Penang propaganda wars: Slick video surfaces

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A slick new video has emerged, which some of the mainstream media are accepting at face value.

The video could be an individual effort, but to me the storyboard bears all the hallmarks of sophisticated public relations/political strategy – you know, the sort well-paid consultants could come up with.

The video depicts a conveniently unnamed woman executive who apparently is disillusioned with what is happening in Penang. The premise is clever: the woman in the video starts off as a Pakatan supporter, a Bersih supporter – someone many ordinary Penangites can identify with – who then goes through a ‘crisis’ of sorts, questioning whether she made the right electoral choices in the past.

She raises questions, some of them valid, about the state of ‘development’ in Penang.

The video depicts some nagging key concerns: high property prices in the state – but then says prices are almost as high as in KL (which is under BN rule).

It also reminds us of overdevelopment and the serious flooding in the state. But there is a major giveaway: the video says it was the federal government leaders who “rescued” Penang during the flood. That’s an Umno narrative.

The video also takes a swipe at the highway-tunnel swap deal and all that reclamation – a major weak spot of the state government.

It laments the higher cost of living and stagnant wages. Now, this is by no means a peculiarly Penang problem – though of course:
– aggressive property development has driven out many vegetable farms from the island;
– property speculation has pushed up land prices and the cost of doing business; and
– appallingly loose planning by the state authorities, in the absence of the Penang Island Local Plan, has allowed more high-end high-density housing to flourish on the island.

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As for the lack of ‘development’ in mainland Penang suggested in the video, many mainlanders I know are thankful about being spared the higher property prices and horrendous congestion on the roads found on the island, thank you very much.

The video doesn’t come across as ‘hard sell’: it only says “Make the right choice” at the end. It doesn’t even tell you which party to vote for – which may be intentional because the major alternative parties in the state have been so discredited, thanks to their association with Umno, despite the credible social housing policies previous state administrations had.

Maybe the video will serve the interest of the so-called ‘third force’ – and we all know who stands to benefit from that.

Verdict: Slick production, raises some valid issues. The anonymity of its source adds to the realism. But in the end, thinly disguised political agenda – doesn’t take a genius to figure out whose political interest it serves.

Consider it the first salvo in the social media propaganda wars.

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Janice Khing
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Janice Khing

The senior executive lady is insulting many average wage earners in Penang who could lead a blissful life there.

She should instead incubate her success as prosperity could be guaranteed if she is willing to work hard and smart and not be manipulated by the irresponsible party.

Or perhaps she could ubah gaya hidup and spend RM85 on chicken and fish meal with her family with BR1M in the neighbouring state?

Joo Huat
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Joo Huat

This senior executive lady could be working in the local bank where job security is threatened with banking sector adopting fintech and forcing customers to selfserve using ATM or internet banking. Starting this year 2018 you can no longer deposit or withdraw at the bank counter if amount is less than RM10000 – this has inconvenienced old age customers like me and the bank will cut the counter staff while continue to report obscene profits every quarter.

Public Bank observer
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Public Bank observer

Local banks like Public Bank makes clean profit of near RM1 billion a quarter, yet make life difficult for customers to use ATM to withdraw cash not at counters, so probably more counter staffs layoffs very soon!

KopiKia118
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KopiKia118

Why no action from that CAP (man)?

High cost livings
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High cost livings

Char Kway Teow for Penang to be the new propaganda tool to counter fake news on Penang being more expensive than KL?

https://malaysiakini.com/news/413448

tunglang
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tunglang

Probably Cheapo Char Koay Teow fried with Lard to be served free to the masses by an ex-serviceman who qualified himself? as a vouched witness to & consumer? of cheapo original Char Koay Teow still available in Penang!

shriek
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shriek

Good bark to usher year if dog.

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek read fmt on what they check if the facts as mentioned in video are true. Shame on Ah pek. No wonder malaysia goes down which spinning from you and cAlvin. How can Ah pek out full face. Better wear a mouth mask go hide oneself and restrain your spinning

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, cheap char koay teow not interested.Only Interested in cheap curry mee. Drive around, burning petrol ringgit and melting the ice poles and creating second hand smoke for others

tunglang
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tunglang

You don’t have to defend that ex-serviceman who may have tasted .. fried Char Koay Teow!

