Say NO to making Penang a federal territory

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The suggestion by a federal minister that Penang should become a federal territory is ludicrous…

or, as constitutional expert Gurdial Singh puts it, “preposterous” and “immature”:

“You cannot just take over a state. There is no provision for that,” the former Universiti Malaya law professor told FMT.

“The state and its institutional governance structure is prescribed by the constitution itself. You cannot change that. It’s the basic structure mandated by the constitution.

“There are also prescribed functions of state jurisdiction. The state has exclusive jurisdiction in matters like land tenure, which even the federal government cannot interfere. You can’t change anything on this exclusive list without state consent,” he said.

States have power over matters not listed in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which details the specific responsibilities of the federal and state governments. States can make their own laws on matters such as land tenure, Islam and local government.

“Also, the federal government cannot alter the state boundaries without the state legislature and the Conference of Rulers’ consent. The same applies if the federal government wants to carve out a territory within the state,” Gurdial said.

He said the constitution could not be amended to make Tengku Adnan’s idea possible because it ran counter to the fundamental structure of a federal-type constitution.

“Even if Barisan Nasional was able to win back Penang through the general election, it still would not be possible to cede the entire state to make it a federal territory.

“There are things even a ruling government cannot change.”

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Gurdial said the idea of making Penang a federal territory and dismantling its entire structure was “so preposterous”, describing it as an “immature, not well-thought out comment”.

Attempting to make Penang a federal territory would be totally a step in the wrong direction. Malaysia is already an overly centralised federation, no doubt about it. Even local bus services like RapidPenang are controlled by Putrajaya.

Whereas in many parts of the world, especially in progressive federations, the trend is towards even greater decentralisation, here it would seem that the BN government in Putrajaya wants even more control over state matters. The proposal to take over Penang is so out of touch with the global trend in progressive democracies, it isn’t funny.

Look, I am no fan of the Penang government’s (over)development policies. There is plenty wrong with the kind of damaging development being carried out in Penang. Some of these policies have been terrible for sustainable development. Let’s not even talk here about the proposals for three large artificial islands to fund over-the-top transport infrastructure. For many people, housing – even so-called “affordable housing” – is increasingly unaffordable.

Yet, isn’t it true that some of the companies involved in these projects have federal interests or connections or shares held by federal GLCs or institutional investors or they might even receive federal funding (eg the redesign of the Penang Hill Railway)?

Moreover, such development policies invariably affect all ethnic groups, not just the Malays. This phenomenon of marginalisation or unaffordable housing is also happening in KL and Johor. How many young people entering the workforce can afford a home of their own? What more the unemployed.

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Isn’t the concentration of wealth in fewer hands, along with the higher cost of living, the real reason for the marginalisation many are feeling? Isn’t this caused by the neoliberal economic model of development and the crony capitalism we have?

The solution is not less democracy and accountability by taking away state elections – for that is the implication of making Penang a federal territory. Then we would end up like the residents of KL who have no say in what Kuala Lumpur City Hall does or how it spends their money.

We wouldn’t want a group of out-of-touch bureaucrats in Putrajaya, far removed from the realities on the ground, making decisions that will affect us here in Penang. This would go against the principle of subsidiarity, which “in its most basic formulation, … holds that social and political issues should be dealt with at the most immediate (or local) level that is consistent with their resolution” (Wikipedia).

What we need is greater participatory local democracy, especially through the reintroduction of local council elections, which are now being blocked by federal laws. Reintroducing local council elections, suspended in 1965, would help to promote the interests of the people – and give them a voice.

At present, local councillors feel answerable mainly to their political bosses who appointed them. Conversely, most local residents don’t even know most of their local councillors.

If councillors are elected in council elections, even if their candicacy has to be first approved by their political bosses, they will know they have to face local residents in elections. This will make these councillors more responsive to the people rather than slavishly supporting the party line every time. They will know their jobs are on the line at the next polls if they don’t uphold the public interest.

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Local council polls would also provide an avenue for local residents who might feel marginalised by the type of development in the state; they can then vote for alternative candidates in these polls.

So say NO to making Penang a federal territory, YES to greater decentralisation, and YES to bringing back local council elections in Penang, KL and elsewhere in Malaysia.

