1MDB Will Haunt Our Financial Capital Markets And Even Contribute To A Further Depreciation Of The Ringgit If BN Ministers Continues To Be In Denial That There Is No Bailout Of 1MDB Even After RM600 Million of A RM950 Million BN Federal Government Standby Credit Has Been Utilised By 1MDB.(e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.3.2015.

1MDB will haunt our financial capital markets and even contribute to a further depreciation of the Ringgit if BN Ministers continues to be in denial that there is no bailout of 1MDB even after RM600 million of a RM950 million BN Federal Government Standby Credit has been utilised by 1MDB. Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is like an “ostrich in the sand” for insisting that the Government’s injection of RM950mil in standby credit for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) does not in any way constitute a bailout, because 1MDB is not a failed organisation but is only facing a short-term cash flow problem.

Clearly Ahmad forgets basic high-school accounting that bankruptcy is most commonly caused by insolvency in not having enough cash to pay your debts, even when your financial accounts shows healthy accounting profits. There are many companies that have gone bust because they are unable to meet their short-term cash obligations despite having billions of dollars in assets. Continue reading ‘1MDB Will Haunt Our Financial Capital Markets And Even Contribute To A Further Depreciation Of The Ringgit If BN Ministers Continues To Be In Denial That There Is No Bailout Of 1MDB Even After RM600 Million of A RM950 Million BN Federal Government Standby Credit Has Been Utilised By 1MDB.(e/m/c)’

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) And BN MPs Should Stop Their “Sandiwara” Of Pledging To Fight Corruption(e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.3.2015.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) And BN MPs Should Stop Their “Sandiwara” Of Pledging To Fight Corruption When They Have Failed To Prevent The RM42 Billion 1MDB Scandal Or Taken Any Action Over The RM 52 Billion Missing Bumi Shares Scandal And The RM13.5 Billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone Scandal.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) and BN MPs should stop their “sandiwara” of pledging to fight corruption when they have failed to prevent the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal or taken any action over the RM 52 billion missing bumi shares scandal and the RM13.5 billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal. If the BN MPs want to make a personal statement by showing their sincerity for upholding integrity in leadership, they can publicly declare their assets to compel Ministers and the Prime Minister to do the same.

As part of the ruling state government in Penang, all PR state assemblypersons in Penang have publicly declared their assets to demonstrate this commitment to integrity in leadership and fight corruption. Further Penang has also implemented competitive open tenders and barred family members of government leaders from doing business with the state government.
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Surat Kepada Perdana Menteri

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4 Mac, 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

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri,

PENGECUALIAN CUKAI BARANGAN DAN PERKHIDMATAN ATAU GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) TERHADAP PROJEK-PROJEK KERAJAAN YANG DILAKSANAKAN UNTUK MANFAAT DAN KESEJAHTERAAN RAKYAT

Dengan hormatnya kami ingin menarik perhatian YAB Dato’ Sri tentang masalah projek-projek Kerajaan Negeri turut dikenakan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan atau Goods and Services Tax (GST) sebanyak 6% mulai 1 April 2015.
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Speech during the Ground breaking ceremony for Public and Affordable Housing Scheme in Jalan SP Chelliah(e/m/c)

Ground breaking ceremony for Public and Affordable Housing Scheme in Jalan SP Chelliah, on Friday, 6th March at 10 am.
Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

I am honoured to be here today, to officiate the ground breaking ceremony for this much-awaited Public and Affordable Housing Scheme at Jalan SP Chelliah, George Town.

In this regard, I would like to congratulate Penang Development Corporation (PDC), Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) and Developer Zubicon Sdn Bhd for working together, in the spirit of public private sector partnership, in bringing this project to fruition, for the people of Penang.

The state government has established the Public Housing Fund and Affordable Homes Fund, the largest by a state government in Malaysian history, worth RM 500 million to build 22,545 public housing units ( less than RM 72,500 ) and affordable housing units ( less than RM 400,000 ). Continue reading ‘Speech during the Ground breaking ceremony for Public and Affordable Housing Scheme in Jalan SP Chelliah(e/m/c)’

Najib Should Answer Daim’s Accusation Questioning How Come The Value Of The Ringgit Depreciated So Precipitously And The Bursa Malaysia Performed The Worst Amongst All Regional Stockmarkets If There Was Such Brilliant Economic Stewardship.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.3.2015.

