The Failure Of The MAS-Air Asia Share Swap Is Not Just An Ordinary Failed Corporate Merger But A Failure Of The Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Program(ETP) (en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 7.5.2012.

The Failure Of The MAS-Air Asia Share Swap Is Not Just An Ordinary Failed Corporate Merger But A Failure Of The Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Program(ETP) That Is Supposed To Stop The Rot Of Mismanagement, Financial Malpractices And Failed Strategies In GLCs Such As MAS.

After eight months, the controversial MAS-Air Asia share swap has been terminated, purportedly because it has become an impediment to the recovery efforts of the loss-making flag carrier. Under the original deal, MAS would swap a 20.5% stake for 10% in Air Asia. Now, as part of the reversal of the deal, AirAsia’s chief and founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and deputy Datuk Seri Kamarudin Meranun have resigned from the MAS board, with MAS director Mohamed Azman Yahya following suit from AirAsia’s board.

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Follow Penang:- BN Must Explain Why They Refuse To Restore The 3rd Vote(en/cn)

SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG AT THE FORUM ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS AT THE TOWN HALL, ESPLANADE, 6 MAY 2012

Local government elections are a feature of practically every democratic country in the world. Even countries which are not democracies such as communist China hold local elections of one kind or another. Malaysia finds itself in a most peculiar position in that the Federal Government considers elections to be suitable for the Federal and State levels, but refuses to allow elections to be held at the local level.

In the 19th century, the French scholar Alexis de Tocqueville, in his seminal work, Democracy in America, referred to local democracy as a “fertile germ of free institutions”. He wrote:

The strength of free peoples resides in the local community. Local institutions are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they put it within the people’s reach; they teach people to appreciate its peaceful enjoyment and accustom them to make use of it.

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Teks Ucapan Sempana Majils Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Tahun 2011(bm/cn)

TEKS UCAPAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG SEMPENA MAJLIS ANUGERAH PELAJAR CEMERLANG SPM TAHUN 2011 DI DEWAN SRI PINANG PADA 6 MEI 2012

Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan ucapan penghargaan dan tahniah kepada jawatankuasa pengelola yang bertungkus lumus dalam memastikan perjalanan majlis pada hari ini dapat berjalan dengan lancarnya.

Bagi pihak Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang, saya mengalu-alukan kehadiran 343 pelajar cemerlang SPM tahun 2011 ke majlis yang serba ringkas tetapi amat bermakna ini. Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah atas kejayaan yang diperolehi hasil daripada usaha gigih dan tekun yang telah berjaya dilaksanakan selama ini serta dorongan dan sokongan yang tidak pernah jemu daripada para guru dan ibu bapa.

Ini merupakan tahun ke- 4 majlis seumpama ini diadakan sejak Kerajaan Negeri mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan negeri Pulau Pinang pada tahun 2008.

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The Recent Case of the New Straits Times’ Deliberate Lies and Fabrication of News Against Australian Senator Nick Xenophon Demonstrates why the Chief Minister is Compelled Not to Invite the Unethical UMNO-linked Press to his Functions Purely as an Act of Self-Defence(en/cn)

Press Statement by the Hon. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, in George Town on 4 May 2012.

The Recent Case of the New Straits Times’ Deliberate Lies and Fabrication of News Against Australian Senator Nick Xenophon Demonstrates why the Chief Minister is Compelled Not to Invite the Unethical UMNO-linked Press to his Functions Purely as an Act of Self-Defence; Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng Will Sue the New Straits Times Press and Utusan Melayu (Bhd) for the False Report of a Dinner with Senior Singapore PAP Leaders where National Secrets were Allegedly Disclosed

The recent case of the New Straits Times’ deliberate lies and fabrication of news against Australian Senator Nick Xenophon demonstrates why I am compelled not to invite the unethical UMNO-linked press to my functions purely as an act of self-defence against such accomplished serial liars.

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Malaysia’s Ranking Of 122 Out Of 178 Countries For 2012/2013 In The World Press Freedom Index Is Bound To Drop(en/cn)

2012 World Press Freedom Day by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 3.5.2012

Malaysia’s Ranking Of 122 Out Of 178 Countries For 2012/2013 In The World Press Freedom Index Is Bound To Drop After The Debacle Of Police Brutality Against Reporters And Photographers During Bersih 3.0 And The Anti-Lynas Demonstration In Penang.