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zoro
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now tua pek kong here wants more building chopping of trees and making hills botak in order to angkat kaki gilakan federal gomen…

tunglang
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Give fast-track approvals for all federal affordable housing projects, Penang told https://sg.news.yahoo.com/fast-track-approvals-federal-affordable-housing-projects-penang-064200953.html GEORGE TOWN, Feb 16 ― The Penang state government must give fast-track approvals for all federal affordable housing projects, Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said today. The Penang Federal Action Council chairman said that the federal government, through its seven agencies are planning to build a total 56,569 units of affordable housing units in Penang. “Between 2008 and 2016, we have already completed 34 projects with a total 5,950 units of affordable housing in Penang,” he said in a press conference today. The 5,950 units were part of… Read more »

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Bersatu-padu

Mahathir: I don’t want to kiss the feet of PAS leaders

Simon
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Simon

If you believe in Snake Temple and Tanjung Tokong TuaPekKong’s prophecy through the fire flames ceremonies, this year unprecedented average, average, average for next 3 quarters in Penang ( basically saying not good at all! in gentler way).

So SAY NO to wasting times commenting on matters that bring no $ income to sustain life getting tougher as days go by due to all sorts of Barang Naik phenomenon.

SAY YES to be more productive to earn more RM to sustain life necessities like food, shelter and some say fragile ego.

Herman
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Herman

You are right. This blog is becoming a site for many to vent their frustration likely due to poor economy and depreciating value of our Ringgit? Price for crude oil and oil palm have gone up but Ringgist is still suffering from ED?

Kenji Sim
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Kenji Sim

Edelman: More than half of Malaysians lost faith in institutions, system http://www.theedgemarkets.com/my/article/edelman-more-half-malaysians-lost-faith-institutions-system KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer Malaysia findings revealed that 52% of Malaysians have lost faith in the institutions and system as a sense of injustice, lack of hope, lack of confidence and a desire for change brew within the community. The findings are consistent with a survey entitled How to Fix Malaysia? conducted by The Edge in December last year, in which respondents said corruption and poor governance were the two most urgent problems that Malaysia needed to fix. The Edelman Trust Barometer said… Read more »

tunglang
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9 reasons to visit Penang that have nothing to do with street food
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/14/travel/penang-travel-attractions/index.html
All the more reason to preserve, enliven & promote Penang’s unique assets.
Who comes here to see & experience gentrification?

zoro
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zoro

They come with 4WDS … instead of … going to belum valley

Engineer
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Engineer

No to making Penang federal territory? Well, has DAP done any good job governing Penang at the moment? Flat NO! An F grade for “Fail”. Is the DAP lead government super clean? Flat NO! (This is the funny part because the shameless CM is charged with corruption himself) Does DAP leadership has any freaking principle at all? Flat NO! That DAP dinosaur Lim Kit Siang actually work with Dr Mahathir, the man who sent him to jail many years back; what a freaking hypocrite that dinosaur has become! Did DAP treat their compatriots any good? Flat NO! See how they… Read more »

zoro
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zoro

thanks for making gilakan and bn’s view known to make penang into FT when bn is in power. unlike dedak tun lang hiding behind and like snake oil pasar mlm trader crow… with irrelevant outside points. he does not know the local discussion is on FT but bragged about pg local plan

tunglang
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As some trolls said: People come & go.
Shall I say: Pg CM comes & go. NO such thing as a 9-Terms Cat CM.

Simon
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Simon

Cat phobia folks don’t miss Feb23 cinema release of A Dog’s Purpose in local cinemas.

tunglang
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Putting a roof over their heads
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/14/putting-a-roof-over-their-heads-pr1ma-brings-endfinancing-cheer-to-15000-house-buyers/

This is social responsibility compared to Money-Crazed + Cosmo-Frenzied Developers Associated Party!

