Penang focus: Your views (October 2022)

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Let’s talk about things Penang, including what the coming general election means for the state. There is an extra dimension in the polls for Penang, with multi-cornered contests expected.

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Relay Uncle

MCA will take over and contest the former Gerakan traditional seats in Penang in the 15th General Election, said its president, Wee Ka Siong.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/09/11/mca-will-take-over

The Chinese community of Bayan Baru and Relau welcomes MCA to replace the ineffective PKR and the useless Sim.

Last edited 2 months ago by Relay Uncle
Xiao Wen

My uncle in Bayan Baru are not satisfied with PKR’s Sim performance in helping the Chinese community. He said many Chinese voters are now turning to MCA.

luca

MCA’s Saw Yee Fung is on a mission to make things better for Bayan Baru in the 15th General Election.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/10/16/ge15-mca039s-saw-yee-fung-hopes-for-new-beginning-in-bayan-baru

The problem with PKR at Bayan Baru is taking the Chinese voters for granted. Sim’s weakness (irrelevant cycling plan for Bayan Baru) is now exploited by MCA. PKR must have concrete plan for Bayan Baru (new library?), else the seat is at risk.

Viva

Bayan Baru should aspire for good facilities for residents.

Check out this new Bukit Canberra integrated hub at Sembawang, Singapore.

YB Sim should visit Singapore to learn how development can benefit residents.

Mike

YB Sim, if re-elected, should create one integrated hub as a community project to harmonise various ethnic groups with recreational activities and reading corners, with budget potentially approved by new PM Anwar.

Silverberg

MCA’s Saw Yee Fung will challenge YB SIM at Bayan Baru. Young Vs Old. Who will the young voters choose?

Alpha 888 ( A Voter )

Why, its the young of course ! MCA’s Ms Saw sounds intelligent too.

Mike

Wyatt do you think of this MCA candidate?
She may shriek out in frustration when under pressure from demanding Bayan Baru folks?
I think many might stay put with Sim just for Hopeful sake.

P.s. whoever gives discounts for bicycle purchase or sets up reading spaces for student n old folks may have extra edge?

Viva
Mike

Multi-cornered contest in Penang a sure yes.

Vote for party or candidate’s calibre?

My humble opinion : DAP to continue ruling Penang but I don’t mind good non-Harapan candidates to counter some unpopular DAP state policies eg over building of expensive condos not ideally for B40 and result in many white elephant ivory (no pun intended).

My vote not partisan. Whoever can promise and deliver for Bayan Baru I support. Presently PKR’s YB Kumaresan is a big disappointment. Go ask Batu Urban non-Malay community.

glissantia

Promising is easy. Delivering may face many excuses.

Viva

glissantia refers to the 2023 budget, where to find money (besides more borrowing or GST implementation) to deliver?

Brocky

Be prepared to pay more for your petrol as fuel subsidy is likely to be reduced. M40 and above may not get targeted subsidy at all now that MRT2 is operational soon.

shriek

Tell us which expensive condos are built by PH? Easy to accuse but difficult to prove….

shriek

Condos are built by investors. It is a free market. When they made $$$ BN government tax them more and more income to gomen. Further they create jobs and spin off to kopi tiams and mamak shops and suppliers

Mike

BN facilitates chronies, likewise PH.

Chronies include businesses.

Businesses include developers.

Developers include people’s affordable housings and profit minded condominiums.

shriek

problem is the federal gomen not increasing people’s income and public mentality – roadside food Cheap, chip chrip. Many Penang kias have to go over the seas to cari makan. Same as Ipoh with Ipoh Mari.Look at HK and China, any apartment cost millions and they find MalaysiaN PROPERTY is cheap. Only [people] in own land cant afford

Mike

Malaysia should continue to embrace multi-culturism as the uniqueness attract money spending tourists benefitting the country.

Penang’s 9th Emperor festival with vegetarian offerings is unique to this region even not exist in Mainland China (after culture revolution in 60s wiped away past Chinese beliefs n traditions n religious relics).

https://youtu.be/Wrkxvno6amw

China youtubers like above can do better promotion than Tourism Malaysia to attract China visitors to Penang.

