
secretariat will soon be operational for the public’s convenience.
Chow, PKR state chief Zahrain Mohd Hashim and PAS state commissioner Mohd Salleh
Man are the other two PPRC co-chairpersons.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I am not making any references to any political parties because politics is a game of uncertainty. You will never know what comes next. Hence, it is time to speak out. Speak out in your church, speak out in your office, speak out at dinner or lunch tables, speak out at public forums, speak to your children. POLITICAL PATRONAGE MUST END. That is my wish for 2009.