By Reopening Of The Investigation Against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Under The Sedition Act For A Speech Made 3 Years Ago, BN Not Only Ignores The Majority 52% Mandate Given To Pakatan Rakyat(PR) But Is Going All Out To End The Political Career Of Malaysia’s Parliamentary Opposition Leader.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 26.9.2014.

By publicly defending The 1948 Sedition Act as necessary to preserve peace and harmony in a multiracial society, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low is worse than his non-politician colleague Datuk Seri Idris Jala, who spoke out against Sedition Act publicly but did not dare to raise his opposition inside Cabinet meetings. By defending the Sedition Act as necessary by reason that there must be a line between exercising free and responsible speech, and causing chaos in society as well as denying that BN was trying to instil fear or prevent the people from being critical of the establishment, Paul Low has changed from a civil society activist to be one who is no different from an UMNO or BN politician.

How can Paul Low be so blind, unfeeling and irresponsible as not to see that the Sedition Act is used as a political weapon of mass destruction against those opposing BN whom BN wants to eliminate? The double-standards and selective persecution by the Attorney-General has extended not just to PR leaders and elected representatives, but also to non-politician academics and law professors of top law schools in the country, that was widely condemned by all global human rights organisations.

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Settlement statement by DAP and ROS in the DAP legal suit against ROS on the legality of the DAP CEC

Settlement statement by DAP and ROS in the DAP legal suit against ROS on the legality of the DAP CEC on 23 September 2014:-

There are three parts of concern in the letter of the ROS to DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng dated 6.12.2013.

The first relates to a request for documents under s14 of the Societies Act 1966. There is no problem with this request. The DAP has complied with it and will continue to assist the ROS in any queries it has relating to the affairs of the DAP.

The second relates to a statement made by the ROS in the said letter to the effect that the ROS is yet unable to recognize the re-election of the CEC of the DAP on 29.9.2013 and;

The third relates to advice given to Lim Guan Eng that the new CEC which “belum disahkan” cannot make decisions for and on behalf of the DAP until further notice from the ROS.

The ROS now takes the position that those statements do not amount to any decision in law. As such, those orders are not legally binding and remain merely advice to the DAP and the ROS recognises that the DAP CEC elected on 29.9.2013 may carry out all its powers, functions and duties in the administration of the daily affairs of the DAP in accordance with the Constitution of the DAP.

The DAP CEC at its emergency meeting on 22 September 2014 decided to endorse the statement made by PKR President Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (en/bm)

Press statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan, Lim Guan Eng, in Kuala Lumpur on 22.9.14:-

The DAP CEC at its emergency meeting on 22 September 2014 decided to endorse the statement made by PKR President Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail withdrawing herself from the position of Selangor Menteri Besar in light of the royal decree by DYMM Sultan Selangor to appoint PKR Deputy President YB Mohamed Azmin Ali as the new Selangor MB.

The DAP CEC also decided to support Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah’s proposal to the PKR leadership to recommend YB Mohamed Azmin Ali as the new Selangor Menteri Besar in line with the DAP’s CEC clear and consistent position that the candidate for Selangor MB must be from PKR.

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The Friendship City Status Between Penang and Phuket Marks A New Chapter Of A Mutually Beneficial Productive Relationship Exchanging The Expertise Of Phuket In Tourism With Technology Knowledge Of Penang.(en/cn)

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The “Penang-Phuket and Thailand-Malaysia trade, investment, tourism, economic and development co-operation Business Dialogue” in Hotel Metropole, Phuket Released On 19.9.2014.

September 18, 2014 marks the culmination of a 100-year engagement between Penang and Phuket where both cities are now “married” through friendship city status signed between the President of Penang Municipal Council(MPPP) Dato Patahiyah binti Ismail and Phuket Mayor Mrs Somjai Suwansupana. I wish to thank Penang State EXCO member Chow Kon Yeow, Phuket Governor Mr Maitri Inthusut, Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia Mr Krit Kraichitti and Consul-General of Thailand to Penang Mrs Srirat Vathesatogkit for making the signing of the MOU of Friendship City status possible.

Though it took 10 years to renew our friendship, it is better late than never. Has it not been said that whilst it would take 10 years to plant a tree, it would take 100 years to teach a man.

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2014 Malaysia Day Message (en/bm/cn)

2014 Malaysia Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.9.2014.

A People-Centric Government Based Not Only On Power And Interests But Also On Morals(Of Right And Wrong) As Well As Values(Of Justice And Freedom).

Following the shocking flip-flop by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who has back-tracked on his thrice-promised repeal of the Sedition Act followed by the Attorney-General using the Sedition Act to selectively prosecute not only PR leaders but even a law professor, many Sabahans and Sarawakians no longer believe in the BN 2013 general election promises. BN had promised to improve infrastructure development on par with that of Peninsular Malaysia, ensure public security, poverty-eradication and health programmes as well as the aboliton of cabotage policy so that all Malaysians can enjoy one price for one similar product.

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By Reneging On His Thrice Promised Repeal Of The Sedition Act, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Has Proven That He Is Both A Hostage To Extremists And A Leader Who Cannot Keep His Word But Also Spell The End Of 1Malaysia And Coalition Of Moderates.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.9.2014.

