Monthly Archive for June, 2012

If Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Succeeds In Leading BN To 14-0 Victory In The Next General Elections, Malaysia Would Suffer 5Ds of Deficits, Debts, Deceits, Dictatorship And brain Drain.

Malaysians are restless for change. The question is whether this will be a change to win the future with integrity in leadership or change back to the past where we see our children’s future stolen as ours were stolen by corruption for the past 50 years.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed confidence in winning the next general elections by sweeping all states in leading BN to 14-0 victory. If he and BN succeeds, Malaysia would suffer the 5Ds of Deficits, Debts, Deceits, Dictatorship and brain Drain.

BN is now in a state of arrogant hubris following the success of its cash handouts and using money politics to buy popularity. Penang PR accepts the possibility that BN can snatch power by hook or by crook at the 13th general elections.

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Speech at the Inaugural Conference of the ASEAN Coalition for Clean Governance

Opening Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Inaugural Conference of the ASEAN Coalition for Clean Governance Organised By The Penang Institue On 25.6.2012 At The E&O Hotel In George Town.

The ASEAN Coalition Of Clean Governance Seeks To Establish A System That Ensures Policies Are Made For Public Interest Through The Essential Mechanism That Establishes Institutions Which Builds Integrity In Leadership And Decision Making, Effective Internal Controls To Check And Punish Corruption As Well As Rewarding Whistle-Blowers.

On behalf of Penang Institute as well as the state government of Penang, allow me to start by wishing everyone a warm welcome both to Penang as well as to the inaugural conference of the ASEAN Coalition for Clean Governance. Organising a conference in the midst of the month-long internationally renowned George Town Heritage Fest with the theme “What enables clean governance in democracies? ASEAN perspectives.”, is appropriate. After all George Town future as a UNESCO World Heritage City is inextricably intertwined with its survival linked to clean governance.

Clean governance is an issue that is very close to my heart. It is one of the reasons why I am here as the new Penang Chief Minister and one of the critical reforms in my administration which will decide whether I will still be around. Therefore, it is important to understand the correlation between development and clean governance.

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak Can Only Convince Malaysians That “Scientific Facts” Have Proven That The Lynas Corp Rare Earth Refinery In Gebeng, Pahang Will Be Safe If The Waste Residue Are Stored Behind The Prime Minister’s Residence.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 23.6.2012.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can only convince Malaysians that “scientific facts” have proven that the Lynas Corp rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Pahang will be safe if the waste residue are stored behind the prime minister’s residence. Can the Prime Minister explain to the residents of Bukit Merah in Perak who suffered from radioactive contamination from the rare earth plant, how scientific facts saved them?

The public has indeed made an informed decision regarding the safety of the rare earth refinery when they can see that Australian government refuses to take back the rare earth residue and that the Lynas facility is not sited in Putrajaya but amongst the ordinary rakyat in Gebeng. How can the Prime Minister be so insensitive as to describe genuine concerns of health and public safety as “imaginary fears”, when he or his wife and children do not have to face the risks should anything go wrong?

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Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin Should Move His Parliamentary Constituency From Pasir Gudang To Indera Mahkota Or Kuantan To Prove His Sincerity In Staying Beside The Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) Which He Described As “the safest rare earth plant in the world.”(en/cn)

DAP challenges Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin and parliamentary select committee’s (PSC) report on Lamp to prove his willingness to live next to the plant as announced in the press yesterday. Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin should move his parliamentary constituency from Pasir Gudang to Indera Mahkota or Kuantan(where Lamp is located) to prove his sincerity in staying beside the LAMP.

If Dato Seri Khaled can describe Lamp as “the safest rare earth plant in the world.”, then when is he moving his family next door to the RM700 million rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan. His comments on the safest rare earth plant in the world, made even before the PSC report on Lamp was tabled to Parliament clearly confirms suspicions that the PSC is designed to “whitewash” the issue and legitimatise the operation of Lamp.

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Australia’s New Work Visa Policy For Graduates Will Be The Final Nail In The Coffin For Malaysia’s 4Ds of Deficits, Debts, Deceits And Brain Drain. (en/cn)

According to recent news reports, foreign students in Australia will soon be eligible for work visas lasting two to four years after graduation from an Australian university under immigration rules to be introduced next year.

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was reported to have said that the expansion of the Skilled Graduate visa scheme would “help to enhance the competitiveness” of Australia’s A$18bil (RM57.5bil) inbound student industry. This would potentially allow all 220,000 foreign university students in Australia to work in any job once they graduate.

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RM 13.8 Billion 2012 Supplementary Budget This June Is Another Example Of BN’s 3Ds Of Deficits, Debts And Deceit As Compared To PR’s State Government’s Record Of 3S Surplus, Sustainable Debt Reduction And Straight Talking.(en/cn)

BN’s RM13.8 billion 2012 supplementary budget tabled this June in Parliament is another example of BN’s 3Ds of Deficits, Debts and Deceit as compared to PR’s state government’s record of 3S Surplus, Sustainable debt reduction and Straight talking. When this figure is added to the projected RM 45.9 billion projected deficit in the 2012 budget, we would arrive at a total deficit of RM 59.7 billion, the highest in Malaysian history.