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek no need to criticise. Ah pek has been bad mouthing everything and everything

Mah HS
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Mah HS

“Penang leads all performance indicators, yet the state gov’t is accused of incompetence”

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/414374

Jasmine
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Jasmine

MO1 failed to achieve high income nation for us, require us to wait long long til 2030, until then request us to adopt low cost lifestyle to eat at mamak stalls RM8 meal and avoid Japanese restaurant. Meanwhile he could indulge in high priced Quinoa as rice alternative. Maybe he could tell us to use Olive oil for cooking instead of palm oil?

Rita
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Rita

Why is it wrong according to Nazri of Umno, based on the fakes news of RPK, for Robert Kuok to (allegedly) donate to DAP? Is this not democracy of a citizen to donate to opposition party?

shriek
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shriek

When Rich men donate millions to ruling party, they are very quiet even the election expenses exceed the allowable. The rich men are rewarded with contracts after the election

Thomas McCall
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Thomas McCall

Strange democracy by Umno standard.

Norman
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Norman

Recent attacks against Robert Kuok is a move by some elements within the ruling BN to whip up anti-Chinese sentiments ahead of the country’s general election, say observers. Mr Rashaad Ali, a researcher at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the attacks against the billionaire by several lieutenants of PM Najib were “mostly a piece of political opportunism to hit out at the DAP and stoke Malay fears of a Chinese takeover.” Associate Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi at Universiti Malaya’s Socio-culture Dept claimed that leaders from the UMNO are “in a panic.” “The general election is fast… Read more »

Yog Sothoth
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Yog Sothoth

Anil sweetie darling, “mainstream media” equals government-controlled media. Of course such a video (if it wasn’t already made with their collusion) is fodder for their fire, music to their ears !!

Rita
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Rita

Too slick must be professional job by BN friendly entity so no credibility.

Norman
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Norman

Meanwhile there is no need for propaganda video in Johor. Selling at the average price of RM1,200 per sq ft, Forest City has also added to Johor’s large supply of luxury homes, and has put housing, which is already classified as seriously unaffordable, further out of the reach of the majority of Johoreans. http://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/39537/ With about 40% of house launches priced from RM250,001 to RM500,000 in Johor Bahu, private housing in southern Johor has exceeded the state’s housing affordability cut-off point (ie median housing price) of RM260,000. There is also no provision of the Bumiputra quota in Forest City as… Read more »

tunglang
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tunglang

But to you Penang is different! Johoreans suffer but Penangites shouldn’t suffer! What logic is that for a spinning?

Norris
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Norris

Try living in other states and you will appreciate Penang more.

shriek
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shriek

What do one expect ah peks? Only pg island and Belum are ah pek world. Eat only one ton mee, cheap curry mee and lim kopi. Others are foreigns

LokMinXian
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LokMinXian

Dumping sand on JB’s Pantai Lido for reclamation work, presumably for another high-priced development targetted at foreigners.

Certainly not to build a crocodile park!

tunglang
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tunglang

Even croc has to pack up & leave!

shriek
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shriek

But not crocs of paya terubong

Norman
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Norman

Pakatan Harapan Lancar Pek DIY Kempen Pilihanraya

Pek DIY ini mengandungi risalah, poster dan stiker yang direka khas untuk dicetak sendiri secara percuma.

Selain itu, ia juga menampilkan pelbagai video kempen HARAPAN termasuk panduan mengundi yang boleh dimuat turun dan disebarkan kepada sesiapa jua melalui facebook, twitter dan instagram

Norman
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Norman

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong said the party’s war and operations rooms at every seat the party is contesting are now in high gear. “We have mobilised our people to face the general election and many of them have gone beyond what we expected. We hope that this momentum can be maintained. “The preparatory work for our machinery has been very good so far. The president and I have gone around the country and conducted many trainings through our party schools and divisions,” said Dr Wee, adding that in situ trainings were also carried out for the party’s polling… Read more »

Chou Chye Mao
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Chou Chye Mao

Preparing for their last rite…

Norman
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Norman

Gerakan has (allegedly) produced a viral video featuring a Penang Hokkien speaking auntie lamenting that housing price is high on the island and one needs to have multiple jobs to afford home payment.

tunglang
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tunglang

Just go downtown & randomly choose any uncle or auntie @ bus stop, wet market, temple or kopitiam to hear them out.
This is not recent public lamenting as Gerakan would have us to believe overnight but actually goes way back to 2012.
Anil, am I wrong?

tunglang
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tunglang

Some of the real & undeniable issues as shared in the above video.
Only those outside of Penang would feel perplexed about the lamentings & concerns under a gao-gao leadership.
RU still perplexed, Anil?

