2020 – A year like no other for Malaysia

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View of Gurney Drive and Tanjung Tokong from mainland Penang a few days ago - Photograph: Adik

This has been an eventful year for all of us, not just for Aliran. We had the Sheraton Move at the worst possible time in February, when the coronavirus pandemic had begun spreading in Malaysia.

The backdoor takeover of government shocked many Malaysians who had placed their hope on Pakatan Harapan to bring about reforms.

Attempts to pass a vote of no-confidence before the latest Parliament sitting were thwarted, apparently on the pretext of concern over the pandemic. Because of defections, state governments fell like dominoes, culminating in the collapse of the Warisan-PH Sabah government in September, when a state election was forced on the people with the looming threat of defections.

At the federal level, in an apparent attempt to avoid a vote of no-confidence at the Budget sitting in November, the prime minister and his advisers even sought a declaration of emergency in October – but they were rebuffed by the palace. Full article on Aliran website

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Ray
Ray
23 Dec 2020 4.22pm

Al Jazeera in 2008 highlighted Penang Street (see link below).
After 12 years still not able to get UNESCO certification.

https://youtu.be/9RlXUxp2FWk

If Tunglang is still on earth he should be championing for local hawkers. We may only hope for his bleesings from heaven ?

shriek
shriek
24 Dec 2020 6.14pm
Reply to  Ray

He champions one ton mee and kopi kau kau. But hawkers dont sell kopi o kau kau. Where you can find hawkers selling kopi o. They only turn clean water into kopi o like like Prangin river. The Selangor Hokkien mee is thick in size they look like one ton in size.

Ray
Ray
21 Dec 2020 4.55pm

With the sustaining efforts from Anil and fellow readers, may be street food Penang can become intangible asset being recognised by UNESCO?

https://youtu.be/rGY-wlbZx6A

Singapore is already a step ahead with their hawkers in food centres being given the global honour. Never too late to get UNESCO to award the local mouth savouring dishes????

glissantia
glissantia
22 Dec 2020 3.22pm
Reply to  Ray

GeorgeTown itself may lose its heritage status. It should work to preserve that first. Also, falling ill from hawker food is a danger for foreigners. Do we give them any special consideration for the risk. I know of locals who fell ill.

shriek
shriek
22 Dec 2020 9.22pm
Reply to  Ray

the true hawker food is from Siam = land of smile. Every cities, towns acan find hawker carts. Whereas in Sinkapore are FOOT COURT FOOD – Not hawker food. If Penang Forum can write to UNESCO, why not write and said Sinkapore provide FOOT COURT FOOD. How often one see Ang Mos eating along the road side with big longkang next to it to add more taste and aroma to the food. Ena and Aroy.

Grogu
Grogu
23 Dec 2020 9.59am
Reply to  shriek

In Singapore Food courts are operated private enterprise, air-conditioned and high rental. Hawker Centres are set up by the Singapore government with low rental near housing estates to ensure each operator provide at least an option not more than S$3 for the benefits of low income heartlanders. Next year Singapore is embarking on a new incentive scheme for retiring hawker maestros with no successors to pass on their trade to aspiring young generation, to preserve the food culture. Unesco recognises Singapore hawker centres, not those commercial fancy food courts. Need to note the difference.

BobaFett
BobaFett
23 Dec 2020 2.56pm
Reply to  shriek

Watch this video to improve your understanding and clear your misconceptions on hawker culture in Singapore:

shriek
shriek
24 Dec 2020 6.07pm
Reply to  BobaFett

Hawker is the first do house delivery. They wander around carry their wares and bring food close to their customers. They come with making a noise so that neighbours know the hawker selling the ware is around. They are early day version of today’s Uber Eats, Panda Food delivery the food right to the door where you pay the extras. Is one ton mee a hawker food? The hawker has to carry a pot of boiling water to cook the noodles. One ton mee is found in kopi tiam shops as it is dangerous to move pot of boilng water… Read more »

Grogu
Grogu
20 Dec 2020 6.29pm

Do not forget the Wawasan 2020 dream was never realised. Malaysia is stuck in the middle in Asean – not competent to be like Singapore, yet demand high wages to lose out low cost advantages to Vietnam and the rest.

Grogu
Grogu
21 Dec 2020 12.22pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Tunglang please response with your Michael Porter’s “Competitive Advantage of Nations” to analyse Malaysia’s situation post pandemic.

Ray
Ray
21 Dec 2020 4.50pm
Reply to  Grogu

2021 to see the ‘resurrection’ of Tunglang?

May the force be with all whether to shriek or not to shriek for better 2021!

shriek
shriek
22 Dec 2020 9.25pm
Reply to  Ray

Return of Jedi Tunglang with the force be with him or Tunglang Empire strike back as the dark force?

BobaFett
BobaFett
24 Dec 2020 1.52pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

No high income nation for us in 2020.
Instead many usher in 2021 withdrawing EPF money from i-Sinar scheme to survive.

glissantia
glissantia
11 Jan 2021 3.35pm

A study of 8 countries that implemented strict social and economic restrictions, and 2 that did not, shows no significant advantage for the former:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eci.13484

Grogu
Grogu
31 Dec 2020 10.26am

A year ended like no other for Malaysia palm oil.

US bans Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby over forced labour
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-ban-malaysia-sime-darby-palm-oil-forced-labour-13868760

The investigation “reasonably indicates” abuses against workers that included physical and sexual violence, restriction of movement, intimidation and threats, debt bondage, withholding of wages and excessive overtime.

Grogu
Grogu
29 Dec 2020 11.44am

Forest City in Johor tputed as smartest green city.

Wonder how many local folks can live there, possibly work there to serve the rich foreigners?

Is this the vision of Penang southern island mega project?

Grogu
Grogu
26 Dec 2020 6.51pm

Dec 26 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng accused Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz of incompetence, after Putrajaya announced it will not continue the Penang ferry service.

Lim said that the announcement of the ferry service’s cancellation made by transportation minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong was “an unequivocal declaration” of Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) open confrontation with Penang citizens.

Grogu
Grogu
28 Dec 2020 1.40pm
Reply to  Grogu

Are you going for a final nolstagic ride on Penang Ferry before its service to be terminated by year end?

Can you vouch for the safety of 2nd hand catamarans that are replacing the ferry?

BobaFett
BobaFett
24 Dec 2020 1.50pm

Merry Christmas to Anil and all readers.

Stay strong against Covid-19.
Get yourself vaccinated asap.