No Harapan

Last night, BigDog revealed that Mukhriz Mahathir did not receive a single nomination for any of ANSARA posts. This is a drastic change when he used to be the leading figurehead of ANSARA.

Compared to MCOBA, ANSARA is not politically-inclined at all save for some chapters. But even those Pakatan-leaning chapters did not nominate Mukhriz for any position.

When I advised the committee members of an Air Force veterans association to seek help from Mukhriz the Menteri Besar over an issue they were facing in Kedah, they shook their head saying they would rather seek help from the EXCOs or individual ADUNs as Mukhriz was not a performer.

Of course, Mukhriz has been making his rounds in his parliamentary constituency but even people there tell me that he hardly visited them when he was the MB. They dismissed it as a superficial attempt to show that he is still relevant.

He even visited Langkawi, where his own father is the self-appointed Ketua Pribumi, to tell people of his vision to develop Langkawi even further, including turning the padi patch behind the Ayer Hangat Cultural Village into a commercial area.

The problem is, the islanders are aware that for 22 years, Mukhriz’s father only brought development to the southern part of the island, enriching cronies and outsiders, giving them land, leaving people in the northern half to fend for themselves.

Just like Pulau Pinang, there is hardly a beach that locals could go to to enjoy.

Other than bitching about what BN does, they are also good at doing bad things like creating fear among the kampung folks by dishing out lies.

An example is the putting up of a land office map of several kampungs in Seri Medan with a crudely-drawn rectangle showing “the new alignment of the High Speed Rail” that will affect the respective kampungs. Not even people in the Johor Land and Housing committee have heard of such re-alignment of the HSR.

The District Land Office plan with a crudely-drawn rectangle to show realignment of the HSR being put up at a Chinese shop in Kampung Parit Warijo Lintang in Seri Medan

Although Pribumi has a foot in Kampung Parit Seri Menanti where a former UMNO man angered by not being given contracts had set up a Pribumi branch, the party has made a base out of Kampung Sri Bengkal’s favourite Soto Kambing joint in nearby Parit Yob which is operated by a housewife and her amputee husband.


But seeing the number of likes and comments on the Instagram page belonging to a high-ranking Pribumi official shows that the 1.5 million signatures of a petition presented by Pribumi AMANDA’s Syed Sajat is nothing but a fabrication.


Of late,  even Pakatan-organised talks cannot muster the same crowds as they used to. A sign that people are weary of the amount of bitching the Pakatan has been doing instead of spending time and taxpayers’ money in the form of their allowances to do good for the rakyat.

There may have been some crowd when Mahathir was in Kuching recently but you can hardly take that as a show for support. Even my BN-supporting relatives were there “to see what the fuss is all about” and to see what stallowners have to offer.

See how the latest Pakatan talk fared.

Even the President of Pribumi who claimed he was expelled from UMNO for fighting against the alleged excessiveness of Najib Razak, could muster a handful at his talks.


This is the sorry state of support that the Pakatan could muster. It tells a lot. Maybe they should save the trouble first before saving Malaysia.

Making Money While They Still Can

The blood, sweat and tears shed to get the UNESCO Heritage Site status for Pulau Pinang will soon go to waste
On 7 July 2008, four months after DAP’s coming into power in Pulau Pinang, the old part of its capital Georgetown was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

Georgetown, alongside Melaka, were chosen on that day because both demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West.

These are the most complete surviving historic city centres on the Straits of Malacca with a multi-cultural living heritage originating from the trade routes from Great Britain and Europe through the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Archipelago to China.

Both are living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, and European colonial influences. This multi-cultural tangible and intangible heritage is expressed in the great variety of religious buildings of different faiths, ethnic quarters, the many languages, worship and religious festivals, dances, costumes, art and music, food, and daily life.

But after nine years, Georgetown will soon lose it all. In 1966 the Alliance government of Pulau Pinang introduced the Control of Rent Act (CRA) to help original tenants in the inner-city area have the rights to enjoy low rental rates for housing, allowing them to continuously reside and practice their trades in the area. The Act was repealed and this led to a drastic increase in rent.