Tangy
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Tangy

Federal governments gets tax revenues from rakyat, so building low cost home is an obligation. No need to shout about.

tunglang
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At least an obligation done. Unlike the Money-Crazed CAT Gomen which sees no social responsibility except to greedy developers dangling Money.

zoro
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zoro

Try harder as cat gomen still cannot compare with your gomen and party

zoro
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zoro

dedak you dont understand local plan? the discussion is on FT but with anil as mate where is the river of justice?

tunglang
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‘Inappropriate’ to call four Malacca reps a cancer, says Teng http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/372340 It is inappropriate for DAP acting chairperson Tan Kok Wai to call the four Malacca elected representatives a “cancer” to the party, after they quit DAP, said DAP’s Sungai Pinang assemblyperson Teng Chang Khim. The Selangor executive councillor said it is not proper to make “abusive” remarks against former comrades, especially those who have contributed greatly to the party. “One may agree or disagree with Sim’s action or justification but should never tell the untruth or be abusive to ex-comrades who had tremendously contributed to the party in the… Read more »

zoro
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zoro

anil you fail to encourage proper discussion on FT. how many discussions are on FT?

zoro
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zoro

the rooster has been crowing … and dedak everywhere with points outside the FT discussions

tunglang
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I can’t imagine where that CAT would go (after GE14) when Melaka is now rejecting it?
Now this is the wake up reality for overt-worshipping of an Arrogant Deity…

Tangy
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Tangy

The four have been rejected by the majority of DAP Melaka members. So better for them to advance their political career elsewhere.

tunglang
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Typical arrogant CAT response!
How to win over all Malaysians?
Go drink more Sg Pinang Black Tea!

zoro
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zoro

tourIst come to pg to drink your far Lim kopi o kau2

tunglang
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Guan Eng: Resignations a “gift” for Barisan
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/13/unexpected-resignation-a-gift-for-barisan-says-guan-eng/#PSFdcCKujEf2tsUL.99

What a Classic Cat Blame Game?
Who wants a leader who cannot accept differences but instead spews scorns at every opportunity (not for the sake of party but ‘its’ self-preservation)?
Of course, that one leadership with 9-Lives of opportunities which doesn’t care.

tunglang
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Sim: DAP needs body check-up as ‘cancer’ grows from inside http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/372339 DAP may have a bigger number of unseen latent ‘cancer’ apart from the ones who recently quit the party in Malacca, warned Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him. Sim was referring to the comment made by DAP acting chairperson Tan Kok Wai who had welcomed the resignation of the four elected representatives because “they have changed and I consider them a cancer within the party”. Tan was responding to the resignations of Sim, Duyong assemblyperson Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyperson Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyperson Chin Choong Seong… Read more »

Ice Kacang
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Ice Kacang

Chinese population in Malaysia is decreasing.
DAP must find malay partners to get the required non-chinese votes to stay in power.
But people like Sim is too old fashioned and hardcore chinese chauvinist.

tunglang
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The crisis in question is not whether DAP tango with Mahathir or any Malay politician, but more to the point is the leadership style that is getting itself into friction with those who “doesn’t toe the line” set by Arrogant Niao Kong.
Trying hard to emulate LKY no funny business but actually no where near to LKY’s social skills, smart+hard bargaining & politico-socio EQ! And being the worst CM-stateman-salesman shooting his own 2 feet (country) trying to attracting FDI!

zoro
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zoro

Dedak is like tua pek kOng sure
20 percent vote for DAP. Tua pek kOng can stand for election with 80 percent voting for tun Lang. But tun lang is just another scared.. This scared cat win but will turn into FT with gilakan building more housE’s? How much tun Lang gilakan party with umno has built houses at what range in Penang??

Simon
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Simon

Because Penangites love Penang so much, they may prefer local Penangite to be cast in Lee Chong Wei the movie now looking for actors.
May be Zoro and tunglang can go for the audition.

http://www.chinapress.com.my/20170213/李宗偉自傳式電影-《敗者為王》甄選演員/

Ice Kacang
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Ice Kacang

Can act as the father of LCW.
Anil can act as Punch Gunalan.

Simon
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Simon

May be Anil as James Selveraj more appropriate?

Param
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Param

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 13 — Most Malaysian youths spend too much time in trendy cafes instead of visiting old-style kopitiams and traditional shops, Penang Gerakan said today.
Penang Gerakan Acting Youth Chief Jason Loo said something must be done to encourage local youths to appreciate local culture and traditions.
“I see most Malaysian youths are more focused on following the latest trends such as going to modern, western-style cafes instead of spending time at kopitiams that have been around since our grandparents’ time,” he said in a press conference at Bee Hwa Cafe, a coffee shop along Dickens Street here.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/gerakan-wants-youths-visit-kopitiams-instead-western-cafes-062700856.html

zoro
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zoro

Ask tun Lang. He drinks kopi o kau2 and always crow the about heritage. See he provides solution or just bark.

tunglang
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You have nothing to contribute to Penangites, so shut up…

zoro
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zoro

dedak … can make noise but not others. dedak does not know how to reply logically and wants others to shut up. worse than tokong snd what happen if his party takes back penang. see how like how they treat former dpm and pm?

