Five years ago, on 19 April 2013, I was named as the DAP candidate for Bukit Mertajam in the 13th General Election. I accepted the responsibility with much trembling and fear: On one hand I was proud to be able to stand in the frontline especially to represent my “kampung”, Bukit Mertajam, in the battle… Continue reading Bukit Mertajam will lead the GE14 battle in Penang
Media statement by Steven Sim, MP for Bukit Mertajam 21 MARCH 2018 | KUALA LUMPUR On 19 March 2018, I asked in Parliament about the status of the flood aid promised by the Prime Minister for the Penang November 2017 flood victims. Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Shahidan Kassim said that only RM5,467,250 will be… Continue reading Federal government is unable to assist Penang flood victims because it is running out of money but BN has money to make fake news videos, newspaper advertisements and wage poster wars to bring down the Penang state government
Media statement by Steven Sim, MP for Bukit Mertajam 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | BUKIT MERTAJAM, PENANG The 5 November 2017 flood in Penang was unprecedented. Rainfall recorded the previous evening at 372mm was the highest ever in the history of Penang. The Meteorological Department concluded that this was due to radical changes in weather patterns.… Continue reading Fed Govt should release the RM1 billion flood mitigation fund, give aid to flood victims and suspend GST on Penang as State Govt rallies post-disaster efforts
Media statement by Steven Sim, MP for Bukit Mertajam 03 FEBRUARY 2017 | BUKIT MERTAJAM I refer to Federal Territories Minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s statement “to take Langkawi, Penang and certain parts of Malacca” to be Federal Territories. (Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/tengku-adnan-hopes-to-expand-federal-territories-to-penang-langkawi-and-par) Tengku Adnan’s latest remark is not only highly irresponsible and unlawful but undermines the… Continue reading Instead of making Langkawi, Penang and Malacca into FTs, the federal government should restore local elections in KL, Putrajaya and Labuan
Media statement by Steven Sim, MP for Bukit Mertajam 070117 | BUKIT MERTAJAM Gerakan MP for Simpang Renggam, Liang Teck Meng attempted to malign the state government of Penang by claiming that Penang state budget surplus came from sale of land instead of good governance. This is not the first time UMNO and its cohorts… Continue reading Gerakan Liang Teck Meng as a Member of Parliament should show more concern for the high national deficit, federal government debt and 1MDB financial scandal instead of launching political attacks on Penang state government to gain brownie points with UMNO
My original statement in Mandarin here and in Bahasa Melayu here. Source: Malaysiakini Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen has been lambasted for her "utter disrespect of the law and insulting workers" carrying out their task in the removal of banners depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak extending Chinese New Year greetings to the people. Seberang Perai… Continue reading NEWS: MPSP asks Yen Yen: So, it’s okay to break the law?
Versi Bahasa Melayu di sini. 文告 2013年2月4日|大山脚 根据《当今大马》日前的报导，旅游部长兼马华副总会长黄燕燕针对威省市议会拆除国阵印有首相拿督斯里纳吉的横幅，而“逼迫”槟城首席部长林冠英向首相道歉。我认为黄燕燕不仅仅侮辱了人民的智慧，而且还羞辱依法进行工作的威省市议员执法人员。我在此呼吁她因为对威省市议会及其全体员工发出羞辱他们职业道德的言论而道歉！ 身为一名部长，黄燕燕理当了解遵守条规的重要性。威省市议会指示执法人员拆除印有首相照片的横幅，是因为它们都没有向有关当局申请准证，而黄燕燕的言论，是否表示威省市议会执法人员依法行事的作法是错的呢？ 实际上，黄燕燕必须感谢威省市议会帮国阵“遮丑”，因为后者没有依据条规向有关当局申请在公共地方吊挂横幅。 当然，我们也无法对国阵过于苛责，因为他们一向以来对任何事情都持有双重标准，然而黄燕燕必须记得，槟城州政府一向秉持着“能干、公信、透明” (CAT)原则，所以无论是谁犯了错，就算是部长或首相，当局必定会采取行动对付他们。 与其成为顾及首相“颜面”的横幅，黄燕燕应当多加关注劳勿选民的福利和关丹人民的健康，因 为当地居民的健康备受环境辐射与污染威胁，这些都是国阵政府所造成的痛苦！ 沈志强 威省市议员 民主行动党社青团全国政治教育主任 民治行动党社青团槟州宣传秘书
Development is inevitable but its outcomes need not necessarily be detrimental to society or the environment. The planning process should therefore be one that is accountable to the public, given the impact of development on the social scale. However, in our country, such processes are closed systems where public involvement is at best minimal. Thus,… Continue reading FORUM: Who Speaks for the Public?
Originally published in the Edge Malaysia IN the last couple of months, the Penang Institute has been screening a very interesting documentary to an audience of councillors, engineers, town planners and urban managers in the two local governments in Penang. Response from the audience at both screenings was overwhelming. Council officials were inspired by the… Continue reading Lessons from cities around the world