Pros and cons. More foreign tourists may likely to raise street food menu prices. Beware.

Viva

Penang should promote other aspects of tourism instead of its hawker food. Why? Because tourists are causing price hike of the street food, no good for locals.

shriek

Hawkers are like developers. They dont want $$$? They will raise prices or reduce the food content. They pay no taxes to governmentt but they make full use of public funded amenties like roads and foot paths. Why students have to study hard looking for library to study? Who is going employ them? Better to be a hawker and can start earning $$$ early. If they finished unis, who is going to employ them? How many Uni graduates are business man?.

Sirius

Ask the hawkers, how many of them want their children to inherit their business? The children prefer to be YouTubers or Influencers, other than study for a degree in the university?

Julie

Hawkers can make more money than engineers! No need to pay income tax some more!

shriek

Why study hard? Even have a library to study hard, can get into local uni? Can get into local Uni, can get what he wants to study? I know they give one to study ZOOLOGY in local uni.

Silverberg

Michelin inspectors (likely to be ang MOH) could be visiting your neighborhood hawkers to sample their food.

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/living/2022/10/20/the-celebrated-michelin-guide-debuts-in-malaysia

Michelin star recognition will ultimately drive the food price up.

Mike

Now ringgit depreciates a lot, favouring budget conscious travellers to extend their vacation after the popular Thailand visits. Penang should offer more direct flights from ASEAN regions for a start, beside luring rich visitors from China, India, Japan and Korea to spend money to sustain and upgrade many businesses here. Don’t count on AirAsia for more direct flight as Tony’s lucrative business model is for KL-Penang connecting flights. We hope other new budget airlines to compete healthily to provide cheap direct flights to and from Penang. Food business is one of them. However, just toake sure street food prices not… Read more »

glissantia

To avoid bad publicity, gomen should continue to check on cleanliness. I know someone who contracted typhoid after just one meal.

Mike

Cleaniness and food preparation is still not totally overcome.

For new hygiene era, please refrain from washing food plates utensils in front of shop next to longkang. Dedicate washing at back of shops no very visible to foreign tourists (who snap photos bad publicity).

shriek

mike, how to go to belakang mati to do the washing? Shop are closed. Even if they are opened you as owner very happy to allow hawkers earning profit cut throught your shop? Or you hawker take a long U turn to wash belakang mati? Expect Ah pek and ah ma to do that? Talk no sense

Mike

At back of shop but still inside the shop not outside alley to prevent typhoid spread.

shriek

You want rich tourists to squat in backpackers hostel or wong fei hoong type shophouse inn? China has plenty of inns in hutong or if one goes to UNESCO Ping Yao. Who will come if there are no reasonable hotels?

Mike

Hutongs in Beijing are national treasure and aren’t cheap. Ping Yao within the ancient square is not cheap either. May be tunglang can take shriek to China to understand the progress there.
Penang shophouse Inns, with heritage settings, are not cheap either.
Wyatt can take shriek to witness these heritage inns, eg Yeng Keng at Chulia street.
Wong Fei Hong already rebranded in 90s by Jet Li, and shriek’s reference may be yesteryears version?

https://youtu.be/wTVDlT5vAiw

shriek

Mike, you can get a cheap site in town or city centre? Anything in town or city centre cost more. You go China, you see many highrise apartments. They tear down old houses because it cost even more to maintain..Why not continue to keep and use old cars and motorbikes. They are heritage.

Mike

You need responsible developers to tear down old buildings to make affordable replacements. Can you name one in Penang, Uncle Shriek or Uncle Wyatt?

shriek

If I am uncle, you are Grand Uncle Mike. You want the replacements to be affordable. Affordable to you is different from developers’s view. Penang kias dont learn calculus? Max and Min?

Mike

Penang in the eyes of Shriek ?

https://youtu.be/fvqdaNd0VGI

Get real.

