If Patrick Lim and Equine Capital think it is going to be smooth sailing after the Prime Minister announced that approvals for the PGCC would be fast-tracked, they had better think again. This morning, half a dozen of the main...
Holy shmoly! What the... So PGCC master planner Nasrine Seraji claims I misquoted her and took her comments out of context. She was reported as saying that those comments were made four years ago and that no slides or...
And so Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi launches the masterplan for Patrick Lim's RM25 billion Penang Global City Centre project on 12 Sept. They say a picture paints a thousand words. Have a look at these graphics visualising the PGCC, which...
The developers of the RM25 billion Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project have been telling us how green and carbon-free their project is going to be. But what they didn't tell us is they actually wanted to cram in...
It's a RM25 billion whopper: about 33 tower blocks, each over 40 storeys high on the land being used by the Penang Turf Club. Imagine that! And it looks like two different meetings on the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC)...
Timber firms are set to receive millions of ringgit in soft loans from the government under a "reforestation" programme. In this article for IPS, I discussed two questions: Why should profitable timber firms receive soft loans, which in effect...
So just as my public relations guru (PR Guru) friend predicted, the spin is out for the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project on that sprawling green lung (and prime land) that used to be the Penang Turf Club. The...
You know that whole official fuss about the Negara ku rap video clip? Well, my theory is that the official uproar was aimed at diverting attention and public disquiet away from several issues such as the rising cost of living,...
It's not often that religious leaders come together to take a common stand on an issue of national significance. Over the years, Aliran organised a couple of seminars - one on corruption and the other on the human being -...
It was not so long ago when voters, hoping for reforms and change, gave Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi an unprecedented mandate. Among other things, Abdullah had vowed to tackle corruption. Since then, the reality has not quite matched the rhetoric....

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