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Rejection Of Violence And Hate Must Extend To Action To Save Malaysia From Religious Extremists And Racists Who Are Willing To Bully, Threaten Or Even Bribe To Eliminate Diversity And Moderation In Malaysia.(e/c)

2015 Wesak Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3.5.2015

As we celebrate this year’s Wesak Day celebrations, it is timely to note the theme adopted by the Malaysian Buddhist Association is “Unite People Harmoniously; Uphold Country, People and Buddhism”. The characteristic Buddhist rejection of violence and hate must extend to action to save Malaysia from religious extremists and racists who are willing to bully, threaten or even bribe to eliminate diversity and moderation in Malaysia.

Malaysians were recently shocked by the barbaric action of religious extremists, led by local Selangor UMNO leaders and the brother of the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in forcing a church to take down its cross. Continue reading ‘Rejection Of Violence And Hate Must Extend To Action To Save Malaysia From Religious Extremists And Racists Who Are Willing To Bully, Threaten Or Even Bribe To Eliminate Diversity And Moderation In Malaysia.(e/c)’

World Press Freedom Day message (e/m/c)

Press Statement On World Press Freedom Day 2015 By DAP Secretary–General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3 May 2015.

On this World Press Freedom Day, we honour the work carried out by journalists and media organizations in Malaysia and all over the world in informing the public on issues of local, national and international importance. We affirm the principles of the freedom of expression and freedom of the press which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A free and independent media is an essential component of ensuring that there is a check and balance on the government and is absolutely necessary to promote good governance and transparency.

In the age of the internet and social media, the need to protect the press from intimidation, harassment and persecution must also extent to others who are involved in the process of the dissemination of information including bloggers, citizen journalists and online media organizations.
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Scholarships To Local Universities With A Maximum Of RM100,000 For The Entire Course Through The Penang Future Foundation(PFF) Will Help Bright Children Of Ordinary Workers.(e.c)

Penang State Government 2015 May Day Message by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town On 1.5.2015

The Penang state government’s decision to establish a scholarship fund through the Penang Future Foundation(PFF) will help workers who are affected by rising prices, rising debt and stagnant wages. Malaysians already suffer from the highest personal household debt in Asia at GDP ratio of 87.9%, or RM940.4 billion as at end-2014. Scholarships with a maximum of RM100,000 for the entire course through the PFF, provided to all Malaysians with emphasis to Penangites, to local universities will help bright children of ordinary workers.

Financial assistance from the Federal government has been lacking due to wastage, inefficiencies and malpractices. The RM42 billion ringgit 1MDB scandals and the imposition of the 6% GST has only imposed heavier burdens and hardship on the rakyat in the form depressed stock market values, depreciation of the ringgit and rising prices of goods and services. Continue reading ‘Scholarships To Local Universities With A Maximum Of RM100,000 For The Entire Course Through The Penang Future Foundation(PFF) Will Help Bright Children Of Ordinary Workers.(e.c)’

14.2 Million Malaysian Labour Force Have Lost Faith In The Federal Government As They Are Caught In A Vicious Cycle Of Debt, Rising Prices, Unfair Low Wages And Public Financial Losses Caused By Inefficiency, Wastage And Corruption.(e/c)

2015 May Day Message by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 30.04.2015

14.2 million Malaysian labour force have lost faith in the federal government as they are caught in a vicious cycle of debt, rising prices, unfair low wages and public financial losses caused by inefficiency, wastage and corruption. There were 13.7 million Malaysian workers employed and 455,000 unemployed as at February 2015, resulting in an increase in the unemployment rate to 3.2%.

As May Day approaches, Malaysian workers have little to look forward to. Despite all the hype by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak about the successes of BN’s economic transformation programme, they are impressive only for spinning the facts and hiding the harsh reality that these rosy statistics of 6% economic growth in 2014 means very little to ordinary Malaysians who remain mired in household debt and a widening income gap.
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Why Are The Taman Medan Church Protesters And The Brother Of The Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Not Arrested, Handcuffed And Put Under Remand Similar To What Is Suffered By PR Leaders And Malaysian Insider Journalists?(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 23.4.2015.

DAP is surprised at the double-standards and special treatment by the police on the Taman Medan church protesters in Petaling Jaya, who committed the barbaric act of protesting against a church and forcing it to take down the sign of the cross from their premise. Why are the Taman Medan church protesters and the brother of the Inspector-General of Police(IGP) not arrested, handcuffed and put under remand, similar to what is suffered by PR leaders and Malaysian Insider journalists?