If the Merdeka Centre polling survey is correct, only 18% of the Chinese community as compared to 58% of the Malay community are satisfied with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s performance. The level of Chinese support could have been reduced further if the survey, which was conducted in January, had been carried out this month following Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s racist call on the Malays to boycott Chinese traders with outrageous lies that the Chinese trader were the cause of prices not going down and that the Chinese oppressed the Malays.

Najib should be happy to still get even 10% support from the Chinese community when he had openly allowed such overtly anti-Chinese, racist and extremist sentiments to be expressed by his Cabinet member without being punished. Such racist and extremist remarks by Ismail Sabri antagonised not only the non-Malay community but moderate Malays, who were shocked at such scapegoating to detract attention from the BN Federal government’s failures to manage the economy well.
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To Help UMNO Win Permatang Pauh Parliamentary Seat, UMNO Will Not Contest In Cempaka To Please PAS And Distance Itself From Ibrahim Ali’s Deplorable Attacks On Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat Even After Nik Aziz’s Death.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.2.2015.

UMNO Pulau Pinang is clearer stronger than UMNO Kelantan. This is demonstrated by UMNO Kelantan Chairman Mustapa Mohamed suggesting that UMNO should not contest in the Cempaka state seat that is vacant following the death of PAS spiritual leader and former Kelantan Menteri Besar Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat. Mustapa’s rationale for opting out of contesting is to focus on flood repairs and rehabilitation work, sounded so weak and unconvincing that even pro-UMNO Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali criticised it as hypocritical.

In contrast to Kelantan UMNO’s reluctance, UMNO Pulau Pinang Chairman Zainal Abidin Osman is going all-out to contest Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat because UMNO Penang is confident of doing well. This suggestion of contesting in one out of two by-elections is a calculated political strategy to maximize UMNO’s strength, concentrate its resources and divide PR by pleasing PAS. To help UMNO win Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat, UMNO will not contest in Cempaka to please PAS and distance itself from Ibrahim Ali’s deplorable attacks on Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, even after Nik Aziz’s death.
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The following resolutions were passed unanimously by the DAP Central Executive Committee(CEC) at a meeting yesterday evening on 13.2.2014(e/m)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 14.2.2015.

The following resolutions were passed unanimously by the DAP Central Executive Committee(CEC) at a meeting yesterday evening on 13.2.2014:

1. DAP extends our deepest condolences to the family, PAS and their members of former Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tok Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, on 12.2.2014. The late Tok Guru was highly regarded by all Malaysians, adored by Muslims and well respected by non-Muslims for his personal integrity, courage and humble lifestyle as well as deep humanity and multi-religious harmony. Tok Guru will be missed for his abiding faith in Islam, unyielding resolve to face up to the might of Barisan Nasional and UMNO; his belief in the future of Pakatan Rakyat and determination to strengthen Pakatan Rakyat to fight BN’s widespread abuse of power and corruption.

2. DAP declares its full support for Parliamentary Opposition Leader Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim in facing a 5-year imprisonment sentence, as part of a political conspiracy to end his political career and prevent a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy through constitutional means from BN’s dictatorship. DAP urges Malaysians to turn their sorrow and tears of Anwar’s imprisonment into strength to intensify the struggle towards freedom, justice, truth and democracy. Let the coming Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election be the first salvo towards the campaign not just for Anwar’s freedom but also the liberty of Malaysia. Continue reading ‘The following resolutions were passed unanimously by the DAP Central Executive Committee(CEC) at a meeting yesterday evening on 13.2.2014(e/m)’

How Can Liow Tiong Lai Accept Ismail Sabri’s Meaningless Expression of Regret That Did Not Retract Nor Say Sorry To The Chinese Community For Ismail’s Lies Maligning The Chinese Community For Oppressing The Malays And That Chinese Traders Are To Be Blamed For Not Reducing Prices?

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 13.2.2015.