This has led to the gentrification of not only Georgetown, but also the rest of the island side of Pulau Pinang that have chased away those who can no longer afford to live on the island – the poorer Chinese, the Malays and also the Indians, who were the real reason UNESCO granted the status upon Georgetown.

The gentrification of Pulau Pinang has led to the poorer people to move out and settle elsewhere. Those who cannot afford to move out continue to live in Georgetown on God’s good humour

Without the RCA, Tokong’s DAP government is no longer restricted to raise the market price of land within the heritage site and this has led to the redevelopment of areas within the site and selling them to foreigners.

The Tokong does not care for Georgetown’s heritage sites, and this is evident in his attitude towards the preservation of the Sia Boey. The sooner he could sell that piece of land off, the more money is made.

This “don’t-care” attitude of Tokong’s is just like his Underwater Tunnel Project. The reclamation works for the project has gone full swing, yet the feasibility study for it has yet to be submitted.

How is it possible that works can start before a feasibility study is submitted?

The RM305 million study, which Pulau Pinang taxpayers paid for some time back, is still not completed. It was back in March this year that the Tokong said it was 87 percent complete.

It has been six months since the study’s completion was at 87 percent

Today, more than six months later, Tokong still has not submitted the feasibility study to the Ministry of Works.

18 months to do a report? Another six months and I could have completed a Masters in something

Tokong will continue to give all sorts of stupid excuses for not being able to submit the report and stretch this until after the next general election if at all possible.

All we know is that while he is busy giving excuses, there would be more land within the heritage site that would be sold.

The clock is ticking, however Tokong knows how to buy more time to be able to make more money by getting rid of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Pulau Pinang Values Life At RM400 Only

The video above by Fahmi Hamid on the devastation caused by the recent foods in the Farlim area of Pulau Pinang is proof of Tokong Lim Guan Eng’s failure to keep his promise to rid the island-state of its floods problems within the first term of his administration.

Last year the DAP-led government blamed the Federal Government for the floods

Over-development, excessive hill-clearing activities have long been identified as the culprit of the never-ending flash floods in Pulau Pinang.  As a person who lived on the island for three years, I can vouch that compared to what the flash floods of the late 1980s and early 1990s looked like, the flash floods of recent years are of biblical proportions.

Yet, as seen in the above and following screenshots, the DAP-led government consistently blames others for its failures.  Last year, Jagdeep Singh Deo blamed the Federal Government for failing to cough up RM321 million in allocations for a flood mitigation project.

However, it has been revealed that the Tokong had pleaded ignorance of a reprimand by the Auditor-General in the 2016 report tabled in July 2017 that the Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai had not dispensed its RM22.09 million drainage contribution to the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage.

How can the DAP government led by Tokong claim to be efficient when it doesn’t even know that there is a Auditor-General report that has reprimanded it?

That is how efficient the DAP-led Pulau Pinang state government that the voters had voted in to see change.  They don’t read reports, they don’t even make an attempt to fulfill promises, and conveniently blame others.

Yet they got voted in again for the second term because people in Pulau Pinang love the free water the Tokong is providing them from time to time, not to mention achieving the higher than the national average cancer cases in Sungai Lembu alone.  Penang-lang love records and achievements.

RM2 billion had been given to Pulau Pinang between 2006 and 2010 for flood mitigation projects, a four-year period which half of it was under the DAP administration.

Zainal Abidin Osman (BN-Pulau Pinang) said that RM1.493 billion had already been allocated

DAP Pulau Pinang Exco Chow Kow Yeow said that only RM305 million had been received by the state government.  However, the Tokong admitted that it could be due to his state government’s inaction over the Auditor-General’s report that had caused the funds to be withheld.

Tokong admitted the failure of his state government to act on the Auditor-General’s report

The failure of the DAP-led state government of Pulau Pinang under Lim Guan Eng’s leadership has caused untold losses that can never be recouped.  The DAP state government could pay RM177.5 million to a consultant for a paper that is far from being completed but cannot fork out the same amount to mitigate floods in Pulau Pinang.

This year alone two major flash floods have caused misery to thousands including the loss of two lives since July 2017.