Press freedom is essential in any functioning democratic society, is clearly under threat in Malaysia. In the aftermath of the Bersih 3.0 debacle that saw not only innocent protesters but also media workers such as reporters and photographers being manhandled, beaten up and their camera equipment destroyed, there is no doubt that press freedom in our country is deteriorating and getting more restricted.

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Bernama telah menyalahgunakan kebebasan untuk membuat lapuran mengelirukan tentang jawapan saya dalam mesyuarat Dewan Undangan Negeri (bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar Oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Pulau Pinang Pada 3.5.2012

Saya berasa kesal bahawa pada Hari Kebebasan Akhbar Sedunia, Bernama telah menyalahgunakan kebebasan untuk membuat lapuran mengelirukan tentang jawapan saya dalam mesyuarat Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang semalam berkaitan penjualan tanah Bayan Mutiara secara tender terbuka.

Semalam, saya mengakui bahawa kerajaan negeri tidak mengikut penilaian yang ditetapkan oleh Jabatan Pernilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta kerana anggaran harga itu adalah terlalu rendah. Jabatan Penilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta dalam surat bertarikh 5 November 2009 telah menganggarkan harga sebanyak RM65 sekaki persegi.

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BN Federal Government’s Minimum Monthly Wage Of RM 900 In Peninsular Malaysia And RM 800 In Sabah And Sarawak Is Insufficient (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 2.5.2012

BN Federal Government’s Minimum Monthly Wage Of RM 900 In Peninsular Malaysia And RM 800 In Sabah And Sarawak Is Insufficient As It Is Not Only Discriminatory Against Workers But Demonstrates A Glaring Lack Of Commitment By BN To Reduce Poverty When It Is Far Below The Poverty Line For East Malaysia.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement of a floor wage for the private sector at RM 900 per month for workers in the Peninsular and RM 800 per month for those in Sabah and Sarawak is grossly insufficient as it is lower than Pakatan Rakyat’s RM 1,100 minimum take-home pay every month. PR had proposed RM1,100 minimum monthly take home pay, inclusive of all fixed allowances, but excluding over-time payments.

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All Malaysians Should Dress In Black And Pin A Yellow Ribbon On 3 May 2012 (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 1.5.2012.

All Malaysians Should Dress In Black And Pin A Yellow Ribbon On 3 May 2012 Not Only To Commemorate World Press Freedom Day But Also Stand In Solidarity With The Reporters And Photographers Who Either Beaten, Had Their Cameras Taken Away Or Smashed As Well As Were Victimised By Police Brutality During Bersih 3.0 Rally In Kuala Lumpur.

DAP fully supports and urges all Malaysians to dress in black and pin a yellow ribbon on 3 May 2012 not only to commemorate World Press Freedom day but also stand in solidarity with the reporters and photographers who either beaten, had their cameras taken away or smashed as well as were victimised by police brutality during Bersih 3.0 Rally in Kuala Lumpur

The public should stand in solidarity with media workers and reporters who became victims of police brutality during the peaceful Bersih 3.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday. That the police did indeed beat up members of the media is irrefutable when the Prime Minister himself whispered an apology to the Sun reporter Radzi Razak who was warded to hospital after the beating.

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Monthly Minimum Wage Of RM 1,100 Inclusive of Allowances, Must Be Accompanied By Accelerated Structural Reforms in Our Economy, Create More Higher Productivity Jobs, And Increasing Women Participation In The Work Force.(en/cn)

2012 Penang May Day Speech by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng during the celebration of Labour Day at Dewan JKKK Taman Inderawasih Perai near Butterworth, Penang on 1 May 2012:

The Penang State Government regrets that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has set the minimum wage far below the level of RM1100 per month as suggested by PR at RM800 for Sabah, Sawarak and RM900 for Peninsular Malaysia.

Penang State Government has achieved the minimum monthly wage of RM 1,100(including allowances and cost of living) but excluding overtime. In other words all government servants in all state agencies and government GLCs as well as MPPP and MPSP get much more than RM 1100 monthly. Last year the lowest paid road sweeper and drain cleaner were given an extra monthly incentive of RM150.

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