Monthly Archive for July, 2012

BN Must Not Sign And Conclude Any Agreement With Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd Until After The Next General Elections To Let Penangites Decide Whether They Agree With This Privatisation Or Reject This Piratisation Of Penang Port To A BN Crony.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 31.7.2012.

BN Must Not Sign And Conclude Any Agreement With Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd Until After The Next General Elections To Let Penangites Decide Whether They Agree With This Privatisation Or Reject This Piratisation Of Penang Port To A BN Crony.

BN must give assurances that it will not sign and conclude any agreement with Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd or Seaport until after the next general elections to let Penangites decide whether they agree with this privatisation or reject this piratisation of Penang Port to a BN crony. This follows the expose in the Malaysian Insider today that the BN Federal government is delaying selling the Penang Port to logistics tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary until after the general election due to fears that public opposition to the deal would cost BN votes.

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Penang’s Heritage Square – Reclaiming Public Space For Penangites(en/cn)

SPEECH BY RT. HON. TUAN LIM GUAN ENG CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON PENANG HERITAGE SQUARE, KOMTAR PHASE 5, 31st JULY 2012

The Penang State Government and Penang Development Corporation (PDC) are planning to develop Komtar Phase 5, comprising 4.5 acres, into Penang’s new heritage enclave, named Heritage Square. This is in line with George Town’s World Heritage Listing as well as to complement PDC’s revitalisation efforts for

Komtar as the socio-civic centre and business hub of the State. This prime 4.5 acres of land in the heart of George Town will predominantly be public space, as part of giving back to city dwellers.
Heritage Square will comprise 5 major elements:
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DAP Co-operates With PAS On Common Principles That Benefits Malaysians With Our Eyes Open Unlike MCA, MIC And Gerakan Who Submits To UMNO With Both Eyes Closed.(en/bm/cn)

MCA and Gerakan continues their irresponsible, dishonest and untruthful attacks on DAP’s support for PAS hudud laws and establishing an Islamic state as well as launch personal attacks that shows their desperation to revive lost popular support. Both MCA and Gerakan is like a “culprit hurling the accusation first” by trying to hide their failure to demand action against UMNO leaders’ support for hudud to be imposed even on non-Muslims.

Let me reiterate that DAP does not support the implementation of an Islamic state in Malaysia and imposition of hudud law by PAS.

This consistent position of DAP has never changed. Despite these differences, both DAP and PAS have a common stand in fighting corruption and abuse of power as well as establishing integrity in leadership focusing on competency, accountability and transparency. We agree on a welfare state to protect the poor, destitute, sick and those who neeed help.

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Will Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd Stop Being Secretive But Make Public The Terms Of The Privatisation Of Penang Port (en/bm/cn)

Will Seaport Terminal (Johor) Sdn Bhd or Seaport stop being secretive but make public the terms of the privatisation of Penang Port to reassure the public how this privatisation benefits the future interest of Penang and that this is not another piratisation of a public good for private profit by a BN crony? Communications infrastructure such as ports, airports public transportation are public goods similar to water services, electricity supply, health and education.

Such public goods must have strong government oversight to ensure that public interest is given priority over private profits. Failure to do so would see the private companies earning exorbitant profits at the expense of an efficient, reliable and affordable service given to the public.

Without strong government oversight of such public goods, privatisation invariably leads to piratisation where only the profits are privatisated and any losses incurred socialised to be borne by the public. There is grave concern that the privatisation of the Penang Port without consultation with the state government, local stakeholders and the people of Penang generally is another piratisation exercise.

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To Successfully Combat The Explosion Of Crime Throughout The Country, Police Must Couduct An Independent And Accurate Assessment Of Crime Statistics And Not Rely On Those Compiled By Themselvesly Or The Federal Government To Ensure That Public Perception Of Safety Corresponds With The Reported Drop In The Crime Index. (en/bm/cn)

To successful combat the explosion of crime throughout the country, police must couduct an independent and accurate assessment of crime statistics and not rely on those compiled by themselves or the Federal government to ensure that public perception of safety corresponds with the reported drop in the crime index. Despite Home Minister claiming success in reducing the crime index, cases of kidnappings, assaults and robberies in public areas and in broad daylight have continued unabated.

Worse robbery victims include not just ordinary people but also VIPs and national politicians. The latest included the break in into the home of Malacca State EXCO member Datuk Latiff Tamby Chik who suffered losses amounting to about RM200,000, former Malacca Police Chief Datuk Ahmad Long’s house and Ahmad Long’s neighbour. This has given rise to suspicion whether there was an actual drop in the crime index. For this reason, an independent third party assessment of the actual drop in crime index, if any, would instil public confidence that the crime index gives an accurate assessment of the state of crime and public safety in Malaysia.

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Now The Court Has Ruled Hishamuddin Irrational, He Should Apologise To Bersih And Focus On Real Criminals Instead Of Harassing Legal Bodies. (en/cn)

DAP lauds the High Court decision yesterday that has unequivocally quashed the declaration by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein that the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) is an unlawful society.

