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 The Act was repealed and this led to a drastic increase in rent.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.

Comprehension Needed

Malaysians hardly read. Nor do they have the brain capacity to either process information or store information. This is why Malaysians have a very short attention span, memory retaining problem and are also gullible.

Example 1

When Malaysians read they have this superb speed-reading capability that they have used during their schooldays especially during last minute slogging sessions days before the SPM examinations. They will pick up key words, process these words in a crude manner that would make sense to only them and that forms their understanding.

So when the Attorney-General of the US Loretta Lynch conducted the press conference on the misappropriation of 1MDB sovereign funds, Malaysians pick up certain keywords, and they are:

  1. Riza Aziz
  2. Stepson
  3. 1MDB
  4. Stolen
  5. People of Malaysia
  6. Malaysian Official 1

Simpletons put these six words together and they have a conjuncture that says “Malaysian Official 1 and stepson Riza Aziz together with 1MDB stole from the people of Malaysia.”

I would have termed them as nincompoops or morons but for the purpose of this article I’d like to make them sound like a bunch of professional morons – hence the use of the term simpletons.

The DoJ are applying for the seizure of assets “associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated” from 1MDB.

This is about people who took money from funds meant for 1MDB to profiteer and for their personal consumption.

There are four people named in this civil forfeiture lawsuit and they are Riza Aziz who is the stepson of Najib Razak, Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, and Abu Dhabi government officials Khadem al-Qubaisi and Mohamed Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny.

The four named above would now have to respond to the complaints filed in the lawsuit (show cause if you must, for the simpletons) to say to the DoJ that they purchased assets through legal means. This lawsuit can take up to seven years before it would come to a conclusion.

My point here is, dear simpletons, Najib Razak whom you have linked Malaysian Official 1 to be, is not named in this lawsuit. He is not a party to this process. Neither are 1MDB Official 1, 1MDB Official 2, and 1MDB Official 3.

Neither is anything missing or seized from 1MDB as 1MDB is also NOT a party to this civil lawsuit. In a larger  scheme of things, it is 1MDB that is the victim of misappropriation and not a collusion partner to the four mentioned above.

(Note for Simpletons: please read this paragraph 50 times). As Malaysians also have problems retaining memory, it is important to remember that the criminal investigation by the Royal Malaysian Police into the administration and governance of the 1MDB based on the PAC report is still ongoing. This is the same PAC report that has cleared Najib Razak from any wrongdoing and was signed in absolute agreement by its members which includes DAP lawbreaker Tony Pua. To add to that, Najib Razak is not being subjected to any investigation as announced not only in Malaysia and the US, but also in Singapore and Switzerland and a couple other countries. (Simpletons now go back to the beginning of this paragraph).

Oh! Talk about having short memory:

Example 2


Fatigue, mood swings, absent-mindedness all come with that dreadful word MENOPAUSE. It also comes with age. So if you are 64 and menopausal absent-mindedness probably comes as a double-whammy. That is why I can forgive Wan Azizah for her episodes of absent-mindedness.

She forgot that Najib Razak is not under any form of investigation or lawsuit, yet calls for Najib Razak to go on leave. Her absent-mindedness has made her forgot about one person whom have abused his position (much like her husband did prior to 1998) for personal gains and has actually been charged in a court of law! Did Wan Azizah call for this person to go on leave?

So, Wan Azizah is menopausal. But what has Tony Pua got to say for himself?


I don’t hear any call from Tony Pua asking Lim Guan Eng after the latter was charged in court. He can’t claim to be menopausal as he was born in Batu Pahat 44 years ago as was Guan Eng’s father, Lim Kit Siang. Furthermore, Tony is a man.

Or maybe not.


Lim Guan Eng had personally benefitted from the purchase of the bungalow on Jalan Pinhorn at a much lower price than its actual value. Using his position to interfere or influence the price of the bungalow. If he sells this bungalow tomorrow, then he would big making a huge some of money, thanks to his position as the Chief Minister of Penang that he has thus far been very reluctant to let go.