Tun Penang
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Tun Penang

Jason Loo was at Bee Hwa’s kopitiam, which serves halal char meat teow. Tunglang should check it out to comment on landless street food?

tunglang
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GEORGE TOWN, Feb 13 — Most Malaysian youths spend too much time in trendy cafes instead of visiting old-style kopitiams and traditional shops, Penang Gerakan said today. Penang Gerakan Acting Youth Chief Jason Loo said something must be done to encourage local youths to appreciate local culture and traditions. “I see most Malaysian youths are more focused on following the latest trends such as going to modern, western-style cafes instead of spending time at kopitiams that have been around since our grandparents’ time,” he said in a press conference at Bee Hwa Cafe, a coffee shop along Dickens Street here.… Read more »

Alpha
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Alpha

Traditional kopitiam must at least provide free wifi, else youth will not bother to frequent. Need to keep up with the market trend and consumer needs else will perish like Gerakan.

Herman
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Herman

Last night final day operation at Kaffa Cafe – closed for good due to the so-called harrassment from the city council. Gerakan and PCM leaders were there for its final night, likely become an election issue in Penang?

Larry
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Larry

Bee Hwa has compromised Chinese heritage by turning halal. Better go elsewhere for the authentic taste.

tunglang
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At least, Gerakan is doing something for Penang heritage.
Instead of taking away the souls of Penang (as in Insidious CAT’s Cosmopolitan Gentrification of Penang), we should promote, preserve & enliven our cultural assets.

Gerakan, how about giving due recognition to our Penang Ori-Maestros (street food sifus)?

zoro
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zoro

engineer gilakan and you wants to turn penang into FT. i give recognition to that

MGR
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MGR

According to BN Historian Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong, it is not impossible for Kedah to ‘reclaim’ Penang to be part of its territory through judiciary means, after both entities separated under a treaty signed centuries ago.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2159139

Tun Penang
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Tun Penang

Ideal, Ivory, MahSing, SP Setia, BSG, E&O, Ecco World should now explore Kedah to develop condos there. So far only BelleView Penang dare to develop lifestyle condo in Alor Star! By doing so, more vacant land in Penang island can be spared and become open space for more islanders kids to play football.

Salim
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Salim

Looks like BN is going all means to regain Penang?

tunglang
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DAP has deviated from its original struggle, says former member http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/12/dap-has-deviated-from-its-original-struggle/ MALACCA: DAP has been drifting further and further away from its original struggle over the past few years, said Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choong Seong. Chin – who quit the party with three others on Sunday – said that he was originally attracted to DAP’s struggle for a “Malaysian Malaysia”, but claimed that this was no longer the case. The three others who quit DAP Sunday were Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) and Goh Leong San (Duyong). Sim said he had lost confidence and was… Read more »

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MGR

In a time of national crisis, in the next election e cards will be drawn between those who support Prime Minister Najib Razak’s global kleptocracy and those who oppose it. DAP’s national mission is to save Malaysia from further decays, slides and collapses. It is in such context that the DAP strategically works with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Bersatu. No one sacrifices its principles. It is a matter of working together to save Malaysia. In a battle between kleptocracy and democracy, a so-called “third force” such as Hadi Awang’s PAS exists to be a spoiler, with the ultimate aim of… Read more »

MANE39
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MANE39

CCS lost in recent party election, could not get along with LKS n LGE so alleged party has deviated.
Nobody is indispensable.
Party moves on with time.

Salim
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Salim

Obviously some old guards in DAP do not like to collaborate with Tun M, or having Malays like Zaid as member. But DAP needs to collaborate with Bersatu to gain the trust of rural Malays. Going alone is definitely not possible.

Damien
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Damien

Penang football now lost all 1st 4 matches, with no goal scored at all. Should move back to City Stadium to have wind assist to score FIFA class goal again!

