While political groups play on ethnicity and religion to strengthen their grip on power and divert attention from critical social issues, price hikes and corruption; while some political leaders seek the best medical treatment for themselves; while five-star 'medical...
Photo credit: PSM Operations Room, Sungai Siput http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45dZZdOV_W8 So Jeyakumar Devaraj of Parti Sosialis Malaysia has finally triumphed over S Samy Vellu. When I spoke to him early this morning, he sounded tired but happy. It had been a long, long...
It is not just household debt as a percentage of GDP that we should be concerned about, but household debt compared to disposable income is even more crucial. Take a look at the yellow bar to see where we...
Is this the result of our neoliberal economic policies driven by cronyism and corruption? Guess who is hurting and suffering the most? Imagine how many Malaysian households are in debt. And if working people are struggling, what about all...
The federal government's recently announced minimum monthly wage of RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak falls below the poverty line of the two states, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has pointed out. During the recent Workers' Day celebration in...
After a 16-year long wait, displaced descendants of the original settlers of Jalan Raja Uda are finally receiving some compensation from a developer who took over an abandoned commercial project along this bustling street in Butterworth. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 Over 300...
Amidst disquiet about the high property prices in the state, the Penang government has announced that eight projects, which will provide 19425 new homes in the state, are in the pipeline. The projects are: Jalan S P Chelliah (1900 homes...
When discussing the RM1.5 billion PGCC scandal along with the scandalous rezoning from "recreational" land to "new development", we cannot afford to ignore what was going on in Batu Kawan, which is closely connected to the PGCC saga. The PGCC...
Residents in some two dozen established settlements in Penang are reportedly facing eviction. The settlements include the following: - the 150-year old Kampung Siam in Pulau Tikus - Pepper Estate in Tanjung Bungah - Kampung Perda in Teluk Bahang - Kampung Mutiara...
The median house price to median household income ratio (a common indicator of housing affordability) for Penang Island has risen to 8.1, high by any standards, from 6.8 five years ago. The current average housing price on...

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