On 14 July 2017, Lim Kean Chuan, 59, drowned when he fell into a monsoon drain during the flash floods at Jalan Sungai Ara.

Kean Chuan had parked his car by the roadside to walk to higher ground after being inundated by the flood waters. He, however, fell into the monsoon drain as the high water levels obstructed the drain’s opening from view.

In last week’s flash floods, Noor Afidah Yahunas, 30, fell from her motorcycle into a culvert in Paya Terubong, and was found caught between tree branches by rescuers in a river near Bukit Jambul, 1.5 kilometers away from where she fell nearly 24 hours after she was reported missing.

Yet, the Tokong had announced, on 15 November 2016, a state budget allocation of RM220 million for 2017, independent of the Federal allocation, for the mitigation of floods.  The question is, what has happened to this RM220 million?  Since 2017 is almost over, whose pocket has it gone into?

Penang-lang should be questioning the Tokong and Chow Kow Yeow on this missing allocation

And to make Pulau Pinang people affected by the floods happy again, the Tokong will give them RM400 as a one-off payment for their miseries.

RM400 for your misery, and for that one life lost because of the incompetency of the DAP-led government

And I am sure with the RM400 payment, people in Pulau Pinang will forgive the Tokong for his incompetency, jump with joy, forget the destroyed electronics inside their car, ignore the deaths caused, and vote for DAP once again.

That is how much the DAP values your life, dear Pulau Pinang voters.  Only RM400.

Keadilan Untuk Teoh Beng Hock – Kenapa Anda Patut Jangan Jadi Ah Beng

Tangkapan skrin posting di laman Facebook DAP mengajak orang ramai berdemo di hadapan pejabat SPRM

Nampaknya untuk mengalihkan perhatian terhadap tuduhan-tuduhan rasuah yang dilakukan oleh keraajaan Pulau Pinang pimpinan Lim Guan Eng, DAP mengkaldaikan ahli keluarga Teoh Beng Hock untuk mengajak orang ramai berdemo hari Jumaat ini (7 Julai 2017) membuat bantahan terhadap apa yang disifatkan sebagai sikap pilih kasih pihak SPRM kerana tidak membuat sebarang siasatan terhadap MO1.

Teoh Beng Hock telah ditemui mati setelah terjatuh dari pejabat SPRM Selangor yang berpusat ketika itu di Plaza Masalam di antara 3.45 pagi dan 1.30 tengahari pada 16 Julai 2009.

Teoh Beng Hock ketika itu ditahan SPRM untuk memberi keterangan mengenai kes penyelewengan peruntukan wang sebanyak RM2,400.00 yang telah dibayar oleh ADUN Seri Kembangan, Ean Yong Hian Wah yang merupakan majikan Beng Hock, untuk pembelian bendera sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tetapi tidak pernah diambil dari pembekal.

Sebenarnya pada ketika itu lebih banyak penyelewengan yang didakwa dilakukan oleh bukan sahaja Ean Yong Hian Wah, malah oleh lain-lain wakil rakyat DAP ketika itu seperti Ronnie Liu.  Anda boleh membaca dengan lebih lanjut dan melihat salinan invois-invois palsu yang dibuat oleh wakil-wakil rakyat dari DAP ini di laman blog ini.  Blog ini pernah dilaporkan sebagai sebuah laman spam untuk mengganggu proses pendedahan penyelewengan-penyelewengan tersebut.

Berikut adalah soalan-soalan yang diajukan oleh adik perempuan Teoh Beng Hock, Teoh Lee Lan, di dalam video di laman Facebook DAP di atas:

1.  SPRM TIDAK MELAKUKAN TANGKAPAN DAN SIASATAN UNTUK KES MO1 SEPERTI KES TEOH BENG HOCK SEDANGKAN JUMLAH WANG TERLIBAT ADALAH RM2.6 BILLION DAN BUKAN RM2,400

Mungkin adik Teoh Beng Hock ini masih lagi berada dalam keadaan terkejut setelah lapan tahun bersedih.  Eloklah saya memberitahu beliau dan yang lain-lain bahawa SPRM telah pun menjalankan siasatan terhadap wang RM2.6 billion tersebut dan telah pun menemui penderma yang memberikan wang tersebut.

