Bukit Mertajam in spotlight – for the wrong reasons


A few news items caught my attention recently.

The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently:

Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia

The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries to Tier 3 – the lowest possible ranking – in its annual Trafficking of Persons (TIP) Report due to insufficient action taken to prevent human trafficking and forced labour. We are in the same group as Zimbabwe, North Korea and Saudi Arabia! See this Guardian report: ‘US penalises Malaysia for shameful human trafficking record’.

And the second revelation is about dead bodies, some of them reportedly foreigners, found dumped in and around the Bukit Mertajam area:

Penang fast becoming a state where there is no peace for the dead!

I found several recent online news reports of such cases quite easily. I didn’t even have to do a comprehensive search.

29 June – Body of man, human foetus found at dam entrance

26 April – Maggot infested body found in Bukit Tengah

15 March – Body of man found in durian orchard

26 February – Body of man wrapped in bedsheet found on pavement

10 December 2013 – Stench leads to discovery of murdered man in quarry

What’s going on here? Is there a pattern here?

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When you leave school you would have no job but you would have to start looking for a job some within the next 6 months. How do you define as what Dr Mohd Azlan Yahya is saying. Yes many graduates are in fields that do not commensurate with what they have studied just like my son studying accountancy but doing some other job so much different from what he is studying. That is not a surprise at all. I could say we are in full employment and full employment means an unemployment rate of less that less that 3%. Its… Read more »


…most Malay graduates whose English proficiency is not good and so they are afraid to apply for jobs in the private sector and instead rather wait for govt jobs.

How do they pass SPM English?


You said it right “`NOT SURE“`. NOT SURE if there are really 50,000 unemployed or unemployed graduates. Please make sure and don`t assume. Because of people and opposition from Pakatan leaders like you that is always NOT SURE make an assumption that the country is bad when it is not such. Please make sure or you are not only belittling our country but yourself as well.


But MAS will SURELY cut at least 3000 headcount from its payroll. MAS should also sever the inflight catering contract of … Nasi Telanjang.

Any update by Abbott on the molest incident by MAS stewart on that Aussie girl?

Don Anamalai

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc is shutting down its operations in Bayan Lepas, Penang as part of a worldwide manufacturing realigning exercise, which is likely to see over 1,000 jobs here axed.

Looks like electronics manufacturing sector is heading for sunset in Penang?
Another reason why my neighbour does not want his children to study engineering.

Don Anamalai

NST 28 June 2014: http://www.nst.com.my/node/7178 According to the Ministry of Higher Education, a quarter of all graduates in 2012 had not secured employment at graduation, and World Bank finds that nearly one in five degree holders under the age of 25 were unemployed in 2012. “Youth unemployment in Malaysia presents a puzzle: if the economy requires increasing numbers of talented workers, why does a relatively large share of better-educated youth have trouble finding a job?” Talent is cited as one of the top business challenges and a recent survey conducted by global consultancy Grant Thornton) finds 62 per cent of… Read more »

Don Anamalai

Ananars may have missed out this news on The Star (27 July 2013):


Up to 40% of public university graduates in Malaysia are either jobless or are stuck in mismatched occupations.

According to Education Ministry official, Dr Mohd Azlan Yahya, studies have shown that between 30% and 40% of graduates have no job after finishing university or are in fields that do not commensurate with what they have studied.

Speedy Gonzalez

Fact: “her” a “man” itself is a joke. Changing the cleanest MB in human history, BTW I mean Selangor MB, is a total fail. No doubt about it. Changing the secular Malaysia to islamic hudud ala PAS is a fail. No doubt about it.

And BTW I’m talking about the total fail by Pakatan.

when you pakatan macai are going to recognize the perfectness of Barisan Nasional?


In fact your English also fail big time….

Speedy Gonzalez (Penang Edition)


A **fail** is a FAIL no matter how you try to sugar-coat it, be it with any language, slogan (for example CAT), etc. Pipul like me and others can see it. Lu tarak paham kah? Tak boli ini machiem. FACT: you are stupid macai.


What a … shamble this , once blessed country, is coming to especially when you think it was solely under the administration of the Umno schmucks since independent. For a while Malaysia was rather peaceful or should I say life in Malaysia was peaceful and enviable. That was until this repugnant … Mahathir became the PM, when he began to change the very fabric that made this country the way it was. Millions of skillful and professional (people among the minorities) began to immigrate to all over the world. These skillful professionals not only left this country with their much… Read more »


Fact: BN is leading us to failed state.

Pakatan may not be perfect, but it is our only hope of changing the path of our nation.

Those people who have not lived abroad in a more advanced nation for at least a year (studying or working) are blinded by BN propaganda. This is evident in the comments of certain readers in this blog.


Those who have studied and lived abroad know next to nothing about here. Once they come back, they like it so much so that they would rather buy a home and lived here instead of their own country like the UK and US. If you think racism is a problem here try the US, Latin America or UK especially if you are dark skin. You ain`t see nothing yet.

toon lang kong song

Then why do you need Talent Corp to lure back people from overseas?


Talent Corp is a waste of money with little ROI.


Ask ourselves, for the past 6 years under the CAT and DAP how much has our livelihood, neighbourhood, traffic dispersal, environment, cleanliness, greenery, affordable housing, jobs innovation, quality of lives etc etc improve. !!!! Virtually nil. Now why should we continue with such governance anymore. !!!!


One species of humanity is reeling in delirium: the greedy developers from KL & SingLand.

CAT is in perpetual “I owe you” to these repugnant, irresponsible entities & both are responsible for the present state of environmental affairs & surreal property prices.
No Penang Local Plan means a virtually free hand for these repugnant entities to carry on their ‘land crimes’ perfectly guaranteed with one CAT eye closed by a state authority. The other CAT eye is for sandiwara acts of ‘gong tai-tai’.