By reneging on his thrice promised repeal of the Sedition Act, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has proven that he is both a hostage to extremists and a leader who cannot keep his word but also spell the end of 1Malaysia and Coalition of Moderates. Najib’s statement yesterday backtracking from his earlier firm commitments to repeal the Sedition Act first made in 2012 is a dismal gift on the eve of celebrating our 51st Malaysia Day annivesary.

Najib had first made this pledge two years ago in a speech at a dinner for the Attorney-General’s Chambers, repeated it last year in an interview with BBC World News programme on July 2, 2013 and repeated it again on September 6, 2014. Clearly this flip flop by Najib shows that he can not stand up to extremists who want an elected dictatorship with authoritarian powers to violate basic human rights.

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Dalam satu mesyuarat EXCO tergempar hari ini yang disokong oleh semua 30 ADUN PR daripada DAP, PAS dan PKR, 8 usul berikut telah dicapai.

Kenyataan Akhbar Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (EXCO) Pulau Pinang Pada 1.9.2014.

1 Mengecam dengan sekeras-kerasnya arahan Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar kerana menyalahgunakan kuasanya dengan mengarahkan tangkapan besar-besaran 156 peserta Pasukan Peronda Sukarela Pulau Pinang(PPS) yang tidak bersalah semasa mereka menghadiri perarakan tahunan sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan pada 31 Ogos 2014 di Padang Kota Lama, termasuk Ahli EXCO Kebajikan Masyarakat dan Alam Sekitar YB Phee Boon Poh, yang telah pun dipertanggungjawabkan oleh EXCO Pulau Pinang untuk menguruskan hal ehwal PPS.

2 Menganggap semua 156 peserta PPS yang ditahan adalah wira masyarakat Pulau Pinang kerana ditahan bukan kerana melakukan sesuatu yang menyalahi undang-undang tetapi melakukan kerja-kerja amal yang baik.

3 Menegaskan bahawa PPS adalah badan yang sah diluluskan oleh kerajaan negeri menerusi mesyuarat EXCO pada 8 April 2009. Cara PPS diluluskan adalah sama dengan Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung(JKKK) yang ditubuhkan oleh kerajaan negeri ataupun JKKK(P) yang ditubuhkan oleh kerajaan persekutuan selepas pilihanraya umum 2008. Matlamat PPS adalah untuk membantu kerja bantuan bencana dan kecemasan serta memberikan segala bantuan kepada pihak polis jika diperlukan. Semua rakyat Pulau Pinang dibenarkan Continue reading ‘Dalam satu mesyuarat EXCO tergempar hari ini yang disokong oleh semua 30 ADUN PR daripada DAP, PAS dan PKR, 8 usul berikut telah dicapai.’

The Penang State Government Will Provide Lawyers And Legal Funding To Defend Any Pasukan Peronda Sukarela Pulau Pinang (PPS) Or Penang Voluntary Patrol Squad Member Who Are Wrongly Arrested By Police, Not For Any Criminal Wrongdoing, But Merely For Being A Good Samaritan And Helping The Public.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 30 August 2014.

The Penang state government will provide lawyers and legal funding to defend any PPS member who are wrongly arrested by police, not for any criminal wrongdoing, but merely for being a good Samaritan and helping the public. This follows the bullying threats by Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who said that police will arrest members of the (PPS) if they continued their activities.

In a Bernama report yesterday, Khalid had given a new reason for wanting to stop PPS members from continuing with their activities of helping the public, by arresting them. Khalid claimed “PPS appeared to have strayed from its objective when it was established four years ago to serve the community but have now started hitting people, some journalists had been beaten, people who disagreed with them were also beaten… at least two police reports have been lodged by the public and the journalists concerned”.

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Welcoming speech by Chief Miniter Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng during RFP-PDP Briefing Session 27 August 2014

Good Morning.

On behalf of the State Government and the people of Penang, let me first of all extend a very warm welcome to all of you, especially those who have come from abroad.

I am really happy to note that we have more than 20 firms interested to be involved in the implementaion of the Transport Master Plan from now till 2030 through the PDP concept.

This is a comprehensive master plan that includes and integrates land, sea and rail modes of transport, and it has been adopted by the State Government in March 2013.

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The Failed Medical Romance With Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Is A Costly US$ 34.199 million (RM107.91 million) For Only 80 Students And The Federal Government Must Come Clean On How Malaysia Benefits From Spending RM1.35 Million Per Student.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 19.8.2014.

The failed medical romance with world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is a costly US$ 34.199 million (RM107.91 million) for only 80 students and the Federal government must come clean on how Malaysia benefits from spending RM1.35 million per student. The public will also be interested whether the 80 students are all Malaysians and the critieria applied for their selection.

This full accountability is especially important when the Federal government has made limited offers to only 418 brilliant students to take up medicine at local public universites. Deputy Minister of Education P Kamalanathan said yesterday that the limited number of offers is due to a over-supply of new doctors where only 418 out of 1,163 students who obtained top marks were selected for medicine.
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The End Of The 4 Year Medical Romance With The World-Renowned Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine Is Symptomatic Of The Failure Of The Transformation Programme To Pursue Excellence And Creative City Concept Due To Reluctance To Embrace The Critical Success Factors Of Talent, Technology And Tolerance. (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18 August 2014.