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek is the director and producer? Ah pek only 2 places. Pg ISLAND and belum. Other places experience the same thing including melb, brisbane, syd unless pg is a country town. But in country town, what ah pek has to offer for a grad or college guy?
Ah pek’s time, most skills have disappear or change

tunglang
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tunglang

Pls try harder or paymaster will not be pleased!

shriek
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shriek

Of course has to try harder unlike Ah pek has to go on tingkat Ali

tunglang
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tunglang

What a hard luck trying harder with lots of irrelevant noises no paymaster is willing to pay for a stupid spin!

shriek
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shriek

Of course, no one pays me but ah pek has many kang tau and jalan from paymaster and can buy branded sandals, 4wds, lim kopi, one ton mee condo with sea and mountain view

tunglang
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tunglang

You are not trying any harder but simply recycling from old spins!!! Paymaster must be very fed up!!!

shriek
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shriek

No one pays me, so no paymaster. Ah pek has many kang tau….

tunglang
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tunglang

Just like the Tua Put Kia – crying foul of the superyatch seizure.

shriek
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shriek

Finally ah pek and calvin comes go their senses.. With my noises here, which paymaster wants to pay me? How can I be one if thd red beans? In fact a black bean with no paymaster. Ah pek can sponzor me or not?

tunglang
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tunglang

Why should I, you lazy spinner.
Who would believe your spins! Diehard NK worshipper!
Come to Penang, then we may believe a little of what you say!

Chou Chye Mao
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Chou Chye Mao

As though these ‘problems’ only exist in Penang. Ha Ha!

tunglang
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tunglang

So, can’t deny whichever political party running any state which has the same problems! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Time to kick them out en masse! Cats or devils 🙂 🙂 🙂
🙂 🙂 :):) 🙂 :):) 🙂 :):) 🙂 :):) 🙂 :):) 🙂 🙂

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek sings whole wide world in his hand. Pg in malaysia is one of the first tier city. If you want pg. to remain unchange and stay stagnant, be a ipoh mari ah pek. After mederka, ipoh was the third largest town. Now where is Ipoh? A stopover for ah pek tau geh quay and lim peh kopi.
Ah pek can only see 50 cents bullock cart wheels but not half a billion given to pekan for flood project

Norris
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Norris

Many Penangites lamenting losing money to JJPTR.

tunglang
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tunglang

Chou Cat one of them? My condolence!

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, still sleeping, lim kopi, looking for cheap curry mee in penang when 300, 000 living in johor travel up and down Singland everyday to cari makan, not cari cheap curry mee.
How many pg lang from pg went down to singland which work permit and paying high rent to stay in a pigeon hole.
Not lamentation over this?

Piece of advice
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Piece of advice

Pg Lang stay in JB rented room up down causeway on kapcai 6 days a week cari makan in Singland already not enough sleep where got time to lament? Somemore can save SingDollar later come back Penang can buy seaside condo to retire song song, enjoy sea breeze sitting on massage chair, still got extra SingDollar 3x the joy when at money changer.

Don’t waste time kao-peh-kao-boo now… as though things can change, already jjptr cannot garanti prosperity for Penang Lang.

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek should scold pg lang dont be greedy. Salted fish or kangkung as ah pek paymaster said. Not need to work in singland. When pg lang work enough in singland, why must they buy bata shoes. If ah pek can buy better sandals, with hard earn money, they can buy as good or better sandals than ah pek. Similarly, they buy better houses in pg. Ah pek can tell them off now. But ah pek himself buy and stay in condo. Others are less equal as in animal farm

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek grumbling. But ask young ones not many left. They left to look for opportunities like in selangor, singland and over the seas. Can only ask uncles, aunties and ah peks

tunglang
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tunglang

Spinning in your imaginary world just to cari makan!

shriek
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shriek

After giving robert the keys, ah pek wants to vote gilakan and dummo to give more keys. Ah pek can you count up to 3 keys given under gilakan and dummo? …

High cost livings
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High cost livings
tunglang
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tunglang

Whoever wins will still (cannot escape) have to address this issue.
Nice sounding manifesto can ubah after winning, do you know?
Have you not seen Air Asia economy stint > Merc S300Lansi justified everyday ride (& no one else)?