DAP condemns Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for refusing to end the racist controversy for his vicious falsehoods against the Chinese community. While this is not surprising coming from a racist UMNO Minister, it is sad that MCA President Liow Tiong Lai has meekly accepted Ismail Sabri’s illogical rationale that appear to justify Ismail’s attacks against the Chinese community.

How can Liow Tiong Lai accept Ismail Sabri’s meaningless expression of regret that did not retract nor say sorry to the Chinese Community for Ismail’s lies maligning the Chinese community for oppressing the Malays and that Chinese traders are to be blamed for not reducing prices?
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Is This How Liow Tiong Lai Fulfil His Vow To Fight For Justice For The Maligned Chinese Community By Accepting That Ismail Sabri Merely Issue An Official Clarification Instead Of Of A Retraction AND Apology As MCA Promised To The Chinese Community? (e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.2.2015.

Former MCA President Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek is correct in judging his successor and current MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai as weak, cowardly and even deceitful when Liow backed down from his earlier pledge to demand in Cabinet, that Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob retract and apologise for his inflammatory statement that consumers boycott Chinese traders for refusing to reduce prices and that the Chinese oppresses the Malays.

Is this how Liow fulfil his vow to fight for justice for the maligned Chinese community by accepting that Ismail merely issue an official clarification instead of of a retraction AND apology as MCA promised to the Chinese community? Such betrayal and cowardice by Liow in not daring to “practice what he preaches’ is more painful because Ismail lied by blaming Chinese traders for not reducing prices of basic necessities. Continue reading ‘Is This How Liow Tiong Lai Fulfil His Vow To Fight For Justice For The Maligned Chinese Community By Accepting That Ismail Sabri Merely Issue An Official Clarification Instead Of Of A Retraction AND Apology As MCA Promised To The Chinese Community? (e/c)’

It is important that a meeting of the PR Leadership council comprising of the 3 party leaders, must be held first in accordance with the principle that PR operates based on consensus decision-making.(e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.2.2015.

Yesterday’s PR Leadership Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur was the first attended by all 3 party leaders of PR in a year. Yesterday’s Leadership council meeting reaffirmed the 2009 Common Policy Framework signed by all 3 parties and that PR operates based on decision by consensus of all 3 parties, hence requires that the the twin issues of the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code(hudud) and local government elections must first be discussed by PR Leadership Council. A special Leadership Council meeting will be held in the coming weeks to discuss both these contentious issues.

DAP has adopted a firm position of restoring local government elections that was banned by the then Alliance(BN) government in 1965. Local government elections is reflected implicitly in the PR Common Policy Framework adopted in December 2009 which used the phrase “strengthen local government democracy” and explicitly in the 2013 PR Penang General Election Manifesto that specifically mentioned implementing local government elections as well as the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat 2013 General Elections Manifesto with the specific undertaking to “carry out decentralization through a gradual implementation of Local Government Elections”. This was agreed by all 3 parties in the respective states. Further, no political party in PR had ever moved a resolution in their party Annual Assembly or Muktamar opposing local government elections.
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The Jalan Telaga Air Mosque congregation(Ahli Qariah) in Butterworth should be held up as a sterling model for religious harmony and goodwill (e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 8.2.2015
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The Jalan Telaga Air Mosque congregation(Ahli Qariah) in Butterworth should be held up as a sterling model for religious harmony and goodwill, in their patient wait to nab the man involved in the act of desecrating a mosque by throwing a package believed to contain pork into the compound of the Telaga Air Mosque two days ago. When I visited the mosque yesterday evening, I was surprised to be informed that this was not the first time but there were repeated incidents previously.

The state government reiterates its strong condemnation of such criminal attacks as barbaric. Obviously the man had mental problems because he did not target other mosques in the same area, but only the Jalan Telaga Air Mosque and that the incidents did not only happen at night but also in the daytime. The ahli qariah had patiently waited for the man by staking out the area with police.
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UMNO Believes That Malaysians, Including Non-Malays and Moderate Malays, Will Still Blindly Support BN Despite Their Failure To Punish Ismail Sabri Yaakob For His Racist Remark To Boycott Chinese Traders For Failing To Reduce Prices And That Malays Are Oppressed By The Chinese.(e.c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.2.2015.

