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This is a WARNING!!!

Protesters in Penang today called on Malay rulers to revoke the citizenship of Malaysians who dispute Malay special rights and demanded safeguards to their special position as enshrined in the constitution.

At the end of the rally, the coalition’s leaders led by its president, Md Radzi Daud, submitted a memorandum to Penang governor Abdul Rahman Abbas.

The document also called on Malaysians to defend Islam as the nation’s official religion, the granting of immunity to the Malay royalty and the upholding of the draconian Internal Security Act to protect national security. Jail them under ISA

At the press conference later, Md Radzi – said that gathering was to warn the people not to dispute the country’s constitution by raising issues that “could disrupt communal harmony”.

He said the coalition felt it was timely and imperative to hold such a gathering to remind Malaysians about their responsibility to safeguard the constitution, the royalty, social contract, and the nation’s peace and harmony.

Of late, he pointed out that many Malaysians have stirred Malay sentiments over a slew of issues.

“By disputing the aspirations of the constitution, some are inciting racial tension and communal disharmony,” said Md Radzi, who is also Yayasan Aminul Ummah Malaysia president.

He wants those who whip up racial sentiments to be detained without trial under ISA.

Md Radzi also called on Malaysians to respect the laws and to recognise the rights of various communities in the country to live in peace and harmony.

“Anyone who challenged this should be detained under ISA and the person’s citizenship should be revoked,” he said.

Silence not a sign of weakness

The four-point memorandum also warned that the patience exercised by the Malays thus far shall not be construed as a sign of weakness or fear.

“Malays have kept quiet so far to maintain peace and harmony, but don’t disturb the bees hive or you can be destroyed,” stated the memorandum.

Many teenagers at the gathering carried banners with slogans written in both Malay and Jawi such as ‘Kesabaran Melayu Ada Batas’ (Malays’ Patience Has Limits), ‘Jangan Hina Nabi Muhammad SAW’ (Don’t Insult Nabi Muhammad), ‘Jangan Pertikaikan ISA’ (Don’t Dispute ISA). ‘Kekebalan Raja Raja Dipertahankan’ (Defend the Royal Immunity), and ‘Jangan Pertikaikan Hak Orang Melayu’ (Don’t Dispute Malay Rights).

Other banners included ‘Melayu dan Mamak Bersatu’ (United Malays and Indian Muslims) and ‘Jangan Ulang 13 Mei’ (Don’t Repeat May 13).

source: Malaysiakini

( Draconian law(ISA) to protect national security??? don’t disturb the bees hive or u can be destroyed??? May god bless Malaysian People…)

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A BN U-turn_no mega project for Penangites


Since the DAP with its allies, PKR and PAS, stormed into power in the March 8 general election, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s state government has made numerous calls to the federal government to carry out these projects sooner than later.

This was in keeping with its electoral promises in which the then the DAP-led state opposition alliance had campaigned vigorously to have these projects completed in time.

Then the ruling BN politicians have called on Penangites to vote for continuity of its political governance to ensure completion of all promised mega projects to the state.

However, less than 100 days after being voted out from power, BN leaders like Azhar, a close aide of the Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, has now made a political U-turn, urging the two-month old state government to ‘forget about the mega projects.’

In the aftermath of the general elections, he has openly called on the federal government to scrap all these mega projects to ‘punish’ Penangites for voting in the DAP political block as the state government.

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Free spectacles for blind politicians

 
Edmond R | May 12, 08 4:45pm

 

It was a case of the blind leading the blind when the Penang State Education Department denied Dr P Ramasamy, the state’s Deputy Chief Minister II, the opportunity to distribute free spectacles to 223 poor students in Penang recently. The reason cited by Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong was that they did not want the students to be disturbed during school hours and that schools should not be turned into political platforms.

Both the Education Ministry and the State Education Department must either be blind or too shortsighted to see the usefulness of this social programme. How do they expect these students to follow lessons in the classrooms if they can’t see well? How can they relate a sincere effort like this to politics?

Because of the ministry’s own political insecurities, 223 students are now unable to receive their much needed spectacles and be on par with other students in their quest for knowledge.

Clearly, this is another case of political retribution by the Federal Government to frustrate the Penang government’s effort to improve the lives of the people. I am sure even the blind can see through the Education Ministry’s rhetoric and political game plan.

The Education Minister should take a few moments to reflect and see which party is being more political? Is it the state government, whose sole intention is to provide aid for needy students or the ministry, who is trying their very best to stop this effort? This preposterous claim is like the pot calling the kettle black. Unfortunately in this case, it will be the students who are on the losing side.

I have always thought that the Education Department is a apolitical entity. Obviously this is not true as their current action clearly reflects their bias and affiliation towards a certain political party. The final proof came when it was revealed that the free spectacles programme was actually started by the previous state government and it did not encounter any resistance from the Education Department back then.

