Thousands have turned up at Kajang Stadium in a show of solidarity with Anwar Ibrahim hours after the Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal on a charge of sodomy, casting a cloud over his candidacy for the Kajang by-election.
The Court of Appeal has found Anwar guilty of the sodomy charge and sentenced him to five years jail in a decision that has sent shockwaves across the nation ahead of nomination day (Tuesday, 11 March) for the Kajang by-election (23 March). What are the chances of Anwar being eligible to contest now?
The public display on the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 Detailed EIA has apparently been relocated from Level 4 to Level 16 in Komtar. I am not sure why. Doesn’t seem like much of a “public display” to me. Anyway, the display ends tomorrow, for what it is worth. Activists, however, are asking for a two-month extension to the public feedback period, which expires next week. The 800-page report in three volumes is long, technical and complicated and most people are still unaware of it. A hard copy costs RM500 while soft copies of the files (totalling 666MB! – interesting number, eh?) are too large to send over the internet.
Meanwhile, the Pulau Tikus state assembly rep has come out expressing concern about the traffic impact of the proposed cross-channel tunnel. “We cannot compare ourselves to Hong Kong because there are only 50 cars per 1,000 population whereas Penang has more cars registered than the total population,” she said.
In a major exercise, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) is reversing the privatisation of rubbish collection and cleaning services, which were outsourced to private contractors during the Mahathir era.
The Penang state government’s contention – that Hong Kong has three tunnels; so why can’t Penang have one – is flawed as it is not comparing nutmegs with nutmegs.