UMNO Believes That Malaysians, Including Non-Malays and Moderate Malays, Will Still Blindly Support BN Despite Their Failure To Punish Ismail Sabri Yaakob For His Racist Remark To Boycott Chinese Traders For Failing To Reduce Prices And That Malays Are Oppressed By The Chinese.

Former MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu may not be correct that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s decision to let Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob off the hook for Ismail’s false anti-Chinese racist remark, is a sign of a lethargic administration detached from the public that would hurt BN politically. UMNO believes that Malaysians, including non-Malays and moderate Malays, will still blindly support BN despite their failure to punish Ismail Sabri Yaakob for his false and racist remark to boycott Chinese traders for failing to reduce prices and that Malays are oppressed by the Chinese.

At the same time, BN must have made their political calculation that they will get more Malay votes without losing non-Malay votes, by being racist and extremist in their views and even discriminate against non-Malays. Of course a weak MCA President in Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai did not help. Former MCA President Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek is correct when he criticised Liow as not only weak but also deceitful, when Liow claimed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak understood MCA’s position.
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Ismail Sabri Is Trying To Cover Up Public Opposition To 6% Goods & Services Tax(GST) And Failure Of BN To Manage Malaysia’s Economic Crisis By Falsely Blaming The Chinese Businessmen (e/m/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In George Town, Penang On 3.2.2015.

Ismail Sabri Is Trying To Cover Up Public Opposition To 6% Goods & Services Tax(GST) And Failure Of BN To Manage Malaysia’s Economic Crisis By Falsely Blaming The Chinese Businessmen When The Chinese No Longer Control The Key Economic Sectors of Banking, Insurance, Motor Vehicles, Electricity, Rice, Sugar, Oil, Gas, Commodities, Transport And Communications.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is trying to cover up public opposition to the 6% GST enforced on 1 April 2015, and failure of BN to manage Malaysia’s economic crisis by falsely blaming the Chinese businessmen when the Chinese no longer control the key economic sectors of banking, insurance, motor vehicles, electricity, rice, sugar, oil, gas, commodities, transport and communications. How then can the Chinese traders or businessmen be blamed for something they do not control especially when the Federal government and government-linked corporation(GLCs) controls other key sectors of the economy?

Worse, Ismail Sabri said “As long as the Malays don’t change, the Chinese will take the opportunity to oppress the Malays”. Chinese oppressing Malays is an evil lie. It is ridiculous that a minority community with slightly over 20% of Malaysia’s population, is able to oppress the majority when the Federal government, security services in the army and defence are controlled by the Malays?
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To Promote Their Standing In Society And Protect Their Economic Rights, The Indian Community Must Work With Other Malaysians Through The Principles Of Democratic Rights, Rule Of Law And Uphold Integrity Against Corruption.(e/c)

2015 Thaipusam Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 2.2.2015.

To promote their standing in society and protect their economic rights, the Indian community must work with other Malaysians through the principles of democratic rights, rule of law and uphold integrity against corruption. Only when the minority work with the majority groups through fundamental principles enshrined in our Federal Constitution, can the basic human rights, political and civil liberties as well as the economic interests of all communities be protected.

Unfortunately, racists and religious extremists have now gained prominence by questioning the rights and freedoms of minorities. That is why celebrating Thaipusam is so important as an endorsement of moderation and rejection of the dangerous ideas represented by these racists and religious extremists. Further celebrating Thaipusam also demonstrates that all Malaysians, Muslim and non-Muslim, Malay and non-Malay support the fundamental right of freedom of religion.

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Speech at at “Government Audit: Formality or Accountability?” Forum(e/c)

Opening Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at “Government Audit: Formality or Accountability?” Forum on 23rd January 2015 (8.00 pm)

Good Evening and Salam Sejahtera,

I am pleased to be here this evening to officiate this forum jointly organised by the Penang Institute and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) entitled, “Government Audit: Formality or Accountability?”

Although this is the Penang Institute’s maiden event on the annual Auditor-General’s Report, it is a wholly familiar issue with the Malaysian public. The Penang state government firmly believes that the public deserves a clean, effective and transparent governance, this event is a great opportunity to shed some light onto the findings of the latest Auditor-General’s Report 2013.
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