No wonder the readers prefer the writings of tunglang.

shriek

No doubt Tunglang is a good writer and a sweet talker. People like you can be sway by sweet talk….Sweet talks are without facts like making a single journey to sea and see some fishes. Bingo a rich fishing ground. What kind of economical and scientific study? Many highly talent Penang kias left.

Sirius

Anilverse lacks diversity without tunglang. Without natural predator, shriek and alpha omega propagate and multiply their viewpoints without any resistance, thus sending wrong messages to voters in coming GE15?

shriek

It is up to Penang kias to contribute. If cant contribute, it say so much about the pool of talent left behind in Penang. FYI, Tunglang left this forum because certain comments were not published or edited. If we want to say something onto somebody’s website, like guests we have to follow house rules. But Tunglang disagrees

Brocky

Another Forest City in the making?

https://www.nst.com.my/amp/property/2022/10/843766/rm40-bln-widad-langkasuka-project-designed-become-new-tourist-attraction

The RM40 billion Widad Langkasuka mixed-use development in Langkawi, Kedah, is intended to be a tourism destination built on the paradigm of “Malay vernacular architecture” – based on the archipelago’s history of designs that integrate green and eco-friendly native tropical features.

Widad Langkasuka will establish a smart city using sustainable technology that preserves the island’s geographical nature and rich cultural heritage, to complement the integrated development’s homes, businesses, educational facilities, and medical hub.

Mike

Bukit Mertajam 120k voters.
Bayan Baru 119K voters.

Anil, where will you be voting?

Alpha 888 ( A Voter )

THUMPS UP FOR MODERN FERRY TERMINAL by Imran Hilmy
dd Monday, 17 Oct 2022

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2022/10/17/thumbs-up-for-modern-ferry-terminal#cxrecs_s

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Thumbs up indeed, everyone gets to enjoy these facilities ( Hope serious thoughts are given for maintenance and up keeping of cleanness), unlike those billions of Ringgit worth of Mega Projects by the state, where our fishing community have to be displaced, their lives disrupted and not sure if these Mega Projects actually benefits everyone.

Alpha 888 ( A Voter )

Gerakan rather sit out polls than use ‘moon’ logo in PAS states
Published: Oct 17, 2022 2:37 PM

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/639941

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Too Bad. From Ruling the State of Penang to the current state of ‘Not sure where I am now’ situation. Maybe, Gerakan now needs ‘fresh’ young leaders with ‘fresh’ ideas.

Here is a suggestion. Go check up with MUDA and see if you people, together with a few other independent groups can work out and come up with a third coalition.

Rakyat needs a third coalition, this time ‘ a cat ‘ to be among the 2 bickering group of ‘pigeons’.

Viva

Kelantan Bersatu’s candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election will use the PAS logo at the polls.

Gerakan should support the PN alliance and fly PAS flag in Penang?

Alpha 888 ( A Voter )

A1 == GE15: PENANG, S’GOR, NEGERI ASSEMBLIES WILL NOT DISSOLVE, SAYS PAKATAN PRESIDENTIAL COUNCIL DD Saturday, 15 Oct 202212:51 PM MYT https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/10/15/ge15-penang-s039gor-negri-assemblies-will-not-dissolve-pakatan-presidential-council-decides ======== Wonderful! It looks like it is going to be we the Rakyat against the Oppositions of Penang, Selangor and Negeri. Just reminds us of the Melaka state election issue about the story of the 4 ‘frogs’, 2 of whom joined PKR and contested in the state election under PH ticket. Rakyat warned, PH did not listen and lost big time. This is what DAP said; DAP SAYS AGAINST NOMINATING ‘ MELAKA FOUR ‘ AS PAKATAN CANDIDATES IN STATE… Read more »

Alpha 888 ( A Voter )

A2
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After which this happened ; 

” WHO ASKED ANTHONY LOKE TO MAKE ANTI- STATEMENT, QUERIES RONNIE LIU dd 27 Nov 2021 8:29PM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/48303/who-asked-anthony-loke-to-make-statement-against-anwar-ronnie-liu-wonders

Need we say more! 

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