We are also still waiting for the documents pertaining to the proposed third Penang bridge that the Works Ministry has asked for. Let us also not forget about the RM305 million paid for a feasibility study for a RM6.3 billion tunnel linking Georgetown and Butterworth! RM305 million could have gotten the marginalised Chinese, Indian and Malay people of Penang 7,625 low cost affordable homes that would house at least 45,750 marginalised Penangites if they are priced at RM40,000 per unit! 

So let us not digress from the main attention here which is the corrupted State Government of Pulau Pinang that is led by its Corrupted Minister Mr Lim Guan Eng who has been charged in court!

Najib Razak? Najib Razak has not done anything wrong as far as at least four nations are concerned and should just go about his business of developing the country as usual.

Rashid Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Melayu Pertama?

Masihkah anda ingat skandal-skandal yang pernah membelenggu UMNO akibat salahlaku dua orang penjawat awam UMNO pada tahun 1990an dan awal 2000? Sekiranya anda terlalu muda untuk mengingati peristiwa-peristiwa tersebut, mari kita imbas semula kejadian-kejadian tersebut.


Kejadian pertama pada tahun 1997 melibatkan Menteri Besar Selangor ketika itu iaitu Tan Sri Muhammad bin Mohd Taib. Muhammad yang sebelum itu mempunyai satu lagi skandal iaitu berkahwin lari bersama Tengku Zahariah binti Tengku Abdul Aziz Shah di Takbai, Selatan Thailand pada tahun 1993, telah ditahan di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brisbane, Australia kerana cuba membawa keluar wang berjumlah RM2.4 juta tanpa membuat deklarasi kepada pihak berkuasa Australia.


Apabila didakwa di mahkamah di Brisbane, Muhammad dengan segera melepaskan jawatan beliau sebagai Menteri Besar negeri Selangor.


Muhammad diganti oleh Abu Hassan Omar yang ketika itu merupakan seorang Ahli Parlimen. Satu pilihanraya kecil serentak terpaksa diadakan di Parlimen Kuala Selangor dan DUN Permatang untuk membolehkan Abu Hassan bertukar kerusi dengan Jamaluddin Adnan. Namun Abu Hassan tidak lama menjawat jawatan sebagai Menteri Besar Selangor kerana didakwa terbabit dengan suatu skandal seka dan beliau pula melepaskan jawatan pada tahun 2000.

Maka, saya berpendapat adalah baiknya Saudara Lim Guan Eng juga meletakkan jawatan beliau sebagai Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang kerana telahpun didakwa atas kesalahan salahguna kuasa dan rasuah pada 30hb Jun 2016. Pertamanya, ianya tidak akan menyebabkan dakwaan terhadapnya terpalit dan memburukkan lagi nama parti beliau, DAP.

Kedua, sekiranya beliau tidak meletakkan jawatan ianya boleh membenarkan beliau masih mempengerusikan mesyuarat-mesyuarat yang melibatkan hal ehwal jawatankuasa kelulusan projek negeri Pulau Pinang. Sudah tentu ini akan merupakan percanggahan kepentingan bukan sahaja bagi pihak beliau, malahan juga buat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Ketiga, jika kita imbau kembali peristiwa Tan Sri Muhammad di Brisbane, Lim Guan Eng ada membuat kenyataan berikut kepada para pemberita asing:


Maka eloklah beliau lepaskan jawatan Ketua Menteri kerana ia membawa malu yang amat sangat kepada negara. Dan seperti kata beliau sendiri, “Ianya tidak memberi petunjuk baik mengenai tahap kawalan rasuah di Malaysia.”

Mungkin sudah sampai masanya Timbalan Ketua Menteri 1, YB Dato Haji Mohd Rashid bin Hasnon, mengambil alih pucuk pimpinan negeri. Saya amat yakin DAP, sebagai sebuah parti pelbagai bangsa, bersetuju dengan saranan saya ini.