This would easily put Malaysia’s deficit as a % of GDP at more than 6% in 2012, which is significantly higher than the initially projected 4.7%, especially if the widely anticipated worldwide economic slowdown hits Malaysia. The fiscal irresponsibility of the BN government is proven by the fact that the additional funds will be spent on the extra RM 1.5 million allocation to BN MPs from this supplementary budget while non-BN MPs including those from Pakatan Rakyat will be given nothing.

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Is BN Showing Symptoms Of “Those Whom The Gods Wish To Destroy They First Make Mad” With Its Preposterous Claims of Bersih 3.0 Using Salt And Mineral Water As Weapons To Overthrow The BN Government As Well As Liow Tiong Lai’s Fumbling Failure To Fully Account On Who Paid For The 50% Deposit In Bidding For WWW 15?

BN had shocked Parliament and Malaysians by stating that “salt and bottles” used by Bersih protesters was evidence that the opposition had tried to use the April 28 rally to topple the government in the style of the Arab Spring protests. This is not just bizarre but insane for a government to fear its own citizens carrying salt and water bottles, especially when the only creature that fears salt are leeches.

The reason that people had brought salt and water was as a precautionary treatment and antidote against the ill-effects of tear gas. The fact that people had to bring in salt and water reveals the utter lack of confidence that people have on the rule of law, right of peaceful assembly and the fear of brutish and violent tactics by the police.

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Projects Carried Out Above 250 Feet Are Either Approved By MPPP Before March 2008 Or for Those After March 2008 Consist Of Special Projects Approved By The Previous State Government On 13.9.1996 Which MPPP Can Not Reject As Long As Technical Requirements Are Met.(en/cn)

The racial bashing by UMNO-controlled newspapers and media lynching by non-UMNO controlled newspapers against Penang PR state government is contrary to the BN’s call for national unity in 1Malaysia, promoting truthful reporting and freedom of the press. The Penang state government expresses concerns that the continued race-baiting by falsely painting a pro-Chinese Penang PR state government marginalising other racial communities will cause irreparable damage to inter-communal harmony.

For instance, even though UMNO’s lies that the Malay population has been reduced by 18,000 in 2010 has proven to be a pack of lies when the number of Malay registered voters have increased by 35,000 as at end 2011 compared to March 2008, racial-bashing the PR state government using these false fact continues to be highlighted. Similarly the media lynching of the present state government by The Star continued yesterday without assigning any blame to the previous state government for approving development projects above 250 feet.

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To Improve The Standard Of English To Maintain Our International Competitiveness, The Education Ministry Should Consider To Make it Compulsory to Pass the English Language Paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) And That A Credit Is Essential To Obtain Grade 1 In SPM.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.6.2012.

To Improve The Standard Of English To Maintain Our International Competitiveness, The Education Ministry Should Consider To Make it Compulsory to Pass the English Language Paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) And That A Credit Is Essential To Obtain Grade 1 In SPM.

To improve the standard of English to maintain our international competitiveness, the Education Ministry should consider to make it compulsory to pass the English language paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) and that a credit is essential to obtain Grade 1 in SPM.

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World Environment Day Message 2012 (en/cn)

DAP World Environment Day Message 2012 by DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on 4 June 2012.

By allowing rare earth refinery plants to be operated in Kuantan, petrochemical industry in Pengerang and two nuclear plants in the country, BN government has clearly proven that it is pursuing economic development at all cost at the expense of the environment and people’s health.

The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is “Green Economy: Does it include you?” According to 2012 United Nations Environment Program(UNEP), a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, as well as prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

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To Enjoy Development As Freedom Requires Malaysia To Be Free From Corruption.(en/bm/cn)

Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng at the “Bank Negara Forex Scandal – When Government Becomes Speculator” Forum on 2.6.2012

To Enjoy Development As Freedom Requires Malaysia To Be Free From Corruption.

In his book, “Development as Freedom”, the great economist for the poor and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen wrote that development is a process of expanding real freedoms. He identified 5 instrumental freedoms that contribute towards the general capability of a person to live more freely:-

1. Political freedoms
2. Economic facilities
3. Social opportunities
4. Transparency guarantees
5. Protective security

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Why Still No Arrests For Identififed Assailants Of The Brutal And Barbaric Attack On V Ganabatirao And His Brother V Raidu?

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 2.6.2012

Why Still No Arrests For Identififed Assailants Of The Brutal And Barbaric Attack On V Ganabatirao And His Brother V Raidu?

On 30th May 2012, two Indian Rights Action Force (INDRAF 2.0) leaders V Ganabatirao and his brother V Raidu were brutally and barbarically attacked by a group of thugs, believed to be BN supporters, while on their way to attend a funeral in Klang. Raidu has sustained a broken arm and neck bone, while Ganabatirau’s nose was severely injured. With Raidu is still warded at a hospital in Klang, Ganabatirau is upset with police inaction, despite the identities of the perpetrators having been confirmed 36 hours earlier. Why still no arrests against the identified assailants?

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