Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Shahidan Kassim’s Latest Expose That No Chemicals Were Used In The Indelible Ink But Only Food Colouring Has Reinforced Public Demands That The Entire Election Commission’s(EC) Resign (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 29.6.2013.

Shahidan Kassim’s Latest Expose That No Chemicals Were Used In The Indelible Ink But Only Food Colouring Has Reinforced Public Demands That The Entire Election Commission’s(EC) Resign For Defrauding The People And Abuse Of Public Funds And Power.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim’s latest expose that no chemicals were used in the indelible ink but only food colouring has reinforced public demands that the entire Election Commission’s(EC) must resign for defrauding the people and abuse of public funds and power. In a parliamentary written answer to DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng, Shahidan Kassim said the indelible ink did not last a week as promised because all the chemicals in the ink were replaced by food colouring.

Shahidan’s admission debunked EC’s previous claims that silver nitrate was used in the ink and was supposed to last seven days. This latest revelation comes after Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam openly contradicted EC Chair Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s claims that the EC consulted the Health Ministry regarding the safety of the indelible ink by stating that the Health Ministry had never issued such a report.

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Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar Can Only Restore Public Confidence That He Is Not Complicit To The Many Custodial Deaths By Either Coming Clean And Give A Full Accounting Of A. Kugan And 230 Other Custodial Deaths From 2000 Until May 2013 Or Else Honourably Resign As IGP.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.6.2013.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar can only restore public confidence that he is not complicit to the many custodial deaths by either coming clean and give a full accounting of A. Kugan and 230 other custodial deaths from 2000 until May 2013 or else honourably resign as Inspector-General Of Police(IGP)

Yesterday in a historic judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in a civil suit that Tan Sri Khalid was responsible for the death of detainee A. Kugan who was physically tortured during interrogation by police four years ago, High Court judge Datuk V. T. Singham said the IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in allowing the negligence suit, said the injuries Kugan suffered could not have been done by one officer and that the senior officers cannot plead ignorance.

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Datuk Idris Haron Must Prove That Not Only 1Malaysia Is Still Alive But That He Is A Melaka Chief Minister For All And Not Just BN Supporters(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 27.6.2013.

Datuk Idris Haron Must Prove That Not Only 1Malaysia Is Still Alive But That He Is A Melaka Chief Minister For All And Not Just BN Supporters, By Revoking His Directive To Reopen To Traffic Because That Will Destroy The Character And Identity Of The Jonker Walk Cultural Street.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron has shocked not only ordinary Malaysians but also BN leaders and supporters with an act of political retaliation and vengeance that will only come back to haunt Melaka’s tourism industry but also spell the beginning of extremist politics and end of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1 Malaysia. By allowing traffic flow to reopen in Jonker Walk that was closed during the weekend for the past 13 years, Idris is effectively putting the 300 traders out of business in the famous Jonker Walk Cultural Street, that is a showcase of Melaka’s tourism and heritage.

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Law Choo Kiang And Ustaz Maktar Hj Shapee Proposed By PR Penang As Speaker And Deputy Speaker Of Penang State Assembly On 28 June 2013.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister And Penang PR Chairman Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27 June 2013.

I shall be proposing ADUN Bukit Tambun Law Choo Kiang and ADUN Sungai Bakap Ustaz Maktar Hj Shapee on behalf of PR Penang as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Penang State Assembly meeting on 28 June 2013. The Penang state EXCO had proposed that Penang PKR Chair Dato Mansor Othman as the Penang State Assembly Speaker which were actively supported by PKR EXCO members.

The Penang state EXCO had unanimously proposed Dato Mansor Othman’s name as Penang State Assembly Speaker after getting feedback from both within and without the state government from the lowest to the highest levels of office in Penang.

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The 38 DAP MPs To Focus On Inequality In The First Parliamentary Debates On The Royal Address.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 26 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

The 38 DAP MPs To Focus On Inequality In The First Parliamentary Debates On The Royal Address.

The 38 DAP MPs shall focus on the issue of inequality affecting Malaysians and the powers between the Federal government and the states in the first parliamentary debates on the Royal Address beginning this week. The six issues of inequality involve:-
1. the democratic disparity of not having clean electoral process and complying with the principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value” principle causing unfair election results where the party winning the popular votes lost the elections(PR winning a majority 51% of the popular vote yet only winning 40% of the seats)
2. the economic disparity between rich and poor highlighted by the failure to wipe out poverty and the highest poverty rate in Malaysia in what should be the richest state of Sabah;
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Wreaking Political Vengeance Will Only Wreck Malaysia’s Aspirations Of Transforming Into A High-Income Developed Economy By 2020 (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 26 June 2013.

