Monthly Archive for March, 2011

BN is practicing selective criticism and missing the wood from the trees

Penang PR CAT Governance Is Based On Open Tenders But PR Is Being Transparent By Stating That There Is No Open Tender When Only One Listed Company Apply And Qualify.

The “Penang PR for all, Wifi for all” to make Penang the first wifi state in Malaysia is a bold and innovative initiative to broaden digital intelligence for all Penangites. As the first state in Malaysia to provide free wifi for all in public areas, there is a need for further explanations of the approach taken to implement this novel concept.

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Kerajaan Persekutuan sepatutnya membenarkan Kerajaan Negeri membuat pilihan dikecualikan dalam menggunapakai Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam(BM/BE/BC)

Kerajaan Persekutuan sepatutnya membenarkan Kerajaan Negeri membuat pilihan dikecualikan dalam menggunapakai Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam dengan memilih kontraktor sendiri untuk dipertanggungjawabkan dalam tugas pembersihan sisa awam.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang menyambut baik penangguhan pelaksanaan Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 (Akta 672) ke satu tarikh yang akan diumumkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Chor Chee Heung yang berkata di Alor Setar semalam, penguatkuasaan akta ini sepatutnya dikuatkuasakan pada 30 April tetapi Y.A.B. Perdana Menteri meminta supaya ianya ditunda berikutan terdapat beberapa aspek teknikal yang perlu diselesaikan terlebih dahulu.

Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah menentang polisi penswastaan pengurusan sisa pepejal yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan atas tiga alasan utama. Pertama, baik Kerajaan Negeri mahupun pihak berkuasa tempatan tidak dipanggil untuk berunding terlebih dahulu tentang keseluruhan pelaksanaan proses penswastaan tersebut. Kontrak penswastaan tersebut dikenakan secara paksa kepada Kerajaan Negeri ataupun pihak berkuasa tempatan.
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State government’s latest initiative will see free Wi-Fi coverage areas doubled to 1,500

The Penang government has intensified its efforts to provide free broadband access in the island by adding another 750 free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the state as part of phase two of its ‘Penang Free Wi-Fi’ initiative.

The installation of these 750 hotpots is expected to be completed by April 2012, by which time the number of free Wi-Fi coverage areas would have doubled to 1,500 total will cost RM8.5 million.

The ‘Penang Free Wi-Fi’ service is a component of the state’s Wireless@Penang initiative and the first 750 hotspots were launched in 2009. The free Wi-Fi service provider is REDtone Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (REDtone).

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Surat Kepada Peter Chin Fah Kui (Isu Loji Nuklear)

21 Mac 2011

Y.B. DATO’ SRI PETER CHIN FAH KUI
Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air,
Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air,
Aras 6, Blok E4/5, Parcel E,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
62668 PUTRAJAYA.

Yang Berhomat Dato’ Sri,

MERAYU RANCANGAN PEMBINAAN LOJI NUKLEAR UNTUK PENJANAAN TENAGA ELEKTRIK DIBATALKAN

Dengan segala hormatnya Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ingin merakamkan pendirian tidak bersetuju kami terhadap rancangan Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk membina loji nuklear di negara kita.

2. Adalah juga dimaklumkan bahawa Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang sudahpun memutuskan untuk tidak membenarkan sama sekali pembinaan loji nuklear di mana-mana kawasan dalam negeri Pulau Pinang.

3. Memandangkan negara Jepun yang memiliki kepakaran dan tahap teknologi yang sangat maju dan progresif kini dihadapi dengan krisis nuklear yang paling serius dalam sejarah dunia sejak bencana Chernobyl 25 tahun lalu, adalah perlu rancangan ini dibatalkan. Perlu diambil perhatian, tahap kawalan teknologi fusion nuklear di negara kita adalah terhad berbanding dengan kepakaran Negara Jepun. Lagipun negara-negara maju dan berteknologi tinggi seperti Jerman dan ekonomi kedua besar dunia negara China telahpun membatalkan rancangan membina loji nuclear dalam negara mereka masing-masing. Keselamatan rakyat Malaysia harus diutamakan dan risiko tinggi ini tidak harus diperjudikan.

