Yesterday, the Parliament’s website published the 11th Malaysia Plan mid-term review paper which was unveiled by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad which, among others, officially confirmed that the national debt as at end of 2017 stood at RM686.8 billion, and not RM1 trillion as announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
That drew flak from the masses who felt that they were duped into voting out the previous Barisan Nasional government and lied to by the current government. As a result, the document has been taken down. This says a lot about transparency of the current government.
A quick check at the Economic Planning Unit’s website shows that a copy of the document is still downloadable by clicking on this LINK.
Anyway, if that is taken down too, you can click on the following link to download the pdf document.
The Penang DAP sounds more like a broken record nowadays. When Penang DAP voters dumped Koh Tsu Koon-led Gerakan for DAP, they genuinely believed that DAP could bring about the changes they were all looking forward to. DAP, together with their Pakatan Rakyat partners threw in a manifesto that everyone thought was Utopian that even they did not think that they would wrestle any of the states from the Barisan Nasional. However, thank you (or no thank you) to Mahathir whose personal attacks on the then-Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, the Pakatan Rakyat was caught with their pants off when they actually won. They had to now live up to the manifesto and promises they had made.
No thank you to Mahathir as the current problems faced by the Penang people are all started by his attacks on Abdullah, but thanks to him voters get to see the real face of the DAP.
In 2008, the DAP-led state government quickly introduced the principles of Competent, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) to the people of Penang. This was repeated in the manifesto for the 2013 General Elections as shows above. In the first bullet it stated that the administration of the CAT would be improved; all state assemblymen would be transparent and declare their assets; strengthen the freedom of information enactment; forbid family members of assemblymen from conducting businesses. What has been going on in real life has far digressed from the “clean government” manifesto.
The Penang state government is far from being competent, accountable and transparent. Its Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court for two counts of corruption cum abuse of position; the only declaration of assets to the public was by Lim Guan Eng when he invited the press into his controversial bungalow on Jalan Pinhorn to show them that there is no swimming pool; according to FreedomInfo.org, a global network of freedom of information advocates, Penang’s Freedom of Information policy does not comply to international definitions and is restrictive; family members of Penang’s state assemblymen especially the office holders are found to be conducting businesses like nobody’s business. The latest involves Lim Kiat Seong, father of State Assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.
In a video that was made public by Penang Gerakan’s Oh Tong Keong, Kiat Seong, 68 years old was seen with a middleman and a complainant who argued that he had made a RM260 payment to bypass the Low-Cost Housing process but had yet to receive an offer letter.
In her defence, Lim Siew Khim who is also Wanita DAP Chief said that her father’s business has nothing to do with her, and that she has never heard anyone compaining about the issue in her constituency. She even claimed to not have any knowledge of the issue. I can only make the following deductions about Siew Khim:
She never goes down to the ground to care about the grassroots;
She does not care about the goings-on in her constituency;
She does not think what her father did is wrong;
She thinks the voters are stupid and would just accept her explanation at face value.
Lim Kiat Seong went missing immediately after the video was made public. The MACC later found him and arrested him, and after being grilled for five hours, led the MACC to two properties where documents related to the case were seized. Lim Siew Khim arrived at the MACC’s office on Jalan Northam at 10am for questioning.
Ironically, Lim Kiat Seong and Lim Kit Siang, father of charged-for-corruption Lim Guan Eng, share the same Chinese characters in their name (林吉祥). Lim Kiat Seong is how the name is pronounced in Hokkien while Lim Kit Siang is Southern Min Chinese!
DAP loves to point to the mistakes made by others, the Barisan Nasional in particular. It would go on and on about any issues brought forth that implicates anyone from the Barisan Nasional that they begin to sound like a broken heavy metal record that unfortunately repeats the shrieks instead of the strums. And the DAP has also chosen to not see that it has perhaps broken records for having the most number of corruption or corrupted-practices cases in slightly less than two terms.
I would be very amused if come GE14, the voters in Penang prove Lim Siew Khim’s Point Number Four right.
Roughly a year ago the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission began drumming up for war against 1MDB with one goal and one goal only – to piece together selective evidences collected so there would be a corruption case against Najib Razak. As an investigator, that is how I perceive the investigation conducted by the MACC.
Recently, there has been an exposé on a certain property at No.25 Jalan Pinhorn in Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. In the words of MCA’s Tan Khai Beng:
This is the property in question:
The S&P sounds VERY similar to the case of the original Mr Botox, Khir Toyo, the former Menteri Besar of Selangor who, with his cohorts, caused the serious erosion of support towards the Barisan Nasional and its subsequent virtually irrecoverable loss in Selangor in 2008. Khir was sentenced to 12 months (I wish it was years instead) imprisonment for a similar property deal.
While surrounding properties have been valued at between RM5 million to RM6 million, this particular property cost Lim Guan Eng almost a third of its value. When asked about the price, Guan Eng’s pathetic excuse was:
I don’t care so much about the property. My real concern is this:
Why hasn’t the MACC concluded the investigation into the sale and purchase of the property at No.25 Jalan Pinhorn? The investigation paper was opened in 2012 and it’s been four years already with no end in sight. I am beginning to question MACC’s apartisanship and the integrity of its officers.
True enough that the Air Force have maade plans to do away with the base in Sungai Besi as it no longer serves a strategic purpose. Most of the units that are there will probably be moved to RMAF Subang and to the new base proposed in the Sendayan area. For that matter, RMAF Kinrara which was strategic as behind it was a rubber plantation (Kinrara estate) and also the Air Hitam forest reserve, very suitable for basic military training, is now surrounded by housing estates. It now houses only a logistics training school and does not have any strategic purpose. I suspect the unit will also be moved to either Subang or the new base in Sendayan.
What about the fighter base in Butterworth? Surely that will go because of profit-making opportunities as it has strategic importance.
Yes, the base has strategic importance. But of late, it too is surrounded by development, so much so that all you need is to be in one of the houses next to it to spy on the activities or shoot down a fighter on finals. Furthermore, Uncle Lim’s tunnel project will have its entrance/exit very near the base. That in itself is a security concern to add to the list above. However, I do not see any of the units there moving anywhere until an alternative fighter base is made ready to receive the units. I don’t see this happening even in ten years time.
I don’t know why The Edge had to list almost all the RMAF Bases as potential property projects as they are on prime development land. I do not see who on earth would consider the base in Jugra or the radar station perched in the middle of that jungle nowhere called Bukit Ibam as prime properties.
Perhaps, the list was made out to create discontent towards the government as the mention of SyedMokhtar al-Bukhary’s name is supposed to create sensationalism. Anything Malay, I guess.
The Edge has gone from a reputable newspaper to another oppo-leaning reading fit for idiots.