Wang tersebut juga telah disahkan BUKANNYA berasal dari 1MDB, dan jauh sekali ianya merupakan duit rakyat seperti yang digembar-gemburkan mereka yang tiada keupayaan untuk berfikir.

Otak Kurang Upaya – para penyokong DAP

Kes 1MDB adalah jauh berbeza dengan kes yang melibatkan Teoh Beng Hock dan Ean Yong Hian Wah kerana kes mereka berdua benar-benar melibatkan wang rakyat dan konspirasi untuk pecah amanah.  Inilah yang disiasat oleh pihak SPRM tetapi terbantut akibat kematian Beng Hock.

Jumlahnya tidaklah berbillion namun ianya melibatkan wang yang telah diamanahkan oleh rakyat tidak kiralah kecil atau besar jumlahnya.  Kalau Teoh Lee Lan tidak faham apa itu amanah, jangan bertanya kepada Lim Guan Eng sebab beliau telah didakwa di mahkamah atas perlakuan rasuah.

2. SPRM TIDAK MENYIASAT WANG RM2.6 BILLION TETAPI MENAHAN TEOH BENG HOCK YANG KEMUDIANNYA MATI SEMASA DI DALAM TAHANAN MEREKA. IANYA SATU PERBUATAN YANG AMAT KEJAM

Teoh Lee Lan hanya mampu mengulangi kisah “RM2.6 billion” yang ternyata adalah wang yang telah didermakan.  1MDB telah disahkan sendiri oleh Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara yang keanggotaannya termasuk enam orang Ahli Parlimen dari pihak pembangkang sebagai tidak kehilangan sebarang wang.

Di antara enam orang Ahli Parlimen pembangkang yang dinyatakan di atas termasuklah juga seramai dua orang dari parti DAP, iaitu parti mendiang Teoh Beng Hock.

Dalam kes yang melibatkan mendiang Teoh Beng Hock, wang rakyat telah lesap begitu sahaja.  Kononnya RM2,400 telah dibayar kepada pembekal bendera, namun tiada penghantaran bendera dilakukan.

Saya amat bersetuju bahawa perbuatan salahguna wang rakyat seperti dalam kes mendiang Teoh Beng Hock adalah suatu perbuatan yang amat kejam.

3. MENGAPA SPRM MENYIASAT SATU KES TETAPI TIDAK KES YANG LAIN? INI PERSOALAN YANG KAMI INGIN MEREKA JAWAB

Video selama 1 minit 42 saat ini sebenarnya membosankan.  Jika kita lihat soalan yang ketiga ini, ianya tidak ada bezanya dengan soalan-soalan pertama dan kedua.  Tetapi tidak mengapalah jika Teoh Lee Lan masih inginkan jawapannya.

Semasa Teoh Lee Lan masih bersedih, SPRM telah menyiasat dan membuat banyak tangkapan terhadap ramai orang tanpa mengira pangkat mahupun darjat.

Setakat ini ada lebih kurang 5,500 kenyataan media yang telah dikeluarkan oleh pihak SPRM mengenai aktiviti-aktiviti yang teah dijalankan oleh Suruhanjaya tersebut, termasuk kenyataan-kenyataan berhubung siasatan dan tangkapan kes-kes yang melibatkan perlakuan rasuah.  Teoh Lee Lan boleh membaca kesemuanya apabila sudah hilang sedikit rasa sedih dan mata kurang kabur akibat terlalu banyak membaca skrip yang disediakan oleh pihak DAP.

Untuk mengetahui kenapa tiada tangkapan yang dibuat terhadap MO1 kerana kehilangan RM2.6 billion, saya harap Teoh Lee Lan boleh merujuk kepada jawapan saya kepada soalan pertama dan kedua.

4. AMALAN DWI-STANDARD SPRM TELAH MELEPASKAN MO1 DARIPADA PERTUDUHAN TETAPI TIDAK TEOH BENG HOCK

Sekali lagi, Teoh Lee Lan, para penyokong DAP boleh merujuk kepada jawapan saya kepada soalan-soalan satu hingga tiga di atas untuk kes RM2.6 billion.  1 MDB juga tidak kehilangan sebarang wang.  Malah, Department of Justice Amerika Syarikat juga tidak menamakan MO1 sebagai orang yang terlibat disiasat oleh mereka.