In this landmark decision, High Court Judge Datuk Rohana Yusuf ruled that “the decision to outlaw Bersih impinges on the right guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and should not be taken in a just and lackadaisical manner.”

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Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak Should Direct UMNO Penang Deputy Chairman And Penang BN General Elections Director To Return The RM 5 Million Profit As Land Brokers Or 57 % Profit Made In 3.5 Months To The 31 Malay Landowners In Kampung Terang, Balik Pulau.(en/bm/cn)

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak should direct UMNO Penang Deputy Chairman Dato Musa bin Haji Sheikh Fadzir and Penang BN 13th General Election Director Dato Omar Haji Faudzar to return the RM 5 million profit as land brokers or 57 % profit made in 3.5 months to the 31 Malay landowners in Kampung Terang, Balik Pulau in Penang. Whilst both UMNO leaders have not done anything illegal, it is immoral and unprincipled for them to claim to defend Malay land rights from being eroded and yet at the same time act as land brokers to sell away Malay land for personal profit at the expense of these Malay landowners.

Last week, Penang State Assembly Speaker Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain had exposed this land profiteering scandal by these two UMNO leaders of nearly 10 acres of land Kampung Terang, Balik Pulau on 31 Malay landowners in Penang:-

• Land transferred by 31 landowners to Maison Heights Sdn Bhd on 31 January 2012 at a combined price of RM 8.6 million;

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Special Branch Clearly Infiltrated By UMNO If Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn Fails To Direct Special Branch To Show Evidence To The Public How Communists Are Infiltrating The DAP?(en/bm/cn)

DAP condemns BN for exploiting the police Special Branch as their political tool to undermine public confidence in PR to help BN win the next general elections. Special Branch chief assistant director of the E2(M) national social extremist threat division Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin was quoted by national news agency Bernama on Thursday as claiming that JI elements were trying to infiltrate PAS while the communist elements were trying to infiltrate the DAP.

DAP has no knowledge of any communist infiltration and has no relationship with any communist elements. Mohd Sofian and the Special Branch behaved unprofessionally and irresponsibly by choosing to go public without first informing the DAP top leadership. This is a shameful act of political opportunism by Special Branch to make a baseless attack on DAP without needing to show proof.

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Liow Tiong Lai Should Help Companies Like B Braun That Manufacture 100% Of Their Products In Malaysia To Sell Their Made In Malaysia(en/cn)

Statement by DAP Secretary General and MP for Bagan, Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur On 18 July 2012

Liow Tiong Lai Should Help Companies Like B Braun That Manufacture 100% Of Their Products In Malaysia To Sell Their Made In Malaysia Medical Devices And Pharmaceutical Products To Public Health Sectors And Hospitals Without Needing To Go through Middle Men.

Minister of Health Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai Should Help Companies Like B Braun That Manufacture 100% Of Their Medical Devices And Pharmeceutical Products In Malaysia To Sell Their Made In Malaysia Products To Public Health Sectors And Hospitals Without Needing To Go through Middle Men. Liow has chosen to confuse the public instead of clarifying about pharmaceutical companies not being able to sell their products directly to the public sector and hospitals during my second debate with MCA President Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek on 8 July 2012.

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Najib Must Prove That The Repeal Of The Sedition Act And The Introduction Of The National Harmony Act Is Not Another Thinly-Disguised Draconian Law(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 12.7.2012

Najib Must Prove That The Repeal Of The Sedition Act And The Introduction Of The National Harmony Act Is Not Another Thinly-Disguised Draconian Law By Immediately Withdrawing All Charges Under The Sedition Act Against Karpal Singh And Other Leaders, And Issuing An Apology To All Those Convicted Throughout The Years Under Both The Sedition Act As Well As The ISA.

Last night, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak announced that the government will finally be repealing the Sedition Act 1948. He then added that it will be replaced with a National Harmony Act.

DAP welcomes the repeal of this draconian and antiquated piece of legislation that has over half a century been used and abused to suppress legitimate political opposition. However, we also urge the government to ensure that its replacement, the National Harmony Act, will not end up like the newly-introduced Peaceful Assembly Act which has turned out to be nothing but a sham.

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Police Must Take Immediate Action To Arrest The Worsening Situation And Recent Spate Of Violent Intimidation Against Civil Society Leaders.(en/cn)

Yesterday, a group of thugs attacked the house of political analyst Dr Ong Kian Ming, though they failed to get in despite breaking the front gate. Dr Ong, who was home at the time, witnessed the incident in which the thugs stopped their car in front of his house, broke his automatic gate and tried to break his front door, even though they clearly saw that he was inside. After failing to break the front door, one of them waved a finger at him as if to warn him before hitting the bonnet of his car.

Dr Ong believes that the attacks could be politically-motivated and possibly related to his recent criticisms and exposés against Pemandu and certain MCA leaders, or even his involvement as a speaker in the on-going Bersih roadshow that is taking place in different states.