Anil, pls check if your site has been hacked, cannot access always leads to junk sites! Thanks.

Salim
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Salim

Penang FA should have hired Kedah’s Tan Cheng Hoe as coach, as Kedah FA did not give pay rise to Tan after the Malaysia Cup triumph.

tunglang
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Say NO to Penang Reclamation Frezies! Say NO to CAT Arrogance! Penang reclamation: Fishermen upset as last patch of mangroves cleared for development https://sg.news.yahoo.com/penang-reclamation-fishermen-upset-last-034511457.html GEORGE TOWN: The last remaining mangroves along the northern coast of Penang island look set to be wiped out to make way for development. Fishermen from Bagan Jermal here had complained that an area of nearly 10ha of mangroves, or more than 10 football fields, was being cleared to make way for a reclamation project. A signboard with the words “Lesen Mengambil Hasil Hutan” (Licence to collect forest product) has been put up at the entrance… Read more »

zoro
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zoro

Out of point comments and just another troll of NST with copy and paste

Good News!
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Good News!

The Penang government will introduce discounts on assessment rates to counter the burden brought by the GST:

tunglang
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Siege mentality over pig-bristle brushes!
Actually, anything non-halal can be made a controversial issue / problem & in fact can affect some genuine businesses, many of them run by non-Malays.

Or is this another ‘problem > solution’ opportunity to take away others’ businesses?
Example: Make it mandatory that only camel / goat hair brushes are sold by Muslim stationery shops / art supplies shops? (remember the no eat, no touch, no smell, no see of non-halal things)

MANE39
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MANE39

Hospitals blood bank may be classified the sources whether from halal donors or not?

Sarajeet
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Sarajeet

Anil

Your anilnetto.com.com cannot be accessed using iPad or iPhone – directed to junk site. Please investigate.

tunglang
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Just get a new phone! Or ask your Niao Kong to finance so you can speak feverishly on its behalf!

bumi non malay
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I am Bangsa Penang..is coming!!…Already bangsa Johor…Bangsa Sabah- Sarawak…. Soon to start Bangsa Selangor …bangsa Perak……Make sure your IC have been made in Penang…the coming Disintergration of Malaysia (?)

tunglang
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Save Penang first, Gerakan tells Guan Eng https://sg.news.yahoo.com/save-penang-first-gerakan-tells-guan-eng-024700181.html GEORGE TOWN, Feb 8 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has to “save Penang” first before he can talk about his “I love Penang” campaign, Penang Gerakan said today. Penang Gerakan vice chairman Oh Tong Keong claimed the state was facing many issues that the state needed to resolve. “If Lim Guan Eng really loves Penang, then he should show his ‘love’ by resolving all these issues plaguing the state,” he said in a press conference today. He read out a long list of issues such as illegal hill clearing, flash… Read more »

Armajit
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Armajit

We pity Oh Ah Keong at wrong time, if he was with in power prior to 308 he can reap many benefit$ like his past colleagues in gelakan.

Sarajeet
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Sarajeet

Why reproduce the non sensible view from the irrelevant Gerakan that has been dumped by the majority of Penang Lang? Did you get dedak from BN?

Tua Khang Tow
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Tua Khang Tow

Penang under FT, then niaokong ousted or power limited, return of boh hoot with new developer cronies (Penang heritage n PF do take note) -such a scenario cannot be dismissed!

bigjoe99
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Forget whether its going to happen or not, its not really the point. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS THAT ITS AN ADMISSION THAT UMNO/BN CANNOT GOVERN OR RULE WITHOUT ABUSING THEIR ENTITLEMENT AND PRIVILLEGES..All that Najib talk about TN50, his track record, his plans and that 1MDB is a “business problem”, will pass or blow over. ITS NOT TRUE. Fact of the matter, they continue to think of ways to abuse their entitlement and privilleges meaning that 1MDB and other scandals WILL BE REPEATED, WILL HAPPEN AGAIN and in fact, because they cannot put the problems to bed, bigger and… Read more »

Sonicfish
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Sonicfish

I think Tengku Adnan is just pulling your tail, don’t get so excited lah !

zoro
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zoro

pl listen to tun lang before making any judgement. he telling me off with his pros and cons

tunglang
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Typical Niao Kong answer!!!
Pls try harder!!!