Is there any room for dissenting voices in Penang Pakatan over the model of development the state government is pursuing?
How many of the PKR 5 will be allowed to contest in their state seats in the coming general election?
The five PKR Penang state assembly members are Ong Chin Wen (Bukit Tengah), Dr Norlela Ariffin (Penanti), Cheah Kah Peng (Kebun Bunga), Dr T Jayabalan (Batu Uban) and Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubuk).
The five fell out of favour with the state government when they abstained from an Umno-sponsored land reclamation motion in the Penang state assembly in 2015. Four other PKR reps – all of them Penang state executive council members – voted against the motion.
Anyway, it will be a great pity if any of them was not to contest in Penang this time around. They did well in registering their concern over excessive land reclamation in Penang, which will have far-reaching implications for the environment, food security (fisheries) and the livelihood of fisher folk.
The fisher folk are already feeling the pain of dwindling catches – thanks in part to siltation and sedimentation. Check out the video above.
Who among the five will be allowed to re-contest in Penang in this general election? Surely there must be some space for alternative views on the development model in Penang. All will be revealed on nomination day – but don’t hold your breath over whether all or most of the five will be left standing.