Tidak ada satu pertuduhan pun yang dibacakan sama ada di Singapura mahupun tempat-tempat lain yang melibatkan konon-kononnya 1MDB ada menyebut perkataan “1MDB” dalam pertuduhan dan prosiding mahkamah mereka.

Sekiranya Teoh Lee Lan ingin mengetahui apa itu dwi-standard, beliau bolehlah membaca dengan lebih lanjut lagi mengenai dwi-standard yang menjadi sebahagian genetik DAP. Dan yang kuat menipu juga adalah dari parti DAP.

Sebagaimana Teoh Lee Lan ada persoalan, saya juga ada beberapa soalan untuk beliau:

1. TEOH BENG HOCK MATI KETIKA MEMBERI KETERANGAN MENGENAI SALAHGUNA WANG RAKYAT OLEH DAP.  SIAPA YANG AKAN DITANGKAP SEKIRANYA BENG HOCK MASIH HIDUP DAN MENCERITAKAN KESEMUA MAKLUMAT YANG ADA PADA BELIAU?

2.  SIAPA YANG MENERIMA MANFAAT POLITIK SEKIRANYA TEOH BENG HOCK HIDUP DAN SEMPAT MENCERITAKAN KEPADA SPRM MENGENAI MAKLUMAT-MAKLUMAT PENYELEWENGAN YANG BELIAU KETAHUI? BARISAN NASIONAL ATAU DAP?

3. SIAPA YANG MENERIMA MANFAAT SEKIRANYA TEOH BENG HOCK MATI SEBELUM SEMPAT MEMBERI MAKLUMAT MENGENAI PENYELEWENGAN WANG RAKYAT YANG DISYAKI DILAKUKAN OLEH WAKIL-WAKIL RAKYAT DAP?

4. KENAPA LIM GUAN ENG YANG BERKATA BELIAU LEBIH RELA MATI BERDIRI DARI MELUTUT KETAKUTAN TAKUT PULA UNTUK MENGHADAPI PERTUDUHAN RASUAH BELIAU DI MAHKAMAH DAN KINI MASIH MENCARI JALAN UNTUK MEMBATALKAN PROSIDING?

5. KENAPA TEOH LEE LAN TIDAK BERTANYA KEPADA EAN YONG HIAN WAH KENAPA SENGKEK SANGAT NAK SELEWENG RM2,400 HINGGA MENGAKIBATKAN KEMATIAN BENG HOCK?

6. KENAPA TEOH LEE LAN SANGGUP DIPERKALDAIKAN DAP SEPERTI SEORANG AH LIAN?

Bungling Bungalow Buyer

Ah Beng damn buay sai one – pic by NSTP

Corrupt Minister Lim Guan Eng a.k.a Tokong must be pretty livid at being attacked left, right and center.  We are not just talking about the attacks by members of his opponent parties, but also from his own party, the DAP.

Guan Eng was charged in court for corruption after abusing his position to purchase a RM4.7 million bungalow at No.25 Jalan Pinhorn for only RM2.8 million.  This was in return for the sale of a state land at Taman Manggis to a developer linked to the bungalow.

On Tuesday, BN’s Abdul Rahman Dahlan questioned the Pulau Pinang DAP-led government’s act to overpay by 400 percent above the gazetted scale of fees the feasibility studies and detailed design fees to concession holders.  Lim Guan Eng’s government paid RM31.3 million for the feasibility studies for 20.23 kilometers of road, and an additional RM177.5 million for the same for the detailed designs bringing the total paid to RM208.8 million.

Rahman Dahlan (center) holding up the Pulau Pinang Public Accounts Report 2016 that mentions the cost of the feasibility studies and detailed designs

This is way above the RM41 million calculated by the Malaysian Board of Engineers based on the gazetted scale of fees.  The project was signed in late 2013 and was supposed to have commenced in 2015 to be completed in 2018.  The project has yet to take off.