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek wants to see cn riding pg boon siew kapcai for duties but ah pek himself rides elevated 4wds on urban road.
Ah pek cannot tell. Cm of pg and mercs belongs to pg gomen. Flying AA to parliament is just MP and only mps attend parliament and not cm or mb.
Ah pek is like cee too or C2 but ah pek is getting old

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek now caught red handed. Checking with studies carried out by free malaysia today, the so call facts are totally false. Nazri should call you like calling the richest men. Ah odk lost credibility

tunglang
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tunglang

You are lazy, not trying any harder! Recycling & spinning!

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

Next change, “you eat quinoa or bashmati ?”

Quinoa at Kedai 1Malaysia?
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Quinoa at Kedai 1Malaysia?

Wonder if PM’s son to market and promote Quinoa in Malaysia?

Joo Huat
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Joo Huat

If cannot afford quinine can try pork fat which is ranked number 8 in the top 100 nutritious food by BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2018-foods

glissantia
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glissantia

Remember someone tried to create and record the “riot” over water shortage at a block of flats in Selangor before the last elections. Scrapped after it was exposed.

tunglang
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tunglang

After seeing the video, some are still in reactive denial mode cos’ it seems political propaganda.
But after GE, is the video not relevant & AOK for NK (if still around Komtar) to continue the questionable frenzied development without a care for the average Penangites?
Think about it before you behave like a foolish…!
Politicians are fallible humans not to be worshipped despite all arrogant ills.
Don’t take your votes for granted at your own expense/perils & complain too late.

Norman
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Norman

A blow by blow response to the woman featured in an anti-DAP video: https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/413448#4RDsoGcMh4dmlLyc.99 The BN-friendly propaganda video deliberately ignored benefits that only Penangites enjoy so far: – Monthly cash to the poor, a maximum of RM790; – RM1000 one-off for university students/RM1,200 for those from Sabah and Sarawak; – RM130 a year for senior citizens and the handicapped; – RM100 a year for single mothers and non-working housewives; – RM1,200 a year for rickshaw riders; – RM600 a year for taxi drivers and schoolbus operators; – RM100 for students in Standard 1 and 4, and Form 1 and 4;… Read more »

shriek
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shriek

Let focus on the message here

tunglang
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tunglang

By shrieking???

shriek
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shriek

Yes, ah peks belongs to last century. Now it is 21

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek cant read and think? Ah pek think- focus message here = shrieking?

tunglang
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tunglang

Just take one simple example: – RM400 a year for fishermen.
SO, fishermen expected to trade away their livelihood in Tanjung Tokong & Gertak Sanggul where massive sea reclamation is ongoing (Tanjung Tokong + Gurney Drive) & 2 Fantasy Islands for the rich + famous in the planning. You think fishermen so gila for RM400, a so cheap price of a trade off!
No wonder NK CAT was so furious with Penang fishermen for opposing ‘its’ grand plan of sea reclamation + 2 Fantasy Islands.

Norman
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Norman

How about that BN Bajet propaganda video of that young chinese son and his fisherman father shown daily before chinese tv news?

shriek
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shriek

In past many pg lang become rich owning thousand acres of rubber trees. Why pf silence over clearing of forest and jungles to plant ru ber and oil palm trees? Orang asli lost the earnings and malaysian tigers have less to roam. Why usm are deep silent on this?

tunglang
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tunglang

Just take one simple example: Funds to repair houses damaged by disasters a maximum of RM15,000
How many houses/shop houses in Jalan P.Ramlee received the RM15,000 funding on record. There were restaurants that were damaged to the tunes of thousands of Ringgit & yet were not receiving such aids due to no knowledge or whatever reasons.

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek why not ask how much calvin gomen pay for disaster relief to pg lang? Maybe ah pek pay no tax and gst

Thomas McCall
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Thomas McCall

Why you choose to look at the negative side?
Be positive.

tunglang
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tunglang

Just take one simple example: RM500 for Muslims who memorise the whole Quran (Al Hafiz)
Why no offer to Christians who can memorise the New Testaments or to Hindus, the Vedas or Buddhists, The Tripitaka???
Is this not myopic religiously apologetic???

