Talk show in Penang: Sustainable Urbanisation – Myth or Reality?

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The British High Commission is hosting a ‘Chevening Talk Series – Penang showcase’ in partnership with Penang Forum on Saturday, 24 February, from 10.30am to noon at Black Kettle @Beach Street, George Town, Penang.

The theme is Sustainable Urbanisation: A Myth or Reality?

Come and be part of this lively discussion with panellist Zairil Khir Johari, Penang DAP vice chairman and Bukit Bendera MP; Surin Suksuwan, regional director of Proforest South East Asia; Andrew Ng, independent documentary filmmaker; and Khoo Salma, heritage activist and Penang Island City Councillor.

Find out more about the Penang state government’s initiatives towards a more sustainable, inclusive urbanisation; the importance of ecological sustainability; the role of youth in shaping the sustainable development agenda and ways Penang can be made more culturally vibrant!

The session will be moderated by Aliran activist and writer, Anil Netto.

Register to RSVP: bit.ly/ctsmalaysia

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Norman
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Norman

Politics in Malaysia is about sustainable inflow to pockets with non-tender contracts.

tunglang
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tunglang

Don’t forget the cheap bungalow & [email protected] price. No traces mah. Clever but it doesn’t mean clean!
Karma is watching closely!

Kim Quek
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Kim Quek

Another of Felda’s mega investment has gone down the drain! Its US$500 million (more than RM2 billion) purchase of a 37% stake in Eagle High Plantation a year ago is now valued at US155 million, less than a third of its purchase price, and expected to go further down. This purchase from Najib’s buddy Peter Sondakh was rammed through against fierce criticism arising from the purchase cost being double the market price, and from a host of problems which caused the company to have suffered persistent losses for years in succession. This bad news follows a series of mega corruption… Read more »

Norman
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Norman

Malaysia fell to No. 62 in a global corruption index last year, down seven spots from 2016, marking its lowest position since the Transparency International (TI) index began in 1995. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, other countries, such as Cuba, Romania, Jordan, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Croatia, have now overtaken Malaysia. It is the third year that the country has slipped in the anti-graft watchdog’s rankings, based on perceived corruption in the public sector. TI said further analysis of the results indicated that countries with the least protection for the press and civil society organisations tended to have… Read more »

Lenny
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Lenny

Najib BN’s report card on corruption KPI is very impressive, making us infamous in the eyes of the world. Certainly NBOS and that Paul guy has failed miserably.

tunglang
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tunglang

MACC Chief got a shock of his life or is it wayang-wayang?
Another Failing Blue Ocean Strategy of reverse psychology???

shriek
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shriek

Wayang wayang and fly kites. See what happen to phee? One year oredi hoping rakyat mudah lupa. Orso what happen to sri tan and eia eng and all those work interviews. Trying to find needle in haystak to build castle in the air. Ah soon, calvin and dummo engineer are birds of the same feather.

Tash
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Tash

MACC’s response is to create its own index.

XinXiang
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XinXiang

Whistleblowers like Rafizi exposing NFC corruption got jailed, while the cow lady got Tan Sri title.

No wonder the world outside BN circle has no confidence in the integrity and transparency in combating corruption in this country.

Now MACC want to create its own index to stick sendiri?

glissantia
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glissantia

From the howls of criticism of Selangor govt. (Ijok), EPF (foreign investment), etc., you would not know that quite a few GLCs are siphoning money out for so-called investment, needless housing or office space (which can be rented), foreign materrials and supplies (instead of local ones), con-sultants, etc. This raises questions: (a) is investment in their charter? (b) were they audited? (c) if there were losses, how many have been jailed and for how long? If the pretentious tuans in charge have difficulty understanding the issue or acting on it, they can consult China.

XinXiang
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XinXiang

Good to see a prolific political commentator Kim Quek contributing to this blog.