The 20.23 kilometers of roads are namely the 10.53km Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang paired road; the 5.7km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Air Itam bypass and the 4km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Persiaran Gurney bypass..  These roads were supposed to be linked to the proposed Pulau Pinang undersea tunnel to the mainland which feasibility study has yet to be finalised despite the several changes of deadline.

The feasibility study for the undersea tunnel, promised to be completed at end of 2016 by Lim Guan Eng himself, has thus far cost RM305 million.  In April 2017, the Tokong announced that the study is only 87 percent completed and would be submitted to the Works Ministry in October 2017.

Tokong has also come under fire for excessively destroying the environment from within the DAP ranks.  Teh Chee Yau, the ADUN for Tanjung Bungah, has repeatedly protested the destruction of the environment namely the uprooting of old trees to make way for unnecessary widening of roads, as well as the sand dredging and reclamation projects offshore.

Veteran DAP lawmaker Tan Seng Giaw also voiced his concern against the excesses in Pulau Pinang in his Facebook and Twitter postings.

Retaliating to MCA Pulau Pinang Chief’s reference to Seng Giaw’s Facebook posting, Tokong, who is a unChristian habitual liar said that Seng Giaw had been incommunicado since the beginning of the year and will be dealt with internally.  Seng Giaw hit back by saying it is not true that he is incommunicado.

Perhaps, Tokong only knows how to use the Internet to spread lies on social media but does not know that besides searching for porn and spreading lies, the Internet could also be used to send messages through E-mail, WhatsApp and other media.

Tokong may be a bungling bungalow buyer, lying through his teeth and hope people will buy his lies. But you have to give it to him for believing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel he is not looking at.  Perhaps, people in DAP and Pulau Pinang can help him see the light even better by giving him the boot.

Lim Guan Eng peeping into the tunnel – adapted from Bill Day’s cartoon at http://www.smartcitymemphis.com/cartoon/light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-a-bill-day-cartoon/

The Bully Speaks

In an incredibly amazingly stupid feat, the DAP has blamed the death of teenager Nhaveen on the Barisan Nasional federal government.


Jagdeep Singh Deo on his Facebook account said that “the crux of the matter is that the Federal Government has failed this family by not preventing this incident.”

Nhaveen died after being assaulted by other teenagers in DAP-run state, Pulau Pinang. He never regained consciousness.

How do you blame the Federal Government for something that happens in your backyard? Pulau Pinang is the only state that has its own Volunteer Patrol Force (Pasukan Peronda Sukarela) with the publicised aim to assist the Royal Malaysian Police to combat crime, on top of the already legally existing Volunteer Patrol Scheme of the Rukun Tetangga that was formed under the Rukun Tetangga Act.

Tokong’s Sturmabteilung

However, the PPS is just the DAP’s version of Hitler’s Sturmabteilung (Storm Detachment) or more popularly known as the Braunhemden (Brown Shirts). The PPS, or Penyangak Purple Shirt, was used mainly to do DAP’s party works, intimidate the population, and stifle resistance.

Datuk Huan Cheng Guan asks if he police hangs political party banners?

Tokong’s purple mob assaulted Ong Eu Soon, a Pulau Pinang activist who has been outspoken towards Tokong’s government.  Ong, who was at a newsvendor in Air Itam one night, was approached by ten PPS members including Lee Chan Kwong and Lee Yew Kuen who attacked him with their motorcycle helmet.

“You speak up, we beat you up.” – PPS Motto

This is all ‘leadership by example.’  Just as how the Tokong believes he is above the law, the PPS thinks that they are licensed to eliminate resistance to Tokong’s administration.  And just like Tokong who does not believe in press freedom, they too attacked journalists. A PPS member, Lim Ah Chye, was found guilty for attacking Guan Ming Daily’s Deputy Crime Chief, Ang Kean Siang, and destroying his camera.  Ah Chye also harrassed Kean Siang and his girlfriend by threatening them with death should Kean Siang refuse to withdraw his police report.

