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Mahathir impeached former colleagues in Barisan Nasional

The horse's mouth has spoken, literally. 老马 (Lǎo Mǎ, chinese for Old Horse, Mǎ being the first word of the chinese transliteration of Tun Dr. Mahathir's name) responding to DAP Lim Kit Siang's call to investigate the lost of country's funds amounting to RM100 billion during his 22-year reign as Prime Minister did the unexpected. He… Continue reading Mahathir impeached former colleagues in Barisan Nasional

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Manufacturing fear – UMNO, the party that failed to progress

It used to be "I help you, you help me". But with the political bullying by UMNO and UMNO-sponsored groups against the Opposition and those who criticise the government becoming a trend, it is now more like "I beat you, if you don't help me". UMNO is trying to manufacture fear, but it clearly does… Continue reading Manufacturing fear – UMNO, the party that failed to progress

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Bumiputera status, UMNO’s political commodity

UMNO has always projected itself as the champion of Malay-Bumiputera rights. Thus this piece of news demonstrates clearly UMNO's own contradiction. Last weekend, in the morning, the President of UMNO, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, an UMNO blue blood, being himself the son of a former UMNO President, was conferred the heroic title "Sri Tri… Continue reading Bumiputera status, UMNO’s political commodity

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Decentralisation in Malaysia – Asking the difficult questions

*a reflection post roundtable discussion on decentralisation jointly organised by the Office of the Penang State Speaker, Penang Institute and IDEAS Malaysia. After the March 8 general election in Malaysia, the debate on decentralisation has gained momentum. For decades now, state and local governments have surrendered power to the federal government in Kuala Lumpur and… Continue reading Decentralisation in Malaysia – Asking the difficult questions

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Roundtable on Decentralisation in Malaysia, 24 Feb 2012, 8.30am @ Penang State Assembly

The Penang Institute is proud to host a roundtable discussion in collaboration with the office of the Speaker of the Penang State Assembly and the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) on the topic of "Decentralisation in Malaysia". The discussion will be moderated by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS. Prominent discussants include,… Continue reading Roundtable on Decentralisation in Malaysia, 24 Feb 2012, 8.30am @ Penang State Assembly

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Jessie Ooi doing further disservice to her image

These days, values are taking to the back seats to give way to saving party and personal "face". Ms. Jessie Ooi of the MCA who recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons, including to slander the Penang State local authorities, refused to bulge with a simple apology, and instead chose to bend and twist… Continue reading Jessie Ooi doing further disservice to her image

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PRESS: Pegawai MCA lantikkan Kerajaan Pusat buat kenyataan fitnah dan menghasut terhadap PBT

This is my press statement against the accusation of Ms. Jessie Ooi, MCA-BN's Parliamentary Coordinator for Selayang who said that 1) Penang local authorities raised assessment rate after 308 and burdened the people and 2) she personally saw cars parked illegally on the road are being towed by the local authorities after 10.30pm. Chinese translation… Continue reading PRESS: Pegawai MCA lantikkan Kerajaan Pusat buat kenyataan fitnah dan menghasut terhadap PBT

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PRESS: 促请对地方政府发出带有毁谤及煽动性言论的马华协调员黄糩璊公开道歉

Versi Bahasa Melayu di sini. 2012年2月18日|大山脚 身为槟城地方政府(PBT)市议员,我对马华士拉央区协调员黄糩璊所发出的以下言论感到非常失望: 槟城地方政府自从308执政之后提高门牌税; 地方政府执法人员在晚上10时30分之后,取缔违例停泊的汽车。 她是于周六下午在吉隆坡成功酒店,槟城首席部长林冠英及马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历,主题为《王者之辩》的辩论会问与答环节,发表以上以上的带有煽动及毁谤的言论。 针对她第一项类似国阵文化的毁谤性“指责”,有关说法是完全不正确的,因为槟城地方政府自2008年3月8日后,就不曾提高门牌税。 而她的第二项据说在晚上10时30分后,曾经两度亲眼看见地方政府执法人员取缔违例泊车的“指控”,更对履行职责的地方政府执法人员,直接作出攻击。倘若她的言论属实,那么这也间接认可槟城民联政府所领导的地方政府属下工作的执法人员,为了确保人民的舒适与安全不辞劳苦工作的贡献。 黄糩璊的言论不仅彻底磨灭地方政府执法人员所作出的贡献,更不尊重他们所扮演的角色与贡献,甚至还误导人民无需在下班时间之后遵守条规。 由此可见,马华公会以及马华领袖并不尊重法治精神,并且还把晚上违反地方政府条例一举合法化。 身为一名马华领袖兼雪兰莪州士拉央区协调员,黄糩璊竟然发出对地方政府工作范围如此无知的言论,因此,她必须对针对本身所作出不确实的指控,对槟城地方政府下的槟城市议会及威省市议会属下工作的所有员工以及市议员公开道歉。 沈志强 威省市议会(MPSP)市议员

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Comments on the LGE-CSL 218 debate

The much awaited debate between Secretary-General of DAP (Democratic Action Party) cum Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) and President of MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) Chua Soi Lek (CSL) ended just a while ago. The title of the debate was: Chinese (Malaysians) at a Crossroads: Is the Two-Party System becoming a Two-Race System? It… Continue reading Comments on the LGE-CSL 218 debate