Rita
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Rita

Folklore has it that Marie-Antoinette, queen of France as the French Revolution was beginning, retorted when told about starving peasants, “Let them eat cake”. Her people soon exacted their form of justice in response to her uncaring indifference to their suffering. Now it would seem that Najib has come up with his version which reflects his attitude about the sufferings of many Malaysians due to inflation and GST: “Let them eat quinoa.”

TPH
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TPH

PM Najib must be wondering whether he is cursed with bad luck all the way from Langkawi to EPF, now the food he eats has become a talking point, so much about the sedan he has been feeding his cronies. Now many will be wondering to find out what else he eats although what matters the most is that he has caused hardship with his GST and subsidy removing policies that affect almost everyone with high cost of living. The fact that BN has left behind more than RM800 Billions debts, high living costs, Felda scandals and losses, worsening of… Read more »

glissantia
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glissantia

Karl Marx explained that the more unregulated and profitable capitalism became, the sooner it would crash. Unfortunately, we will all suffer under this insane belief and propaganda, on an ongoing basis and even more when it crashes. The victims of lost jobs, poisonous manufacture and products, harmful narcotics (legal and illegal), etc. are spread globally, within and outside the Empire. E.g. long-term poisons are being dumped into the soil, water and air. It only takes about $1 billion to buy off the entire US govt. The profit from Afghan heroin alone is about $65 billion/PER YEAR. If you are willing… Read more »

Myth or Reality?
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Myth or Reality?

Kindly update us the readers the conclusion of the talk, a myth or a reality?

I was told many Caucasians (Mat Salleh) in the audience, and care to share your comments here???

Norris
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Norris

Any video recording of the event on YouTube?

LokMinXian
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LokMinXian

Urbanization at Prai with Penang Sentral taking shape:

tunglang
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tunglang

Expert: For a sustainable city, people and government must form a pact https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/expert-sustainable-city-people-government-must-form-pact-232100482.html KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Government agencies, local councils and ordinary people should collectively look at a viable approach to create cities resilient to urban challenges, an expert from a US-based non-profit said. Failing to do that, the 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC) programme, which is working with Melaka and 99 other cities, said all will crumble and the rapid development as seen in most developing nations, including Malaysia, will go to waste. “Many think about the short-term solutions to the impact of say, earthquake, flooding and… Read more »

Tash
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Tash

Any update or video recording of the Talk Show?

Ah Pen in Talk Forum?
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Ah Pen in Talk Forum?

Ah Pen in Talk video so Anil May not release the video to conceal his identity???

glissantia
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glissantia

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2018/02/20/german-court-could-open-way-to-bans-on-diesel-cars/

“… there is no more immediate action than reducing traffic.” Shall we continue burying our heads in the sand?

glissantia
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glissantia

Sustainable? The show has just started. We are sleep-walking into the TPP trap.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2018/02/22/tpp-deal-nears-reality-as-final-version-released/

Chou Chye Mao
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Chou Chye Mao

One Belt One Road also a trap, cheap and easy loan is the first step.

tunglang
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tunglang

So is One Sea Tunnel also a trap, cheap and easy loan is the first step that Penangites will have to bear for generations!
Pls quit blaming not enough state development fund if not for swapping much need state lands (for social housing) like sea water!!!

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, no money paid only barter trade.

tunglang
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tunglang

One Sea Tunnel also a trap, cheap & easy loan a first step to generations burden for Penangites!

glissantia
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glissantia

Some relevant points:
https://www.alternet.org/local-peace-economy/theres-much-smarter-way-cities-plan-their-futures

Not that our masters don’t know these issues.

Forum coffee @ Black Kettle
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Forum coffee @ Black Kettle

Expensive venue for ordinary folks to attend, a cup of Black Kettle Coffee not affordable to many unless YB Zairil can sponsor? What say you Mr Moderator???