So you better believe in Idris Jala, that Malaysia is on track to achieve its high-income target of US$15,000 (RM47,414) by 2020, if not sooner, as a result of the policies under the National Transformation Programme (NTP)?

Yes, follow Idris Jala method: sell your assets and you will be cash rich instantly?


Ken : You are right on point, many are doing just that. Many poor farmer in Relau and Sg Ara that own several acres have just done that. They said how much money can I now make from farming and moreover all my son are educated and is not interested in farming. They are now instant millionaires together with a double story units allotted to them.


”all my son are educated and is not interested in farming”

Not sure how many of them are one of the 50,000 unemployed or underemployed graduates. That is the problem when the government deprives the agricultural sector the traditional manpower by offering too many university places with courses not relevant to the industrial needs and with looose admission criteria, all in the name of new economic policy to elevate the social and economic standing of the bumiputera.



Surprise to see you lamenting “Penang fast becoming a state where there is no peace for the dead!” for 4 years ago you yourself did the same thing to the late Tun. Dr. Lim Chong Eu


You might think that we’ve forgotten what you did, Anil, unfortunately for you, we don’t


In that article on Lim Chong Eu’s chequered legacy, it stated: During his tenure under the BN, many of Penang’s top schools declined and talented Penangites joined other Malaysians in migrating to KL, Singapore and elsewhere in search of better opportunities. The same talent exodus is still happening in Penang, no thanks to the spiralling surreal property prices & low wages spelt out by greedy bosses. On low wages, the karma of economics is: Limited consumer spending power means limited businesses & profits for these greedy bosses. Workers are also the not-stupid consumers, bear this in mind, greedy bosses. The… Read more »

Eng Hock

Lim Chong Eu had the vision & created Bayan Lepas FTZ now creating careers/jobs for thousands past 3-4 decades. Hence his legacy being honored with the naming of Lebuhraya Lim Chong Eu (aka Jelutung Highway). Koh Tsu Koon, if only he has the bravado to finance LTR with FTZ yielded revenues instead of pumping them to federal coffers in the 90s, would have a legacy for coming generations to honour. However, his “kow tow” behavior only loses admiration and hence being honoured with the name of a seedless Durian specy. How about Lim Guan Eng ? Better work for the… Read more »


BM has been a DAP stronghold for so many many terms but the place and livelihood of the people has yet to be improved still like the 70s. Ulu and gangster like


My friend confided in me that many in Batu Maung’s Penang’s Voluntary Patrol Team (PPS) are (allegedly) comprised of gangster-like individuals.
My guess is it is all the same in other districts.
When the ‘head’ cannot control the ‘arms & limbs’, imagine what can happen.
No different from the black-cake hot-heads.


Tunglang : Yes, you are 100% right. And I was wondering, are they not using our money to use these PPS to control their DAP ceramah crowd. Maybe the smart .. can enlighten us


Bukit Mertajam is famous for “mafia-like” underground dark activities; despite many efforts to change its image like associating it with local born World Champion Lee Chong Wei. Bukit Mertajam now also experiencing speculative property hike like in the island. Today’s The Star hints of possible property bubbles. Household lending from banks WERY ALARMING now ! http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2014/08/23/Another-OPR-hike-Too-soon-Given-the-current-economic-challenges-and-a-closer-look-at-onground-sentim/ “Essentially, the high household-to-GDP debt ratio, which stood at 86.8% at end-2013, is uncomfortably close towards 90%. Currently, half of the RM727bil total outstanding amount of household lending from banks is for residential property financing. In this context, addressing financial imbalances is also to… Read more »


Speaking of Datuk Lee Chong Wei, he is already giving early excuse that he is now carrying injury into the World Championship in Copenhagen. So he could again falter at big stage even when Lin Dan is not playing?

Datuk Lee Chong Wei epitomizes the ‘Jaguh Kampung’ syndrome, so long as he could not win the following major titles: Olympic Gold, Asian Games Gold and World Championship.


Datuk Lee Chong Wei could possibly be the MCA candidate for Bukit Mertajam in the next GE if he could win the Olympic Gold in Rio since Penangites could worhip him as the new tokong?


Karma of Economics is unwrapping. Let the Bubble bursts, anytime sooner. I love it. As for the many households in deep ‘s…’ of debts, go to AKPK for recourse. The banks will hate you, but AKPK will help you sincerely all the way. Don’t be ashamed. Penang AKPK is at: Bangunan Bank Negara Malaysia 27 Corner Light/Pitt Street 10200 Penang Tel : 604 261 2246 Fax : 604 261 2243 The other solution is to Downshift Lifestyle from today, painful as it may be. Cut the credit cards into pieces & cremate them forever. Still want ai bin-chui tied to… Read more »


The outstanding loan of PTPTN is close to RM50 billion, or about 9% of the national debt – a financial time bomb? In the US, outstanding student loans total US$1.1 trillion (RM3.49 trillion), which is equivalent to about 6% of its national debt. Already, financial experts in the US are predicting that this would trigger a financial crisis to the scale of the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008. The problems faced by the US are similar to what Malaysia is facing, perhaps even more so in some respects. For one, 40% of graduates are unemployment or underemployed, and without jobs,… Read more »


And the Kucing has the nerve to say that because of PPS crime rate has dropped … without blinking an eye


Again this is a problem caused by easy admission of foreign workers/students to Malaysia.
There are many foreigners enter the country with student pass, supposedly studying in local private institutions. But they never study but conduct illicit business and scams. Ever wonder why the authority never check the attendance of these ‘students’ at the local institutions?
Do not blame PPS for this.