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PR Can Only Win The Next General Elections If The Rakyat Can Be Convinced That PR Can End BN’s 5Ds of Deficits, Debts, Deceits, Dictatorship And brain Drain. (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.7.2012.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has attacked PR for encouraging a wrong culture of breaking promises, being ungrateful and not paying our debts. BN is the party breaking their promises of being fair to minority races by persecuting and hounding Bersih co-Chair Datuk Ambiga Sreevenasan at her home with beef burger stalls, butt dance by army veterans and even that she be hanged for treason against the King.

Ambiga is an easy target because she is a Hindu, Indian and a woman. This conforms with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad view that the issue of race in pitting Malay against non-Malay will be crucial in winning the next general elections.

Najib wants the people to be grateful to BN, when it is political parties such as BN that should always be grateful to the people for voting them. Further Najib is not qualified to talk about not paying their debts when billion of ringgit in loans taken by UMNO cronies from local banks in financial scandals have never been paid. Why so special for UMNO cronies but not for the ordinary rakyat?

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CLOSING REMARKS BY LIM GUAN ENG (Debate 2.0, en/cn)

Since Merdeka, two million Malaysians have migrated overseas because they do not see a future for themselves and for Malaysia. It is time that we don’t live in our past that is filled with hatred and fear. We should look to the future filled with hope and harmony between all Malaysians.

 To put the past behind us, we must stop the politics of race and religion.
 To put the past behind us, we must end corruption.
 To put the past behind us, we must abolish the suppression, oppression, repression of our basic human rights and freedoms.
 To put the past behind us, we must demand good governance and performance from our ministers.

To put the past behind us, we must stop the politics of race and religion.

Mengapakah kita terperangkap dalam permainan perkauman Barisan Nasional yang cuba menakutan orang Melayu bahawa mereka akan kehilangan hak mereka dan jawatan Perdana Menteri. Selagi kita mendukung Perlembagaan Persekutuan, hak Melayu dan bumiputera terjamin bersama-sama dengan hak sahih orang bukan Melayu. Sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat menang, calon yang paling layak akan menjadi Perdana Menteri, iaitu Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Jangan kita biarkan Barisan Nasional terus memperalatkan isu perkauman anti-bukan-Melayu hanya untuk mengekalkan kuasa. Adakah ini menguntungkan rakyat apabila BN tak mahu jawab mana pergi RM52 bilion saham yang sepatutnya diberikan kepada orang Melayu dan bumiputera miskin. Kita mesti faham bukan semua orang Cina yang kaya. Sama juga, bukan semua orang Melayu yang miskin. Ada ramai orang Melayu yang kaya macam Tan Sri Syed Mohktar dan Pengerusi Eksekutif SYABAS Tan Sri Rozali Ismail. Mengapa minta rakyat Malaysia berbangsa Cina balik China tetapi tak tanya sama menteri Cina yang pernah pohon PR Australia.

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Opening Speech at Debate 2.0 (en/cn)

Opening Speech by Lim Guan Eng at Debate 2.0 on 8 July 2012

CEO of ASLI Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, my learned opponent, ladies and gentlemen: Salam bersih kepada semua.

Kita berkumpul di sini untuk menentukan dasar parti manakah yang lebih boleh memberi manfaat kepada rakyat Malaysia. Seharusnya, satu perbahasan patut diadakan di antara Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, dan Ketua Pembangkang, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Malangnya Perdana Menteri enggan berbahas dengan Anwar. Adakah Najib enggan berbahas dengan Anwar kerana beliau bimbang selepas perbahasan, rakyat akan membuat pernilaian bahawa Anwar lebih layak menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia?

In fact, MCA is not qualified to be here to discuss about policies because MCA does not decide, it is UMNO that decides. MCA claims to speak only for the Chinese, and yet only the Chinese in the Peninsula, and not the Chinese in Sabah and Sarawak. This is different from the DAP, that wants to speak for all Malaysians. DAP mahu bersuara untuk semua orang Malaysia: Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan dan Iban, kerana kita semua rakyat Malaysia, bukan macam MCA, yang kononnya mahu mewakili orang Cina sahaja.

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Astro can only prove its commitment to impartial reporting by broadcasting live the second debate between Chua Soi Lek and me on 8 July 2012(en/bm/cn)

DAP expressed surprise at the refusal of Astro Awani to broadcast live the debate between Chua Soi Lek and myself on the topic “DAP vs MCA: Whose policies benefit the country more?” in English/ Bahasa Malaysia on Sunday 8th of July at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. After the first Mandarin debate between both of us, Astro has repeatedly followed up with my office on when is the second debate in English/Bahasa Malaysia.

Astro has indicated in no uncertain terms that they would want to broadcast the second English/Bahasa Malaysia debate live. I had checked out with ASLI’s Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Michael Yeo who had confirmed that ASLI is not imposing any financial charges for the live broadcast. With no financial obstacles and high public viewer interest, there is no commercial reason for Astro not to broadcast live the second debate which can only improve the viewer ratings for Astro.

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