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, please organise bible, sanskrit or monkey king reading contest first just like the religious reading contest of the federation. Ah pek begin older can memorise the bible deserves more casg as ah tambi has better memory. But ah pek thinks it is easy if reading from king james shakespeare english.

tunglang
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tunglang

Bunians are still waiting for you, why all the merepek???

shriek
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shriek

Good tell your mates to keep waiting

tunglang
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tunglang

Anil censoring some of my replies to the blow by blow???

shriek
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shriek

Oops forget ah pek is on tongkat ali and more equal than otbers

shriek
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shriek

Of course censor. Checking with fmt, the contents are whirlpool and lucky dump into garbage otherwise ah pek has no face

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek can register himself as voter in Belum Valley and represent as mp of belum valley

shriek
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shriek

Fmt check the items in the video and find thsy are spinning. Ah pek possible director and producer to spin the contents into landfill

tunglang
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tunglang

Anil, your blog seems to have some quick reference fodders for a wide range of critics in this propaganda war of video & coming videos. Or is it like-minded have same concerns? The inevitable Achilles heels of CAT + NK is too late to be salvaged. That’s the price of arrogance of NK. There was this Sat evening CNY dinner @ a Paya Terubong condo where out of nowhere an MC urged the resident dinners to support NK! Where was this MC to come out of nowhere to urge CAT to look into the residents’ concern facing the ugly hill… Read more »

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

Aiyah, they all are the same lah !

shriek
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shriek

Up to ah pek if cat does not have 9 lives. When it is hot, ah pek treat goat as cat when Ah pek so keen to buy condo. With ah pek loves to buy condo, developer will buikd more. Ah pek think paya terubong is hot? South pole is cracking and north pole orang asli will droo into the thin ice.

Norman
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Norman

Likewise President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) Tan Sri Pheng Yin Hua is providing a platform for Najib and MCA/Gerakan to woo chinese voters, by justifying PRC investment/easy loan.

Chou Chye Mao
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Chou Chye Mao

The CNY tv ad of Ah Jib Kor with an old Chinese lady on MRT on propaganda?

Calvin Sankaran
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Calvin Sankaran

I agree…Anil’s blog attracts an unbelievable number of RBAs using all sorts of fake names attack any comments even slightly unfavorable to the Naked Deity of Penang. You can see that these are the very same people using different names and account to post messages.

tunglang
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tunglang

One glaring example : zoro > shriek

shriek
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shriek

This include you just to attack with hit and run. Nothing said solution to better but just attack. Even thise attack are hypocrates. Claim about botak hilld and developers but buy and stay in condo. Grumble about global warming but drives 4wds in urban penang. How to sustain?

tunglang
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tunglang

:):):) Watch Kia-Su IN Action:
Near-riot breaks out in orderly Singapore over limited-edition Adidas collection
https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/watch-near-riot-breaks-orderly-041858081.html

Teva Fever
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Teva Fever

Possible riots if Komtar sports outlet offer limited edition Teva brand slippers at super discount???

tunglang
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tunglang

The moral of the story: got so much money, still behave like those with little money! Instead of spinning, paham kah???

Calvin Sankaran
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Calvin Sankaran

Whether this is a BN-produced or otherwise, the key issue here is that what she says is mostly true and resonates with most Penangites (except the rabid DAP supporters and LGE worshippers). The DAP govt has grown in arrogance and just refuses to listen to the voice from the people. The DAP emperor has no clothes on. PR too have been producing videos and hardly a week goes without some PH leaders releasing some clips criticizing BN. The same goes for NGOs who are basically (bar a few) proxies for PH and been busy releasing propaganda memes and videos too.… Read more »

tunglang
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tunglang

Deny everything in the video & you will get more +++++!
After the GE is over, hit yourself on the head to just wake up to some of the truth that will never go away, or continue to get drunk over a Char Koay Teow @ what cheap price? promoted by an ex-serviceman!
You tasted one fried with lard? Serviceman pls answer honestly. Otherwise your Cheapo Char Koay Teow is a mere hallucination like a cheapo CM!

shriek
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shriek

Ah pek, you cannot even name a place, everything is cheap, high paid salaries, good transport and housing. Ah pek try harder kau beh kau bu. Chinese Ah Chan now better off can fly to pg just for durian and buy properties here and many parts of the world.
Ah pek no read 200 malaysians caught staying and working in kiwiland and some been there for years. What about 300,000 travel daily to singland from dummo johor? Yet ah pek comfort zone stay put in penang island not even ulu seberang

shriek
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shriek

Who is the real cheapie looking for cheap curry mee?

shriek
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shriek

Fmt independently compare the so call facts and found the just untrue and calvin orso spin on untrue facts. In final, calvin and tunlang wofds are just spinners