The Inspector-General of Police’s brother Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar, who is also the Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief, only spent a mere four hours at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters answering questions about his prominent role in the Taman Medan church protest. In contrast, PR leaders such as a Selangor State EXCO member was held for 3 days and journalists overnight in a police lockup. Continue reading ‘Why Are The Taman Medan Church Protesters And The Brother Of The Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Not Arrested, Handcuffed And Put Under Remand Similar To What Is Suffered By PR Leaders And Malaysian Insider Journalists?(e/c)’

The Barbaric Act Of UMNO Selangor Leaders And A Brother Of The Inspector-General of Police(IGP), In Forcing A Church To Take Down A Cross Proves That The Sedition Act Is Used As A Political Weapon Against PR And Those Who Oppose BN When Either The IGP Or The Home Minister Alone Can Decide Whether Investigation Will Be Done Without Fear or Favour.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 21.4.2015.

The barbaric act of UMNO Selangor leaders and a brother of the Inspector-General of Police(IGP), in forcing a church to take down a cross proves that the Sedition Act is used as a political weapon against PR and those who oppose BN, when either the IGP or the Home Minister alone can decide whether investigation will be done without fear or favour. This disgraceful act of barbarism by the extremist Selangor UMNO-led protesters against a church in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya, has made news around the world.
Continue reading ‘The Barbaric Act Of UMNO Selangor Leaders And A Brother Of The Inspector-General of Police(IGP), In Forcing A Church To Take Down A Cross Proves That The Sedition Act Is Used As A Political Weapon Against PR And Those Who Oppose BN When Either The IGP Or The Home Minister Alone Can Decide Whether Investigation Will Be Done Without Fear or Favour.’

The Penang state government wishes to clarify certain misconceptions printed by the by the press (e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 20.4.4015.

The Penang state government wishes to clarify certain misconceptions printed by the by the press about the proposed Sky Cab, Light Rail Transit(LRT) or Mass Rail Transit(MRT). Both the LRT and MRT are not linked to the Sky Cab, a cable car proposal initiated by the state government with the operator of the RM2.5 billion Penang Sentral in Buttterworth. Penang Sentral has been identified as the Northern Corridor Public Transport Hub.

Both the LRT and MRT are key components of the RM27 billion Penang Public Transport Masterplan, a “big-bang” approach to resolve our communication woes and traffic congestion once and for all, involving both road, rail, sea and land. The key element of the Public Transport Masterplan is to “move people, not vehicles”. Continue reading ‘The Penang state government wishes to clarify certain misconceptions printed by the by the press (e/c)’

Speech on The Karpal Singh Forum 2015 18 April 2015 Dewan Sri Pinang, Penang

I thank the Penang Bar Committee as Organisers of today’s inaugural Karpal Singh Forum for inviting me to attend and launch this prestigious event. Karpal’s passing has left a void in all of us, especially during deeply troubling and challenging times such as these.

From an already archaic and draconian law, the Sedition Act with its latest amendments has morphed and mutated into a juggernaut that tramples on human rights, assaults the senses and curtails the freedom of citizens of this country in every way possible. Motivated by fear – fear of speech, thought and liberalism – the powers that be, have stopped at nothing short of attempting to programme everyone into being meek and mindless robots.
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Karpal Singh’s 1st Anniversary In Memoriam – Missing Karpal.(e/m/c)

missing karpal

As we mark the first year anniversary of the sudden departure of DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, we mourn the party’s and the people’s loss. Whilst we can never replace the pain and sorrow felt by his family, Malaysia is clearly poorer without Karpal.

Karpal pushed the party’s profile as a Malaysian party and advanced our cause for justice, freedom and democracy. He did not just simply create history by becoming the first non-Chinese DAP National Chair but used his legal prowess to demonstrate the true meaning of Malaysian Malaysia, by defending the rights of everyone regardless of race, religion, background and even nationality. Indeed for Karpal, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Continue reading ‘Karpal Singh’s 1st Anniversary In Memoriam – Missing Karpal.(e/m/c)’

This Harsh Strengthening Of The Repugnant Sedition Act Is A Historic Act Of National Betrayal By The Prime Minister and The BN Government That Launches 10 Oppressive Attacks Against 30 Million Malaysians. (e/m/c)

Parliamentary Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The Second Reading Of The Sedition(Amendment) Act 2015 In Dewan Rakyat On 9 April 2015.

DAP strongly objects and condemns the proposed amendments to the 1948 Sedition Act, because the harsh strengthening of the repugnant laws is a historic act of national betrayal by the Prime Minister and the BN Government that launches 10 oppressive attacks against 30 million Malaysians. Instead of fulfilling his promise first made on the eve of Malaysia Day 2011 and repeated it twice(on July 2012 and after the 13th General Election on 2 July 2013 during an BBC interview), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has chosen to dishonour it by breaking his word to repeal the Sedition Act.