Wreaking Political Vengeance Will Only Wreck Malaysia’s Aspirations Of Transforming Into A High-Income Developed Economy By 2020 If There Is No Focus On Economic Structural Reforms Centered On Malaysia’s Comparative And Competitive Advantage As Well As Diversifying Our Growth Sectors.

The World Bank was spot-on when it said that whilst Malaysia’s economy is set to grow by 5.1 per cent in 2013 and 2014, the country needs to speed up structural reforms to ensure a diversified and dynamic economy. The World Bank said that over-reliance on commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, rubber and palm oil whose prices have dropped, rather than on manufacturing has put pressure on growth rates on a commodity-exporting country like Malaysia.

Malaysia needs to accelerate structural reforms to ensure that its economy remains diversified and dynamic. The challenge will be whether the present BN Federal government can implement sound economic policies or will still be a captive of its mindless anger at becoming a minority government following the loss of its popular vote by winning only 47% against 51% for PR in the recent general elections.

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The Penang State Government Urges The Education Ministry Not To Risk Our Children’s Health But To Automatically Close Down All Schools When The Air Pollution Index(API) Exceeds 150.(en/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 25 June 2013.

The Penang state government urges the Education Ministry not to risk our children’s health but to automatically close down all schools when the API exceeds 150. The current guidelines of automatic closure of schools where the API is more than 300 and that schools must remain open if the API is below 250, is not practical and just too low.

If even adults feel like falling sick with sore eyes and throats from prolonged exposure when the API exceeds 150, what more young children? The Penang state government feels that public health and safety cannot be compromised and to wait until the API exceeds more than 300 before there is school closure, is just irresponsible.

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All Areas With Air Pollutant Index (API) Readings Of 300 Or More Should Be Under A State Of Emergency And Not Wait Until It Exceeds 700 And Schools Should Be Automatically Closed When The API Reaches 150.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24 June 2013.

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak should not share Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel’s lackadaisical and irresponsible attitude in handling the haze crisis by announcing an emergency status in Muar and Ledang, not when the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings reached 300, but only after it reached 746 on 23.6.2013. What is shocking is that Palanivel was more concerned about completing the panda house than dealing immediately with the haze crisis.

The Department of Environment states that an API reading of more than 300 is hazardous to health. All areas with API readings of 300 or more should be under a state of emergency and not wait until it exceeds 700. In other words Melaka should also be under a state of emergency as the API reading there is above 300.

Many are already falling sick in Johor, Selangor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. All school principals in areas with API above 100 should be given the full discretion to decide whether to close schools whilst automatic closure of schools should be implemented when the API reaches 150.

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Not Just Indonesia But Malaysia Too Must Prosecute And Punish Any Malaysian Plantation Companies Who Are PROVEN To Be Involved In The Outlawed Slash-and-Burn Methods Of Clearing Land For Their Plantations In Sumatera.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 24 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya’s claims that eight companies with Malaysian ownership were contributing to the haze pollution by using the cheap but outlawed slash-and-burn methods to clear land for their plantations must be fully verified. If true, not just Indonesia but Malaysia too must prosecute and punish any Malaysian plantation companies who are proven to be involved in the outlawed slash-and-burn methods of clearing land for their plantations in Sumatera.

Balthasar said that the allegations will be followed up by Riau Police. One of the alleged offenders is PT Tunggal Mitra Plantation, a unit of Minamas Plantation, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based Sime Darby Plantations, one of the world’s largest listed oil palm plantations. Another is PT Adei Plantation, owned by Kepong Berhad. The others are PT Langgam Inti Hibrida, PT Bumi Reksa Nusa Sejati, PT Udaya Loh Denawi, PT Jatim Jaya Perkasa, PT Multi Gambut Industri, and PT Mustika Agro Lestari.

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Together Reaching For “The Light On The Hill” Because Malaysia Can Only Be Better When Sabah Has A Better Standard Of Living, Peace, Lower Crime, Respecting Human Dignity By Eradicating Corruption And Poverty(en/cn)

Speech by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Sabah Kaamatan Festival In Kota Kinabalu On 11 pm 22 June 2013 Released On 236.2013.

