Engage sustainable transport expert – in line with CAT

I was on the road today and, looking at the traffic, I couldn’t help wondering what the Penang government’s plans are to ease congestion in the state.

Surely, there is an urgent need to engage a planning expert come up with a blueprint for sustainable transport management, which would also include pedestrian-friendly streets, cycling lanes, buses, other forms of public transport, and ferries. A masterplan should be drawn up to plan the traffic corridors and ensure that future property development projects  fit into this blueprint.

So here are some questions for the state government:

  • Is it thinking of engaging a sustainable transport planning expert?
  • Does it have a budget for this? And if so, how much?

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35,000 foreigners whipped in last 7 years

According to Prisons Department records, 47,914 foreigners were found to have violated the Immigration Act from 2002 to 2008.

Of these, 34,923 were whipped. The remaining 12,991 escaped whipping because two thirds of them were women while the other third were men over 50.

Should whipping be abolished?

  • Yes (64%, 232 Votes)
  • No (32%, 116 Votes)
  • Don't know (4%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 361

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Charlie Chaplin on democracy and unity

Excerpt from Charlie Chaplin’s first true “talking picture”, The Great Dictator, released in 1940.

Border guards mistake Chaplin’s character, a humble barber, for a dictator (also played by Chaplin) who resembles him. The real dictator, meanwhile, is mistaken for the barber and arrested. The barber assumes the dictator’s identity and uses the opportunity to make a rousing speech and mobilise the masses in support of freedom and democracy!

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Najib clings on to ‘unity talks’ hope

It looks as if Najib has still not given up hope that Pas may be persuaded to engage in “unity talks” with Umno.¬† From the BN’s perspective, the “unity talks” proposal is the best way to throw a spanner in the Pakatan works.

Unable to bring about meaningful reforms to shore up public support, the BN seems to be clinging on to the hope that Pas will change its mind, with Najib now claiming it is a religious obligation to hold unity talks.

Here’s something I wrote for Asia Times:

PENANG – Leaders of Malaysia’s opposition alliance have ended speculation that one of its three parties, the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS), would break ranks to enter “unity talks” with the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the dominant party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

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