PPS is just another Nazi organisation

PPS looks up to the Penang administration which is led and controlled by the DAP.  DAP is famous for bullying not only its own members who go against Tokong’s wishes, but also representatives from its partner-parties into submitting to the wishes of the Tokong as the Chief Minister, a role Emperor Lim Kit Siang is said to want to fill in when his Tokong son goes to jail for corrupt practices.

Tokong is a bully – Part 1
Tokong is a bully – Part 2

The Tokong would do anything to stay in power in order to fulfill his greed no matter if he breaches the law and even the Federal Constitution.  Therefore it is no wonder that even a Malaysian-born foreign citizen could knowingly be fielded as election candidates.

There are already those who want to curb Tokong’s excesses.  DAP’s Tanjung Bungah rep as called for the Chief Minister’s term to be limited to only two terms, effectivly ending Tokong’s reign by the next general elections.

Limit the Chief Minister’s term to only two terms and drop ADUNs who are corrupted – a clear point towards the Tokong

However, Teh Yee Cheu knew that his motion would not get any support but submitted it anyhow to show on record that he had called for such a move.  His motion did not get support from those who are afraid of losing their privileges if the Tokong wins against the motion.

Even veteran DAP politician, Tan Seng Giaw, who is very much respected even outsude the ranks of the DAP has been making veiled comments about the excesses of the Pulau Pinang state government led by Tokong.

Tan Seng Giaw laments about Pulau Pinang on Facebook

It is no secret that Tokong is trying to bully Tan Seng Giaw out of the political scene like Boo Cheng Hau of Johor has, and much like his bully-of-a-father the Emperor Lim Kit Siang who killed off those opposed to him in DAP namely Lee Lam Thye and Hu Sepang.  Lee Lam Thye would have been the leader of the DAP had Lim Kit Siang not cheated and had the DAP election results his way. Lam Thye resigned from the DAP and politics.

To mitigate the damage, the Emperor made a speech saying the DAP suffers a major setback in its struggle as a result of Lee Lam Thye’s resignation.

As for Seng Giaw, he would have had the highest votes in the DAP 2012 elections with Emperor Kit Siang getting 7th place, and the Tokong relegated to just a miserable party member.

So back to ‘leadership by example’ and the death of poor Nhaveen.  If the Chief Minister of Penang could commit corrupted acts and go about acting innocent, what are sexual assault and bullying compared to that?  It’s embedded in the Pulau Pinang genes now by its political leadership.

Therefore,  the Pulau Pinang state government has itself to blame for bringing the culture of terror into the state and encouraged its citizens to behave like its leaders.

How Financially-Strapped Malaysians Celebrate Ramadhan

It has been a while that I have actually driven late at night in Kuala Lumpur, a city that city-dwellers claim to have become more and more unaffordable to live in.  So, I took a drive last night just to see how it looks like mid-Ramadhan.  I shun driving through KL towards the end of Ramadhan because there would be a mad rush for season end bargains.  The middle of Ramadhan should be alright for a drive.

I was wrong.  I used to be able to park my car in front of the embassy of Nepal on Jalan Ampang (behind St John’s primary school) and walk across the Klang river for a plate of roti canai on previous years’ Ramadhan night.  However last night, the jam started just after the intersection between Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang as cars tried to get to the Masjid India and Capital Square areas.  Parked cars lined the sides of Jalan Ampang from across Sunway Tower all the way to Jalan Melaka!

A friend who works at a very famous textile mall in the Masjid India area confided that sales this Ramadhan has so far exceeded the total sales for Ramadhan 2016.  And it has only been 15 days since the beginning of Ramadhan with another two weeks to go.

I have not gone to see the sales of Naelofar scarves.  If hundreds of dUCk scarves costing RM800 each could all disappear from the shelf within five minutes, I expect a mad scramble for the Naelofar ones which have gone on sale one week before Ramadhan even started!

What about the Ramadhan buffets?

Ramadhan buffets are generally dearer compared to last year.  I have had the chance to sample some by both invitations and personal visits.  I have not seen one that is not full, be it at one that costs RM65 per head or the one that charges RM218 per head.  And most are not corporate invites as they throng these venues in shorts and t-shirts, and often than not I see long tables of families, not co-workers, enjoying their Ramadhan buffet.  Even university students swamped the RM65 ones, something unthinkable back in the mid-1980s.