Perhaps the Education Minister would like to step up on the podium with his keris and explain to us once again the aim of our national education policy. When I was in school, we were taught about fairness, equality and justice. Perhaps the education system has regressed back to the feudal days when children were inculcated with values of hate and retribution?

‘Your parents did not vote for us in the general elections. I have come to take away your spectacles so that you cannot follow the lessons on the black board. Mua ha ha ha ha!” shouts the warrior as he rides away into the sunset, waving his keris triumphantly.

Barisan Nasional has been in power for fifty years and yet they still cannot differentiate between politics and administration. State education departments are being used as command posts to further their political aims and schools are being converted into propaganda factories.

On the other hand, the new Pakatan Rakyat state governments have shown their potential and capability to govern with equality and justice within three short months.

Therefore, I strongly urge the state Education Department to allow the programme to be carried out without any hindrances. Let these children have their spectacles. Let them see and learn about benevolence and fairness, instead of hate and retribution.

And to all politicians, blind or otherwise; please remember that four years is going to pass by very quickly.

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PGCC project: Lim wants answers

 
Athi Veeranggan | May 12, 08 12:38pm

 

The controversial mega Penang Global City Centre project saga continues with the present Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng requesting his predecessor Koh Tsu Koon to guide him “on how to re-zone the project site to its original zoning”.

“After all, he was the one who had reclassified the site zone previously.

lim guan eng interview 290408 07“Therefore he should guide us and explain explicitly on how to reclassify it again,” said Lim, when officiating Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong’s service centre in Pulau Tikus yesterday.

Originally earmarked as a recreational and open space zone, the Penang Turf Club (PTC) site in Jalan Batu Gantong, George Town was re-gazetted under the Penang Structural Plan 2020 on June 28, 2007 as a new township zone for mixed commercial development for the PGCC project. The turf club is to be relocated to another site.

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976, the state planning committee, in which the Chief Minister would be the chairperson by legal requirement, re-gazetted the land as for commercial use in pursuant to the Structure Plan.

penang global city centre 170907 buildingsDue to this use of legislation, the proposed RM25 billion PGCC project-developer, Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd need not pay the premium estimated to be worth RM200 million to the state government for land conversion.

Abad Naluri bought the turf club plot, which has been classified as grade one land, for RM488 million.

Sensing that the state government had lost millions in land premiums due to the previous state government re-zoning, Lim now wants Koh to tell all to the public the reasons behind the sudden change in land status of the turf club plot.

Various unanswered questions

Lim’s also wants to know:

1. Why the land was re-zoned after the Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi had launched the mega project?

2. Was the PM misled by Koh’s administration on the land zone?

3. Why was Abad Naluri exempted from land premium?

4. Why did the state government position itself for a non-financial gain in the land conversion for a mammoth project?

“Koh owes a public explanation on all these questions,” said Lim.

Upon taking the hot seat of Penang chief minister, Lim has already revealed a billion-ringgit land scam under the previous administration that could hit the northern island state with a loud tremor.

On numerous occasions, he had requested Koh and former state executive councillor in charge of land portfolio, Abdul Rashid Abdullah to meet him and explain about the alleged land improprieties that had cost the state government billions of ringgit in land premium for conversion.

However, both have declined the requests.

While a report has been lodged to the Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate the matter, the state government had also set up a three-man team led by Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairuz Khairuddin to probe the scam.

And now to add to that, the PGCC land conversion scam had surfaced now.

Turf club members unhappy

PTC members lodged several police reports last week alleging the previous state government had lost millions in revenue when it took upon itself to re-zone the turf club land as the site for a ‘mixed development’ for the PGCC project.

penang golf and country club pgcc land scandal chronology 080508The PGCC, located in the heart of the Georgetown, has been billed as the country’s largest private sector development project. It is also the single-biggest component of the Northern Corridor Economic Region development plan, launched last August.

On Saturday, Koh’s aide and former state executive councillor Dr Teng Hock Nan, who was then the exco in-charge of local government, revealed that the previous state government and the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) never approved the planning permission applied by Abad Naluri for PGCC project.

He said it was up to the present state government and MPPP to decide whether to reject or approve any development proposal.

He dispelled accusations that Koh has helped Abad Naluri save approximately RM200 million in premium fees for land conversion when the original recreation land was reclassified under ‘mixed development’.

Lim said that Teng statement had failed to clarify public curiosity on how and why the project site was re-zoned in the first place.

“It would be better for Koh, not Dr Teng, to answers our questions,” said Lim.

Abad Naluri is an associate company of Equine Capital Bhd controlled by businessman Patrick Lim, who is known to be a close friend of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Equine Capital holds 25 percent of Abad Naluri.

In recent weeks, a number of key shareholders have sold their stakes in Equine following news that the PGCC project would be shelved. The company was also hit by two resignations from its board of directors.

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