Henry Thia
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Henry Thia

After the event, can proceed to Mugshot Cafe at Chulia Street for coffee and further discussion – good place for Anil and readers to mingle to exchange ideas.

shriek
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shriek

Can ask ah pek for recommendation. He is no 1 which kopi tiam to lim kopi. Ah pek has many kang tau and can get discount if there is a mass gravity. Want to eat, he knows which one ton mee or curry mee.

tunglang
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tunglang

Anil, is shrieking allow @ the talk show?
Pls enlighten us, esp the one who shrieks everyday.
Nevermind he won’t be coming from PJ, a long way from shrieking hole!

shriek
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shriek

No worry, Ah pek senior citizen can talk first, question first and sit in front. Even seats reserved for seniors. Not enough time, the session is planned and can adjourned to the cafe session. Kong hee huat chye for good opportunity. Anil, please prepare video and blog on this

tunglang
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tunglang

Safeguard state land for the people, not developers Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/413101#r1tRkBRBvMFqlqwZ.99 COMMENT | The Ijok land controversy highlights an important national issue that affects thousands of rural and urban Malaysians and, thus, it is one on which voters need to demand a clear stand by the two coalitions in GE14. The issue at the heart of this controversy is the need to safeguard state land for public housing, sustainable farming and other public purposes and not sell it off – often for a song – to private developers. In Penang, the state has sold land reclamation rights to private… Read more »

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek is throwing the bullets here but at the forum, no more bullets left.
Why Ah pek dont stand for election? We vote him, he is a very good shouter

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek forget penang is hundreds of times smaller than johor. Pg island has mt everest and johor is like singland and the highest hill bkt gombak is only 300 ft. Many like ah pek and raj will not move to seberang and more flock to islAand. Pg orso has an international airport and has to expand but ah pek deep silence. Ah pek forgets state has to find its own way to raise revenue to fund benefits to pg lang. Pahang state debts are piling up so high that ah pek cannot see but ah pek can see penang… Read more »

Norman
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Norman

Johor residents welcome foreign investments generally, but favour investments from neighbouring Singapore over those from China, says a recent survey.

Johoreans do not see themselves benefiting from China’s growing economic presence in the state, largely in the form of multibillion-ringgit property developments. They view Chinese investments with a mixture of disinterest and suspicion, mainly because the bulk of these investments were in high-end real estate, driving up housing prices and many of those buying the newly completed units will not be local. They also believe that Chinese projects do not provide enough local job opportunities.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/johoreans-prefer-spore-investments

tunglang
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tunglang

Norman, don’t take things at simplistic face value if not spinning. FYI, do you know the real happenings in property development. Let me enlighten you for your ignorant sake: My nephew who is working in KL housing industry told me the Chinese (fr. PRC) developers ‘generally’ recruit their own people for most jobs here except for some menial jobs farmed out to foreign Indon workers. Locals get some jobs but not as what you imagined in your assumption of generous PRC Chinese developers. Even material like iron & steel come straight from China. Interior designers from China? Over in Johor,… Read more »

Joo Huat
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Joo Huat

You might add that [a number of] condominium in Johor is royalty-linked this no adverse comment for fear of backlash. Remember how Tun M comment on Forest City?

You might go berserk should BN regain Penang and bring in PRC developers…

Norris
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Norris

It is impolite to call someone ignorant as though you are more informed. A little bit of courtesy while online will gain you more respect.

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek’s era marlo bando the godfather and brush off everyone

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, year if dog barks only. What is your solution? Your nephew another high class migrant to kl.
It boils down to central gomen. Right education, technical training and vocation. We are used to have migrants to do low level factory jobs and in the construction industry

tunglang
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tunglang

Don’t have facts but gao-gao spinning!
Btw, you ignorant, my nephew is a construction engineer.
Your no fact but gao-gao spinning untruth & nonsense shows what you really are!
Btw, why morph from zoro to shriek? zoro cannot tahan ah??? Or paymaster stop paying to zoro???