4. Sehubungan dengan itu, kami juga tidak yakin dengan rekod prestasi yang kurang memuaskan oleh sesetengah projek Kerajaan Persekutuan yang dijalankan seperti ada bumbung yang bukan sahaja bocor tetapi juga runtuh. Sekiranya bumbung stadium, sekolah dan terminal bas pun boleh runtuh bagaimana kita boleh yakin tentang keselamatan dan kekukuhan sesuatu loji nuklear yang berisiko tinggi dan bahaya?

5. Kami merayu kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan agar menolak cadangan membina loji nuklear sebagai sumber tenaga alternatif di Malaysia. Terdapat pelbagai sumber tenaga alternatif yang lain yang boleh diterokai.

Sekian,

“CEKAP, AKAUNTABILITI DAN TELUS”
“BERKHIDMAT UNTUK NEGARA”

Yang ikhlas,

(Lim Guan Eng)
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

BN Leaders Should Stop Using The Control Of The Bernama And New Straits Times To Perpetuate The Lie That Penang State Government Is Excluding BN Parliamentary Constituencies From The Free Wifi Initiative.

BN leaders should stop their dishonest tactic of using their control of mass media like Bernama and New Straits Times to perpetuate the lie that the Penang state government is excluding BN parliamentary constituencies in Penang from free wifi initiative. The Penang is not surprised that a paper such as New Straits Times that Never Speaks the Truth continues to attack the state government for something we had not done but is in fact trying to correct.

But for the national news agency like Bernama not to print the Penang state government’s clarification that the free wifi initiative is for all including those in BN parliamentary constituencies shows that general elections is near and that Bernama should be known as BNnama.

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Malaysians are shocked at the exposes of impropriety in the award of advertising contracts

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18.03.2011.

Malaysians are shocked at the exposes of impropriety in the award of advertising contracts worth a total of RM381 million by the Ministry. Integrated Strategic Communications(ISC), the advertising company behind the ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ campaign since 1999, has alleged that bribes were solicited from them in order to secure the renewal of their contract.

ISC issued a press statement published by the Malaysian Insider that it withdrew a bid to renew its contract with the Tourism Ministry after being asked for bribes in exchange for the deal. ISC said it was rebutting Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen’s denial of “ambiguity” in the tender process for the advertising and promotions contract, worth a total of RM381 million.
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DAP urges the government to release the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles immediately

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11.3.2011

The recent detention or seizure of 30,000 copies of Malay-language Bibles at Port Klang and the Port of Kuching by the federal government authorities is clearly against the spirit of the federal constitution, as it denies the basic right to freedom of religion. Article 11 of the federal constitution expressly allows every person the right to profess and practice his/her own religion.

In the case of Malay-language Bibles, it has been a longstanding practice, especially for non-Muslim bumiputras and East Malaysians, to learn and practice Christianity in the national language. Depriving them of their holy scriptures is therefore unconstitutional and clearly exposes exposes the hype of 1Malaysia is just mere rhetoric and propaganda.

Further prohibiting the Bible just because it is in Bahasa Malaysia(BM) is contrary also to the position of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language. Religion should not be politicised but is a matter of personal faith to be exercised by the individual, especially when there is no threat to other religions or to the peace and harmony of our country.

DAP urges the government to release the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles immediately to preserve the peaceful practice of cultural and religious diversity that is the hallmark of our nation.

It is unreasonable for Pos Malaysia to seek to add on profits for what is essentially an essential service for all Malaysians

The Penang state government regrets that Pos Malaysia intends to increase the commission charges for payment of water bills from 70cents to 90 cents for every payment of water bill. However PBA will continue to use the services of Pos Malaysia to assist consumers in paying their water bills easier.

PBA spends RM700,000 annually in commission charges to Pos Malaysia. This amount is absorbed by PBA to lessen the burden to consumers. The increase by 20 cents from 70 cents to 90 cents will result in increased charges of RM 200,000 from RM 700,000 to RM 900,000 annually.

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