At one venue the hotel car park was full that I had to park next to the waste bins near the hotel’s goods delivery area!  I was lucky to have gotten that spot as I see scores of people having to walk from afar after parking their car by the roadside.

So, how oppressed are the Malaysians financially?  Is it true that it used to be better two Prime Ministers ago?

Consumer spending in Malaysia over 10 years (Trading Economics/Department of Statistics Malaysia)

If you look at the graph above on consuer spending in Malaysia over the last ten years, despite claims that RM1 could get you many things back then compared to now, consumer spending in Malaysia has been on the upward trend.  If you look at your social media accounts, even university students can afford to go on a holiday in Bali and Lombok now when the farthest they would go back in the 1990s was a weekend in Port Dickson.  Students in the 1990s could hardly afford a flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Consumer spending increased to RM152 billion in the first quarter of this year from RM150 billion in the last quarter of 2016 and averaged RM101.7 billion from 2005 until the first quarter of 2017.  The lowest consumer spending by Malaysian was in the second quarter of 2005 when it was RM56.8 billion and peaked at RM153.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016 – exactly the period when whining Malaysians complained without facts that the country is on the brink of financial doom.

As a matter of fact according to the Department of Statistics of Malaysia, the median and mean monthly salary and wages paid to employees in 2016 have increased by 6.2 and 6.3 percent respectively compared to 2015.

This is also helped by the fact that sales tax has gone down from the 10 percent sales tax (and 6 percent service tax) that were not fully remitted to the government due to the suspected underdeclaring of sales and profits, to just 6 percent Goods and Services Tax.

Sales Tax in Malaysia (Trading Economics/Malaysian Inland Revenue Department)

Corporate Tax, despite claims that the government has been charging corporations more, has been brought down to just 24 percent in 2016 from 30 percent back in 1997.

Corporate Tax in Malaysia from 1997 to 2016 (Trading Economics/Malaysian Inland Revenue Department)

Even the April 2017 numbers for Year-to-Date car sales figures in Malaysia had increased compared to the corresponding period in 2016.

And the government continues to make life more affordable in especially Kuala Lumpur, the city many big spenders complain is getting expensive to live in.  The Light Rapid Transit system that was originally built especially for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, has now been extended in service to connect Puchong and Putra Heights, while by 17 July 2017 the Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 will connect Sungai Buloh to Kajang directly meeting the KTM Komuter in Sungai Buloh and Kajang, while meeting directly with the LRT at Pasar Seni, and is within walking distance with the KL Monorail at Bukit Bintang.

The LRT will further extend from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, south of Port Klang, and will be passing Tropicana, Glenmarie, Shah Alam stadium, UiTM, Bukit Raja, Sri Andalas and Bukit Tinggi.  The construction of LRT extension (known as LRT 3) has already commenced.

The MRT Line 2, which has also begun its site clearing phase will be from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya, passing through Sri Damansara, Kepong, Jinjang, Sentul, Titiwangsa where it will meet with the KL Monorail and LRT Ampang/Seri Petaling lines before going through Kampung Baru, Ampang Park, KLCC East, TRX, Bandar Malaysia, Kuchai, Bandar Tasik Selatan where it meets with the LRT, ERL and KTM Komuter, Serdang, Seri Kembangan, and Cyberjaya.

Meanwhile KTM Komuter will have a service linking its station at Subang Jaya with the Subang Skypark Terminal.

These are all ways initiated by the government to make connectivity better and cost of living lesser for the people of the Klang Valley.  At least, no false promises such as abolishing tolls have been made, such as the one made by the DAP-led state government in 2007 which have not only gone unfulfilled, but also reneged on by introducing not only tolls for Pulau Pinang voters to shoulder, but also having to foot higher parking charges statewide.

Statement by the Pulau Pinang state government promising a tolled highway

So, stop complaining saying things are unbearably expensive because figures show more people can afford to splurge, and stop telling lies in this holy month of Ramadhan, for those who claim to be Muslims or decent, refined and educated human beings.