The Prime Minister did not even apologise publicly or seem contrite for breaking his promise to repeal the Sedition Act made 3 times. We hold the Prime Minister and BN parties personally responsible for this historic act of national betrayal to their principles, to their own promises, to the upholding of parliamentary democracy and most important of all to the people of Malaysia. Worse, the BN Federal government is now trying to accumulate and amass greater and wider oppressive and arbitrary powers with these repugnant amendments. Continue reading ‘This Harsh Strengthening Of The Repugnant Sedition Act Is A Historic Act Of National Betrayal By The Prime Minister and The BN Government That Launches 10 Oppressive Attacks Against 30 Million Malaysians. (e/m/c)’

Without The Immediate Implementation Of The RM 353 Million Dredging Works To Deepen The North Channel To 15 Meters And The Low Price Paid By Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, The Privatisation Of The Penang Port Can Be Misinterpreted As Another ‘Piratisation’ Of Public Assets For Private Benefit. (e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 6.4.2015.

Without the immediate implementation of the RM 353 million dredging works to deepen the North Channel to 15 meters to allow bigger vessels to dock Penang Port and the low price paid by Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, the privatisation of the Penang Port can be easily misinterpreted as another ‘piratisation’ of public assets for private benefit. I am surprised at the low price paid for the privatisation of Penang Port to the company linked to tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, as revealed by the written reply to my parliamentary question below.
Continue reading ‘Without The Immediate Implementation Of The RM 353 Million Dredging Works To Deepen The North Channel To 15 Meters And The Low Price Paid By Seaport Terminal (Johore) Sdn Bhd, The Privatisation Of The Penang Port Can Be Misinterpreted As Another ‘Piratisation’ Of Public Assets For Private Benefit. (e/c)’

Condolence message to Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (e/c)

Condolence message to Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim by DAP Secretary-General and the Chief Minister of Penang on 5th April 2015

Anwar’s Unyielding Determination and Stoic Resilience in His Moment of Pain, Sorrow And Anguish Honours His Father In A Manner That No Wealth And Position Can Give.

I am deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Dato’ Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman, a proud son of Penang and the father of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Continue reading ‘Condolence message to Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (e/c)’

Condolence message to the family of Jamaluddin Jarjis (e/c)

Condolence message to the family of Jamaluddin Jarjis by Penang Chief Minister, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 5th April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur

Ferocious War Room Political Strategist But With A Heart

The untimely and tragic death of Tan Sri Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash last night in Semenyih has definitely shocked the nation. JJ as he is popularly known will be sorely missed. Continue reading ‘Condolence message to the family of Jamaluddin Jarjis (e/c)’

Surat kpd PM: GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) TELAH MEMAKSA PENIAGA KECIL MENGHENTIKAN PERNIAGAAN (m/c)

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2 April, 2015

YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak
Menteri Kewangan Malaysia
Kompleks Kementerian Kewangan
No. 5, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62592 PUTRAJAYA

[No. Faksimili: 03 - 88823054]

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri,

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) TELAH MEMAKSA PENIAGA KECIL MENGHENTIKAN PERNIAGAAN

Dengan hormatnya kami ingin memaklumkan kepada YAB Dato’ Sri kesan negatif daripada pelaksanaan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan atau Goods and Services Tax (GST) yang telah melandai pelbagai sektor perdagangan, khususnya industri perniagaan kecil seperti kedai runcit dan kedai ubat tradisional di Negeri Pulau Pinang.

2. YAB Dato’ Sri sendiri telah memberi jaminan bahawa YAB Dato’ Sri sendiri akan mempertahankan hak rakyat daripada sebarang kesulitan ekoran pelaksanaan GST kerana ianya bukan untuk membebankan rakyat. Namun, senario peniaga industri perniagaan kecil yang terpaksa gulung tikar menunjukkan keadaan sebenar adalah sebaliknya. Continue reading ‘Surat kpd PM: GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) TELAH MEMAKSA PENIAGA KECIL MENGHENTIKAN PERNIAGAAN (m/c)’

Already angered by the financial shenanigans such as the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and the hardship caused by the imposition of GST today, the public can see through the dirty tactics of BN to divert public attention from BN’s poor governance and failed economic policies. (e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.4.2015.

MCA Stripped Naked As A Hypocrite And Liar In Promising To Oppose Hudud Bill Right Up To The Highest Levels, By Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz’s Revelation That Cabinet Did Not Discuss The Hudud Bill At Its Cabinet Meeting Last Week.

MCA stripped naked as a hypocrite and liar in promising to oppose the hudud bill right up to the highest levels, by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz’s revelation that Cabinet did not discuss the hudud bill at its Cabinet meeting last week. Clearly MCA is playing the classic tactics of saying one thing publicly to the non-Muslim community outside but doing the complete opposite inside Cabinet.

This reminds us of MCA President Liow Tiong Lai’s historic betrayal of his vow to fight for justice, by demanding that Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob apologise to the Chinese community for Ismail’s lies that the Chinese oppresses the Malays and that Chinese traders are to be blamed for not reducing prices? When Ismail Sabri did not apologise for his statement, Liow Tiong Lai meekly surrendered. Continue reading ‘Already angered by the financial shenanigans such as the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and the hardship caused by the imposition of GST today, the public can see through the dirty tactics of BN to divert public attention from BN’s poor governance and failed economic policies. (e/m/c)’