The end of the 4 year medical romance with the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from the United States, reinforces the culture of mediocrity in Malaysian educational standards and the sad reality that there is no room for excellent institutions or brilliant students. Further this is symptomatic of the failure of the BN Federal government’s transformation programme to pursue excellence and the creative city concept due in part to reluctance to embrace the critical success factors of talent, technology and tolerance.

The 3TS of talent, technology and tolerance must co-exist in an eco-system that can engender creativity. Whilst we may have the talent and the readiness to invest in technology, the general reluctance to permit tolerance of different ideas and lifestyles has proven to be to big a hindrance for Malaysia until our universities have descended into mediocrity and our talented resources have migrated in droves to other countries.
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PAS Has To State Whether They Support UMNO’s Position In Giving Unconditional Support To Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim To Continue As Selangor Menteri Besar.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.8.2014.

August 17th’s PAS central leadership meeting has often been cited as the decisive date for the fate and future of Pakatan Rakyat that comprises PAS, DAP and PKR. If PAS refuses to endorse a change of the Selangor Menteri Besar, by replacing Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim with PKR’s choice of PKR President Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, this will immediately lead to a break-up and end of PR both in Selangor and nationally.

However PAS can no longer wait until 17 August following the statement by Deputy UMNO President Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin, that UMNO’s 12 Assemblymen will give full and unconditional support to Khalid to continue as Menteri Besar. Instead PAS has to immediately state whether they support UMNO’s position in giving unconditional support to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to continue as Selangor Menteri Besar.

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Penang PR State Government Is Willing To Assume Full Responsibility If Permitted To Take Over The National Park Advisory Council That Controls And Manages The Penang National Park.(en/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 10.8.2014.

The Penang PR state government is willing to assume full responsibility if permitted to take over the National Park Advisory Council, the statutory authority that controls and manages the Penang National Park. It is self-contradictory and ridiculous for Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow to blame the state government for trying to wash our hands off the nudist camp issue at Teluk Kampi inside the Penang National Park, when we have no final decision-making powers relating to the National Park.

I am surprised that Teng is so ignorant of the basics of governance as a former Penang EXCO member, when he claimed that the state has powers of authority over the Penang National Park solely on the basis of the State Secretary and 3 other representatives nominated by the state to the National Park Advisory Council under Section 5 of the 1980 National Parks Act. Teng is wrong because the Chairman of the National Park Advisory Council is the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and a majority of the members of the Council are appointed by the Federal government.

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Any Restructuring Or Rationalization Plan To Rescue Malaysia Airline System(MAS) Must Necessarily Ensure That The Rights And Benefits Of The 20,000 MAS Employees Be Retained As Well As The Unfair Contracts Benefiting BN Cronies Be Terminated.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9 August 2014.

Any restructuring or rationalization plan to rescue Malaysia Airline System(MAS) must necessarily ensure that the rights and benefits of the 20,000 MAS employees be retained as well as the unfair contracts benefiting BN cronies be terminated. DAP is willing to have an open mind on MAS’ statement that its 69.37% owner Khazanah Nasional, will offer 27 cents for each share that Khazanah does not own.

Khazanah will have to pay nearly RM 1.4 billion in cash payments to buy up the remaining 30.67% shares Khazanah does not own for MAS to go private. However these 2 preconditions stated above must be met.

DAP is not surprised that the move to delist MAS from Bursa Malaysia is due to the airline’s unfavourable financial performance with accumulated losses of RM8.53 billion as at March 31, 2013. MAS reported a RM 279 million net loss for the first three months of 2014, and is expected to record the biggest quarterly net loss in its history for the 2nd quarter of 2014, due to the tragic loss of MH370 and MH17.

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BN Is Gambling With Malaysians’ Health And Safety By Entering Into A Compact With Disaster That Puts Profits Over People By Stubbornly Persisting With Its Plans To Build 2 Nuclear Power Reactors.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 8 August 2014.

BN is gambling with Malaysians’ health and safety by entering into a compact with disaster that puts profits over people by stubbornly persisting with its plans to build 2 nuclear power reactors. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong had urged critics of nuclear energy to keep an open mind as Malaysia cannot continue on an energy status quo. According to Mah, “Natural gas now provides 40% of our electricity supply whilst coal provides nearly 50%. By 2020, only 27% will be from natural gas and 60% coal. For that reason nuclear energy is a serious option for sustainability of energy resources.”

Mah is wrong because Malaysia will be able to shift to a sustainable energy paradigm without relying on nuclear power plants if the government wipes out corruption, invests on renewable energy projects, diversifies their domestic economies, reduces their reliance on hydrocarbon resources. Lest Mah forgets about the risks of nuclear energy, more than 150,000 evacuees are still unable to return home after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 following the huge earthquake and tsunami. Japan is still dealing with contaminated groundwater around the Fukushima nuclear power plants everyday.

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