Let us together reach for the light on the hill because Malaysia can only be better when Sabah has a better standard of living, peace, lower crime, respecting human dignity by eradicating corruption and poverty. An Australian statesmen said that when we reach for the light on the hill- we are working for the betterment of mankind and in the Malaysian context, for all not just in Sabah but also throughout Malaysia.

This light on the hill is what most Kadazan Murut and Dusuns aim for when taking long journeys back home to their villages. This is the journey that all Sabahans can take together to restore and return a people-centric government in place of the present crony BN government.

A common journey towards a clean and competent government that records budget surpluses and reduces state debts. The same journey to choose a people-centric government that shares its surpluses with the power instead of a crony government that robs the people to reward the cronies.

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The New Malaysian Parliament Must Amend The Environmental Quality Act To Punish Malaysian Companies and Foreign Companies Operating In Malaysia That Contributed To The Haze By Directly Or Indirectly Causing Forest Fires In Indonesia.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 21 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

DAP calls for new laws to be enacted by the new Malaysian Parliament by amending the Environmental Quality Act to prevent any companies from contributing to the hazardous and severe haze afflicting Singapore and Malaysia that will have harmful health consequences to the affected population. So hazardous is the haze that 200 schools in Muar, Batu Pahat and Pasir Gudang had to be shut down.

The people are expecting some sort of direct action from our new parliamentarians. I will be directing Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching to present such proposals through an urgent motion in Parliament next week.

Such proposed laws must be the immediate task of the new group of MPs which will allow Malaysia to take action against any Malaysian companies AND foreign companies operating in Malaysia that contributed or was responsible or played a par directly or indirectly in the trans-boundary fires in Indonesia that caused pollution to harmful levels, adverse health effects and economic losses across the region.

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Speech during World Enviroment Day Celebration 2013

Speech by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, Lim Guan Eng during World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16 June 2013:

Thank you for joining us this morning for the World Environment Day Celebration during the Car Free Day of George Town. I would like to wish Selamat Datang or Welcome to all of you.

During 6 June, the actual date of World Environment Day, the Penang State government has announced that we will take the lead by implementing Green Public Procurement (GPP) by requiring all government purchases be given priority to green products, such as name cards printed on recycled materials using soy-ink (non-toxic). This suggests that the government to look into life-cycle costing and apply pressure on suppliers to bring more environmentally friendly products to the market place through a combination of legislation and changes in tendering policy.

According to UNEP, Government purchasing can account for up to 30% of gross domestic product. GPP harnesses the government’s immense buying power in favor of sustainable development goals, it will be a major factor in social and economic progress, innovation and environmental protection.

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The Penang state government lauds the unique achievement of Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng for becoming the first writer outside United Kingdom to win the Walter Scott Prize

Press Statement by the Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town on 15 June 2013

The Penang state government lauds the unique achievement of Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng for becoming the first writer outside United Kingdom to win the Walter Scott Prize, which honours historical fiction writers. Tan won £25,000 for his post-World War Two novel, “The Garden of Evening Mists”.

Tan was invited two years in a row for the George Town Literary Festival to not only promote book reading through famous writers but also celebrate successful Penang-born authors. Penang has once again displayed its full array of world-class talents not just in science and technology but also in art, heritage and literature.

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Malaysian “catharsis” Towards A People-centric Government That Respects Democracy, Truth, Freedom, Justice, Integrity And Social Welfare.(en/bm/cn)

Speech By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng To 40 DAP MPs And State Assemblypersons Throughout Malaysia During Their Learning Tour In Penang Released In Kuala Lumpur On 13.6.2013.

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher was amongst the first to introduce the word “catharsis”, that has been defined as “a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension”. Malaysians also have to go through this purification to being about a spiritual renewal towards a people-centric government that respects democracy, truth, freedom, justice, integrity and social welfare.

BN’s resistance towards this spiritual renewal for all Malaysias are resisted by regressive and extremist forces led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin. Malaysian political life is dominated by Malays and DAP have never even demanded for the post of the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister. Yet Mahathir can distort the results of Election 2013 demonstrate “Chinese racism”, fanned by the DAP to ensure the community’s domination of Malaysian politics.

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World Environment Day Celebration 2013 in Penang (en/cn)

Press Statement by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, LimGuan Eng at KOMTAR on 12 June 2013:

In conjunction with the World Environment Day every 5 Jun, Penang Green Council (PGC) is organizing the World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16th June 2013 (Sunday), at Lebuh Pantai from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your FOODprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaysians are either overeating or wasting food, throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. This is equivalent to throwing away 93,000 10kg bags of rice each day.

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